Journée de travail • English Teachers' Workshop
For logistics reasons please let me know, by return of mail, if you plan to take part in this workshop. Inscriptions will close on January 22nd 2016
As coordinator of the EFL working group at UPLEGESS I am very happy to (re)announce the following upcoming event:
English Teachers' Workshop
Where : EF Education First, 5 avenue de Provence, 75009 Paris, France
Tel : +33 (0)1 70 98 02 59
When : Saturday January 23rd 2016 from 9:30 to 12:30
Title : Lessons in Creativity: Building a curriculum for higher education focused on short stories
As teachers of English in Institutions of Higher Education and Research, it can be difficult to design curricula which students do not find mundane and commonplace. The goal is therefore to draw up curricula which are both innovative and challenging enough to allow students to leave their comfort zones, to question their learning strategies and thus to make progress. An additional obstacle can be the need for coherence and cohesiveness within a large team of hourly-paid teachers.
I have recently designed and implemented an adaptable curriculum for B2- and C1-level students focused on short stories. In this 24-hour course students are asked to write first drafts, undergo peer correction and hand in final drafts. Students are also asked to work in groups to adapt famous short stories into oral presentations.
This workshop will be an interactive, hands-on look at the curriculum and how my colleagues and I came up with the ideas and the materials. We will also talk about the advantages and the disadvantages of the lessons and how they were perceived and appropriated by the many hourly-paid-teachers.
Finally we will assess some of the short stories written by students.
Here is some information about Erica
Erica Johnson is currently the Director of the Language Center at Université Lumière Lyon 2 where she also teaches English. She manages a team of over 70 hourly-paid teachers, 30 tenured staff and 10 support staff. Lyon 2 became a member of UPLEGESS this year.
Having grown up in the Boston area, she gained her undergraduate degree in computer science/math and French at Bowdoin College in 2003. Erica spent 7 years as a lectrice, maitre de langue and ATER in Clermont-Ferrand before becoming an ATER at University Paris-Est Creteil, where she worked for 2 years. She joined l’Université Lumière Lyon 2 in 2012.
Erica enjoys combining her passion for teaching with her love of technology and is currently doing research into tele collaborations between French and American students and between French students and American senior citizens.
Responsable Département Programme International
Direction du Développment, de la Formation Continue et de l’International
EF International Language Centre