TESOL-Ukraine National Convention

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On April 9-10, Kharkiv hosted the 2019 TESOL-Ukraine national convention “Thinking Globally, Teaching Locally” with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the US Embassy to Ukraine.

More than 250 teachers of higher and secondary educational institutions from different parts of Ukraine participated in the conference. Also, English Language Fellows – professional trainers from the US Department of State, who work in such countries as Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Armenia, were invited. Their workshops represented a wide range of research in the field of linguistics, computer linguistics and linguistic techniques.

Key-note Speaker Dr. Holly Arnold lectured on Critically Thinking Outside the Box: Preparing EFL Professionals for the 21st Century Student during the plenary session, and Differentiated Gamification and Instruction for the 21st Century during the conference sessions. At the plenary her speech was preceded by Dr. Maryna Tsehelska’s workshop Teaching English Through Categories – a Brain-Friendly Approach.

Participants of the Convention had an opportunity to learn more about the Regional English Language Office and Windows on America Programs and resources for English Teachers from RELO John Silver, presenters Marie Catherine Snider and Daria Batalova.

Other English Language Fellows, who work in Ukraine, also presented on The Sherlock Holmes Approach to Teaching ESL and  5 Common Mistakes in Essay Writing (Francisco Resto), Collaborative Writing Using Pictures as a Catalyst (Wendy Finlayson) Universal Design Testing (Luis Perea) and Championship Listening (Nicholas Gordon). Many Fellows collaborated with their students and conducted interesting workshops together.

Special thanks from the organizers and participants go to Dr. Robert D. Leier, who came with Shushan Melik-Adamyan and Nelly Ghazaryan from Arminia, Grace Lui, who arrived a from Moldova and Amy Zhupikov, who came with Farida Orujova from Azerbaijan. We not only enjoyed their great presentation, but also made great friends.

At 2019 is the 25th year of TESOL in Ukraine, we celkebrated the great effort of the TESOIL-Ukraine “Founding Mothers” Svitlana Chugu and Svitlada Gladio. Their warm speeches were coupled with TESOL-Ukraine and Hawaii TESOL co-liason Sally La Luzerne-Oi.

The smooth work of the Convention was possible with the dedicated efforts of the professionals from the Department of Foreign Languages of O.M. Beketov National, University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv and their head and TESOL Ukraine President Olena Ilyenko.

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