Sessions / Chapter Special Event

Yongin-Gyeonggi Chapter Virtual Welcome Table and Symposium #1168

Mon, Feb 22, 19:00-22:30 JST | KOTESOL Room

Join us as we discuss the opening keynote and happenings up through Monday afternoon. What sessions did you attend? What ideas, questions, and wonders do you have? What is your plan for the remainder of the conference? More to the point, this is a “socially professional” space for us to have guided conversations about camps during the breaks (adjusting to levels), podcasting, digital citizenship/literacy, and tech tips.

***** Welcome Table Poetic Catalyst

Drop by, say “hi," ask why / share the word you heard from Gerd / make a rhyme, spend some time / sip some tea, virtually / make a friend, ‘cause in the end / this table is set altogether to get / us all together, and you can bet / this conference will be / so much better with you, here with me.


7~7:05 p.m. Welcome ~ Overview (James Rush II)

7:05-7:25 p.m. Panel: Fri~Weekend-Mon summary Insights/Questions

7:25-7:40 p.m. Podcasting: Q & A, Future Plans and Considerations (Greg Lewis)

7:50-9:00 p.m. Kids on Zoom: What Worked; What Didn’t (Martin Todd, Bien Gruber, David Berry)

9:00-9:30 p.m. Tech Tips Sharing/Writing (David Kim)


* 7:25-7:40 p.m. Podcasting: Q & A, Future Plans and Considerations (Greg Lewis)

What started out as an idea within the chapter has allowed for a lot of good discussions, interaction, and considerations. This general topic can go in any number of directions. The main goal is to share ideas while explaining the challenges and successes so far.

* 7:50-9:00 p.m. Kids on Zoom: What Worked; What Didn’t (Martin Todd, Bien Gruber, David Berry)

Due to the COVID pandemic, the regular storm of English camps was not held offline in the summer of 2020; but Yonsei University hosted a Zoom English camp, which they re-hosted again in the winter, as some other camps either returned offline or began using Zoom. The presenters will talk about the unique set of issues they encountered as they landed on the front line of the collapsed (offline) Mapo-Yonsei English Camp and re-imagined it on the fly as a remote educational adventure: what they tried; what worked; what didn’t.

* 9:00-9:30 p.m. Tech Tips Sharing/Writing (David Kim)

Digital citizenship has three major themes and nine principles. This brief session will be introducing these as a way to connect with one another. It may be a bit odd and a somewhat different way to approach a topic, but in the end, the goal is to be professionally social and gain an awareness of one's digital footprint.

Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter Presents: Reaching Takeoff: Repetition, Criticality, & Emergence #1159

Wed, Feb 24, 06:00-23:55 JST

** Free and open to all! **

In this interactive Padlet session, participants have the opportunity to view and discuss three special video messages offered by three luminary figures:

Scott Thornbury (The New School) on task repetition. Diane Larsen-Freeman (University of Michigan) on repetition and complexity. Margaret Whealtey (author of Leadership and the New Science) on emergence.

The ideas discussed in these video messages connect us from the moment-to-moment of classroom experience, out to learning and development over longer timescales, and to important issues facing learners and teachers and their societies, including the current pandemic. A rich opportunity for reflection, discussion, and new insights.

Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter Presents: As Time Goes By: Revisiting Some Familiar ELT Questions #1154

Wed, Feb 24, 18:30-19:10 JST | KOTESOL Room

** Free and open to all! **

This session will reconsider some important questions already familiar to English teachers.

Should we let students use L1? Should we use it ourselves? How can we motivate disinterested students? How useful are our class activities, really? EFL teachers are sure to meet these questions, and many more. As our experience broadens, we develop a sense of our answers. Our philosophies grow, evolve, and deepen.

With this in mind, this session will challenge attendees to re-examine some of these ‘old’ questions in order to reflect on what we believe now, how we got here, and where we might go next. Attendees will reflect on three important themes in ELT: L1 in the classroom, student motivation, and activity effectiveness. Attendees will gain insight into their own beliefs and practices, and the presenter will offer some of his own ideas along with a smattering of theory, casting some new light on perennial issues.

Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter Presents: Redefining Homework: Finding Self-Study Solutions #1155

Wed, Feb 24, 19:20-20:00 JST | KOTESOL Room

** Free and open to all! **

Most students don’t like homework. “Homework” often suggests tedious busywork. Many students rush homework, focused on what they can do afterwards. Some teachers give rewards for “finishing” homework.

But what if homework became a reward unto itself?

Using self-study solutions, learners can become proactive in meeting their own goals. They can also become more aware of progress.

Language learning is a monumental task, with countless things to remember. The cycle of learning and forgetting can be extremely demotivating. Self-study helps to strengthen memory, but it can feel boring, lonely, and frustrating. What can be done about this?

This presentation will focus on finding the right self-study solutions to motivate learners. Spaced repetition and human memory will be discussed. Participants will discuss their own experiences, and compare different self-study tools including Memrise, Quizlet, and Anki. Other self-study tools and unique ideas, such as LCD writing boards, will also be explored.

Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter Presents: Re-envisioning Authentic Materials Together #1156

Wed, Feb 24, 20:10-20:50 JST | KOTESOL Room

** Free and open to all! **

Authentic materials are often lauded, but seemingly rarely used. Have you ever wanted to use authentic materials in your classroom but were not sure how to? Are you unsure about what exactly an authentic material is? The purpose of the workshop is to help participants reflect on their usage or possible usage of authentic materials in their own contexts.

First, we will discuss what exactly authentic materials are, and their advantages and disadvantages. Next, we will play “Authentic or Not”, with participants deciding whether or not something is an authentic material. Finally we will move onto a broader discussion wherein participants can share exemplary authentic materials they have used and how they used them in their classes, and other resources that may be useful in selecting or presenting said materials. Participants will leave this workshop with new perspectives on authentic materials and ways they can be used.

Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter Presents: Using Creative Constraints in Speaking-Based Activities #1157

Wed, Feb 24, 21:00-21:40 JST | KOTESOL Room

** Free and open to all! **

Role-plays and dialogues can be fun production tasks that spark students’ creativity while also encouraging movement in the classroom. However, many students (especially those less academically-inclined) may be quick to throw up their hands and say “I have no idea” or “I’m not creative.” It’s a common problem that can derail creative dialogue activities.

The key to creative breakthroughs can start with setting restrictions or boundaries - creative constraints. By setting initial limits on role-playing possibilities, students can find more creative freedom - a kind of “jumping-off point.” As teachers, we can turn these dials to scale speaking activities to students’ language abilities and promote more creativity in our classrooms.

Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter Presents: "Play It Again, 쌤!" Closing Zoom Social and Dance Party #1158

Wed, Feb 24, 21:40-22:30 JST | KOTESOL Room

** Free and open to all! **

This evening’s special lineup from the Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL Chapter will conclude with a relaxed social event over Zoom. Please join us to mingle, chat, and have fun! Stewart Gray has promised to do a little DJing to set the mood for us, and he may be open to requests.