So, you're a teacher...
So, you're a teacher...
So, you're a teacher...
My name is Olena Tkachenko.
I've been teaching for almost 10 years and now I'm lucky to have the most amazing students who happen to also be English teachers. We are doing wonders together and our lessons are the best in the whole world.
I've decided to give my teacher-learners some public speaking practice and invited them to be speakers at our new charity conference.
I'm sure there is so much they can share with the world and it would be a shame not to use it.
Also, it's right about time Ukrainian teachers united and created another platform to share their experiences. We have to stand together and support each other in these challenging times. Creating one more platform for them is one of my personal goals.
This conference is for:
It's a great chance to listen to young practicing teachers, exchange opinions, meet like-minded people and even become a part of a community.
On top of that, you will be supporting the Ukrainian Army and our volunteers, as 100% of the proceeds will be donated to them.
Grammar. Exploration instead of explanation.
For quite a long time, I tended to stick to conventional Grammar books with plenty of explanation and rules in advance. To be honest, I was not satisfied with such an approach at all and even felt somewhat guilty about that. At some point, I gave up doing that. Why should students open the brackets in the lesson if they can practice it at home by doing countless exercises on their own? I reduced the time spent on grammar and allocateв it for the activities which enableв students to explore the language, draw conclusions and identify the rules of grammar by themselves. Doing it in a mini group is even more delightful since learners can learn a lot from their peers..
Revision and recycling lexis
Do you think that lexis revision and recycling are terribly overwhelming? Do you struggle with preparing for revision and recycling activities as this process could take hours?
In this session, I`ll talk about the main principles and techniques that can ease the process of creating such activities. I`ll show the set of revision/recycling tasks that help my students revise target lexis in an effective and engaging way.
How to keep students speaking
What are the common reasons for students to struggle when speaking? How to make them engaged and willing to talk? How to adapt artificial speaking tasks to real people’s needs? All these and more to be investigated at our session … 😉
Language feedback: praise & correction
How to notice your student’s progress and praise them?
Types of mistakes and ways of correcting them. When is it better to correct? Shall we interrupt students or let them finish?
Online tools to spice up your lessons
Teaching online does not mean playing all the time and exploting Kahoot every single lesson, does it? During this input we will look into various additional tools and sources to be used in your online clasroom without going overboard and turning a lesson into a set of games.
Emergent language: the dark horse of your lessons
What is Emergent language? Why is it so vital? And how to deal with it so your students benefit the most?
Knowing the answers to these questions can definitely make your lessons more student-centered and help your students fall in love with the studying process.
Developing learner autonomy
Who's an autonomous learner? Why should we as teachers aim to promote our students' independence when it comes to the learning process? And how exactly can we achieve it? The talk will answer all these questions, as well as provide practical tips, lifehacks and ready-to-use activities for your classroom.
ESP: how to get involved in it
A “small” talk on what ESP is and is not, how to start teaching it from the scratch, how to get ready for the first class.
What's your worth?
Do you want to figure out a secret of happy life as a teacher, come and listen what a 20-year-old teacher with more than 3-year experience can tell you about that. I do know we've all been there:
What if I'm not good enough?
What if my price is too high?
What if I'm not educated enough?
What if I'm not interesting enough?
So, I offer you to answer all these together.
General VS Exam classes: two sides of the same coin
There is a world of difference between teaching general English and preparing students for exams. Or is there? Let's bust some common myths about teaching for exams together.
How to develop stress-resistance (or at least try to).
For many people, it is not easy to become stress-resistant. I cannot promise that this talk will make you stress-resistant, but you will definitely have a chance to learn about tools which can help you to get closer to achieving your goal.
Emotional intelligence and empathy
Will you agree that teaching and psychology are inseparable? I’m deeply convinced they are. Moreover, I’d state that people without emotional intelligence can’t develop such social aptitudes as the ability to teach others, resolve conflicts or manage teams of stuff.
In my session, we’ll discuss the popular concept of EQ and its aspects, empathy in particular. We’ll also tackle the issues of focus and motivation. I hope we’ll get a clearer view of a fulfilled teaching from a psychological perspective.