Global Education in the English Classroom
Genevieve Ruff will talk about her experiences designing and implementing thematic teaching lessons at an English conversation school. She will discuss the rewards and challenges of combining themes with English lessons. She will walk participants through the process of choosing themes, grammar patterns, and activities through a simple workshop. Groups of participants will be given time to brainstorm and create a lesson on global education themes like children’s rights, cultural diversity, and protecting the environment. She will also discuss how beneficial thematic teaching is in preparing students for the Eiken Step Test.
Genevieve Ruff is an Industrial Engineer who came to Japan to experience the culture and learn the language eight years ago. What began as an adventure quickly turned into a teaching career. She is currently the Training Head at Saiei International where she manages and trains 35 foreign teachers. When she isn’t studying Japanese, she is usually trying to learn how to cook Japanese food. She is a member of ESTEEM.
Social Networks: You and Your Institution
This workshop will show you how to brand and sell your organization and yourself through social media. In addition to a tour of the various social media platforms Ivan will talk about his adventures in the world of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Participants will be asked to share their personal experiences in promoting themselves on-line. Those planning to attend should come prepared to actively particpate with ideas and anecdotes.
Ivan Botev M.Ed. Applied Linguistics, currently works for the Saitama City BOE and is involved with developing and teaching English Communication Abilities Development (ECAD) Program classes. He serves as PR Chair for the JALT Omiya Chapter and also as a Social Media Chair for Saitama City Educators (SCE). He has been teaching ESL/EFL in Japan for seven years. He is a father of two and his interests outside the education field include exploring the beauty of Japan with his family.