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At ISTEK ELT, we will be very fortunate to watch one of the most well-known contemporary storeytellers: Jan Blake. She has been a storyteller since 1986 with a great number of awards for her amazing work, the latest being in 2012, when she was named Outsatnding Female Storyteller by the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.
Her keynote plenary, They Don’t Care About the Vocabulary, They Care About the Characters, will delve into what children need from stories in order to grasp the language.
Watch her in action in this video, where she tells the story of The Leopard Woman:
Esat Uğurlu has shared a lovely summary of his concurrent keynote speech (Saturday, April 27th, 14:15 – 15:00, B312).
E-Learning: There is nothing to be afraid of and plenty to discover
Nowadays all we talk about is 21st Century learning environments, tablets, laptops –basically e-learning in general. In a complex and highly technical world we live in, content and the effective delivery of it in and outside of classrooms is essential. Through Their Eyes is a powerful theme and unless we pay serious attention to learners’ perceptions, our efforts can be counterproductive.
Our presentation will focus on award-winning, research-based online content and platforms (e.g. UNICEF World Education Games, BrainPOP, Oddizzi, Reading A-Z, Sesame Street) and we will explore why millions of teachers and students from around the world make use of these innovative resources. We will also talk about differentiated instruction, global/digital citizenship, and playful learning.
Esat Uğurlu spent more than a third of his life abroad, consulting with hundreds of educational institutions in more than sixteen countries including the USA, Thailand, China, S. Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Since his graduation from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, Esat’s main interest and focus has been on using various technologies for better, more effective teaching and learning. After completing his duties at UNESCO Bangkok – Education for Sustainable Development unit, Esat worked with Asia-Pacific’s leading distributor of e-content and due to recent developments in the Turkish e-learning market, he moved to Istanbul in 2012 and founded GLOBED (www.globed.co), an e-learning content distribution and consultancy company that serves K-12 schools.
Language learning isn’t just about language – it’s about how the brain stores information, content that appeals to students and, ultimately, helping learners to feel that they CAN SUCCEED!
If you would like to hear more from Herbert Puchta, he will be a keynote plenary speaker at the ISTEK ELT Conference. A renowned coursebook writer, teacher trainer, Herbert has inspired a great number of teachers with his talks, training sessions and books.
His talk at ISTEK this year will be Bored students? Tap into the brain’s reward system! A talk not to miss.
Watch his Pecha Kucha at IATEFL 2012 in the video below:
Vicky Loras, Roving Reporter for ISTEK ELT