Winter Training Day 1

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.

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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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.

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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.

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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