15. May 2012 · Write a comment · Categories: Events

25th Anniversary Conference:

The Dawning of the ELT Digital Age

Santa Fe, Argentina

May 11-12, 2012

ARTESOL 25th Anniversary Conference was held at Estación Gral. Belgrano in Santa Fe on May 11-12, 2012.

At the opening ceremony, Pablo Tabares, Secretario de la Producción del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Santa Fe, addressed the audience. The event was endorsed by the government of the city. Neal Murata, Deputy Cutural Affairs Officer, US Embassy Buenos Aires offered a welcome message. Graciela Martin, on behalf of Argentina TESOL, welcomed participants to the convention.

From left to right: Mónica Gandolfo, ARTESOL secretary; Dayna House, Senior English Language Fellow; Tara Barancik, Office of English Language Programs; Lisa Morgan, Regional English Language Officer; Neal Murata, Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer, US Embassy Buenos Aires; Pablo Tabares, Secretario de la Producción del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Santa Fe; Deborah Healey from the University of Oregon, keynote speaker; and Graciela Martin, ARTESOL President.

There were two plenary sessions conducted by US Department of State specialist Dr. Deborah Healey. Her presentations dealt with the use of technology in the teaching of English as a foreign language.

Mabel Gallo, ARTESOL Past President, addresses the audience in memoriam of Dr. Daniel Fernández.

There were four semi-plenary sessions, three of them conducted by prestigious teachers from Argentina, and one by Dr. Dayna House, Senior English Language Fellow in Argentina. Their presentations dealt with cutting edge issues in the TESOL profession, such as ICT, designing digital materials, working with videos & DVD’s, and adapting to change; all related to the convention main theme: The Dawning of the ELT Digital Age.

Deborah Healey at the Opening Plenary talked about Free Online ELT Resources for Listening & Pronunciation Practice

Classroom practitioners and classroom-centered researchers specialized in all educational levels conducted a total of 33 presentations of four different categories: papers, demonstrations, workshops and poster sessions.

Dr. Lisa Morgan, Regional English Language Officer, also made two concurrent presentations at the event.

Over two hundred teachers of English attended the two-day convention. Teachers from all over Argentina were present.

Lisa Morgan during one of her presentations

There were visitors from neighboring countries such as Chile, and Uruguay; and from the University of Arizona, USA.

Argentine specialists presented ICT for Post Method Teachers, Designing Digital Materials, and The Transformation of the Teacher.

Argentine specialists delivering a semi-plenary session on ICT.

Over forty teachers showcased presentations on a wide range of topics.

Pre-Convention Institute offered by the University of Arizona

Participants at break time, networking with colleagues