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Back to school: Forget what you have known so far!

Going back to school will likely look a lot different from what we have been used to before. 

Join the Teacher Talks as we discuss and share experiences with the language teaching community on how COVID will affect schools, teachers and students in the coming months.

17-20 September 2020

Four days of on-line panel discussions and informative talks to ease the return to the classroom.

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DAY ONE - 17 September | 10:00-14:00

 

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DAY TWO: 18 September | 10:00-14:00

 

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DAY THREE - 19 September | 10:00-14:00

 

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DAY FOUR - 20 September | 10:00-14:00

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Confirmed Speakers

Σίσσυ Γκίκα
Σίσσυ ΓκίκαΓ. Γραμματέας του Υπουργείου Παιδείας
Δρ Κωνσταντίνος Γεωργάκας
Δρ Κωνσταντίνος ΓεωργάκαςΣύμβουλος Επιχειρήσεων
Eleni Tzaikou
Eleni TzaikouFLF Owner
Dimitris Kouniakis
Dimitris KouniakisEFL School owner, Public Speaker
Jake Delatolas Saveris
Jake Delatolas Saveris English Department Faculty at Pierce
Maria Alafogianni
Maria AlafogianniFLS Owner
George Raptopoulos
George RaptopoulosFLS Owner, Teacher Trainer
Δημήτρης Κουρούπης
Δημήτρης ΚουρούπηςΙδιοκτήτητς ΚΞΓ, Έφορος Δημοσίων Σχέσεων PALSO, Πρόεδρος PALSO Κέρκυρας
Jenny Dooley
Jenny DooleyFLS Owner
Maria Davou
Maria DavouFLS Owner, Researcher
Antigone Melidonioti
Antigone MelidoniotiFLS Owner
Vassiliki Lismani
Vassiliki LismaniTeacher, Teacher Trainer
Dina Alevra
Dina AlevraFLS Owner
Nick Dellas
Nick DellasFLS Owner, President ELA
Peppy Frytzala
Peppy Frytzala​Teacher, Teacher Trainer​
George Vassilakis
George Vassilakis​Teacher, Teacher Trainer​
Dr Mike Kenteris
Dr Mike KenterisFLS Owner
Giannis Douros
Giannis DourosFLS Owner
Γεράσιμος Ρούσσος
Γεράσιμος ΡούσσοςΕργοθεραπευτής
Manolis Kontovas
Manolis KontovasEducator, Business Coach
Dimitris Maroulis
Dimitris MaroulisFLS Owner
Cliff Parry
Cliff ParryAcademic Manager, British Council
Kiki Xynta
Kiki XyntaFLS Owner
Georgia Papas
Georgia PapasQLS President
Dimitris Primalis
Dimitris PrimalisTeacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator
Γιάννης Κοσμόπουλος
Γιάννης ΚοσμόπουλοςΕιδικός Παιδαγωγός
Ασημίνα Αλεξανδροπούλου
Ασημίνα ΑλεξανδροπούλουΕιδική Παιδαγωγός, Ιδιοκτήτρια ΚΞΓ
Chryssa Marinou
Chryssa MarinouFLS Owner
Georgia Papadopoulou
Georgia PapadopoulouTeacher, Teacher Trainer
Τίνα Κωνσταντοπούλου
Τίνα ΚωνσταντοπούλουΕιδική Παιδαγωγός

DAY ONE

Πρωϊνό Panel Discussion
Πώς προβλέπεται να εξελιχθεί η σχολική χρονιά;

Τι αναφέρουν τα ΚΞΓ ανά την Ελλάδα; Ποιά είναι μέχρι στιγμής τα προβλήματα; Θα αλλάξει ο τρόπος διδασκαλίας (BLENDED LEARNING, CLIL) ή θα επικρατήσει ο παραδοσιακός; Έχουν πεισθεί οι γονείς πως η ποιότητα του μαθήματος είναι ίδια στην online εκδοχή; Διαπραγματεύονται την τιμή;

Αυτά είναι μερικά από τα "καυτά" θέματα τα οποία θα συζητηθούν κατά τη διάρκεια του πρωϊνού panel των ELT NEWS Teacher Talks.

Moderator: Μαρία Ντάβου

Jenny Dooley
Jenny DooleyFLS Owner
Georgia Papas
Georgia PapasQLS President
Dina Alevra
Dina AlevraFLS Owner
Δημήτρης Κουρούπης
Δημήτρης ΚουρούπηςΙδιοκτήτητς ΚΞΓ, Έφορος Δημοσίων Σχέσεων PALSO, Πρόεδρος PALSO Κέρκυρας

Market Update

Katerina Mantadaki
Katerina MantadakiSenior ELT Educational Consultant, Express Publishing

Express Publishing

New Age, New Norms, New Tools: A unique LMS Platform for the digital classroom!

At this time when ELT Professionals are required to combine online with classroom teaching, there is a growing need for a successful blend of print and digital material that supports teaching in a flexible way. Express Digibooks is the only gamified digital platform that allows the use of our books online and offline. Τrack students’ progress, communicate effectively with parents, motivate learners and bring your classes into the future!

The Flibets: A new learning galaxy for preschoolers! The Flibets take your pre-primary learners to an amazing new world of learning through exploration and play!

Maria Davou
Maria DavouFLS Owner, Researcher

Oxford University Press

Discover your Future in English

In this presentation we will discuss how critical thinking and curiosity can help us motivate our learners at intermediate and advanced levels through engaging content and innovative approaches.

Paraskevi Komninou
Paraskevi Komninou Project Manager at PACE

PACE Ahead

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY: ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Facing Future challenges by Acquiring Global Skills and Enabling Internationalization

Are you ready for future challenges? Pace and The Centre for Global Engagement of Coventry University is here to assist you with your online professional development! Seize the opportunity to become globally employable with the online support of Coventry University and through the programs of The Centre for Global Engagement. Train for EUROLTA accredited by the ICC and engage in the Global Leaders Program. Discover the uniqueness of the Summer School Programs and be ready for the new “post-COVID” era.

Sponsored by Coventry University and PACE

Σίσσυ Γκίκα
Σίσσυ ΓκίκαΓενική Γραμματέας του Υπουργείου Παιδείας

Η κα Σίσσυ Γκίκα, Γενική Γραμματέας του Υπουργείου Παιδείας, μιλά για την αναβάθμιση της ξενόγλωσσης εκπαίδευσης στο δημόσιο σχολείο

Πέμπτη 17/09/2020 στις 2:30μμ

Μεσημεριανό Panel Discussion
Business (Un)usual

Ο κορωνοϊός έχει προκαλέσει αισθητά προβλήματα στην ελληνική οικονομία και κατ'επέκταση στις καταναλωτικές συνήθειες του Έλληνα. Οι ετερόκλητες αντιδράσεις του κόσμου προκαλούν δονήσεις στα χρηματοοικονομικά και λειτουργικά πολλών επιχειρήσεων. Η επιβίωση και κερδοφορία ενός ΚΞΓ, ειδικά αυτή τη δύσκολη περίοδο, είναι υψίστης σημασίας. Μπορούμε να αντιδράσουμε; Ο Δρ Κωνσταντίνος Γεωργάκας και η Μαρία Ντάβου αναλύουν τη χρησιμότητα των καθημερινών χρηματοοικονομικών όρων & αριθμών, την αξιοποίηση των πληροφοριών την «ανακάλυψη» της καμουφλαρισμένης πραγματικότητας που κρύβεται πίσω από τα νούμερα και δίνουν πρακτικές συμβουλές για χρήσιμα και πρακτικά εργαλεία που μπορούν να βοηθήσουν τους ιδιοκτήτες των ΚΞΓ να ενισχύσουν τη σχολική τους ταυτότητα και να προσεγγίσουν νέους πελάτες. 

Moderator: Kontovas Manolis

Δρ Κωνσταντίνος Γεωργάκας
Δρ Κωνσταντίνος ΓεωργάκαςΣύμβουλος Επιχειρήσεων
Μαρία Ντάβου
Μαρία ΝτάβουΙδιοκτήτρια ΚΞΓ

DAY TWO

Morning Panel Discussion
Exams

Let's talk about exams! Three distinguised panelists will give their insights on how to choose the right tests for your students, how to teach and evaluate writing online and how to prepare candidates for the Speaking exams online.

Moderator: Raptopoulos George

Maria Davou
Maria DavouFLS Owner, Teacher Trainer, Researcher
Dimitris Kouniakis
Dimitris KouniakisEFL School owner, Public Speaker and Blogger
Jake Delatolas Saveris
Jake Delatolas SaverisEnglish Department Faculty at Pierce

Market Update

Sarah Ellis
Sarah Ellis Senior Assessment Services Manager

Cambridge Assessment English

‘Your new English classroom'  

Going back to school this year and what that will be like is still uncertain for many schools, teachers and students.  Many teachers are working online, teaching remotely or working in hybrid contexts with a mix of face to face and online teaching.  This session will provide you with some practical ideas and activities using digital tools and resources to support teaching and learning in both online and face to face classrooms.

Katerina Mantadaki
Katerina MantadakiSenior ELT Educational Consultant, Express Publishing

Express Publishing

The Revised Michigan ECCE & ECPE, May 2021: An overview of the changes & new materials to help prepare students for the new exams.

 i Wonder Pre-Junior: Online or in class, Wonder is the beginning of wisdom! An amazing, brand new Pre-Junior course with a unique combination of innovative tools, to allow full exploitation of course content online, in class, or both!

Paul Bouniol
Paul BouniolAcademic Consultant, LanguageCert

LanguageCert

Online exams with live invigilation – Challenges and opportunities for high-stakes English language testing

English language test users are now provided with one more option: Online Exams with live invigilation. Among other advantages, this new format of exams offers more flexibility in test taking arrangements, an accelerated cycle from test entry to certificated results while maintaining and improving the integrity of test delivery and test outcomes. This presentation will briefly look at the related challenges and benefits.

Μεσημεριανό Panel Discussion
On-line vs Offline Lessons

Delivering lessons online had created a lot of problems during the lockdown. Join the afternoon panel disussion where Language School Owners Eleni Tzaikou, Antigone Melidioniti and Dr Mike Kenteris discuss how to properly plan and deliver an online lesson and the pedagogical issues that one might face.

 

Moderator: Maroulis Dimitris

Eleni Tzaikou
Eleni TzaikouFLF Owner
Antigone Melidonioti
Antigone MelidoniotiFLS Owner
Dr Mike Kenteris
Dr Mike KenterisFLS Owner

DAY THREE

Πρωϊνό Panel Discussion
Ειδική Αγωγή και COVID-19

Η αναστάτωση που έχει προκληθεί με τον τρόπο έναρξης της σχολικής χρονιάς '20-'21 έχει προκαλέσει δικαιολογημένες ανησυχίες σε εκπαιδευτικούς και γονείς. Στο προσκήνιο αυτών των αντιπαραθέσεων βρίσκεται ο τομέας της ειδικής αγωγής, ο οποίος καλείται να οργανώσει και κυριώς να προστατέψει παιδιά με μαθησιακές δυσκολίες καθώς και παιδιά που βρίσκονται στο φάσμα του αυτισμού. 

Αν θεωρούμε δύσκολο να εφαρμοσθεί η καθολική χρήση μάσκας και του social distancing στα σχολεία τότε μπορούμε να κατανοήσουμε τη δυσκολία εφαρμογής αυτών των μέτρων σε παιδιά με ΔΕΠΥ ή Αυτισμό.

Μη χάσετε το panel discussion της 19/9 όπου ειδικοί παιδαγωγοί και εργοθεραπευτές θα θίξουν φλέγοντα θέματα σχετικά με τη σχολική ετοιμότητα των παιδιών μετά τα κενά που προκλήθηκαν, λόγω lockdown, όσον αφορά την κάλυψη της σχολικής ύλης, τη διαχείριση παιδιών με ΔΕΠΥ σε ένα περιβάλλον που απαιτεί πειθαρχία και σύνεση καθώς και τους βέλτιστους τρόπους ενημέρωσης των παιδιών σχετικά με τη νέα πραγματικότητα.

Moderator: Τίνα Κωνσταντοπούλου

Ασημίνα Αλεξανδροπούλου
Ασημίνα ΑλεξανδροπούλουΕιδική Παιδαγωγός, Ιδιοκτήτρια ΚΞΓ
Γιάννης Κοσμόπουλος
Γιάννης ΚοσμόπουλοςΕιδικός Παιδαγωγός
Γεράσιμος Ρούσσος
Γεράσιμος ΡούσσοςΕργοθεραπευτής

Market Update

Lawrence Mamas
Lawrence MamasPublishing Consultant

Andrew Betsis ELT

How to prepare your Students for ELT exams online

Practical tips and advice on how to use online resources (interactive ebooks & online platforms, videoconferencing) to prepare your students for ELT exams. How can we combine using printed books and online resources?

Exam update 2021. Computer-based versus paper based tests. 

Exam boards have launched at-home exam solutions. ELT exams with online Proctoring are now available to students. What is the impact of Exam Environment on how students perform at exams?

Stamatis Papademetriou
Stamatis PapademetriouDoS Mikro Dimotiko Primary School, FLS Owner

YORK PRESS

Plan, teach, practise; managing blended learning and engaging teens!

Summary:

All latest Pearson courses support a wide range of digital resources available through the Pearson English Portal. Powered by advanced technology, the portal puts everything you need in one place, connecting teachers and learners with world-class materials, and enabling everyone to work together, anytimeanywhere and on any device.

Maria Mpaka
Maria MpakaAcademic Consultant, MM Publications

MM Publications

Learning through play: Games in Junior classes.

What role do games play in Junior classes? Participants in this workshop will explore this question through BFF Best Friends Forever, our new junior course, and take part in various games which are guaranteed to liven up their classes!

Rosemary Babou
Rosemary BabouEnglish Teacher / Managing Director of Rose Platform

The Rose Platform

A modern and scalable approach to online teaching special educational needs.

A brief introduction to our online Teaching Platform suitable for use both in class and for online lessons! Rose Platform has been especially designed to accommodate students with Special Educational Needs and promote a way of teaching which can be adapted to different kinds of learners.

Afternoon Panel Discussion
Overcoming the challenges of online lessons

Do your students complain that your lesson is not interesting? Do you suspect that your students play games or chat on their mobile phone during the lesson? Are parents more difficult to deal with when teaching online? Are all educators able to adapt to the new teaching situations? Join our panelists as we explore and deal with these burning questions that all educators have faced.

Moderator: Frytzala Peppy

Vassiliki Lismani
Vassiliki LismaniTeacher, Teacher Trainer
Giannis Douros
Giannis DourosFLS Owner
Dimitris Primalis
Dimitris PrimalisTeacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator

DAY FOUR

Πρωϊνό Panel Discussion
Πώς οργανώσαμε τα μαθήματά μας εν μέσω περιοριστικών μέτρων; Ποιά ήταν τα πρώτα προβλήματα,πώς αντιμετωπίσαμε καθηγητές, μαθητές και γονείς;

Πώς οργανώσαμε τα μαθήματά μας εν μέσω περιοριστικών μέτρων; Ποιά ήταν τα πρώτα προβλήματα,πώς αντιμετωπίσαμε καθηγητές, μαθητές και γονείς;

Moderator: Ξύντα Κική

Chryssa Marinou
Chryssa MarinouFLS Owner
Maria Alafogianni
Maria AlafogianniFLS Owner
Nick Dellas
Nick DellasFLS Owner, President ELA

Morning Panel Discussion
Current Trends in ELT

Cliff Parry, George Vassilakis and Georgia Papadopoulou will discuss the Current trends in ELT (certification, eparkeia, teacher development and new career paths for teachers) and what lies ahead for EFL teachers.

Moderator: Dimitris Primalis

Cliff Parry
Cliff ParryAcademic Manager, British Council
Georgia Papadopoulou
Georgia PapadopoulouTeacher, Teacher Trainer
George Vassilakis
George VassilakisTeacher, Teacher Trainer

Market Update

Cliff Parry
Cliff ParryAcademic Manager. British Council

British Council

IELTS - Your advantage with the British Council

Mark Osborne
Mark OsborneTeacher, Teacher Trainer

Qualified

Get Qualified: Obtain internationally recognised TESOL qualifications and develop professionally

In this presentation we will explore the characteristics of Trinity CertTESOL, a level 5 teaching qualification with international recognition. We will also discuss practical details about how a teacher can attend a CertTESOL course.

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