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Webinars, Seminars and more

On this page you can find details about LATE's series of webinars, seminars and more.


Innovative Teaching Methods to Promote a Contemporary Learning Process

LATE held its second January Seminar on 4 January 2019 at Riga Teika Secondary School. Fifty-five teachers braved the snow and cold to attend five seminars on a variety of topics.
Džefrijs Grinvalds spoke on Public Speaking – Training Your Students and Yourself to be a Persuasive Public Speaker. The presentation focused on practical skills for engaging students in public speaking activities. It covered the basics of verbal, vocal, and nonverbal delivery and take a look at some activities for your classroom.
Tatjana Kunda spoke on Assessment as Learning. The session provided an insight into the change in classroom assessment where assessment becomes a powerful tool for involving learners in the process of looking at their learning and reflecting on their abilities. It looked at ways how assessment can help language learners to develop skills for self-evaluation and metacognition.
M. Lee Alexander spoke on Rhyme and Reason: Using Poetry to Teach Expository Writing and Speaking Skills. Teachers have long been aware of the power of creative writing in the ELL Classroom. This workshop focused on applying a number of different classic and contemporary poetic forms not just as a creative activity but also as a way to teach and reinforce content, academic/ expository writing, and speaking and pronunciation skills. Participants tried their hands at a variety of forms and examine potential application to a wide range of subjects and levels. Participants received handouts to take away with them to add to their pedagogical toolkit.

Robert Buckmaster spoke on Speaking and Speaking Skills, and Listening Skills. In the workshops Rob outlined what students need to know and to be able to do in order to listen and speak, and then showed a number of speaking and listening activities.

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LATE Webinar 3: 21st Century Fox: Media Literacies

James Egerton gave a webinar on Media Literacies on the 2nd December 2018.

James blogs on ELT at

Abstract: Are you just teaching a subject or educating a person? What can you do to arm your students with fundamental skills for today's world? In this session, we'll go through techniques and activities to encourage learners to divide fact from fiction among the avalanche of online information.

Lesson Plan

James Egerton, our webinar and seminar presenter this year, published an article in IATEFL Voices (March-April 2018) entitled 'Inculcating a Growth Mindset' and kindly agreed to share it with us.

The text of the article can be found here.

Accompanying videos and PDF copies of the materials for each stage can be found on this blog post.

LATE Webinar 2: Riveting Revision + Overcoming Exam Anxiety

James Egerton, 4th March 2018

Abstract: The Year 9 and 12 exams are right around the corner, and in just 40 minutes this two part webinar will provide you with practical and psychological tools to help your students to achieve their best.

Part 1: The informative insights at the LATE conference on 5th January showed that Use of Language is the weakest exam part overall, and that students score lowest on Grammar in the Speaking and Writing parts. We'll look at several engaging classroom activities to revise these areas before the exam.

Part 2: Anxiety-related issues prevent many students from achieving in the exam room what they are fully capable of in the classroom. We'll look briefly at the physiology of anxiety, and discuss three simple, practical techniques that students can employ to keep anxiety under control on exam day

To download the Presentation slides as a pdf: click here.

Part 1
Part 2

The Development and Assessment of Writing Skills at Secondary Level

8th February at Riga Teika Secondary School.

Writing Seminar Feb 2018

Tatjana Kunda spoke about how to improve writing literacy, and about the main principles of its assessment.

The seminar was aimed at English teachers who want to understand the principles of writing assessment and acquire the necessary knowledge to work with writing literacy, so that they could develop tests and apply criteria for writing assessment. We worked with the 12th grade State Exam in English evaluation scales and samples of different levels of work.

Innovative Teaching Methods to Promote a Contemporary Learning Process

LATE held its first January Seminar: Innovative Teaching Methods to Promote a Contemporary Learning Process at Riga State Gymnasium No 1, Raina Bulvaris 8 on the 6th January 2018.

LATE January Seminar 2018
Lidija Mitrofanova and Tatjana Kunda spoke about the assessment of different skills: Assessing Student Skills in Reading, Listening, Language Use, Writing and Speaking

Abstract: Reading, listening, language use, writing and speaking are the major areas of study for all standard English language. Assessing students in these areas is essential to ensure they acquire the necessary skills to continue their education or succeed in the professional world. The presentation will focus on strong/weak areas in candidates' performances, writing and speaking assessment criteria and prepare for the exam.

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Hall 2

James Egerton spoke about goal setting: A Better 2018: SMART Goal Setting


Abstract: New year, new start, right? Unless we make clear, focused goals, this 'new start' often doesn't survive into February. But that's where SMART goal setting can help. This session aims to boost students' motivation and achievement by showing how to set SMART goals for themselves as English learners, and will also share how we, as teachers, can help them to hit these goals.

Link to Presentation Slides


Janis Zeimanis talked about From Simulation to Case Studies

Abstract: The focus of the presentation is to raise awareness of current demands of educational settings - purposeful approach to supplying our learners with skills that are demanded in the real world. Instead of looking at simulations of real-life activities, we will explore the possibilities of the resources available for enhancing learning outside traditional classroom settings. This also correlates with thecompetency-based learning in fostering learner autonomy and developing critical thinking skills. JANIS

Jeff Grīnvalds talked about An American Perspective

JEFF Abstract: Hear a comparison and contrast of teaching methods and pedagogy from an outsider's perspective with ideas for engaging with students. Learn methods and techniques to pique students' interest in learning the English language while having fun. Practice experiential learning practices that will bring out the creativity and imagination of your students.

Robert Buckmaster talked about Language Awareness for Teachers

Abstract: Teachers need to be aware of the language they teach and careful about (and critical of) the rules they tell their students. Do the rules reflect the real language or are there some surprises in the way English is really used? We will look at a number of features of English grammar, for example, some tense usage, before having a detailed look at nouns and article use.

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Webinar 1

"Pronunciation: Teaching techniques beyond drilling to boost your learners' intelligibility" by James Egerton, 27th October 2017

Webinar 1 Part 1


Webinar 1 Part 2


Webinar 1 Part 3

Webinar 1 Part 4

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