The Foreign Languages Forum
Athens, 10&11 March 2018 | Royal Olympic
 Hotel

The full programme will be available in February 2018.

The FL Forum

Plenary Speakers

Dr Dimitris Maroulis

Dr Dimitris Maroulis

Δρ Δημήτρης Μπουραντάς

Δρ Δημήτρης Μπουραντάς

Roger Johnson

Roger Johnson

Nick Michelioudakis

Nick Michelioudakis

Dr Irini - Renika Papakammenou

Dr Irini - Renika Papakammenou

Δρ Ελένη Λιβανίου

Δρ Ελένη Λιβανίου

Get to know our speakers

Dr Dimitris Maroulis

Master & Doctorate in Education & Learning from the Open University, UK

Dimitris Maroulis is an EFL teacher and school owner, for the last 25 years, and a strong believer in lifelong learning. He is currently preparing for his second MA in Educational Neuroscience with Birkbeck, University of London. He has attended a number of seminars and short courses from various providers among them: the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and UC San Diego. He has been a frequent presenter at TESOL, Greece (member since 1994) and ELT News Forum. He is also member of QLS. He is the author of: “Language Learning Strategies in EFL”, Faculty of Education & Language Studies, OU, UK; “Reading Guide for B1 & B2:Strategies for the development of Reading Skills”, “Excellent: language learning assessment tool”, both from Lefki Selida. He has also written two books of poetry (‘Spelling Life” & “The Exodus of Alonso Kihana”) from Gavriilidis books.

Δρ Δημήτρης Μπουραντάς

Kαθηγητής του Μάνατζμεντ, Διευθυντής του Μεταπτυχιακού Προγράμματος Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων για στελέχη (Executive MBA) και του Μεταπτυχιακού Προγράμματος (MSc) Διοίκησης Ανθρωπίνων Πόρων στο Οικονομικό Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών.

Ο Δρ Δημήτρης Μπουραντάς είναι καθηγητής του Μάνατζμεντ, Διευθυντής του Μεταπτυχιακού Προγράμματος Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων για στελέχη (Executive MBA) και του Μεταπτυχιακού Προγράμματος (MSc) Διοίκησης Ανθρωπίνων Πόρων στο Οικονομικό Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών. Έχει δημοσιεύσει μεγάλο αριθμό άρθρων για τα πιο έγκυρα διεθνή επιστημονικά περιοδικά. Έχει συγγράψει 10 βιβλία, εκ των οποίων έχουν γίνει best seller τα παρακάτω: «Μάνατζμεντ» (ΜΠΕΝΟΣ), « Διοίκηση Ανθρώπινου Δυναμικού» (ΜΠΕΝΟΣ), «Ηγεσία: Ο δρόμος της διαρκούς επιτυχίας» (ΚΡΙΤΙΚΗ). To μυθιστόρημα «Όλα σου τα ‘μαθα μα ξέχασα μια λέξη», (ΠΑΤΑΚΗΣ) κέρδισε το βραβείο Αναγνωστών (ΕΚΕΒΙ 2008) και βρέθηκε για τέσσερα χρόνια στις λίστες των ευπώλητων.

Δρ Ελένη Λιβανίου

Εκπαιδευτικός ψυχολόγος

Η Ελένη Λιβανίου είναι Εκπαιδευτικός Ψυχολόγος με Διδακτορικό στη Γνωστική και Κοινωνική Ψυχολογία από το πανεπιστήμιο του Sussex Αγγλίας. Το ερευνητικό της έργο αφορά στο σύνδρομο Ελλειμματικής Προσοχής και Υπερκινητικότητας (ΕΠΥ), τη Δυσλεξία και τα προβλήματα συμπεριφοράς. Σπούδασε κι εργάστηκε στην Αγγλία μέχρι το 1992 και μέχρι το 2002 δίδασκε σε έκτακτα προγράμματα του Πανεπιστημίου του Sussex στην Αγγλία ενώ τώρα συνεργάζεται με το Nottingham Trent Πανεπιστήμιο της Αγγλίας ως εισηγήτρια/υπεύθυνη του προγράμματος Μάστερ (Master in Inclusive Education). Aπό το 1995 είναι υπεύθυνη του τμήματος Μαθησιακών Δυσκολιών της Ειδικής Διαγνωστικής, Θεραπευτικής και Ερευνητικής Μονάδας "Σπύρος Δοξιάδης - Έρευνα για το Παιδί". Είναι πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής Εταιρίας Δυσλεξίας και μέλος της European Dyslexia Association.

Nick Michelioudakis

(B. Econ., Dip. RSA, MSc [TEFL])

Nick Michelioudakis (B. Econ., Dip. RSA, MSc [TEFL]) has been working in the field of ELT for many years as a teacher, examiner and teacher trainer. His interest in student motivation has prompted him to start the ‘Comedy for ELT’ channel on YouTube. His other main interest is Social and Evolutionary Psychology. Articles from his ‘Psychology and ELT’ series have been published in many countries. You can see some of his work by visiting his blog at http://www.michelioudakis.org/

Dr Irini Papakammenou

PhD Applied Linguistics at the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus

Irini Papakammenou studied English Literature with English Language at the University of North Wales, Bangor and she has completed an Msc in TESOL at the University of Stirling and a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus. Her research topic is about the influence of EFL exams on teachers’ teaching practices in Greece. She is the owner of the Centre of Foreign Languages I. Papakammenou (a family business since 1974) for the last 16 years and the owner of C2learn.me site. Throughout her career she has performed various roles and responsibilities including the preparation and delivery of classroom and e-learning programs and managing and training the staff. Meanwhile she works as an oral examiner for foreign language certificates.

Roger Johnson

Educational Assessment Expert

Roger is an educational assessment expert with broad experience of developing strategy and introducing process improvements in the risk-averse environment of high-stakes examinations. Originally a teacher, trainer and examiner both in the UK and overseas, Roger then worked for Cambridge English for 25 years, in a wide range of roles. When he left Cambridge in 2017, he was Chief Operating Office, leading a team of 360 staff covering assessment design & content, QA & validation, distribution channel management and back-office operations. He has a particular interest in how developments in language teaching and testing can interact to deliver real benefits for learners and teachers. Roger has a first degree in law, a Master's in English teaching from the University of Manchester, and an MA from Cambridge University.

Plenary Sessions

Motivate your Learners
Nick Michelioudakis

How can we motivate learners? Here is an idea: instead of trying to improve little things which our students simply ignore, why not focus instead on creating ‘peak moments’ in our lessons? This session will give four practical ideas for how we can introduce such ‘Wow!’ moments in class.

When it comes to human memory, some moments are more equal than others. Psychologists have discovered that ‘peak’ moments – and the way something ends – disproportionally colour our perception of events. There are four key elements which can help us create ‘peak’ moments in class:

Elevation:  Any moment which rises above transient pleasure and can provide memorable delight. A poem, a text based on a painting, a moving ad can all create this feeling.

Pride:  Engaging students in tasks which help them create something or perform exceptionally well. Mini-projects with Web 2.0 tools are particularly well-suited for this and in some cases only take minutes.

Insight:  Moments which can rewrite our students' understanding of the world – a realisation which changes the way they see something. Content matters and should not just be ‘catchy’ topical texts but useful knowledge (and preferably counter-intuitive too).

Connection:  Activities which help students bond – moments which are strengthened because they are shared with others. From sharing a personal memory to disclosing something about yourself, such tasks can make students feel they belong and boost class cohesion.

Sometimes, such ‘Peak Moments’ arise by themselves – and it is the teacher’s job to grasp the opportunity and make the most of them. More often than not however, they need to be created. In this session we will demonstrate how this can be done by means of four easy, practical activities. 

Dealing with exams and exam preparation needs in a multi-exam context.
Dr Irene Papakammenou

Greece has a strong examination culture which has changed significantly since more exams are developed and enter the market. Currently, 23 English language examinations are administered at B2 level and 17 at C2 level in Greece and they are approved by ASEP. This multi-exam context (Papakammenou, 2016) is rather challenging for both teachers and school owners.

Such a context has both a negative and positive influence on teachers, students and school owners as well as on how exam preparation classes are formed and how teachers teach. Teachers struggle to choose an exam for their students, they find difficulties in organizing such classes and they often teach to the test in order to raise their students’ scores and make them succeed in the exams. On the other hand, multi-exam contexts provide more opportunities for language learning and they help teachers and students deal with the stress and insecurities that exams create.

The talk presents and describes the nature of the multi-exam context and it provides ways to handle such a context and use it in favour of the teachers and students. It refers to research and classroom practice in exam preparation courses in Greek Language Schools. It also considers issues for teacher development and training in order to better handle a multi-exam context. The presentation offers language teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, test constructors and material writers and publishers, insights directly relevant to their needs.

Applied Learning Styles
Dr Dimitris Maroulis

Language teachers have to engage learners in activities that make them aware of their learning potentials through using more than their stereotypical styles.
In the first part of this presentation, I will revise the main ideas of learning styles with emphasis on the perceptual filters. In the second part I will demonstrate, with the aid of the participants, a number of activities that can be used in classroom for the style-stretching, again with emphasis on the sensory channels. The activities target different skills and language items and the participants will be able to learn the basic ingredients of how to make their lessons more “learning-style sensitive” and the language activities more “learning-style orientated”.

Workshops

Formalists enjoy Grammar to air authority. The public thinks Grammar is the spine of any language. The truth is that there are many different “Grammars” for different purposes in language learning. In this workshop we learn how many teaching methods there are for Grammar lessons. Then we introduce the idea of GR.I.T (Grammar Instances Theory) which can really provide teachers with an effective and applicable alternative to the well-known dry and uninspiring ways to teach Grammar. Through plenty of examples and case studies teachers will be ready to apply GR.I.T teaching tool at any level transforming Grammar into a skill.

Workshop Leader: Dimitris Maroulis
Duration: 2 hours
Audience: New and experienced teachers
Price: €30

‘Why don’t my students remember the words they have learned?’ ‘Are there simple and easy ways to ensure vocabulary retention?’ ‘Why don’t my students use expressions they know and have studied?’ The more important vocabulary is for our learners (and we know it is THE single most important component of language learning) the more pressing such questions become.

 

The workshop aims to help teachers by demonstrating:

  • …easy-to-use web tools for helping their students learn lexical items better
  • …simple strategies for helping students (and teachers themselves) build their vocabulary
  • …practical ideas for helping learners activate the words and expressions they have studied.

Workshop Leader: Nick Michelioudakis
Duration: 2 hours
Audience: New and experienced teachers
Price: €30
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