Symposium Moderation: Sirin Soyoz

Sirin Soyoz worked for the British Council for nine years as the E-learning projects Coordinator, E-moderator and the English Programmes Manager. She has been actively involved in educational technology and teacher development projects as a teacher, trainer, presenter, learning technologist and elearning professional. Her research interests are elearning innovations, webcasting and online tutoring.

Symposium presenters

Luke Thompson
Luke’s English Podcasts – Podcasting as a new way to teach English
I am a diploma-qualified English teacher from London with over 15 years of teaching experience to adult learners of English at all levels. I have worked in Japan, the UK and now France where I teach at the British Council and at university. I also produce a popular podcast for learners of English, called „Luke’s English Podcast“. The podcast is over 7 years old and has been downloaded over 11 million times. The main aim of the podcast is to provide learners of English with truly entertaining and engaging content which they can help them to listen to authentic English on a regular basis for extended periods of time. I love podcasting because it is a tool which allows me to deliver my English teaching content directly into the ears of learners all around the world.
Recording (26min):

Dr. Lindy Ledohowski
Dr. Lindy Ledohowski, the CEO of EssayJack Inc., completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto and her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa. An award-winning educator, she was both a high school teacher and university professor before co-founding EssayJack Inc. EssayJack is a web application that helps students write better essays by offering interactive, prestructured scaffolding with custom tips and prompts so that they don’t stare at a blank screen. EssayJack as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform has additional educator functionality to help educators teach essay writing more easily. It was launched in beta September 1, 2015 and has already been ranked as a „top three game changing app for students“ by University Affairs and short listed for an ELTons Award in the category of Digital Innovation.
Recording (29min):

Rob Howard Teachers teaching teachers
Rob Howard is the owner of Online Language Center which sponsors EFLtalks.  He is a teacher and writer for EFL and a consultant and speaker regarding online retention and using technology in and out of the classroom. He is the founder of EFLtalks, building an online worldwide PLN+ for teachers.
Recording (17min):

Peter Levrai & Averil Bolster:
Academic Presenting & Presentations
Academic Presenting and Presentations (APP) is a research-based training course designed to help students cultivate academic presentation skills and deal with the various presentation tasks they may be expected to fulfil as part of their university or college studies. The material is suitable for a global audience and can be used in a wide range of contexts in the field of Communcation Skills, English Language Teaching and English for Academic Purposes. The instructional and practice material included not only helps students to develop their presentation skills but also deals with broader topics of interest in a study-oriented context, such as research and plagiarism. The unique content emphasises higher level task-achievement rather than discrete language points, since experience shows that this is the area most students find especially difficult. Each unit of Academic Presenting and Presentations focuses on a different presentation genre, building the students‘ awareness of how to present effectively whilst at the same time focusing attention on the specific requirements of addressing an audience in an academic environment. The accompanying videos form an integral component of this course and consist of two types of presentation: Learning Presentations, which give advice to students, and Sample Presentations, which illustrate different types of presentation. The downloadable videos are included in the online support materials.
Recording (4min):

Paul Driver
The Listening Post
The Listening Post is a growing, free collection of multimedia posters that fuse graphic design, augmented reality, kinetic typography and 3D sound to create truly multimodal, interactive materials for language teachers and learners.
Paul Driver is an Oxford-based teacher, teacher trainer, learning technologist, graphic designer and illustrator. He is the co-author of Language Learning with Digital Video, with Ben Goldstein, for the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series, and also writes ELT, digital games and edTech-related materials and articles for ELT publishers and academic journals such as the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching.

He is a regular speaker at national and international ELT events, including IATEFL, The Image Conference and Digital ELT Ireland. For the last four consecutive years he has been nominated for an ELTon (English Language Teaching Innovation Award) in the category of Digital Innovation.

Paul blogs about his thoughts, projects and ideas at
Recording (26min):


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