Conference Speakers Announced

Dominiks Zeps will be talking about Gamification Frameworks in the ESL classroom: Framing language learning as a game is nothing new. Before Duolingo, there were star-awarding systems, language forums with leaderboards and Boy Scout badges. Many lessons can be found in these experiences and the cognitive processes that guide them. Attendees will learn about the science behind gamification, work organization approaches and helpful tools for enhancing English lessons.


Diana Bolgare will be talking about her “Poetry In My Heart” poetry reading aloud and creative writing contest for secondary students. What, why, when and how? This workshop offers teachers insights into facilitating student participation in the “Poetry in my Heart” contest. It provides a hands-on experience, guiding students through the contest journey: selecting, analyzing, and recording poems for the online phase, as well as crafting and performing original poems based on prompts for the final stage.


Joseph Jack Horgan will be talking about the materials he has created for 12 graders based on James Joyce’s “Dubliners” to prepare them for the 12th grade exam  These materials are a free, downloadable and printable collection of material for teachers to use to prepare advanced course students for the “highest level” exam. The material is based on the 15 stories of James Joyce’s collection “Dubliners.” This workshop will help teachers understand how to use the material with students and give a chance to test it out.


Rita Skara-Mincāne and Inta Augustāne will be exploring Strategies to Learn Collocations: In the workshop, we will share our experience of teaching collocations in English lessons.We will base our activities on the principles of lexical approach. Participants will use dictionaries, various texts, and explore how AI can help to design tasks aimed at giving students an opportunity to use word collocations in different contexts.


Ben Knight of Oxford University Press will be presenting at this year’s Annual Conference with a presentation entitled: ‘Getting your students to think better than AI‘.

What are the critical thinking skills that our students need in a world where AI seems to be making these skills redundant? Come to this talk to get a better understanding of what skills we should focus on, how AI impacts on our students’ thinking, and how we can work together with AI to help our students to become even better critical thinkers.

LATE’s Annual Conference, Teaching and Learning in Our Digital Era, will be held in Riga on the 22-23rd August 2024.