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

We are glad that LATE membership has grown and teachers in Latvia understand the importance of being a member of a professional organisation. Currently there are 406 members of LATE. Unfortunately, the capacity of most school halls is up to 300 seats at best, so the number of participants for the LATE conference is limited. The Conference is now full.

Please see below for information about conference speakers and their talks.

Robert Buckmaster will be discussing English Conditionals: English conditionals are a challenging area for most learners, but an essential part of the language to be mastered. In this presentation I will evaluate the current conditional framework we offer students and suggest several ways the teaching of conditionals could be improved.   

Marija Griņeviča will give a presentation entitled: Online Space as a Repository of Learning Resources for Students’ Knowledge and Skills Consolidation and Individual Practice: I will share the results of my action research conducted on the basis of MIRO online environment as a repository of learning resources to support Grade 9 students in preparation towards their state exam in English. The aim of the research was to explore an online learning space as a repository as well as some selected computer-assisted language learning tools.      

Yuliia Horbachova with give a workshop on Teaching Purpose in Life. This workshop delves into the pivotal role of educators in guiding students towards discovering and embracing purpose in their lives. It explores how teachers can create environments that inspire self-reflection, goal-setting, and values exploration. Attendees will engage in discussions and workshops focused on practical techniques for incorporating purpose-driven education into teaching practices, empowering students to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives.

Baiba Kačanova will be talking about Creating and Implementing Online Courses: Theory and Practice: The aim of the presentation is to share gained theoretical knowledge in 64 hours long Arizon State University course ‘Creating and Implementing Online Courses’ as well as share my own experience in teaching English online.     

Ingūna Melne will be talking about Media and Digital Literacy in the English Language Classroom: A brief description of the necessity for and possibilities of participating in programs by the USA embassy and the tale of the American Dream.            

Tatiana Ginzburg will be talking about using technology: It’s a FAB Way to Teach! After “The Pandemic” forced educators to integrate technology in the classroom, students expect it to remain an integral part of the learning process. However, as educators, we need to be sure that it really benefits our students. In this talk I will describe a Flipped and Blended (FAB) format of teaching adults which, as my research showed, can be considered optimal.                  

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.

You can read about our previous Annual Conferences through the links below.

Annual Conference 2023

Annual Conference 2022

Annual Conference 2021

Annual Conference 2020

Annual Conference 2019

Annual Conference 2018

Annual Conference 2017

Annual Conference 2016

Annual Conference 2015

Annual Conference 2014

Annual Conference 2013

Annual Conference 2012

Annual Conference 2011