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My name is Csilla Jaray-Benn and I have been teaching business and general English in France for fifteen years to adults, teenagers and graduate students at a business school. In 2007, I founded a language training organisation, Business English Services. I graduated with MA degrees in English, French and Theatre Studies from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. My main interests lie in motivational research and its application, creativity, innovation and the use of technology and theatre-based techniques in language education. I have given talks at TESOL and ITAEFL conferences on the themes of one-to-one dynamics, collaborative creative learning, role-plays and vision in language learning. I am currently Regional Coordinator of TESOL France Grenoble and Joint-Vice President of TESOL France. I am also Director of a research group dedicated to the contemporary French playwright, Roland Dubillard. My blog was runner up for the IATEFL Blog Award for Best Coverage in 2013. I enjoy writing, meeting people, learning about new ideas, and facing new challenges. It will be my pleasure to contribute to the IATEFL 2015 Conference in Manchester through my session reports.

Session Reports

Classic Exercises and Why They Work in the 21st Century (Hanna Kryszewska)

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Thu 16 Apr, 08:30

Session review, Tuesday 14th April

Hanna teaches both at the Uniwersytet Gdanski in Poland and for Pilgrims Language Courses. She is an active member of The C Group and dedicated to developing and promoting principles and techniques for creative teaching. (http://thecreativitygroup.weebly.com

Classic Exercises and Why They Work in the 21st Century (Hanna Kryszewska)

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Thu 16 Apr, 08:30

Session review, Tuesday 14th April

Hanna teaches both at the Uniwersytet Gdanski in Poland and for Pilgrims Language Courses. She is an active member of The C Group and dedicated to developing and promoting principles and techniques for creative teaching. (http://thecreativitygroup.weebly.com

Training University Students into Digital Natives – Challenge Taken!

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Mon 13 Apr, 13:05

“Please turn on your phones!”

With a mobile phone in her hand and a big smile on her face, Nora starts by asking the audience a series of questions:

Fostering Autonomy: Harnessing the Outside World from within the Classroom (Elizabeth Pinard)

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Mon 13 Apr, 11:48

Lizzie Pinard teaches at International House, Palermo, is keen on professional development and materials design and shares her reflections on English language teaching with teachers around the world through her blog (http://reflectiveteachingreflectivelearning.com).

The C Group: Creativity for Change in Language Education

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Sun 12 Apr, 15:31

Created two years ago by joint coordinators, Chaz Pugliese and Alan Maley, The C Group describes itself as “an independent and informal grouping of EFL professionals. It aims collaboratively to share information, promote reflection and inquiry, and encourage action through more creative and open teaching practices.” Group members are dedicated to diffusing information about creativity, taking action to promote creative teaching, supporting creative professional development, reflecting on various questions and lobbying for creative solutions in teaching.

Using Augmented Reality in the EFL Classroom

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Sun 12 Apr, 00:00

Stephen Pilton’s opens his talk by asking us to imagine we are students at his language school in Oxford. We can see different images moving on the screen; a poster advertising the language programmes at his school, a music club and a local café. He then takes us to a page from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (US drama based on Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice) and finally to a student worksheet with gap-fill exercises on phrasal verbs. All very different types of information, but all related to student life at the language school. The information itself is not new, but the way it is presented is absolutely ground-breaking.