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2nd EFL Young Learners Conference

Fundación Telefónica, Providencia 111, Chile

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Overall objective:

To provide teachers of English as a foreign language to young learners (at primary levels) with the opportunity for continuing professional development, through a face-to-face conference:

• To enable young learner teachers to take away new learning and understanding and practical skills, or to validate existing knowledge or understanding, to improve young learner teaching and learning in the classroom.
• To enable young learner teachers to take away new learning and understanding and practical skills to engage in their own continuing professional development (and of others).


The programme:

You can download your programme here https://goo.gl/SyEeQM

Printed copies of the Final Programme will be available on the conference days in your Welcome Bags. All programmes (online/printed) are subject to last minute alterations in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. We respectfully request your consideration and understanding should this occur. 


The Workshop Sessions:

To confirm your place at the conference, we invite you to select the workshops you would like to attend.

Please note this is a pre-conference requirement, no workshop registration will be available during the event. Your registration in the workshops secures your place at the conference. Failing to do this will allow us to free your place and to move up the waiting list. Deadline for workshop registration Wednesday 4 January, 13.00.

There are limited places available in each of the workshops therefore we will book on a first come first served basis.



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Plenary Speakers

Carol Read

Carol Read has over 30 years’ experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager, materials writer and educational consultant. Carol’s main specialisation is in early years and primary language teaching. Her publications include award-winning titles such as 500 Activities in the Primary Classroom, and most recently a six-level primary course with integrated digital resources, Tiger Time. Carol is a former President of IATEFL. You can find out more about Carol by visiting www.carolread.com

Sue Garton

Sue Garton is a Reader in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) at Aston University, Birmingham UK. She has been an English language teacher and teacher educator for nearly 30 years, She has worked extensively in the area of teaching young learners, including the British Council funded-project on Global Practices in Teaching English to Young Learners. She is currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners and a volume on young learners for series TESOL voices: Insider accounts of classroom life.

Darío Banegas

Darío Luis Banegas holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics (Warwick University). He is a teacher educator and curriculum developer with the Ministerio de Educación del Chubut. He has facilitated CLIL courses and published articles on CLIL, action research (with the British Council), and teacher education.

Yasna Yilorm

Dr. Yasna Yilorm Barrientos is the English Language Didactics professor and Teaching Practicum supervisor of the English Major at Universidad Austral de Chile. She holds a Master in Education, TESOL concentration and a Doctorate in Pedagogical Sciences. Her research line deals with playful didactic strategies meant to develop students’ personality.


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Conference Programme

6 de enero de 2017


Opening Ceremony - Auditorium

Opening Plenary: Sue Garton - Auditorium

"Teaching English to Young Learners: six challenges in search of a solution"

Coffee Break

Workshop Sessions A

• RICELT Panel – Auditorium
“Insights from local pedagogies on TEYL”
Facilitator: María Jesús Inostroza
• Workshop - Room A
“First Steps in Vocabulary: Online resources for kids”
Juan Molina Farfán
• Workshop - Room B
“Creative Education: Active Learners. Perfecting Teaching in the EFL classroom”
Paulina Bravo – Richmond
• Workshop – Room C
“Using ‘Interactive Notebooks’ in EFL classes”
Sebastián Abarca
• Research-based talks – Conference Room
- “Universal Design for Learning and Vocabulary Acquisition in Young Learners”
Jennie Popp
- “Shaping the early infusion of English into the state preschool classroom”
Brauchy, J., Boguez, C., Castillo, K., López, V. & Torres, C.

Workshop Sessions B

• Research-based talks - Auditorium
- “The importance of social interaction in the acquisition of vocabulary in the early years”
Karen Valenzuela
- “Speaking and its positive impact on L2 acquisition”
Teresa Lagos
• Workshop – Room A
“Magic or myth: Adding nuance to the age debate”
Annjeanette Martin
• Workshop – Room B
“Synthetic phonics: Making reading effective and fun for young learners”
Cynthia Garay - Books and Bits
• Workshop – Room C
“Teach English using simple resources and TPR”
Rosa Rodríguez
• Poster Session – Conference Room
“Strategies for teaching English to young learners”

Lunch Break

Plenary: Yasna Yilorm - Auditorium

“Developing Chilean children’s personality: Playful didactic strategies to find the way out!”

Workshop Sessions C

• Research-based talks – Auditorium
- “What did you say? Correcting pronunciation using music”
Carolina Muñoz Balladares
- “How to construct learning in children using games”
Roberto Figueroa Zúñiga
• Workshop – Room A
“Motivating and engaging students in the young learner English classroom”
Sue Garton
• Workshop – Room B
“Applying Storytelling in very young learners' lessons”
Claudia Pizarro
• Workshop – Room C
“The Use of EDpuzzle to flip your classes”
Margarita Aguayo
• Experience-based Talks – Conference Room
- “A Brand-new Approach to Elementary English Teacher Education in Chile”
Eric Gómez
- “Word study in action: supporting differentiated literacy instruction in grade 1”
- María Laura García

Coffee Break

Workshop Sessions D

• Research-based talks – Auditorium
- “Listen with your eyes. Can EFL teachers develop primary reading skills in young learners?”
Gabriela Jara Márquez
- “It´s my turn: A resource for teaching English in 5th and 6th grade in rural schools. How effective is it?”
Andrea Luci Alarcón
• Workshop – Room A
“Learning through content in primary ELT”
Carol Read
• Workshop – Room B
“Breaking down fears about teaching nursery rhymes, poems and stories”
Lorena Villalobos & Vanessa Merino
• Workshop – Room C
“Teaching english to young learners – Do’s and Don’ts”
Valeria Romero Hernández
• Poster Session – Conference Room
“Resources and approaches for teaching English to young learners”

7 de enero de 2017


Plenary: Darío Banegas - Auditorium

“The world around us: Teaching Science in primary education”

Coffee Break

Workshop Sessions E

• Fundación Oportunidad Panel – Auditorium
"Discussion with YL ELT Specialists"
Facilitator: Yali Horta
• Workshop – Room A
“How to grow a child’s mind: Fostering critical thinking”
Carolina Belmar - Oxford University Press
• Workshop – Room B
“Teacher develop CLIL materials and lesson plans”
Dario Banegas
• Research-based Talk – Room C
“English language teaching at the primary level in Chilean public schools: Can we bridge the gap and address social justice?”
Inostroza M.J, Yilorm, Y. & Barahona, M.
• Experience-based Talks – Conference Room
- “Teaching English through suitable stories”
María Kelly
- “Fostering reading habits and comprehension by using multimodal storytelling techniques”
Irene Ibacache & Ana María Mansilla

Closing Plenary: Carol Read - Auditorium

“Paths to literacy in the primary classroom”

Closing Ceremony & Raffle


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