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9 December 2017


Bordeaux event 9 December
 

Time: 10:00-13:00
Speaker: Ray Cooke
Venue: ENSEIRB-MATMECA, 1 avenue du Dr Albert Schweitzer, 33402 Talence Cedex
             Tram B, arrêt « Arts et Métiers »

Registration:
This venue is not open to the public on weekends, therefore, walk-ins will not be possible. Please be sure to fill in the registration form to let us know that you will be coming. 

 

About the Workshop

While the discourse of any scientific or technical discipline is readily identifiable as such to the EFL/ESP teacher, knowing what to do with it in class may be a challenge. Teachers may find themselves in the situation where they are expected to produce meaningful ESP content for their learners but with very little guidance on how to do so, either from fellow language teachers or from the disciplinary course directors who have overall responsibility for curricula.

Of course, off-the-shelf solutions exist in the form of manuals for particular disciplines (e.g. English for Nurses, Biologists, etc), but these may be difficult to follow in a linear manner: they may present language items in an artificial order decided by the author(s); their level of difficulty may be too low or too high for the target audience owing to cultural factors; they lack the element of surprise or novelty that learners should be able to expect, etc. At best, they can serve to provide tried-and-tested material on a piecemeal basis.

One way to provide meaningful content that can feed into an overall ESP programme is to take the authentic discourse produced by the members of a scientific or technical discourse community and transform (or didactise) it into pedagogical language-learning material. After all, the ultimate linguistic challenge for non-native-speaking members of any discourse community is to be able to use its behavioral and linguistic ‘code’, e.g. presenting one’s masters research findings to a group of disciplinary peers…and in English; understanding a scientific article at undergraduate level; etc.

This presentation will take the participants through several issues:
  • Does each scientific or technical discipline have its own separate hermetic language register or is there some degree of overlap?
  • If there is overlap, is it purely semantic or do commonalities exist in the way scientists of different disciplines use English or behave with it?
  • If such commonalities can be identified, can we as language teachers use that knowledge to design course content that will lead our learners to an awareness of how their future discourse community colleagues use English?
  • Could such knowledge provide added value for us as teachers and allow us to teach across a wider disciplinary audience of learners?
 
The presentation will be hands-on with the participants first ‘doing’ and then ‘debriefing’. The material used will be textual and will cover a wide range of the types of text (or genera) common to science. The focus will be on activities pertinent to bachelors and masters students, i.e. up to and including Bac +5.


About the Speaker

Now retired, Ray Cooke was a member of the Département Langues et Cultures at Université de Bordeaux from 1978 until 2016 and was its director from 2006 to 2014. Throughout his career, he has devoted much attention to developing customized courses for students of scientific English in an attempt to provide them with the skills they need to become autonomous learners, observers and ultimately efficient users of the target language within the discourse communities in which they will work. This work led to a number of theoretical publications on the didactic issues associated with this pedagogical aim. He has always sought the cross-disciplinary commonalities that enable the apparently well-defined hermetic boundaries between English for economics, biology, midwives, etc. to be broken down, thus empowering the EFL/ESP teacher to be able to work across a much wider range of scientific disciplines than he/she may initially feel comfortable with. 
 

 

This event is FREE to TESOL France members. Please bring your membership card with you. Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change. If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day.
 

IMPORTANT:

Before you join or renew,  please be sure to fill out the Members Registration Form on our website, before you come to the workshop.  If you have renewed your membership or signed up as a new member recently and have selected the “Pay by cheque or cash onsite” payment option on the website, we can process your payment and validate your membership at the workshop.


Questions? Write to 'Regions Bordeaux' through the Contact form on our website.  The regional coordinator will reply to your email.
 
 



25 November 2017

Storytelling and the Human Library 

 


 
Time: 10:00-13:00
Speaker: Debbie West
Venue: ENSEIRB-MATMECA, 1 avenue du Dr Albert Schweitzer, 33402 Talence Cedex, Tram B, arrêt « Arts et Métiers »

Registration: This venue is not open to the public on weekends, therefore, walk-ins will not be possible. Please be sure to fill in the registration form to let us know that you will be coming.
  About the Workshop

For our November workshop, TESOL France Bordeaux will invite Debbie West to take a look at storytelling skills and activities in the classroom. Storytelling doesn't just have to be about weaving a tale. It can be a skill which further enhances speaking and presentation techniques in English. As there are many ways of telling stories, there are also many ways to use this skill to help students overcome shyness, give structure to content, enhance self confidence, use the power of their voice and improve public speaking skills in English (or any language).

Within the context of storytelling, we will specifically look at the Human Library and what it challenges.  The website of the nonprofit humanlibrary.org explains, "The human library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is the place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered."

In the language learning classroom, the Human Library, can serve as a storytelling activity as it helps give a platform of exchange. Debbie will show us how she has used it in her classes to encourage the imagination of students through storytelling while implementing vocabulary. Additionally, these methods can be used to help students tell their own stories. What is it that they would like others to know about them but were too afraid to mention? When our students can own what is theirs and have others accept it, this becomes a vehicle for change and transforms what they feel they can share. Creativity and ownership are incredibly powerful ways to encourage our students to relate language learning to their lives and to those around them.

About the Speaker
 
Debbie West is a UC Berkeley graduate and was brought up in a military family.
She has done almost everything from teaching French to being an International Student Advisor in the United States. She now teaches English to all levels and ages here in France. Presently she is the past President of Tesol France and the Paris workshop coordinator. An educator at heart, she sees education as broader than in a classroom and is definitely not very traditional in her methods. She encourages people to get real life experience speaking the language they study.  Debbie thinks that all teachers have great potential to be great leaders in and out of the classroom. You can find out more about Debbie at westlanguage.com.
 
Alongside the workshop, we will be holding a "TROC" of EFL/ teaching books. So, bring all the materials you no longer use and would like to pass on to someone else.
 


This event is FREE to TESOL France members. Please bring your membership card with you. Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change. If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day.
 

IMPORTANT:

Before you join or renew,  please be sure to fill out the Members Registration Form on our website, before you come to the workshop.  If you have renewed your membership or signed up as a new member recently and have selected the “Pay by cheque or cash onsite” payment option on the website, we can process your payment and validate your membership at the workshop.


Questions? Write to 'Regions Bordeaux' through the Contact form on our website.  The regional coordinator will reply to your email.
 
 


30 September 2017


IATEFL conference highlights, EFL Conferences round-up and online teacher training


 

Time: 10:00 a.m -1:00 p.m
Speakers: Claudia Brosnahan and Cate Evans
Venue: ENSEIRB-MATMECA, 1 avenue du Dr Albert Schweitzer, 33402 Talence Cedex
Tram B, arrêt « Arts et Métiers »
Registration:
 This venue is not open to the public on weekends, therefore, walk-ins will not be possible. Please be sure to fill in the registration form to let us know that you will be coming. 

About the Workshop

Our first workshop for the new academic year will be on 30 September. Claudia Brosnahan and Cate Evans will present their IATEFL conference highlights and share their take-aways, including teaching ideas, talk summaries and a look at IATEFL SIG's (special interest groups). We will then take a hands-on approach to adapting these teaching ideas and key activities to your situation and students' needs. In addition, we will talk about other upcoming EFL conferences in and around France and look at training and career development resources that you can pursue online.

Alongside the workshop, we will be holding a "TROC" of EFL/ teaching books. So, bring all the materials you no longer use and would like to pass on to someone else.
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  About the Speakers


Cate Evans is a Welsh/Irish teacher with a PGCE (TES/FL) and MA (linguistics) CAPES. She has taught in various places including Sudan, Thailand, Portugal, Spain, England, and France. She worked mainly for the British Council as a teacher and teacher trainer and set up her own training company in Thailand. In France, she has worked in various private language schools as Head of Studies and over 15 years in various Grandes Ecoles, most recently ENSCBP.


Claudia Brosnahan is a teacher trained in New Zealand (M.A in Education) with a French Postgraduate teaching degree. She currently teaches at Bordeaux Institute of Technology, ENSCBP. Her professional areas of interest include intercultural communication, motivation in the classroom, technology-enhanced language learning, and online collaborative projects. 
 

 

All TESOL France workshops are free for members and 8 euros for non-members.
If you would like to join TESOL France or renew your membership, fill out your membership form before the event here.

IMPORTANT:

If you have renewed your membership or signed up as a new member recently and have selected the “Pay by cheque or cash onsite” payment option on the website, we can process your payment and validate your membership at the workshop.


Questions? Write to 'Regions Bordeaux' through the Contact form on our website.  The regional coordinator will reply to your email.

 

Assessing Creativity and Towards the Flow: a two-part workshop with Wojtek Koszykowski

Date: 18 February 2017
Time: 10:00-13:00
Venue: ENSEIRB-MATMECA
Room L003
1 avenue du Dr Albert Schweitzer
33402 Talence Cedex

Tram B, arrêt « Arts et Métiers »

This venue is not open to the public on weekends, therefore, walk-ins will not be possible. Please be sure to register here.


All TESOL France workshops are free for members and 8 euros for non-members.


Assessing Creativity:
Many teacher training sessions these days address the importance of fostering creativity and divergent thinking in education. However, measuring creativity is believed to be too difficult, and therefore neglected. While it may be true sometimes, there are many creativity assessment tools, a combination of which leads to valid and reliable tests. Wojtek will demonstrate how these tools can be exploited in EFL classrooms at all levels.

Towards the Flow:
At some point we have all had students, who no matter what we did, seemed always bored in class. How do we react to it and do we all react similarly? In this psychology-focused, thought-provoking workshop, Wojtek will discuss different feelings which are evoked in the EFL classroom and ways of controlling them. We will explore how some activities get adult learners focused on the tasks, enjoy them and leave the lesson with a feeling of achievement.
Wojtek holds the CELTA, the DELTA, a B.Sc. in Business Administration, an M.Sc in Management and is currently working on his PhD in HRM and Education. After 20+ years of EFL teaching and ELT management in the UK, Poland and France, he is doing research in the importance of creativity and would like to share some of the most interesting results which he has found through literature review, action research and experiments with his students.
 
 



Using music in the classroom with Jason Levine (aka Fluency MC)

Date: 3 Dec 2016
Time: 10:00-13:00
Venue: l'Association Bordeaux USA
38, Allées d'Orléans, (Place des Quinconces) 33000 Bordeaux

All TESOL France workshops are free for members and 8 euros for non-members.

Jason Levine is a teacher and entrepreneur. His mission is to connect with as many teachers as possible and provide engaging practice, in and out of the classroom. He helps students learn English through music. His youtube channel hosts numerous videos, totaling over 7 million views. TESOL France Bordeaux has invited Jason to Bordeaux to talk about using music in the classroom and his teaching method/ style. He will also share how he creatively manages his business as Fluency MC. 

After his talk, Jason will then moderate a swap-shop style session where everyone is encouraged to share their ideas of how they use music in the classroom.

Interested in learning more? Watch Jason's numerous videos on the Fluency MC youtube channel.

You can also learn more about his background, inspiration and teaching philosophy on this Teaching ESL Online interview and in this interview on the Children Learning English Affectively blog.


Prochain atelier TESOL France Bordeaux: La méthode Montessori et ses applications aux adultes dans l'acquisition de la langue.

Quand: samedi 5 novembre, 2016. 10h-13h
Ou: l'Association Bordeaux USA
38, Allées d'Orléans, (Place des Quinconces) 33000 Bordeaux
Tarif: gratuit pour adhérents du TESOL France. 8€ non-adhérents.
Venez au prochain atelier TESOL France Bordeaux pour les professeurs de langues, sur le thème de la méthode Montessori et ses applications aux adultes. Cet atelier est désigné pour les enseignants avec peu de connaissance de la méthode Montessori. Simonetta Spiga et Maria-Francesca Fenuccio, professeurs d’italien et diplômées Montessori AMI, nous donneront une brève introduction  de la méthode et son histoire. Après, elles nous montreront l'application de la méthode aux adultes dans les environnements d'acquisition de la  langue. Enfin, Simonetta et Maria-Francesca feront une démonstration d'un cours d’italien. (Cet atelier sera présenté en français et italien.)
 
Come to the next TESOL France Bordeaux workshop on the Montessori method as applied to adult language learners. This workshop will be aimed at teachers with little to no knowledge of the Montessori method. Italian language teachers Simonetta Spiga and Maria-Francesca, both Montessori certified (AMI), will give a brief introduction of the Montessori teaching method and its history. Then we will look at the application of this method to adults in a language learning environment. Lastly, Simonetta and Maria-Francesca will demonstrate this with a mini-Italian class. This workshop will be conducted in French and Italian.
 


Panel discussion 9 July - Transitioning : From teacher to administrator

When: Saturday, 9 July 2016, 9:30AM
Where: l'Association Bordeaux USA
38, Allées d'Orléans, (Place des Quinconces) 
33000 Bordeaux

All TESOL France workshops are free for members and 8 euros for non-members.
On Saturday 9 July TESOL France Bordeaux will host its last event of the year. It will be a panel discussion: transitioning from teaching to administration. The talk will feature Amanda Gedge-Wallace (Head of Language Studies at the Ecole Nationale de la magistrature), Amanda Prud'hon (IATC Manager, International Advanced Technology Center, Lectra), and Frauke Hummel (Responsable développement Région Sud-Ouest, Conseillère Formation, La Cité des Langues).
 
All three come from various work institutions (public and private sector) and will speak about by their transitions from teacher to administrator, key challenges and trends/ trajectories they see in the field.
 
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Amanda Gedge-Wallace has been working in English language teaching in Bordeaux since 1991. She was a vacataire in language schools in and around Bordeaux and then worked directly with companies as an English teacher, mainly out in Ambès (Norsk Hydro, Michelin, Eka Chimie). Then, she became a vacataire at the French National School for the Judiciary in 1998 while working a part-time teaching contract at a primary school in Bordeaux (sublime to the ridiculous!) After 16 years of free-lance teaching, Amanda was appointed to a full-time position to set up and run the language department at the ENM in 2007.
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Soon after arrival in France 1992, Amanda Prudh'on began teaching for a private language school giving lessons to adults (both professional and leisure classes) and some school pupils for holiday courses . She supplemented her hours with additional contracts in higher education institutions (IUT and what is now Kedge). She maintained all three contracts until around January 2000, at which point she focused solely on the contract with Kedge, taking on some admin work for the dept.
 
In 2007, Amanda obtained a position in the training dept of an international technology company with 2 main tasks: leading the worldwide English training program and running the integration seminar. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work on other topics within the training dept which has led her to work with the sales team (still in a training capacity). For the past year, she has been in charge of the international demonstration center leading a team of 7 people and coordinating visits for customers from around the world.
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Frauke Hummel has been working as a German teacher and in various administrative roles in a university environment for several years. Responsibilities have ranged from curriculum development to hiring and managing teaching staff to organizing exams and conferences. Currently, she is the manager of staff and languages at La Cité des Langues, Southwest Region, INSEEC Business School
 

 

TESOL France Bordeaux Workshop: The conversation-centered classroom

Date: Saturday, 12 March 2016
Time: 9:00AM
Join us for a talk on using conversation as your fundamental teaching tool. Rachel Myers Moore will open up the session with a discussion of some of the theory behind the conversation-centered classroom. The workshop will then open up to the group to share your go-to speaking activities or problem solve any issues that come to mind. Come with questions, ideas, inspirations, notions, assumptions and an eagerness to, perhaps, change your perspective and enhance your teaching methods. 

All TESOL France workshops are free for members and 8 euros for non-members.


Google Apps Swap Shop, December 5th 2015

Speaker: LeAnn Stevens Larre
Date: 5 Dec 2015
Time: 9:00-12:00
Venue: l'Association Bordeaux USA
38, Allées d'Orléans, (Place des Quinconces) 33000 Bordeaux

To register or for more information please contact Dianne Chen through our contact page (look for "Regions - Bordeaux" in the list).
Do you ever wonder how to better utilize the tech tools you already know for a better class experience for you and your students? LeAnn Stevens Larre will share with us how to use Google docs to improve students reading and writing skills in a real-time classroom activity that she has personally developed. The swap shop will then open up to all participants, where we can all share what Google Apps we use in and/ or out of the classroom to help us teach and stay organized.
 


TESOL France Bordeaux MEET and GREET!

Bring a friend!

November 7, 2015 | 10:30-12:30
VENUE: Les Mots Bleus. 40, rue Poquelin Molière, Bordeaux (Hôtel de Ville tram stop)
In this informal meet and greet we will talk about upcoming TESOL France events in Bordeaux and beyond. We will also discuss the current working climate in Bordeaux. What new challenges are you facing as this new school year is under way? Please come (bring a friend, even) and share your point of view.
No need to register. This event will be free for all attendees.


TESOL France Bordeaux Workshop: Organizing Digital Spaces

When: Saturday, 13 June, 2015.
Time:  14:00-17:00.
Where: l'Association Bordeaux USA - 38, Allées d'Orléans, (Place des Quinconces) 33000
Bordeaux (go here for directions http://www.bordeaux-usa.com/ )

To register or for more information please contact Dianne Chen through our contact page (look for "Regions - Bordeaux" in the list).
When we think of career development, we most often think of updating our technological know-how or integrating new and different activities in the classroom. What often gets neglected is how we as teachers organize ourselves. How can we better work together to share information and experiences? How can we minimize our time pushing paper and maximize more teaching time?
 
For the next TESOL Bordeaux workshop, Nicole Stitch* will share how to organize our own digital space for community sharing and for our own personal organizing. We will look at using online tools such as Dropbox and Wikispaces to help us improve time management and efficiency. We will finalize the workshop with an Agony Aunt session to brainstorm and problem solve resolutions to your technology, organization and time management challenges.
 
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Nicole Stich received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Teaching from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) in 2007 and went on to obtain a Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) in 2009. After finishing her undergraduate studies, Nicole served as a member of Teach For America in Baltimore City Public Schools, where she taught high school Spanish for five years. Nicole has been working as an English teacher primarily at Kedge Business School (through the CEL) since September 2013. In addition to her teaching roles, Nicole was unofficially named the digital organization expert, managing online platforms for each of her schools. After a year of floundering in low-tech organizational methods, Nicole began exploring the benefits of digital solutions, and now manages the vast majority of her teaching practice with the help of web-based tools. Her tech-savvy methods were born of necessity: managing the assignments of over 150 students and coordinating with 15 other teachers was only feasible through some kind of digital space. With the help of programs like Wikispaces and DropBox, Nicole has been able to facilitate collaboration and cohesion amongst the teaching staff as well as manage the constant flow of student data, all at the touch of a button.

 

TESOL France Bordeaux MEET and GREET this Saturday!

Bring a friend!

April 11, 2015 | 10:30am 
VENUE: Cafe Verde Nero (24 rue de Ayres, 33000 Bordeaux.)
TESOL France Bordeaux will be hosting a Meet and Greet this Saturday the 11th of April. It will be an informal discussion centered around work "beyond the role of the vacataire." Several speakers will talk about their experiences starting and running their own English teaching companies, working as a translator, completing the CAPES exams and pursuing a DELTA qualification. 

This informal setting is a great way for English teachers to share their experiences and learn from others. In fact, it is the perfect opportunity to bring a friend new to TESOL France and introduce them to what we have to offer.
No need to register. This event will be free for all attendees.
 

 

Swap Shop in Bordeaux!


October 6th, 2012. 9am-12pm
Organized by Federico Espinosa
Victoire campus of Université Bordeaux Segalen
Theme: "First Lesson".

 

Technology Workshop


June 9th, 2012. 9:00 - 12:00
Universite Victor Segalen Bordeaux II
A workshop presented by Chesna Flora

 

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