TETRA Mid-summer ELT CPD

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TETRA'S Mid-Summer CPD Sessions

24th August 2019


TETRA’s CPD sessions are designed and created by teachers for teachers. We look at the classroom experience as a whole with a particular focus on engagement. We want you to feel the way your students feel, by putting you in their shoes. Our intention is to empower and to nurture empathy whilst providing you with the tools to make your experience in the class more effective, efficient and rewarding

Individual sessions cost €15 per person (sessions are 2 hours each)


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Session Schedule

24th August

Saturday 24th August 2019

830 am – Registration

0845 am – How To Set Up The Ultimate PLN CPD A24/05

1045 am – Classflow: An introduction to the next generation of Interactive Panel software CPD A24/11

1245 pm – The Silent Treatment CPD A24/03

1500 pm – An Introduction to Virtual Reality for Language Learning CPD A24/07


Price: €15 per session*

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For the full day programme including session descriptions click below to request a pack

Venue - STS, 67 Triq Il- Ferrovija L-Qadima, Birkirkara

session descriptors

How To Set Up The Ultimate PLN

This session looks at the topic of Personal Learning Networks (PLN) within ELT, how to set one up and how to get the most out of it. In his paper “Teachers’ Use of Social Networking sites for Continuing Professional Development”, Daniel Xerri defines a PLN as ‘a network of educators and other knowledge providers that allows the individual teacher to gain professional growth. According to Koper (2009) a learning network not only “stimulates professional development” but also leads to “a better understanding of concepts and events, career development and employability”. A PLN is usually created by means of SNS and other social media.’ The participants will be presented with a case study based on IATEFL 2016. Data farmed from the major social networks with the use of tools such as NodeXL and IFTTT, was extracted, compiled and analysed in order to provide insight into the latest trends in ELT. What is the community buzzing about? Who was a hit at this year’s conference? Who are currently the most influential players? Who is up and coming? What is on everyone’s mind? Which aspect of the profession is on everyone’s tongue at the moment? What are the latest innovations and which ones do we need to pay attention to? From macro to micro, for the beginner user or more experienced, a PLN can provide you with the flow of information that you need to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry and remain informed enough to be ahead of your game. The basics on how to have access to the people that matter and to the hottest topics will be tackled in an interactive manner with the intention of having participants leaving with the foundations laid for their own PLN. The session will conclude with a practical example of the impact that a PLN can have on one’s development through a topic of choice of the participants. Only information gathered in real time from this study will be used for the purpose of this part of the session.

Classflow: An introduction to the next generation of Interactive Panel software

After looking into comments from students across Malta through various sources, it is evident that the trend is the same. The feedback being given about teachers and the amount learned in class does not tally. The main aim of the session is to provide teachers with practical ideas on how to create and deliver content through the latest web-based Interactive White Board Software, namely Classflow. Classflow is a free to use cloud based IWB software made available by Promethean. As time goes by, more and more students are coming to class with their own devices and expectations that these devices are somehow integrated directly through the technology available. Classflow takes this to the next level by linking all the devices in the class in order to provide a customised and personalised approach like nothing ever seen before. Through careful planning it is possible to take the BYOD situation to the next level by pushing specific content be it a quiz, poll, picture or any other type of content to the students’ devices. It does not stop there, The students themselves can push their own content directly to the board or to the Teacher’s personal device’s back end in order to facilitate feedback or even assessment. The possibilities seem quite endless. This session aims at not only increasing teachers’ awareness of these functions, but through a hands-on session, familiarise them with the features and functions of the software in order to enable them to create their own interactive lessons with the use of Classflow from the minute they leave the training room.

The Silent Treatment

The main aim of the session is to provide teachers with practical ideas on how to reduce their TTT (Teacher talking time) and in turn increase learner engagement. Through means of a demonstration lesson, the trainer uses various methods of communication other than talking to prove that talking is not the only method of communication available to the teacher in order to get a message across. The trainer is completely silent throughout this section of the session to emphasise the above mentioned point. Realia, Powerpoint or Prezi presentations, basic images and meticulous planning all play a part in the success of such lessons or parts of lessons. The demo will be followed up with reflection and a discussion on what worked and what didn’t, how else this method could be applied in class and to which language point or skills and how.

An Introduction to Virtual Reality for Language Learning

The session will introduce participants to the possibilities related to using Virtual Reality(VR) for education purposes. VR tears down the walls of the classroom and immerses its user within a world that looks, sounds and feels as real it gets without actually being within a particular context. Through theory and live demonstrations participants will be able to witness first-hand the benefits and limitless possibilities that VR has to offer to learning whilst keeping the application of the technology as simple as possible so as to build a bridge between current media and the future. The session will also offer participants to come up with their own ideas on how to implement VR within the classroom.