16TH LABCI CONFERENCE


MEXICO CITY, MEXICO | JULY 13, 14 & 15

THE MARIA ISABEL SHERATON HOTEL

Biodata

Jeremy Harmer is a teacher, trainer and writer, currently working on the MATESOL at the New School, New York. He has taught in Mexico and The United Kingdom and offered talks and workshops in many different countries. Among his many books are The practice of English Language teaching, How to teach English and Essential teacher Knowledge (published by Pearson). He is a member of the writing team for Jetstream, a new adult course from Helbling Languages.


Alongside his ELT life Jeremy is a musician and spoken word performer.


Abstract
To begin at the beginning: where we start from and how to get going - What’s the best way to open a conference (I wonder!). If it comes to that, what is the best way to start a lesson? Or a course? How we start and where we start from may determine everything that happens later and so we need to give it some thought. That’s what I’ve been doing for this talk – and by looking outside our field (at music, poetry, literature etc) I hope to come to some conclusions about the best way to get the show on the road!






Saul Nassé has been Chief Executive of Cambridge English Language Assessment since 2014. He leads a team of 700 people who, as part of the University of Cambridge, are committed to helping learners of English across the world. The team produce a suite of research-based tests and qualifications which take people on an English learning journey from beginner to proficient user of English. Saul's particular interests are in the field of digital learning, where Cambridge English is innovating to deliver new products that combine assessment and learning in novel ways.


Saul graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences. He spent three years as a research scientist at Cranfield University, before embarking on a 23 year career at the BBC. He was the youngest ever editor of popular science programme Tomorrow’s World, and executive produced the Indian version of Dancing with the Stars. His last job at the BBC before joining Cambridge English was as Controller, Learning, where he was responsible for the corporation’s education programmes and websites.


Abstract
Big isn't always best: using the right data for language learning - The use of data in this information age is becoming a key debate in society. Technology allows the gathering of data on an unprecedented scale leading to innovation but also mistrust. What is the role of data in language learning? Will data create an environment for personalised learning or conformity?




Pete Sharma Pete Sharma is a Director of Pete Sharma Associates Ltd, a consultancy and training organisation: www.psa.eu.com He works as a pre-sessional lecturer in EAP (English for Academic purposes) at Warwick University, UK. He worked for many years in business English as a teacher trainer and materials writer. Pete is a regular conference presenter at IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) and BESIG (Business English Special Interest Group) conferences and has given plenary talks at LABCI / ABCI and LABCI. He is the co-author of several books on technology including Blended Learning (2007) and 400 Ideas for Interactive Whiteboards (2011) in the Macmillan ‘Books for Teachers’ series. His latest e-books are on ‘apps' (2013) and how to write for digital media (2014). Pete has a Masters in Educational Technology and ELT from Manchester University.


Abstract
Digital pedagogy - This plenary talk provides a snapshot of language teaching and learning in the new, digital age. It will critically analyse some common digital tools; focus on innovations in the field; describe how language teaching has changed in key areas; and finally, provide a number of practical teaching ideas.




Aziz Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer and Cultural Educator, as well as a TED Fellow. He is the co-founder of MEJDI Tours, a social enterprise focused on introducing multi-narrative cultural education and responsible business practices to the travel industry. The company aims to redefine the meaning of travel and its clients include National Geographic, Notre Dame and Boston University. MEJDI has been recognized by the UN World Tourism Organization, UN Alliance of Civilizations, and BMW Group for its innovations in travel and education. In the past, Aziz also served as the Executive Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University (2009-2015), and was the chairman of the joint Israeli-Palestinian organization the Bereaved Families Forum (2006 to 2010).

In the field, Aziz has pioneered and managed projects in conflict resolution and community relations in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Washington D.C, the Virgin Islands, and other sites. He is the co-director of the “I Am Your Protector” interfaith campaign. He also is a cofounder of Project Amal ou Salam, a grassroots relief organization for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.

In the media, Aziz has co-produced and hosted the National Geographic web series Conflict Zone, a series that explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of Palestinian refugees, the Israeli Defense Forces, Jewish settlers, and more. Aziz has also published articles in the New York Times, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, Alarabiya, and others. He frequently provides expert analysis for television news programs such as Al Jazeera, CNN and Fox.

Aziz has been honored to receive numerous awards, including the Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education, the Silver Rose Award from the European Parliament, the Eisenhower Medallion from People to People International, and the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism from Search for Common Ground. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recognized Aziz Abu Sarah’s work during his speech at the 5th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in February 2013, and the UNAOC and BMW Group awarded him the intercultural innovation award in 2011. and Aziz has been named one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims” by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015).


Abstract
Revolutionizing Education: Building Peace in a Divided World - Aziz Abu Sarah shares how education played a major role in his transformation from a radical to a peace builder, and how his educational work in Syria, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, and the United States has helped bridge the gap between hostile communities. Abu Sarah explores how education has the power to heal conflicts, from the geopolitical stage to the classroom.




Nicky Hockly is the Director of Pedagogy of The Consultants-E, an award-winning online training and development organization. She has worked in the field of English Language Teaching since 1987, is an international plenary speaker, and gives workshops and training courses for teachers all over the world.

Nicky writes regular columns on technology for teachers in ETP (English Teaching Professional) magazine, and in the ELTJ (English Language Teaching Journal – published by Oxford University Press). She has also written several prize-winning methodology books about new technologies in language teaching, many of them with co-author Gavin Dudeney. The latest of her books are Focus on Learning Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2016), and ETpedia Technology (Pavilion Publishing, 2017). She is a member of the Oxford University Press ELT Expert Advisory Panel, a member of the NILE Advisory Panel, and a member of the TESOL Journal Advisory Board.

Nicky lives in Barcelona, and is a technophobe turned technophile.


Abstract
Is the future tense? - What does rapid digital change mean for the future in ELT? How can educators prepare for the future in their classroom practice and at an institutional level? This talk looks at where ELT is now, where digital innovation is taking us, and what a roadmap for sustainable development might look like.




Susan Hillyard, B.Ed.(Hons) Warwick University U.K.
Susan has work experience in seventeen countries as a teacher, Head of Department, Director, speaker, webinar presenter, workshop facilitator, consultant, researcher, Professor and on-line tutor. She was Prof. Language IV in Lenguas Vivas and UTN Teacher Training Colleges, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has co-authored a Resource Book for Teachers Global Issues for OUP and also TDI-TKT On-line Course for Pearson, New York, and published a book with Helbling English through Drama She has worked with the Performers Theatre in Education troupe, based in Buenos Aires, as diction teacher and as an adviser. Former Coordinator, English in Action, Ministry of Education, City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, training 20 teachers through blended learning courses to teach English through Drama in Special Education. Founder and Director of SHELTA, Susan Hillyard’s English Language Teachers’ Academy.


Abstract
The Drama-Theatre Connection - This session will show the relationship between Educational Drama and Educational Theatre presenting them as a powerful combination for enhancing not only English language skills but also helping to develop self confidence, social competence and communication. It will show how teachers may borrow from a whole gamut of stagecraft techniques, which actors use in the preparation of plays like those presented by The Performers, to engage students in the classroom and bring the arts alive. There will be some theory combined with lots of action through breathing, body and voice exercises, language games and improvisation. I will show how the actors work “backstage” in preparation and how teachers can make a whole lesson plan using theatre techniques. Come ready to work!




James Hall
Is a learning expert, who has worked as an ELT professional as a teacher, trainer, writer, and publisher since 2004. James trains teachers in more than 20 countries around the world including the International Publishing Association, ThaiTESOL, NileTESOL, MEXTESOL, JALT, CAMTESOL.ETA-ROC, Extensive Reading Foundation, IATEFL, KOTESOL, and more.


Abstract
Communicative Language Teaching in the 21st Century - Communicative Language Teaching is a staple of most modern teacher's tool-kits. But, how does it apply for 21C learners and how can content adjust to set a new blueprint for millennial learners? This session will look at modern curriculum design and methods to effectively use the communicative approach for today's learners in real-life situations.




Zamanta Anguiano
Engineer in Communications and the Electronics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, currently enrolled on MBA Masters in Business Management for Executives with Experience at the IPADE Business School. More than 20 years of experience on Technology Industry with specialization in Networking and CyberSecurity. She has worked in companies such as 3Com, RSA and IBM with Technical and Commercial responsabilities. She was in charge of opening and managing OpenText subsidiary in Mexico a transnational company in charge of Content Management solutions. Currently she is responsible of Public Sector Vertical for Security Information Architecture at Cisco Systems Mexico. Proudly, she was a student at the Anglo Campus Antonio Caso brunch where she had the opportunity to study basic and intermediate levels of English.