7th South Caucasus Regional English Language Teaching Conference

7th South Caucasus Regional English Language Teaching Conference

U.S. Embassies in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine

7th SOUTH CAUCASUS REGIONAL ELT CONFERENCE

“Breaking boundries with technology and innovation in the Classroom”

January 27-28, 2017
Tbilisi, Georgia

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U.S. Embassy Georgia is pleased to announce the 7th South Caucasus Regional English Language Teaching Conference to be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, on January 27-28, 2017.

The conference is organized in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Kyiv Regional English Language Office and U.S. Embassies Baku, Yerevan, Minsk and Chisinau.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The conference will be a networking and sharing platform for U.S. Department of State English Access Microscholarship Program teachers, E-Teacher Program alumni, American English webinar participants and other active ELT professionals from the six countries. Participants will present and share their teaching experiences on a range of the topics. Department of State English Language Fellows will conduct workshops on advanced EFL/ESL methods for secondary and tertiary level. We anticipate engaging, productive discussions and a fruitful exchange of ideas.

The program will address the following themes:

Using Technology in the EFL Classroom

Content Based Instruction

Integrating Across Skills in EFL

Teaching English for Specific Purposes

Considerations for EL Assessment

Developing Intercultural Communication

Integrating across Methodology in ELT

Critical Thinking Approach in ELT

Teaching Writing Techniques

CONFERENCE DETAILS 

Conference Dates:   January 27-28, 2016

Travel Dates:  January 26 and 29, 2016

Location:   Tbilisi

Time:    9:00 – 16:00

Number of Participants: 125

Working Language:  English

Working Format: Workshops, Demonstrations, Poster Presentations 

Workshops (60 minutes). A workshop involves no lecturing; it emphasizes participation in a carefully structured activity or activities. The leader/leaders work with the group, helping them to solve a problem or develop a specific teaching or research technique. The workshop summary should include a statement of the goal(s), a synopsis of the theory behind it, and a description of the tasks to be performed during the workshop.

Demonstration (30 minutes). A demonstration is used for showing rather than describing a technique. The presenter’s statement of theory should take no longer than 10 minutes. Often the presenter models teaching techniques, usually has handouts and/or audio-visual aids. The summary should include a brief statement of the central purpose and description of the presentation.

Poster Presentation. In a poster session, the presenter makes her/his own visual poster of an activity or concept, and then explains it to individuals or small groups during the time the exhibit is on display.

Expenses: The conference is sponsored by the U.S. government. Three-night accommodation, meals, and conference materials will be provided for selected participants. Arrangements for the participants from each country will be made by respective U.S. Embassies.

Selection will be based on application reviews, available regional slots for each country, exchange programs alumni distribution, focus of presentations, and commitment by participants to share their learning with other educators.

A preliminary program and additional conference information will be provided in invitation letters to be sent by January 10, 2017.