ACTA International Conference 2018

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Tuesday 2 October 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm
Pre-Conference Workshops

Multilingual pedagogies across the curriculum
10:00am - 4:00pm
Professor Constant Leung

The focus of Constant''s interactive workshop is the use of multilingual pedagogies across the curriculum, for the purpose of improving learning outcomes and well-being for students with English as an additional language. Multilingual pedagogies allow the learners to use all their linguistic and cultural resources to negotiate new knowledge and develop new skills. This is an opportunity to embrace pedagogies that have proven successful in multiple contexts and are a growing trend internationally. Emerging concepts and ideas from studies in the relevant fields such as English as a Lingua Franca and Translanguaging will form part of the discussion to help identify the different educational goals and pedagogic processes involved. The session is relevant for educators at all levels and disciplines.

Constant Leung is Professor of Educational Linguistics at King’s College, London, focusing on pedagogies and practices related to English as an additional language. His particular academic and research interests include classroom pedagogy, content and language-integrated curriculum development, language assessment, and language policy, as well as English for academic purposes and multilingual pedagogies. He is Joint Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).

BYOD Digital Pre-Conference Workshop: Using mobile technologies for language teaching and learning in and out of the classroom
10:00am - 4:00pm
Associate Professor Yu-Chuan Joni Chao

Using mobile technologies for language teaching and learning in and out of the classroom

This workshop will explore three topics successively:

  1. Tools for classroom formative assessment to enhance engagement and motivation
  2. Effective and efficient audio/video-based instruction for the flipped classroom approach
  3. Linking pedagogical knowledge, ELT content knowledge and technological knowledge

In each session, Joni will first lead an interactive talk through PowerPoint demonstrating what tools are available, how they can be used for English language learning and teaching and why using them has more, or less, value in different circumstances. Participants will then have hands-on experiences related to that topic, discovering how to design instruction for their students, sharing and discussing with others at the same table, and obtaining feedback and support as needed.

Biodata
Yu-Chuan Joni Chao is an Associate Professor at the Department of English Language, Literature and Linguistics in Providence University, Taiwan. While she was Chairperson of the Department from 2009 to 2012, two international conferences were organized in the department -- 2010 Asian EFL Journal International Conference & Workshops and 15th International Computer Assisted Language Learning Research Conference in 2012.

She received her MA in Linguistics from University of Texas at Arlington, and her PhD in Education from University of Auckland, New Zealand. She specializes in second language writing and vocabulary acquisition, with particular interests in CALL. She has implemented wiki for process writing and collaborative learning, conducted a large-scaled project of Facebook-mediated vocabulary learning, and designed an online Grammar Attention and Language Awareness (GALA) system for focusing on forms. Using technology has become an integral part of her pedagogical practices and empirical studies in the university. She recently involved pre-/in-service teachers to engage their young learners with mobile technologies and applications.