OLD LANDSCAPES, NEW EYES:
IMPROVING INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTION IN THE EFL CLASSROOM
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8, 2015
Yerevan State University
The English for Cross-Cultural Communication Department of the Romance and Germanic Philology Faculty at Yerevan State University, in coordination with the Armenian Association for the Study of English and the US Department of State, is pleased to announce an upcoming English Language Teaching Conference, aimed at improving intercultural communication instruction in the EFL classroom. The conference will offer a wide variety of teacher-training workshops and poster presentations, allowing participants to share ideas, methods, and inspirations with other English teachers from Armenia and the United States. Participants will also have the opportunity to see professional pedagogical techniques in action by attending and observing several live classroom demonstrations delivered to audiences of local university students. Our goal is to help each other as instructors transform cross-cultural classroom challenges into opportunities for learning and growth.
Proposals for presentations are welcomed on the following themes:
- Intercultural communication
- Using technology in the language classroom
- Writing and speaking instruction
- Oral communication instruction
- Materials development
- Building connections between students and across classrooms
Two presentation formats will be available:
- Workshop (50 minutes)
- Workshops, presented to pre- and in-service English instructors, will introduce practical, ready-to-use classroom ideas and pedagogical techniques. Presenters should combine lecture with an interactive component, like discussions, activities, or other group tasks.
- Presenters will create a poster representing a teaching concept or specific activity. They will share these concepts with individuals or small groups of visitors during poster exhibits.
If you are interested in hosting a workshop, submit an abstract of approximately 70 words, which states the overall goal of your workshop, as well as a brief summary of the steps you plan to take. This abstract should be written exactly as you would like it to appear in the program and must include a title. You must also submit a biography of approximately 50 words, stating your title, qualifications, and pedagogical interests.
If you are interested in sharing a poster presentation, submit a brief description (approximately 50 words) of your poster and the concepts or information that it will present. You must also submit a biography of approximately 50 words, stating your title, qualifications, and pedagogical interests.
The deadline for submitting applications is April 3, 2015.
Early submissions are welcomed.
For presenters’ application for participation click here.