“For us, art is not an end in itself … but it is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in.” (Dada poet Hugo Ball)
Social Inequalities is a mini course teaching students how to prepare oral presentations using contemporary artists as an incentive. The target group is students over 16 years old and the level is B2+ . In total it lasts about 8-9 teaching hours. This is why the whole series was initially posted in 3 parts (First : lesson plan 1, Second : lesson plan 2 and Third : lesson plan 3 & 4 together).
‘The waltz we were born for’ is Magdalena Brzezinska’s new international, collaborative, literary and artistic project connecting artists from all the continents, this time around music. It can be found here
Last May, I was invited to speak at the 16th ELTA Serbia Conference as a representative of TESOL Macedonia Thrace and, of course, because of my bonds with Serbia (I am an editor there) I could not refuse. After all, Belgrade I love !
The report below describes what took place those 2 days.
This report was initially published in ELT TEaser’s Autumn issue (issue 67) by TESOL Macedonia Thrace. You can find it here ELTeaser AUTUM 2018 FINAL (1)
My friend, my finally cancer free friend, Meredith Lee, was here a month ago to visit. We met in Athens and I spent 3 days with her before she was off to a cruise around the Greek islands enjoying her ‘freedom’. We mostly spent our days strolling around Athens and taking pictures as she just wanted to take as much in as possible of the Athenian atmosphere and landscape. We went around the historic center, talked to people on the streets, shop owners, dogs and cats (!). We walked for hours, one day probably over 20 km! I even took her to the theatre to see the latest Enke Fezollari success! She cried in the end!
The Call for Proposal for The Visual Arts Creation in Language Education (VACLE) Conference in Valletta, Malta on 15th and 16th February 2019 is now open. The VACLE Conference which is being co-organised by the ELT Council and the Visual Arts Circle is an innovative event that explores the possibilities that creation of the visual arts (drawing, painting, design, crafts, photography, film-making, video-making, computer art and gaming) offers to both language teachers and language learners. The VACLE Conference seeks to bring together leading experts and practitioners in visual arts creation in language learning that share their experiences, insights and know-how, and provide participants with a unique opportunity to enhance their competence in teaching visual arts creation in the language classroom.
The conference aims to showcase multimodal approaches to language education. There is a special focus on how oracy, the capacity to express oneself in speech and understand speech, can be developed through visual arts creation.
This is a lesson plan I have been using for 2 years to teach punctuation to my students. It has worked well with levels B1-C1. The reason why I chose this particular movie, Alien, and actually the first ALIEN movie made is that, even though older teenagers or young adults know the new version of it (the sequel was out about 2 years ago) , they are not familiar with the very first movie that ever came out. That makes it easier for me to make them work better and use their imagination. It should also be noted that I use this lesson plan when teaching essay writing and is part of the editing process which takes place in the end.
Marisa is a teacher, teacher educator, and ELT author; she is the Director of Studies of CELT Athens responsible for the design and implementation of all courses offered at CELT.
Her main ELT qualifications are a Diploma in TEFLA (the RSA Dip. TEFLA, predecessor to the Cambridge Delta) and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Reading University.Marisa is a frequent conference presenter and keynote speaker – some recent presentations can be viewed here – and has presented at IATEFL International, TESOL France, Brazil TESOL, TESOL Greece as well as on numerous online Conferences and Events and has served as a member of the Committee of the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG (Special Interest Group).