LINGUIST List 31.3259

Mon Oct 26 2020

Confs: English; Applied Ling/Italy

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <laurenlinguistlist.org>



Date: 24-Oct-2020
From: Patrizia Petruccetti <tesolitalygmail.com>
Subject: TESOL Italy's 45th Virtual National Convention
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TESOL Italy's 45th Virtual National Convention

Date: 13-Nov-2020 - 14-Nov-2020
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact: Patrizia Petruccetti
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: https://tesolitaly.org/conventions/convention-2020/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

THEME: Enriching Learning and Teaching

SUBTHEMES:
- Global Sustainability Through ELT
- Caring for Learners & Teachers’ Wellbeing
- Enhancing Language Awareness and Creativity
- Challenges of Distance Learning

PLENARY SPEAKERS:
- Deborah Healey
- Grazzia Maria Mendoza Chirinos
- Chaz Pugliese
- Tom Sneddon
- Dorothy Zemach

In the space of a very short time, life around the world has changed, caused by a rapid and dangerous virus that crashed into our lives.

We, at TESOL Italy, like to call it the “storm”, as this name reminds us of the archaic and mythical storms from which people emerged in some way changed.

What impact has the “storm” had on education? How is the teaching/learning model changing right now?

For thousands of teachers and students, online classes have become the new norm. Some teachers have already had experience in meeting students through synchronous and asynchronous mode and for them it has not been a daunting task. Others may feel intimidated, but after the first unsteady steps they have contributed significantly to the community. Both have shown resilience in facing the new scenario in this phase of their professional life. But what are the risks for students’ education, safety and wellbeing and what are the opportunities?

Is learning easier and more enjoyable? Do teachers make the dissemination of knowledge easier and more attractive? How can learning and wellbeing best be supported in this context? Has teaching improved?

Now more than ever, improving the quality and value of the student’s learning experience is a key priority for teachers, and the watchwords are: engage, enhance and interact.

By adopting modern pedagogies along with interactive technologies teachers engage, enhance and interact with By adopting modern pedagogies along with interactive technologies teachers engage, enhance and interact with students. However, using trends and innovative teaching methods is a crucial skill for teachers and it is not an easy feat. In fact, embedding technology leads to a change in teaching strategies, assessment methods and implementation processes.

Teachers should also explore methods and techniques to adopt and ensure quality assurance and quality enhancement in their practice. As education professionals, we must always be mindful of how well we are doing.

In engaging with these innovations to enhance learning and teaching, what is the effect on the students’ learning experience? Is the quality of student-teacher relationship an important factor in determining students’ engagement? Are students more likely to achieve their goals when exposed to a variety of teaching strategies and technological tools? Teachers must find most effective ways to make students interact since interactive forms of work can considerably enrich the learning experience. As scientific researches have shown, innovating teaching strategies is a win-win for both students and teachers.

Are these methods and techniques effective both in face-to-face and online teaching? Should learning styles and teaching styles be matched in order to have a much more confident and active learning and teaching experience?

Finally, how can we put to fruition, once back to normal, the widespread, but forced, experience of remote learning/teaching that we are experiencing right now?

Announcement:

Pre-register today and receive the early-bird discount! Participant pre-registration form https://tesolitaly.org/conventions/convention-2020/convention-2020-pre-registration-form/.

– Early registration by October 25, 2020
– Late registration by November 5, 2020




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