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In addition to having a high quality plenary speaker, we'll be getting together to share great activities in the classroom as well as discussing best pedagogical practices.  See the poster below for more details.  

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Mary Shepard Wong is a two-time Fulbright Scholar (The Chinese University Hong Kong 2012-2013; Yangon University 2015-2016) and Principal Investigator of two grants commissioned by the Hong Kong Government Education Bureau to evaluate the Native English Teacher Schemes in Hong Kong’s primary and secondary schools (2015-2017). She has conducted over 100 presentations and has several publications including three edited books, two with Routledge and a third under contract with Multilingual Matters. She also has published an ESL textbook with Cambridge University Press. She has developed and led four study abroad programs in Thailand and Myanmar. Her publications and research includes the rights of Non-native English language speaking teachers, Peace building in education, gender inequality in education, reform in teacher education in Myanmar, and exploring the intersections of spirituality / religion and English language teaching. She holds a doctorate in International & Intercultural Education (University of Southern California), master degrees in East Asian Languages and Cultures (University of California at Los Angeles) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Azusa Pacific University). She is Professor in the Global Studies, Sociology & TESOL department at Azusa Pacific University in southern California, where she directs the field-based TESOL program. She has taught ESL and been in teacher education for over three decades in the U.S., China, Thailand, and Myanmar. She and her husband live in Pasadena, CA and have two grown children.

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TESOL France Spring Day 2019

There’s lot of talk about Gen X, Y, Z and Alpha, but what exactly does that mean for English language teaching? Spring Day 2019 will look at themes related to learning for the new generations, with a focus on practical activities.

This year's Spring Day plenary speaker will be Awad Ibrahim.

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Saturday, May 18th 

Spring Day 2019 Schedule


Workshop descriptions below.

About the Plenary

What’s Beyoncé got to do with it? : A Bottom-Up Applied Linguistics and the Challenge of Teaching Generation Z ESL in a Post-Media Era 

Be it Hip-Hop or R & B, be it rock or pop music, be it Harry Potter or The Titanic. My aim in this presentation is to argue that these are not only media of entertainment but also extremely significant pedagogical tools that can enhance our English as a second language (ESL) teaching and learning. In fact, I am contending, our ESL students are no longer learning their English in our ESL classrooms. If this is the case, what are the pedagogical implications of this situation on what we teach and how we teach it? Basically, what are we currently doing in our ESL classrooms and what should we be doing? Interactively framed and empirically based, the presentation is an answer to these questions. Bring your own questions and let us have a conversation. WORD!
Awad Ibrahim is an award-winning author and a Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. He is a Curriculum Theorist with special interest in applied linguistics, cultural studies, Hip-Hop, youth and Black popular culture, philosophy and sociology of education, social justice, diasporic and continental African identities, and ethnography. He has researched and published widely in these areas. He obtained his PhD from OISE, the University of Toronto, and has been with the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa since 2007. Before that, he was in the United States where he taught in Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Internationally, he has ongoing projects in Morocco, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the United States. His current projects include an ethnography of an inner-city high school in Ottawa and another project on the daily struggle of ‘becoming citizen’ in Canada. He has more than a 100 publications and among his books, Provoking Curriculum Studies: Strong Poetry and the Arts of the Possible in Education; The Education of African Canadian Children: Critical Perspectives; The rhizome of Blackness: A critical ethnography of Hip-Hop culture, language, identity and the politics of becoming; Critical Youth studies: A reader; Global linguistic flows: Hip-Hop cultures, youth identities and the politics of language. For his high school students, he is known as Dr. Dre.
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Workshop descriptions in alphabetical order by presenter’s name.

Ed Bell - A classroom guide to social media, series and smartphones
More and more people are becoming half-smartphone, as the technological revolution advances. And while an older generation may remember the time when life was organised without the internet or a cellular device, an entire culture has been brought about among the younger generation. Based on my own experience as a ‘young’ teacher, I will look at how social media can influence learning approaches. I will then present ways in which television series can be actively worked into a classroom for optimal results, before concluding with a list of my favourite smartphone applications and how you can use them.

Leila Ben Said - Creating a culture of Peace in the classroom
Conflict Resolution is a part of everyday life. As educators, we notice in our daily conatct with the students that they lack the skills to resolve conflicts fairly. Creating a culture of Peace in the classroom revolves around enhancing, fostering and improving social and conflict resolution skills for high school students. This workshop is a combination of suggested strategies for teachers as well as for students to turn conflict into a positive experience for everyone involved,. It's about creating a caring school atmosphere, promoting problem-solving skills, teaching values and life skills that go beyond school.

Sylvia Breiburd  - Think Generationally to Reach Gen Z

Target Audience: primary and secondary school teachers, heads of department
This presentation aims at profiling generational mindsets and introducing and characterizing a ‘Z-friendly’ teaching style. Attendees will be led to recognize their own generational barriers and the “Do’s”, the “Don’ts” and the “Maybes” of their current practices. Participants’ take-away will include a tool-kit of ideas to engage Z students (and their parents), avoid resistance and facilitate learning.

Filippo Silva (Pearsons) - The Present Future of Pearson Digital Solutions     
Is technology changing the way we teach, as well as the way we learn? Are digital teaching and digital learning going in the same direction? Are teachers and learners equipped with equivalent material?
As a trustful companion for teachers and learners all around the World, Pearson is more and more involved in new blended learning solutions, following the evolution of our lives and habits, without losing sight of how we really teach, every day, in our classrooms.
During this presentation, we will approach how teachers and learners can share the same tools, with different uses, but aiming at the same goals: an outstanding success. Smartphone apps, online training platforms, learning management systems, English tests, and the Global Scale of English: Pearson provides teachers and learners with the most advanced technologies, empowering the way they reach their objectives. All these tools are far more than a great showcase: they are useful, and mostly freely accessible. And thus, they can be used in a lot of concrete, practical ways.
The purpose of this presentation is to give all information about the possibilities of our digital tools, providing realistic examples, case studies and every-day applications. Thus, we will try to answer not only the question: “in what way can we use technology?”, but above all “why should we use technology”, together with learners.

Irina Ustinova - Cooperative Teaching: Vibrant Strategy for a Brave New Generation

How is co-teaching an effective and vibrant strategy for a new generation of English Language Learners? Different models of co-teaching, such as One teaching, one observe, Parallel teaching, Team teaching, Station teaching, Alternative teaching, etc. will be explored in an interactive format. Young generation of students benefit when teachers share ideas, work cooperatively, and create a digital learning environment. By experiencing co-teaching techniques, participants will be able to implement co-teaching plan for the digital generation classroom.

Samia Wardane  - Empathy in EFL Contact Zones
Empathy is a peace life soft skill necessary to create a positive classroom culture and a strong class community that nurtures trust and connectedness instead of bullying and other negative behaviors that have invaded our school environments. Our students in class today are tomorrow’s leaders. Can you imagine leaders who fail to understand the needs of their people? This workshop comprises threes Hands-on activities that help nurture empathy in classes. Activity one is an interactive reading comprehension entitled Sadako: A Story of Hope. The second activity is entitled The Story behind Shoes. Activity 3 is Poem writing from pictures that describe the suffering of some people.

Brett Yokom - Reimagining ESL Education as Enterprise
For decades, language instructors have maintained a classroom model that places traditional concepts of pedagogy above all else. Generational shifts, financial concerns, political uncertainty and technological advances are combining in ways that should cause attendees to evaluate the risk of continuing with the status quo. The presenter will explore our profession’s level of preparedness in the face of unprecedented disruption from technological innovations like big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence. It is becoming clear that a more entrepreneurial approach to language and communication education could put educators and students on a different and more successful future path.
Edward Bell, originally from Blackburn, Lancashire, studied Latin and French at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2014 and obtained his CELTA qualification in 2015. He has worked in private education, setting up his own tutoring services in Paris and developing the RQ methodology (Repetitive Questioning). Since October 2017, he has been teaching at Télécom ParisTech as vacataire teacher and put on the school’s very first Christmas pantomime. Since January of this year, he has been teaching at the Institut Villebon George Charpak, an innovative pedagogy unit linked to Paris-Sud.
Leila Ben Said Ben Yahmed is a senior English teacher who has been teaching since 1996 ( Ministry of Education , Tunisia). She was a regional teacher trainer and pedagogical advisor.  From 2004 to 2017 she’s participated in different conferences and training programs in various countries around the world and obtained professional certificates From Boston College; Roger Williams university  Rhode Island /New York , The American university Cairo, Universidad De Castilla, Spain . She has conducted several workshops on Civic Engagement , Peace education , conflict resolution and soft skills in Egypt , Morocco,  Tunisia and Japan . She gave a speech on Peace Education at the World conference against the atomic Bomb weapons in Hiroshima , Japan in 2016 during her participation in the Oleander Initiative Program and was a Peace project advisor  for teachers from the MENA region and the U.S in Japan in 2017. She is also member of TESOL Tunisia / TEARN and a trainer for PCT (Peace Citizenship Tolerance)leaders with The Tunisian Association Help Me Learn.
Silvia Breiburd is an EFL teacher and researcher on generational theory with wide experience in primary and secondary teaching and managerial positions. In the light of new understandings, Silvia has authored numerous articles and blog posts addressing all school stakeholders on how to adjust teaching and learning to the changing educational paradigm. An international conference speaker, Silvia advocates generational-friendly sustainable leadership, teacher empowerment through action research and 21st-century education.
Filippo Silva has been working in the publishing industry for almost ten years, since he completed his theses in both Milan and Paris universities. He taught comparative literature, Italian and French in Formation Continue and Higher Education. Enthusiast for languages and teaching from a very early age, he is currently invested in developing Pearson's ELT tools in France.
Irina P. Ustinova is a Professor of the Department of English, Southeast Missouri State University, USA. She teaches courses on Foundation of Linguistics, Research Methods in TESOL, Developing Intercultural Awareness and Competence, Practicum in TESOL. Dr. Ustinova published more than 30 articles and wrote three chapters for the book English in Russia: History, Functions, and Features.
Samia Wardane is a passionate teacher of English in Casablanca, Morocco. She is a fourth year doctoral student at the faculty of letters and human sciences Ben Msik, Casablanca. She is the president of the Association of Moroccan Alumni (AMA) which is twelve years old. She has participated in ELT events in Morocco and overseas. She took part in Oleander Initiative Pilot program in August, 2016 in Hiroshima, Japan and was the academic adviser for the same program in August 2018. She believes that her richness lies in sharing new learnings and practices.
Brett Yokom is an instructor in both UC Berkeley Extension's International (Business) Diploma Program and the Humanities and Languages Program. Fortunate to have lived overseas and traveled extensively, he understands firsthand what it is like to be an adult language learner in a new country and culture. Having worked in Silicon Valley and the startup world for almost two decades, he’s now able to combine his business knowledge, intercultural communication experience and language instruction skills in his work as an educator. His areas of expertise include business communications, communication-related to the tech start-up eco-system, professional communication for NNS, Adult/Academic ESL, and Business English.

Free for TESOL France members.
Non-members registration fee is €30
€5 contribution for lunch will be asked at the door.
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