Workshops for Teachers

The International Linguistic Association (ILA) will run two workshops for teachers during the conference period of the 62nd ILA International Conference, an event co-organized with the Department of Linguistics and Translation (LT) and the Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies (HCLS), City University of HK. Secondary school teachers and students majoring in teacher education are cordially invited to participate.


Purpose

These two teacher workshops will be facilitated by experts in education - university professors and educational professionals with extensive experience working successfully with teachers. Both workshops aim to strengthen the teaching and learning environment in secondary schools, and are tailored for middle and high-school teachers as well as university students majoring in teacher education.


Workshop Titles and Descriptions

1 "The Writers' Sentence: From Casual to Formal Writing"
Date: Saturday, 27 May 2017
Time: 10:25 am - 1.05 pm
Venue: Room 1301, Academic Building (AC2)
Facilitators: Prof Alice Deakins, William Paterson University, New Jersey, USA
Prof Cathy McClure, Lehman College, City University of New York, USA
Prof Kate Parry, Hunter College, City University of New York, USA

Our students write English in a variety of styles from casual to formal. However, the diversity of forms students may use in their casual styles - from texting to tweeting to blogging - are not (yet) accepted in formal written English, a variety that most need to achieve their personal and professional goals. This workshop shows how to build bridges from spoken, casual English to formal written English, moving from simple to sophisticated sentences. We focus on the processes of questioning, framing, connecting, and inserting "extra" information. Using power point, written examples, and hands-on games, we draw out their knowledge, name it, and show them how to manipulate, punctuate, and edit their own writing.

2 "Friends and family: Approaching English vocabulary"
Date: Saturday, 27 May 2017
Time: 2:15 pm - 4:55 pm
Venue: Room 1301, Academic Building (AC2)
Facilitators: Prof Kate Parry, Hunter College, City University of New York, USA
Prof Jennifer Demel, American Montessori Society, New York, USA
Prof Cathy McClure, Lehman College, City University of New York, USA

Participants will examine how words are related to each other as "friends" and "family." Semantic feature analysis will be introduced as a method of discerning, recording, and remembering subtle distinctions of meaning between the near-synonyms ("friends") in the presented sets. Sets of related words ("families") will be presented and participants asked to identify the common root in each and to infer its meaning. This activity will lead to a discussion of how word families are formed through processes of derivational morphology and compounding. Activities will provide the basis of exercises that can be used in the classroom. Samples of exercises will be provided, and participants will be encouraged to develop their own, with help from the facilitators.


Workshop Fees

Workshop 1 (Grammar Workshop) Workshop 2 (Vocabulary Workshop)
**US$30 **US$30

** The fee also includes courtesy access to other sessions or plenaries that take place on the same day when workshops are not in session.

To register, please fill in the attached registration form and return it to Ms. Peggy Tse at enpeggy@cityu.edu.hk on or before Friday, 12 May 2017.


Workshops Payment Methods

Payment must be done electronically via PayPal by Friday, 12 May 2017.

Workshops Registration

General Enquiries

For general enquiries, please contact either Mr Lau Takon (Tel: 3442 6604; Email: tolau2@cityu.edu.hk) or Ms Peggy Tse (Tel: 3442 6234; Email: enpeggy@cityu.edu.hk).

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