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Herzog Academic College is delighted to invite you to a conference entitled

STAYING CONNECTED WITH ELT

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The English Department at Herzog College is deeply invested in ELT pedagogy. This challenging time for teachers and students alike has served as a window of opportunity to stretch ourselves even more. The idea of this conference was born with that aim in mind. We have lined up a fantastic program with the best of the best. We hope you will find it inspiring and enriching. 

Wednesday June 3rd

16.00-18.30

Zoom

Program

16:00

Greetings and opening remarks

Dr. Lindsey Shapiro-Steinberg (Chair, English Department)

Rav Prof. Yehuda Brandes (President, Herzog College)

16:10

Plenary

“Lights... camera... fluency!" How to use video recording to improve speaking skills

Ella Ben Emmanuel (Coordinator, Tichon Or High School)

16:45

Short break

17:00

Two Parallel Sessions

Close reading in an increasingly digital world

Dr. Laura Major 

(Achva College)

The wonders of Lextutor

Dr. Tami Aviad -Levitzky

(Gordon College)

17:30

Short break

17:45

Six parallel interactive workshops by Herzog English Department instructors

Strengthening emotional connections between teachers and students on Zoom

Dr. Amy Gelbart

Creative writing in times of change

Sarina Furer

Zoom management: distance learning that’ll leave everyone smiling!

Dr. Tanya ben Chitrit

Adding Flippity to your Zoom

Avraham Roos

Bilingual parenting and teaching English: mutually enriching worlds

Dr. Shulamit Kopeliovitch

Using Test Box

Aron Cohen

18:30

End

Abstracts

“Lights... camera..... fluency!" How to use video recording to improve speaking skills

Ella ben Emmauel

In this presentation, I encourage you to think 'out of the box' when it comes to working on your students' speaking skills. I will also give you several innovative ideas for speaking projects using 'Flipgrid' along with assessment pointers.

Close reading in an increasingly digital world

Dr. Laura Major

In an increasingly technologically driven and digital world, studies have shown that people are reading less and reading less well. The ability to read lengthy and challenging texts, on any platform, thoroughly and in depth is waning. Is close reading passé in our technologically innovative world, or is close reading exactly the antidote to a world ruled by the quick, the instant, and often the shallow? Teachers of literature, also in the teacher training context, are faced with a real conundrum: we cannot give up on the bread and butter of literary studies – in-depth textual analysis, which sharpens critical thinking and analytic skills necessary for today’s teachers as well as imparts necessary literary material and tools – nor can we ignore our changing world and that of our students and of their future pupils. This lecture will discuss possible bridges in digital humanities between these seemingly contradictory forces and will ask how we can use technology and more innovative teaching methodologies without forgoing the hard work of reading and analyzing texts.

The wonders of Lextutor

Dr. Tami Aviad -Levitzky

Lextutor is an internet site developed by Prof. Tom Cobb. It offers a variety of free lexical tools which can be used by teachers and students alike.
My talk will present some of the main features of Lextutor and how these can be used in the classroom or for student self-improvement. During the talk the participants will be able to experiment with one or two of the tools offered on the site. To this end, please prepare a short passage (150-200) which you or one of your students has written.

Strengthening emotional connections between teachers and students on Zoom

Dr. Amy Gelbart

In this workshop, we will focus on raising our awareness of students' emotional states and strengthen classroom relationships while we teach using zoom.

Adding Flippity to your Zoom

Avraham Roos

A workshop in which you learn to use Flippity - a cool website with loads of easy-to-create games and classroom tools.

Creative writing in times of change

Sarina Furer

We will experiment with several creative writing prompts geared toward writing short stories to help children understand these unusual times

Bilingual parenting and teaching English: mutually enriching worlds

Dr. Shulamit Kopeliovitch

Can we benefit as parents from our professional training? Can we become better English teachers through analyzing our experience in child rearing? In this workshop, we will search for the answers together...

Zoom management: distance learning that’ll leave everyone smiling!

Dr. Tanya ben Chitrit

Let’s explore and exchange tips and tricks to ensure both teachers and students enjoy a meaningful distance learning experience!

Using Test Box

Aron Cohen

Learn how to create classroom assessments with an online tool that, for starters, can incorporate images, audio, and video.

 
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Look forward to zooming with you!