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When: Monday, September 12, 2011

Where: Andel’s Hotel (Pawia 3), Krakow

10:30 – 11:00 Registration
11:00 – 12:00 Great Speakers Need Great Listeners  – JJ WilsonThis presentation focuses on active listening. Taking the notion of ‘the good listener’ as our model, we will first look at several strategies that help students to listen effectively. Then we will move on to a number of innovative tasks. These will include enjoyable micro-listening exercises, pre-, while- and post-listening activities, and collaborative tasks. All will focus on students working actively – sometimes physically – to get to grips with the input. Finally, we will look at some action-learning projects that are based on listening but which involve the other skills: reading, writing and speaking.
12:00 – 12:15 International Education that Brings Employment – Andrzej ButraSince connecting education and employability is gaining significance it is worth looking at changing international education trends and finding out how to increase student interest and enrolment numbers. I will tell you how Pearson Edexcel qualifications are proving a must in the days of Polish Qualification Framework introduction and reform.
12:15 – 12:45 Coffee Break
12:45 – 13:45 Getting Writing Right – Daniel Brayshaw

It is not uncommon for students (and sometimes teachers) to view writing in English as a challenging, solitary and laborious activity. As a result, the skill is often neglected in the classroom and relegated to a ‘homework only’ task. Too frequently the purpose of writing then becomes solely to demonstrate the author’s language proficiency rather than to communicate any real message. Today’s session offers practical ideas for developing students’ written competency by engaging them in the process of writing, working collaboratively in class and setting communicative tasks that reflect real-world writing. The session will be illustrated with examples from New Total English.

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