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The Colombo Symposium 2017, September 14-15

Teachers are IN: 75 years of INnovative, INclusive, and INspiring teaching

This year’s edition of the Colombo Symposium sets the scene to commemorate the 75th birthday of the Centro Colombo Americano of Bogota and to give honor to the teachers that have made it possible. INnumerable things have changed since we first opened our doors: new paradigms have been INvolved, modern theories INtegrated, current approaches INstituted, diverse practices INstilled, fresh materials INtroduced, cutting-edge technologies INcorporated, and several generations of learners positively INfluenced. INterestingly enough, during these three quarters of a century, one thing has remained a reality: teachers are IN.

INnovative, INclusive and INspiring teaching seems to be the thread that ties our story together. What lies ahead for the ELT community in terms of research, technology, materials and classroom practices? How can creativity, critical thinking or conflict resolution training help build more democratic learning environments? How do 21st century skills come into play in the language classroom? What are the current perspectives on motivation, flipped learning, English as a lingua franca and learning strategies?

English teachers, teacher trainers, researchers, program administrators, material developers and world class keynote speakers will gather to reflect upon these questions as we get ready to weave another 75 years of history. It is uncertain what exactly the educational scene will look like 75 years from now, but one thing we can be sure of: “Teachers will still be IN”

Institutions

We have invited a group of scholars from different academic backgrounds and institutions to share their experiences and research projects through concurrent sessions.

  • State Department of the United States of America
  • Pearson Colombia
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Cengage
  • Oxford University Press
  • Universidad de La Salle
  • Universidad de La Sabana
  • Universidad de Los Andes
  • Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas
  • Universidad del Norte
  • ICESI
  • Universidad Industrial de Santander
  • Universidad Externado de Colombia
  • Universidad Colombo Americana - UNICA
  • Universidad Javeriana
  • Centro Cultural Colombo Americano Cali
  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Registration

Type of registration                 Dates         Individual Fee  
Early bird Before July 30 $120.000 pesos  
Advance registration August 1 through September 13 $150.000 pesos  
On-site  September 14 and 15 $170.000 pesos  

 

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Featured speakers

ANNE CURZAN

 Plenary

Judging Acceptability in English Usage

 Is it acceptable to use “data” as a singular mass noun? “They” as a singular gender-neutral pronoun? How should ESL/EFL instructors or students decide? Anne Curzan offers a lively historical perspective on well-known grammar/style rules and an insider’s look at completing the annual ballot for the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel. The talk then introduces ways of teaching grammar that empower students both to master and to engage critically with the conventions that govern formal writing.

Workshop

Texting and the Future of English

Many worry that texting is degrading written English. This talk presents a different perspective on the effects of texting, arguing that the language of texting is far from chaotic. Texting has created a new register of written English, with its own fairly elaborate set of conventions. The talk will describe some of these new conventions and offer teachers ways to use students’ knowledge of texting to talk about the conventions of more formal registers of written English.

GREG KESSLER

Plenary

Preparing teacher for the future: Language learning through Intelligent and automated technologies

Language learners have an amazing wealth of digital resources to support their opportunities for extensive practice with the target language. Increasingly, these resources offer varied forms of automation or other intelligent characteristics. These features can provide learners with authentic, meaningful and actionable feedback that support further language practice. Many of these resources also provide opportunities to engage with others through social media supported practices. Such practices can promote learning by engaging students in the compelling nature of participatory culture, which encourages participants to actively communicate with others as they co-construct knowledge. This engagement allows learners to practice their use of the target language extensively with others who have a shared interest in successful communication albeit relying largely upon tools and resources that were not designed specifically for language learning. In fact, many of these tools are simply intended for the broader purpose of supporting the participatory nature of social media practices. Consequently, these contexts appeal to learners in the same compelling way that many social media practices can. The presenter will share a number of recent developments related to language and technology, including automated assessment tools, speech and gesture control interfaces, and a variety of forms of natural language processing. The presenter will share thoughts about the need to embrace these developments as we move toward a new era of language learning: One in which these intelligent assistants and resources will be commonplace.

Workshop

Prepare yourself for the future: Social media, intelligent and automated technologies in your own classroom

The presenter will share a number of examples of new media, resources and intelligent tools with participants. He will guide them through the assessment, customization and implementation of a handful of such resources. Participants will become familiar with these intelligent tools and develop an understanding of how they can be used in specific learning contexts. They will explore applications related to assessment, individualized instruction, feedback and student engagement. 

JOAN SHIN

PLENARY

Are You a 21st Century Teacher?

Abstract: We live in a rapidly changing world, one that is increasingly interconnected. While this century is an exciting one because of its fast-paced, technology-driven nature, it is also a challenging one. Our students who are young global citizens need to learn values and skills that will enable them to successfully communicate and collaborate across borders and cultures. As English teachers we are building skills for global communication, which includes digital, new media, and visual literacy because communication in English is inextricably linked to these 21st century literacies. 

This session will demonstrate ways to integrate specific 21st century skills to help our young learners and teens succeed in this technology-driven and global century, and hopefully, will inspire every teacher to be a true 21st century teacher.

WORKSHOP 

Get Up and Sing! Get Up and Move!

Abstract: Do you use songs&n

GALLERY

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