I wrote most of these articles and conference reports while I was doing my M.Ed.(CI). Originally put up on the website TeachAsiaOnline.com (defunct since 2009), I have decided to archive them here as I think most of the information is still relevant and useful for others. (2012) I'm now picking up where I left off to write about more recent seminars I attended.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Developing Successful Reading Strategies

(thaitesol.org)
Speaker: Mr. Stuart Vinnie 
Organised by: CUP, Bangkok 
Date: 26 October 2012 
Location: Windsor Suites, Bangkok

Mr. Vinnie stated that good readers are better writers, listeners and speakers as reading familiarises the readers with grammar, vocabulary and features of discourse. 

Through a reading text in Esperanto he showed us that by using clues like photos, numbers, familiar word roots and structure of an article

Teaching Speaking: Issues and Options


Speaker: Prof. Jack C. Richards
Organised by: CUP, Bangkok
Date: 26 October 2012
Location: Windsor Suites, Bangkok

Prof. Richards identified the goals of teaching spoken English as being able to communicate clearly in English as an International Language (EIL). This means there has to be a certain level of accuracy, complexity, fluency, appropriacy and capacity.

To be competent in spoken English one should have knowledge of

Making Materials Learner-friendly: 5 Principles

(thaitesol.org)
Speaker: Mr. Stuart Vinnie 
Organised by: CUP, Bangkok 
Date: 26 October 2012
Location: Windsor Suites, Bangkok

There are many issues using standard course books and/or in-house course materials effectively in the classroom, like unsuitable contents, too easy or too difficult contents, class size, layout and timing not matching the materials, and repetitive patterns.

To solve these problems teachers should:

Creativity in Language Teaching


Speaker: Prof. Jack C. Richards
Organised by: CUP, Bangkok
Date: 26 October 2012
Location: Windsor Suites, Bangkok

Prof. Richards started by explaining the whole range of qualities a creative teacher should possess, (S)he should be knowledgeable, confident, committed, non-conformist, learner-centred, possess wide range of strategies and techniques, be a risk-taker and perform reflective analysis.

In the classroom the creative teacher applies a wide variety of teaching methods,