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ALS HOUSE ATHENS

ONLINE ELT LABS

The main aspect of ALS House Language Teaching Labs is that they not only provide the opportunities to think about, discuss, and address real issues in language teaching but also it helps to develop skills and attitude of teachers and their students.  We wish to give the opportunities  to perform hands-on practical trainings, or conducting experiments with ideas in groups by observing and manipulating the theoretical knowledge  to develop the  understanding and appreciation.  By doing experiment or hands on practice our TL attendees can relate and reinforce the theoretical concepts taught in class by themselves during class activities. Without it the theoretical knowledge has no meaning. In our LTLs more emphasis are given on how to conduct classes and how to evaluate the student’s performance.

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Lesson Planning

DID YOU KNOW THAT...

... lesson planning is considered evidence of being developed professionally?

Scrivener (2011) suggests that lesson planning is a thinking skill and helps to be clear about what you want to do – planning increases the number of your options – and doing so, increases your chances of a successful lesson.

Planning means imagining the lesson before it happens: it involves prediction, anticipation, sequencing, organising and simplifying. A written plan is evidence that you have done that thinking.

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On February 10th at 12.40pm-2.10pm  Greek time

THE CINDERELLA OF TEACHING
developing writing skills 

Writing sometimes shifts to the bottom of the teacher's priorities and more often than not becomes "the Cinderella" of teaching. Speaking activities are considered more engaging, coursebooks often relegate writing to workbooks and give it an incidental role, some teachers think that writing takes up too much valuable time in class. Correcting written work is an additional burden for the teacher. However, it is a vital skill and an important consolidation tool. In this session we will look at different ways of giving it a more central role in one's teaching and making it more student oriented. 

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On February 10th at 11am-12.30pm  Greek time

Let's make the chubby 'chunks' more digestible!

Join our online training to explore the Lexical Approach and discover ways to incorporate it into your teaching. As Scott Thornbury once said, "It can be presented, explained, included in all kinds of activities, and experienced in all manner of associations." Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your teaching skills and make a difference in your students' lives.

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On March 9th at 11am-12.30pm  Greek time

Crafting Impactful Online Course Syllabi

This presentation aims to provide educators, curriculum developers, and online school administrators with comprehensive insights into the methodologies and best practices for creating an asynchronous course syllabus. The focus will be on identifying the unique challenges and opportunities associated with asynchronous learning, particularly in English language courses. We will explore various instructional design strategies, content curation methods, and technological tools that enhance learner engagement and facilitate self-paced learning. Additionally, the presentation will delve into the importance of aligning course objectives with assessments and interactive elements, ensuring a robust and cohesive learning experience.

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On March 9th at 12.40pm-2.10pm  Greek time

Teaching pronunciation as

a class activity

Teaching pronunciation presents several challenges and sets unrealistic and often frustrating goals.

The presenter emphasises the role of interactive pronunciation practice in class activities, aiming to provide practical ideas and setting realistic aims when discussing

  • The role of pronunciation and what we should prioritise

  • Pronunciation as an interactive skill

  • Pronunciation for listening and decoding

While pre-service teacher training might focus more on pronunciation in lesson staging than as a subskill, course books focus on neat pronunciation bits that often lack help decoding the connected speech, so learners fail to get equipped with key pronunciation skills they could benefit from in real life.

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