On October 25, 2014, ELS Language Center Shanghai will be hosting an all-day event of presentations, workshops, and panel discussions for Shanghai's English-language educational community.
Shanghai does not have many opportunities for teachers to share their expertise and develop within their profession. This event will give the community of professional English educators a chance to meet others within the field and enhance their awareness of the current state of teaching English as a foreign language in China.
At TEFL Shanghai 2014, we hope to provide a forum for second language educators to gain insight into the challenges Chinese learners face and ways to overcome these obstacles. We will discuss ways to negotiate the pitfalls common in the English as a Foreign Language classroom, as well as how to incorporate new strategies and materials into lessons.
We are currently seeking presenters for the following:
Posters should be around 60 x 90 cm and present information on one aspect of English teaching and/or second language acquisition. Font size should be no smaller than 24 point and posters should be easily readable from the distance of one meter. Posters should include visuals, such as charts, graphs, pictures, and illustrations. Presenters are expected to not only submit their work, but also to be available during conference break times to answer questions and engage in informal conversations about their posters.
Workshops should be related to teaching strategies and resources. Topics could include teaching certain skills, like reading, writing, pronunciation, or grammar. They could also concentrate on integrating specific teaching methodologies like participatory language teaching or project-based learning. In addition, workshops could focus on how to adapt various materials, such as electronic media or music to the classroom. The workshop should include audience participation and discussion. Tasks should be designed to encourage participants to actively engage in activities and increase their awareness of the subject matter through collaboration. Workshops will last for 45 minutes.
Papers should center on an issue related to second language education or acquisition. Topics could include a summary of an important issue in the field of TEFL, analyses of data, or research findings. At the conference, a 20-30 minute summary of the paper will be presented along with a question and answer session.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.