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Friday, May 15 • 9:00am - 3:30pm
Pre-Conference Workshop with Mark Foster: Teaching second languages like first languages

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Target audience: Language teachers and administrators

Workshop outline: In this workshop, we will examine the pitfalls of traditional language classes (The thing that ruins most language classes is that language teachers are good at language.). We will consider some guiding principles of First Language Approach (There is no "understand", there is only "repeat".  We will consider four or five techniques that will be useful in creating a new atmosphere in the language classroom

In this workshop, participants will:
  • Practice using some new and entertaining classroom activities such as: story-building, silent film narration, and question cycles.
  • Explore and play with some online resources such as lyricstraining and Quizlet.
  • Learn how to use and have fun with TPR (student challenges and reverse quizzes), and how to better manage TPR by using ASL, Quizlet, and  TPRManager.
  • Learn how to make simple recordings for their students using a variety of programs and applications, such as voki.com, voicethread.com, etc.


Mark Foster

Mark earned a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut. While living and teaching in France, he completed an M.A. in French Language and Civilization from New York University’s NYU-in-Paris program. His many years... Read More →

Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 3:30pm GMT+08
Conference Room 1 Block A, Level 5

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