In the lead up to the ISTEK Schools 3rd International ELT Conference, we’ll be introducing some of the presenters on the blog. Next up is Adam Simpson…
Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I have been fortunate enough to spend the last twelve years of this journey as a life long learner working with others in what some call the ‘language classroom’.
I am currently privileged to have the opportunity to help young adults meet their educational goals at the School of Languages at Sabancı University in Istanbul. My professional interests include flexibility within the curriculum and the considered use of technology in the classroom.
Tell us a bit about your session.
‘When in doubt, strike them out’ suggested Mark Twain. Conversely, comedian Dennis Miller admires ‘the strutting pageantry of the adjective.’ However, American intellectual Clifton Fadiman best exemplifies the language learner’s dilemma, describing them as ‘the banana peel of the parts of speech’. Adjectives enrich learners’ language, but are dangerous beasts. The workshop, which I’m delighted to be co-presenting with my colleague Deniz Özden Rodrigues, will present five strategies for developing effective adjective use.
Why are you interested in the area you’ll be presenting on?
My favourite teaching book of all time is ‘Vocabulary Myths’ by Keith Folse. Folse talks so much common sense about the under-teaching of vocabulary in language classes that it is amazing that his ideas haven’t become more widespread. It will be a pleasure to deliver a session that will be lexically-focused.
What should your audience expect to learn?
Together with Deniz I will be providing a series of practical and easily adaptable strategies for enriching learners’ knowledge and use of adjectives. The activities we’ll present are practical in nature, encouraging active participation, both individually and collectively. The act of participating in these activities allows the teacher to gauge current knowledge and facilitate new adjective acquisition. Another benefit of these activities is that they are easily adaptable to the level of your learners and the degree of challenge you wish to set. Additionally, these are activities which can be used with any course book.
What are three words that sum up your session?
Practical, thought-provoking, adaptable
Which other presenter(s) are you looking forward to seeing?
A lot of my professional heroes will be delivering sessions at this conference, too many to mention here.
Do you blog? Tell us about it?
I occasionally find time to blog about my life. My blog is:
Can we find you on Twitter or Facebook?
@yearinthelifeof on Twitter
theadamsimpson on Facebook
What other aspects of the conference are you looking forward to?
I have so many friends from around the world who will be attending this event; it will be good to catch up. Also, I’m looking forward to the people I’ve become acquainted with recently who will be coming to ISTEK.