Pre Convention Institute ARTESOL 2014 – San Salvador de Jujuy
May 8, 2014
Using American Young Adult Literature in the EFL Classroom
In 2012 and 2013, six Argentine English teachers received scholarships from the U.S. Department of State’s Regional English Language Office for the Southern Cone to attend professional development seminars at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing. These teachers took part in the two-week Young Adult Literature and ESL Methods Program offered by the English Language Center, MSU. The Program focused on how to best incorporate and use young adult literature in the EFL class. Of great interest is the use of literature circles as a highly motivating and educational approach to literature and language learning. In this Pre-Convention Institute, within the ARTESOL Convention framework, alumni teachers of this program will analyze and discuss the benefits of using young adult literature and literature circles, providing both a theoretical basis and practical experiences of their implementation in various learning contexts with EFL students of different ages and levels of proficiency.
The Pre Convention Institute is free of charge and is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in
Argentina and ARTESOL.
Venue: Escuela Che-II – Avenida Ricardo Balbin 1409, San Salvador de Jujuy
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
REGISTRATION is required. Register here
Certificates of attendance will be given
Presenters & Program
Sandra Bayona graduated from the ELT Program from Instituto de Enseñanza Superior, Entre Ríos, and also holds a degree in Modern Languages and Literature from Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos and an MA TEFL from Universidad de Jaén, Spain. She teaches Civilization and Culture of the English Speaking Countries I and Language II at the EFL Teacher Education Program at Universidad Autónoma de Entre Ríos, and Language IX and X at the ELT and Translator Programs at Universidad Adventista del Plata. She is a 2012 grantee (U.S. Embassy) in the Young Adult Literature and ESL Methods Program at Michigan State University.
Gabriela Helale holds a degree in English Language Teaching and Translation from the School of Languages, National University of Córdoba, Argentina. She is an MA candidate in Applied Linguistics at the School of Languages, National University of Córdoba. She is Assistant Professor in the chairs of Methodology and Practicum 1 at the School of Languages. She teaches EFL at Monserrat Secondary school, National University of Córdoba. She is a recent grantee from the U.S. Embassy for a Young Adult Literature and ESL Methods Program at Michigan State University.
Marina Moulia is graduate English as a Foreign Language teacher from the Universidad Nacional de la Plata. She has worked extensively in professional development, teaching adolescents and supervising teachers and head-teachers in private and public schools in the province of Buenos Aires. At present, she is a supervisor for Private Secondary Schools at the Dirección General de Cultura y Educación of the province. She is a recent grantee from the U.S. Embassy for a Young Adult Literature and ESL Methods Program at Michigan State University.
Antonella Percara is a graduate from the ELT Program from Universidad Autónoma de Entre Ríos. She is currently working on her MA dissertation on supervisors’ feedback in ELT practicum for Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. She teaches Linguistics II, Civilization and Culture of the English Speaking Countries I, Language II and Teaching Practicum at the EFL Teacher Education Program at Universidad Autónoma de Entre Ríos, and English Literature I and North American History at the ELT and Translator Programs at Universidad Adventista del Plata. She is a recent grantee from the U.S. Embassy for a Young Adult Literature and ESL Methods Program at Michigan State University.
Susana Pérez holds a degree in English Language Teaching and Licenciatura en Lengua Inglesa from the School of Languages, National University of Córdoba. She is an MA candidate in Applied Linguistics and a fellow teacher in the Chair American Literature from the School of Languages, National University of Córdoba. She has taught Literature I and II at the Bilingual School Academia Arguello. At present, she is in charge of the subjects Language I and II, Sociocultural and Literary Studies I and II and Second Language Acquisition Studies at the EFL Teacher Training College Contardo Ferrini from Río Primero, Córdoba, Argentina. She is a 2012 grantee from the U.S. Embassy for a Young Adult Literature and ESL Methods Program at Michigan State University.
Gabriel Rojo holds a degree in Licenciatura en Lengua Inglesa and English Language Teaching from Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional). He teaches Didactics, Children’s Literature and Technical English at INSPT, as well as being an assistant teacher in Language I. In 2012 he published the book Iron Times, a critical analysis of a graphic novel superhero. He is a recent grantee from the U.S. Embassy for a Young Adult Literature and ESL Methods Program at Michigan State University.
25th ARTESOL Convention at Universidad CAECE, Olavarría 2464, Mar del Plata, Argentina. May 10-11, 2013
Declarado de interés educativo por la Secretaría de Educación de la Municipalidad la Ciudad de Mar del Plata. Foja 1568- Año 2012
ARTESOL Annual Convention, Surfing ELT was held at Universidad CAECE Mar del Plata, on May 10-11, 2013. A Pre Convention Institute organized by the University of Arizona was held on May 9.
The convention was officially opened by Susana B. Tuero, ARTESOL Convention Chair.
Graciela Martin, ARTESOL President welcomed attendees and introduced guests at the head table: Alejandra Cormons, Vicerrectora Universidad CAECE; Mónica Rodriguez Sanmartino, Secretaria de Educación de la Municipalidad de General Pueyrredón; Mark Naylor, Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer, US Embassy, Argentina; John Segota, TESOL Associate Executive Director; and Rachel Moran, English Language Fellow. The guests addressed the audience and talked about the importance of teaching English as a foreign language, and teacher development.
There were two plenary sessions on Friday, one conducted by John Segota, TESOL; and the other by Bradley Horn, US Embassy Regional English Language Officer. John Segota’s session dealt with Advancing English Language Teaching through TESOL Standards and Bradley Horn’s with Game-based Learning & Trace Effects.
In addition, both speakers delivered semi plenary sessions on Saturday morning on Advancing Educator Leadership through Advocacy; and Using the Corpus to Teach Grammar & Lexis.
On Saturday afternoon, there were three simultaneous semi-plenary sessions, two of them conducted by teachers from Argentina, Maria Susana Gonzalez and Ricardo Ramirez; and one by Rachel Moran, English Language Fellow in Argentina.
Their presentations dealt with The Relevance of Reading Comprehension at High School and University Level, How to Deal with No Internet Connectivity in the EFL Classroom, and Music, Indispensable to TEFL, topics related to the convention main theme: Surfing ELT.
Classroom practitioners and classroom-centered researchers specialized in all educational levels conducted a total of 47 presentations of four different categories: papers, demonstrations, workshops and poster sessions. The convention hosted presentations from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Japan, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Students from Universidad CAECE and Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata helped as ushers during the convention.
ARTESOL Annual Convention 2013 at Universidad CAECE Mar del Plata – Video
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