Power Seminars


All day event

2012 June 3

1. Teaching Phonics - The Easy Road to Listening, Reading, and Writing

Donald Kinney, from Kinney Brothers Publishing, will speak about teaching kids using phonics. Highlighting material from his Phonics & Spelling series, Donald will demonstrate the step-by-step process to teaching children to read, improve pronunciation and listening skills, and boost their confidence in speaking and writing English.

  2. Accuracy and Fluency Practice in the Writing Classs

Ben Backwell will introduce effective writing techniques and strategies for teachers of junior and senior high school and university students. With workshop particpants, Ben will focus on creating fluency and enjoyment in writing, correcting common mistakes in class, and essay marking strategies.





All day event

2012 February 26

2. Permission to Speak: Decentralizing the classroom and creating student-centered learning activities

Don Kinney will introduce an educational approach developed by Dr. Jerry Martin at HIUC in Tokyo. Dr. Martin has created an English program that prepares students for university study abroad. With a classroom approach that more resembles coaching than teaching, he arranges classes so that students are responsible for their own learning experience. Don will show how the model can be practically applied to teach younger students, pushing them to break the model of learning they have been educated in, to take risks, and to develop their own language skills through a variety of tasks based on working together. Attendees will explore how this works, moving through a series of activities that demonstrate how this type of program progresses from early childhood through young adult learning classes.
1. Another Look at: Learning styles, self-esteem, the three cueing systems, dyslexia, and constructivism

Are these theories really valid? What can we can learn from them? Peter Warner takes a close look at some common beliefs (educational buzzwords) with surprising conclusions.





All day event

2011 October 16

1. Move them with movies

Mathew White on how movies can provide the perfect motivation for listening, speaking, reading and writing.
2. Empowering (EFL) University Writing Classrooms

Teaching college students how to write simple, but coherent paragraphs and essays can be a daunting task. Vick Ssali points out ideas and approaches that work with Japanese university students, saving me time and making the learners both proactive and more confident.

3. Language Patterns to Transform Classroom Communication

Teaching is relationships. Teachers therefore need to know more than knowledge of their subject, they need to know how to communicate effectively. Ben Backwell explores the principles and techniques of using language skillfully to naturally improve student motivation, concentration, and goal oriented behaviour in any classroom and for any subject.
4. Pronunciation Skills for Older Students

Why is accurate pronunciation important for older students, and how can it be improved? Peter Warner explains that importance, and demonstrates some techniques for improving pronunciation.



Three Parts to Effective English: Vocabulary, Grammar, and Comprehension

2011 May 29

In this 6-hour Power Seminars event, Peter Warner presents effective ways to teach vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension.
He shares and demonstrates practical exercises taken from his own coordinated systematic curriculum. Workshop materials and activities are designed for children and teenagers in small classes, but their principles apply to EFL students of all ages and are relevant to teachers, administrators, curriculum designers, and of course to the students and their parents.
Topics addressed include: What is language? How do students gain vocabulary and develop ability with grammar? What is comprehension, and how can students gain it?  What is active learning? What is active teaching?


All day event

2010 December 12

1. Creating a Culture of Character in the Classroom

Kim Horne on how to improve and inspire student discipline, motivation and independence. Guide students to take responsibility for their learning and behavior through picture books, extension activities, songs, chants, drama and more.
2. Teaching Children with Games and Activities

Kaj Schwermer reaches into his teacher’s toolbox of games, activities, and songs to share some simple and fun ideas that help bring lessons to life and get students speaking and learning.

3. Dramaturgy and the Art of Classroom Management

Jeffrey Scott with ideas and techniques from the actors' process to keep the classroom atmosphere focused, positive, and engaging for all students.
4. The Four Stages of the English Alphabetic Code

Peter Warner on the Basic, Simple, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels of the code, showing how the alphabetic code can be taught in a systematic and logical manner.

Effective Four Skills EFL

2010 February 28

Understanding is power - for the teacher and the student. A four-hour intensive workshop with Peter Warner for an explanation and demonstration of clear logical methods and activities to teach the four skills of English, with special focus on reading and writing. Effective lessons produce students who can use the language with accuracy and confidence.

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