Saturday, May 19, 2012

June Workshop - Dealing with challenges: An open-space* workshop

3-5 pm Saturday June 16, 2012

Room 105 Injaeguan Center, Sookmyung Women's University

Do you sometimes feel like the time to share in groups at presentations and workshops is too short? Do you wish that you had more time to talk about things you’d like to talk about? If so, you might be interested in a different type of workshop.  The aim of the Seoul Chapter June workshop, with an attempt to borrow from the ideas behind "Open Space Technology," is to utilize the skills and knowledge of the participants by giving them all a chance to guide, share, and interact with each other. This will be done by asking for volunteers (on the day of the workshop) to facilitate a session on a topic of their choice related to the main theme. The facilitators need not be experts on the topic but just need to be interested in it. We can think of this event as a few simultaneous workshops that will include a chance to share what has been discussed at the end. Please come with an open mind and ready to share your challenges, ideas, experiences and successes! 

Expected Procedure:
30 minutes:  Warming up, talking about Open Space Technology, setting the scene, rules and expectations 
40 minutes: Working in groups and discussing challenges and strategies for dealing with these challenges while creating a 
10 minutes: Break 
20 minutes: Sharing conclusions and products (posters, skits, talks) from previous stage. Wrap up/Feedback.

The main theme of the workshop will be “Successfully dealing with challenges related to teaching English in Korea.” Some possible/likely specific topics include:

Classroom management 
Teaching the four skills 
Student Motivation 
Using technology in English class 
Creating community and workplace relationships

Bio: Michael Griffin has been involved in the ELT industry in Northeast Asia for 12 years as a teacher, teacher-trainer, trainer-trainer, curriculum designer, and editor at various times. He is currently Associate Editor of “The English Connection” co-facilitator of the Reflective Practice SIG. Mike presents or runs workshops around 15 times a year but is sort of sick of seeing himself at the front of the room.  
Email: michaelegriffin@gmail

More Background on Open Space Technology:

What is Open Space Technology?
Scott Thornbury writes:
Thornbury, S. (2001) Teaching Unplugged: That’s Dogme with an E. It’s for Teachers, Feb 2001

Open Space is an approach to group dynamics designed to maximise the benefits of bringing people together to address a shared issue or concern. Inspired by Owen's experience of coffee breaks as the most useful elements of conferences, it rejects delivery-mode instruction and promotes genuine interaction, peer-teaching and self-discovery. Organisers agree a general theme for a session, but there is no agenda in Open Space. Participants meet in the round and are invited to post sessions under more specific headings. People posting a session are responsible for initiating the discussion and for reporting back later. Participants sign up for different sessions and within a given time-frame people can attend one only, or go from session to session, or do nothing at all.

Guaranteed Results at an Open Space event:

1. The issues that are most important to people will get discussed.
2. The issues raised will be addressed by the participants best capable of getting something done about them.
3. All of the most important ideas, recommendations, discussions, and next steps will be documented in a report.
4. When sufficient time is allowed, the report contents will be prioritized by the group.
5. Participants will feel engaged and energized by the process.

The four principles Behind Open Space events:

1. Whoever comes is the right people
2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
3. Whenever it starts is the right time
4. When it's over, it's over

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May Workshop - An Afternoon with Dr. Thomas Farrell

2:00 - 5:00 pm Saturday, May 19, 2012

(Please note the earlier starting time!)

Room B161
Main Campus of Sookmyung Women's University
Reflective Writing For Language Teachers
Thomas S.C. Farrell

Reflective practice, where teachers subject their beliefs and practices to critical reflection, is now seen as a major component of many language teacher education/development programs world-wide. One method that has been suggested as to how language teachers could reflect on their work is by writing regularly about their practice. When language teachers write about various facets of their work over a period of time, and then read over their entries looking for patterns, that is, seeing their own thoughts, they may uncover aspects of their practice that they had not realized before beginning writing reflectively. This interactive talk will explore how teachers can develop a deeper understanding of their practice by writing about their beliefs and practices, and the values and assumptions that underlie their practices.

Dr Thomas Farrell taught in South Korea. and now he teaches at
Brock University, Canada. His area of expertise is "Reflective 
Practice", and teachers keeping journals about their own teaching.  

In short how teachers could be evaluating their own teaching.

Schedule:  2:00 - 3:30  Presentation
                  3:30 - 4:00  Break
                  4:00 - 4:45  Wrap up / Question and Answer

Price - FREE! (You can join KOTESOL on the day!)

Full Bio:
Thomas S.C. Farrell is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, Canada. His professional interests include Reflective Practice, and Language Teacher Education and Development. He has been a language teacher and language teacher educator since 1978 and has worked in Korea, Singapore and Canada. His recent books include Reflective Language Teaching: From Research to Practice (2008, Continuum Press); Teaching Reading to English Language Learners: A Reflective Approach (2008, Thousand Oaks, Ca: Corwin Press); Talking, Listening and Teaching. A Guide to Classroom Communication (2009, Thousand Oaks, Ca: Corwin Press); Essentials in Language Teaching (2010, London: Continuum Press—with George Jacobs); Teaching Practice: A Reflective Approach (2011, New York: Cambridge University Press—with Jack Richards).

Sookmyung Universty, Seoul
Subway Line 4 (blue), Sookmyung University Station, exit 10.
In the Fine Arts Building (#17 on the map)

The presentation will be held in B161
See floor plan below:

Friday, May 4, 2012

2012 KOTESOL National Conference

Drive: Putting Students at the Wheel

The conference will be highlighted by two internationally experienced educators Mark Helgesen and Tim Murphey.

Mark Helgesen is the author of over 150 academic/professional articles as well as numerous books related to the world of ELT. Miyagi Gakuin Women's University, Sendai, Japan, and an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, MA Program, in Tokyo. His sessions will include:

Plenary Session: Happiness 2.0: New Ideas from the Science of Well-Being
Workshop Session: ELT and the “Science of Happiness”
Pecha Kucha Session: Lesson from a Wat

Tim Murphey is editor of TESOL’s Professional Development in Language Education series. He has over 30 years combined professional experience in both Europe and Japan. Recently Dr. Murphey has developed a novel based on the University entrance examination system entitled The Tale that Wags. His sessions will include:

Plenary Session: Drive: Putting Students at the Wheel with Agency, Identity, and Altruism
Teacher Training Session: Materials for Portable Embodied & Extended Cognitive Self-Sourcing (PEECSS)
Pecha Kucha Session: Stretching Mirror Modeling with Diversity Peering --
This pecha kucha presentation will be looking at mirror neurons, agency, and altruism
and showing how these can interact to improve our performances and the world itself.

Who: all members and non-members are invited.

**Pre-registration or same-day registration is required. Prices vary, but rates for KOTESOL members who pre-register is 10,000 Won. The final day for pre-registration is May 18th.


When: May 26th

Opening Ceremony
Featured/Invited & Pecha Kucha
Concurrent Presentations (50 mins)
Training Workshops (90mins)
Research Paper Presentations (25 mins)
Raffle Draw
Reception Dinner
(off-site, all invited, pay your own way)

Directions to the KOTESOL 2012 National Conference

Busan University of Foreign Studies
Building F (At the very top of the hill)
The closest subway station is Daeyeon on line 2 (the green line).

Busan Station we will have a shuttle bus leaving at 8:30am and 9:15am. The bus will be departing from in front of the station. When you detrain you'll have to go down to street level and cross the square in front of the station to catch the bus. (Note that there are a number of hotels conveniently located very near the station, so if you arrive the night before and stay in one of these hotels, you can take the bus to the conference for free.)

There will also be a shuttle bus from Dayeon Subway Station. Here too there will be yellow sashed volunteers waiting to direct you to the shuttle buses, which will leave from the subway to the venue at 9am and 9:30am. Note that there is a cctvcamera so the bus can only wait 4 minutes. Punctuality is important!

There will be yellow sash wearing student volunteers on campus to direct you in the morning. If you're running late and there are no volunteers in sight you'll have to follow the directions below

If you miss the shuttle bus:
From Dayeon its a 3,000w (approx) 5 minute cab ride to the university. Leave the subway station via exit 5 and hail a cab. Tell the cab driver "Busan way day" and he/she should take you right there. Once on campus tell the driver to go straight until he passes a rather high concrete wall on your right and a coffee shop on your left. Once past this section tell the driver to go right at the fork in the road and he should head up quite a steep hill. Tell him to go right at the top of the hill and you should be right in front of F building, where the conference is being held.

Alternatively, if you're feeling adventurous you can walk from the subway station in approximately 20 minutes. Leave the subway station via exit 5, then head south down the street that runs perpendicular to the main street that the subway follows. When you get to the UN Rotary continue on straight ahead and simply follow the road up the hill, then down the hill, until you get see the main gate of PUFS on your right hand side.

However you get to the campus,
Once on campus walk on the sidewalk on the right hand side of the road (when you're heading up hill) until you pass the first building on your right. Do not cross the street to get to the sidewalk beside the soccer field. Instead you should see a set of stairs heading up the hill. Go up these and then go up the next set of stairs on your right. Once at the top of the stairs (and the hill) walk past the building that will be on your left. Walk under the walkway connecting that building to the one beside it and go in the doors on your right. You should now be in the lower lobby of F Building. Head up the spiral staircase directly in front of you.

If you have any difficulty finding the event, or getting the cab driver to go where you want him/her to, please contact Noel Woodward at 010-5530-8823, hee will be happy to give you directions or talk to the cabbie for you.

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