The Foreign Languages Forum & Book Exhibition

31 March 2019 |Grand Hotel Palace

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The Foreign Languages Forum
31 March 2019
Grand Hotel Palace

The Foreign Languages Forum is one of the main events in the Greek English Language Teaching calendar. Attended by more than 650 ELT professionals, it features a 1-day programme of commercial and professional talks as well as workshops.

The Forum will take place on 31 March 2019 at the Grand Hotel Palace and features educational sessions covering a wide range of topics.

The Forum’s plenary sessions are expected to attract a lot of attention as distinguished speakers from Greece and abroad will share ideas, knowledge and expertise. Amongst the highlights of the event are the sessions by Andrew Walkley and Dr Thomai Alexiou. 

In addition, a large resource and book exhibition will give you the opportunity to see the latest ELT publications and services.

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The Book Exhibition

During the Foreign Languages Forum a major book exhibition takes place at the premises which gives you the opportunity to see the latest ELT publications and services.
This year 16 publishers and examination bodies will be present at the FLF's exhibition area.

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Plenary Speakers

Morning Plenary Session

Andrew Walkley
Andrew Walkley- Co-director at Lexical Lab

Plenary Session

Teaching Grammar through Lexis

Teaching Grammar through Lexis with Andrew Walkley

Do you feel hungry for a fresh helping of teacher training? We have prepared a real feast and the head chef is Andrew Walkley.

Students sometimes say their ‘grammar’ is terrible and teachers often worry about how to teach grammar better. But before we leap into doing more grammar exercises or introducing fun games, perhaps we should take a step back and question exactly what we mean by grammar - and for that matter what we mean by teaching and learning.

Different notions of these things will lead to different ways of ‘becoming better’. I will present how we might teach grammar better if we see language as lexically driven and see teaching and learning as an open spiralling process.

Bio

Andrew Walkley is the co-founder with Hugh Dellar of Lexical Lab, a company to promote teaching lexically and provide excellence in lexical materials and training. He has taught English for over twenty years, mainly in Spain and the UK, and as a teacher trainer has given workshops to teachers in many different countries and teaching contexts. 

Afternoon Plenary Session

Plenary Session

The magic element of vocabulary in the recipe of early foreign language success

The magic element of vocabulary in the recipe of early foreign language success with Thomai Alexiou

A plethora of recent research confirms that vocabulary development is a decisive factor in the successful development of a foreign language by young learners.

This presentation reevaluates vocabulary and presents ‘Pic-lex’, a new well-founded testing tool intended for very young learners up to primary school learners and offers estimates of receptive vocabulary size from picture cues.

Dr Thomai Alexiou
Dr Thomai Alexiou- Assistant Professor at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Dr Thomai Alexiou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds an MA in TEFL from Canterbury Christ Church University and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Wales Swansea, UK. She has taught English as a foreign language for about 10 years in Greece and Britain. She currently teaches courses in methodology of language teaching, pedagogical foundations in learning a foreign language, current communicative approaches and research methods in applied linguistics.
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2-hour workshop with Andrew Walkley

Teaching Grammar Lexically

In this workshop we will explore and practice some of the ideas put forward in my plenary session. In particular, we will look at the idea of thinking about and recording what we actually say as a starting point for drawing attention to grammar and vocabulary, rather than starting with the idea of a grammar rule and a lexical set. We will mainly look at practical adjustments to how we approach our day-to-day teaching, rather than individual on-off activities.

Programme

Room: OLYMPIA C

10:30 - 11:20 Teaching Grammar through Lexis - Plenary Session

Andrew Walkley
Do you feel hungry for a fresh helping of teacher training? We have prepared a real feast and the head chef is Andrew Walkley.
Students sometimes say their ‘grammar’ is terrible and teachers often worry about how to teach grammar better. But before we leap into doing more grammar exercises or introducing fun games, perhaps we should take a step back and question exactly what we mean by grammar - and for that matter what we mean by teaching and learning.
Different notions of these things will lead to different ways of ‘becoming better’. I will present how we might teach grammar better if we see language as lexically driven and see teaching and learning as an open spiralling process.

11:30 - 12:20 ELT exams in Greece: Myths and Realities

Andrew Betsis
• Which exams should we ‘prefer’?
• How, based on the Cambridge English Scale, can you officially be at level C1, if the exam you took is at level B2 or C2?
• ‘informality’ in the new exams. How does this affect teaching?

12:30 - 13:20 ΠΙΣΤΟΠΟΙΗΤΙΚΑ ΕΠΙΠΕΔΟΥ Β2: Οι πιο συχνοί προβληματισμοί των καθηγητών, που διδάσκουν σε επίπεδο Β2.

Καλογιαννίδης Απόστολος Marketing Consultant, SUPER COURSE ELT PUBLISHING
ΠΙΣΤΟΠΟΙΗΤΙΚΑ ΕΠΙΠΕΔΟΥ Β2: Οι πιο συχνοί προβληματισμοί των καθηγητών, που διδάσκουν σε επίπεδο Β2.
• Νέες εξελίξεις στον χώρο των πιστοποιητικών
• Πρακτικές συμβουλές
• Προτάσεις για συνδυασμούς βιβλίων
• INSIDER B2: To νέο Coursebook, που ανταποκρίνεται ιδανικά στις ανάγκες των μαθητών που συμμετέχουν στις εξετάσεις των πιστοποιητικών επιπέδου Β2.

Θα διανεμηθούν δωρεάν δείγματα βιβλίων.

13:30 - 14:20 Embark on this trip…

MM Publications
We meet Ζippy and his friends in this series! Through their adventures learners experience fun, topic-appropriate activities, where communication is not at the expense of grammar and projects are part of learning. Give your students the opportunity to be confident and independent users of English.

14:30 - 15:20 The magic element of vocabulary in the recipe of early foreign language success - Plenary Session

Dr Thomai Alexiou
A plethora of recent research confirms that vocabulary development is a decisive factor in the successful development of a foreign language by young learners.
This presentation reevaluates vocabulary and presents ‘Pic-lex’, a new well-founded testing tool intended for very young learners up to primary school and offers estimates of receptive vocabulary size from picture cues.

Room: OLYMPIA A

12:30 - 13:20 Homework in the 21st Century: Ideas to Excite and Engage EFL Learners!

Express Publishing
Homework has always been a mainstay teacher strategy. When used properly, homework is an effective method for reinforcing educational learning goals. In the 21st century, a new style of homework should be encouraged, beyond the current model that mainly emphasizes rote rehearsal skills and mere practice at home. This new homework model should entail activities that inspire students to be more creative, explore their interests and become more autonomous.
Only by providing learners with tasks that are relevant, intriguing, interesting, and exciting can there be a positive correlation between homework and higher levels of academic achievement

13:30 - 14:20 Burlington Mindset B1

Natasha Polysaki-Kallistratou, Marketing Manager, Northern Greece, Burlington Books
Burlington Mindset B1 is the ideal coursebook for mixed ability classes. The first part in a three-part exam preparation course, it contains engaging tasks and topics which challenge students to stretch their cognitive abilities.

16:00 - 18:00 Workshop: Teaching Grammar Lexically

ndrew Walkley
In this workshop we will explore and practice some of the ideas put forward in my plenary session. In particular, we will look at the idea of thinking about and recording what we actually say as a starting point for drawing attention to grammar and vocabulary, rather than starting with the idea of a grammar rule and a lexical set. We will mainly look at practical adjustments to how we approach our day to day teaching, rather than individual on-off activities.

Participation Fee €40 - Sign up here

Exhibitors

Andrew BetsisCollins ELT
Πύργου 31, 185 42 Πειραιάς – 2104118894 – www.andrewbetsiselt.gr

Binary Logic
Λακωνίας 20, 174 56 Άλιμος -2109955604 – www.binarylogic.net

Burlington Books
Παπαστράτου 12, 185 45 Πειραιάς – 2109767888 – www.burlingtonbooks.com

ELT NEWS
Αγ.Γεωργίου 74, 154 51 Νέο Ψυχικό – 2106712991 – www.eltnews.gr

Europalso – ESB
Ακαδημίας 98-100 – 106 77 Αθήνα – 2103830752 – www.europalso.gr

Express Publishing
Μακμίλλαν 3, 111 44 Αθήνα – 2102120800 – www.expresspublishing.co.uk

Gecon Consulting
Κοφίδου 8 - 552 36 Θεσσαλονίκη - 2310344046 - www.gecon.gr

Hillside Press
Δοϊράνης 13 - 113 62 Αθήνα - 2108829041 - www.elthillside.com

Input on Education
Ριζούντος 72 – 551 33 Καλαμαριά – 2311207329 – www.input.edu.gr

Lord Byron School of Languages
Τσιμισκή 104 - 546 22 Θεσσαλονίκη - 2310278804 - www.lordbyron.gr

MM Publications
Δεληγιώργη 58 - 174 56 Άλιμος - 2109953680 - www.mmpublications.com

PeopleCert – LanguageCert – ECDL
Κοραή 3 - 105 64 Αθήνα  2103729050 - www.languagecert.gr | www.ecdl.gr

Supercourse Publishing
Λαοδικίας 1 - 591 00 Βέροια - 2331073777 - www.supercourse.gr

Tesol MacedoniaThrace
Β.Όλγας 4 -546 40 Θεσσαλονίκη 6987699649 – www.tesolmacedoniathrace.org

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