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Annual Conference 2017

The Annual Conference 'LATE 25' will celebrate 25 years of LATE in Riga on August 17-18th at the Education and Information Centre of Riga City (RIIMC), Kaņiera iela 15, Riga.

Click here for a Registration Form and a Speaker Proposal Form.

You can visit the pages for previous conferences by clicking on the links below.

2011 Conference Report Page

2012 Conference Report Page

2013 Conference Report Page

2014 Conference Report Page

2015 Conference Report Page

2016 Conference Report Page

     

Nicky Hockly

The Consultants-E

Sponsored by the British Council

Critical Digital Literacies

Digital literacies, the technical skills and social practices needed to effectively interact with digital technologies, are key 21st century skills. Along with critical thinking, these skills are increasingly important in educational curricula. What exactly are digital literacies, how do they align with critical thinking skills, and how might both have a place in the English language classroom? In this plenary, we look at some of the theory underpinning digital literacies, and explore how both digital literacies and critical thinking skills might work together in the classroom in practice.

Nicky Hockly

The Consultants-E

Sponsored by the British Council

Going Mobile

In this workshop we look at a number of classroom activities using mobile devices, and examine how these can cross the boundaries between school and the outside world. We review the choices and challenges involved in using mobile devices with learners in class, and how best to design and sequence mobile-based activities with your learners. Bring a mobile device (phone or tablet) with you to the workshop!

Nick Thorner

Oxford University Press

Motivational Teaching: Engaging Young People in Learning Behaviours

Many models of motivation and the general advice, like 'make classes interesting', rarely help us to create practical strategies. Drawing on ideas from Nick Thorner's Motivational Teaching, this session offers a clear perspective on motivation that will help teachers of teens respond to this challenge. Participants will gain a wide range of practical ideas and strategies to support learner motivation.

Rob Dean

RDTC Rob Dean Training and Consultancy on Behalf of Pearson

Nothing Stands Still for Long in Changing English

Whether it ís technology, fashion, music or politics, nothing stays the same for long, and for some people, staying up to date can be a real challenge. Language is no exception, and all languages are in a constant state of evolution. This session will look at some of the latest trends in English - at both new elements entering the language as well as old elements falling out of use. The talk will investigate examples of changing grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and usage, and will look at where this leaves us when deciding what to teach in the classroom.

 

Rob Dean

RDTC Rob Dean Training and Consultancy on Behalf of Pearson

Make a World of Difference†

Developing Real Communication in the Teenage Classroom

What does the future hold for our teenage learners? What careers will they follow? Where will they travel? Who will they communicate with? It may be difficult to answer these questions precisely, but we can make some educated guesses about the kind of linguistic needs they will have. This session will consider ways of providing a solid foundation for effective communication in the wide world of their future, with a focus on naturalness, authenticity and cultural awareness. The session will feature a variety of approaches and materials, along with some activities to try out in the classroom.

Rob Dean

RDTC Rob Dean Training and Consultancy on Behalf of Pearson

The Write Stuff!

Approaches to Developing the Writing Skill

For good reason, many of us tend to spend more classroom time on speaking activities than we do on writing, with writing tasks commonly being set for homework. However, a good speaker does not necessarily make a good writer (and vice versa), and even though the end result of both is to communicate, the subskills of each are vastly different. This session will offer some practical ideas aimed at utilising the dynamics of the classroom to develop a selection of writing subskills. In the process, we will illustrate that far from being a dull solitary activity, writing can be interactive, highly communicative - and even fun.

Kristy Kors

Express Publishing Platforms

Digi-Books and Dog-Proof Homework.

During this presentation, we will demonstrate some of the possibilities that the digital versions of course material can provide for schools, students and teachers. We will demonstrate some of the basic functions and look at how they can make language learning more immediate and flexible for students at all levels.

Kristy Kors

Express Publishing Platforms

Making The Right Noise (Primary Edition)

It is hoped that during this session colleagues will gain some insight into what might be going wrong and what techniques to try to put it right. Although no-one can promise that primary children will always behave, it is hoped that a broader understanding of some of the issues involved will be helpful in reducing times when they do not.

Kristy Kors

Express Publishing Platforms

Presentation Skills vs Traditional Homework

By using presentations, rather than traditional written homework, we can help all students learn the language more successfully. Students that make presentations generally stay more engaged with the subject they are presenting, when providing others with information. The rest of the class has the chance to experience learning through peer presentations.

Kristy Kors

Express Publishing Platforms

Specialisation for 21st Century Skills: Learner and Workforce

The 21st century workplace has been transformed by globalization and digitalization. To achieve success, learners must develop the specialized English skills and the 21st Century Skills employers require. Career Paths offers a unique approach to ESP by developing students' vocational English abilities while simultaneously improving their abilities to communicate, collaborate, think critically, and create in both physical and digital contexts.

 

Dace Miöka

Oxford University Press

Development of Competences with Oxford University Press

Recent Oxford Professional Development seminars have shown that teachers of English in Latvia use competence-based approach actively but often do not recognize various competences when needed to show examples from their books or materials. This short presentation will illustrate some typical examples of materials that develop Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Learning to Learn and Communication Skills and foster Cultural Awareness.

Tatiana Ginzburg

Express Publishing

Making Your Lessons Meaningful With Clil

D. Marsh defines CLIL as 'an umbrella term that could encompass a wide range of situations related to the experience of learning non-language subjects through a foreign language'. However, there ís still quite a lot of confusion related to why's and how's of planning and implementing CLIL at school. In this talk we'll look at theoretical and practical aspects of introducing CLIL in your teaching. We'll also consider materials to be used by language and subject teachers produced by publishers and other organisations. The talk is meant for teachers of English working at primary, secondary and upper-secondary levels.

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