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Friday, January 25
 

9:15am

English, Learning and 21st Century: The Future of English 2.0
Limited Capacity seats available

English may have transformed the world, but with non-native speakers now outnumbering native speakers 3 to 1, the language – and the way it is taught and learnt – is being reshaped in return. The globalization and adaptation of English, and the impact that technology has had on it, will revolutionize the language in ways we can only begin to imagine. Is that good or bad? Depends on who’s talking… In this presentation we will explore some of the ways in which globalization and rapidly-developing technology, including social media and online platforms, are influencing the use of English, ELT course content and teaching methods, and the different roads our profession might follow based on current trends and possible future needs both globally and in our own Latin-American context.

Presenters
avatar for Jair Félix

Jair Félix

Senior ELT Academic Consultant for Latin America, National Geographic Learning
Jair Félix, National Geographic Learning Senior ELT Academic Consultant for Latin America, has a B.A. in TEFL from Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa in Mexico and a Post-Graduate Degree on Teachers’ Development from The College of St. Mark & St. John, Plymouth, UK. Jair has been... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am
Eugene O'Neill Theater

10:30am

Using technology effectively in the EFL classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In this practical talk, we will look at why using technology is useful in our classes, and why teachers sometimes avoid using it. The key word in the title of this talk is “effectively”. Technology will indeed make our classes more dynamic and it will awaken interest regardless of students' age, but this is not the only reason for using it. Technology does things better than teachers and we need to learn how to exploit this rather than being afraid of it. Concepts we will deal with in this talk are: blended learning, bring your own device, and using technology to help us assess how our students are achieving learning outcomes.

Presenters

Friday January 25, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Eugene O'Neill Theater

11:15am

Innovative Online Resources for Learning and Teaching English
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on session, we will address easy-to-use content-creation tools available for English Teaching and Learning to turn language practice into a fun, engaging, and collaborative activity.

Presenters

Friday January 25, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Eugene O'Neill Theater

1:00pm

How to Use EDPuzzle to Enhance Vocabulary and Incentivate Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

EDPUZZLE.com allows Teachers and students to use video as the base for language practice and acquisition by making said videos interactive, fostering active listening.  During this workshop, we will create an assignment, register as students to complete the assignment and then review the results from the teacher’s website so we can jointly discover the benefits for the the motivation and language development as well as for feedback that we can provide to our classes.

Presenters
avatar for Ana María Socarrás E.

Ana María Socarrás E.

Resource Teacher, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano
I have been teaching English for 20 years, and each day I’m more passionate about it. I am a storyteller, a communicator, helping hand and a partner in the adventure of curiosity.Diplomado Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults – Universidad de SantanderDiplomado Gestión... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
306

1:00pm

How to Use Vocabtest to Enhance English Language Lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching is a work of heart, and it needs different aids in order to be successful. Nowadays, it is undeniable to acknowledge that technology plays an essential role in ELT; nevertheless, many educators do not take full advantage of it since they do not know about all the online tools available. In this training, we will work with Vocabtest, two free, useful resources that can turn English lessons into a more interactive, livelier experience.

Presenters
avatar for Rony Molina Cajina

Rony Molina Cajina

Academic Coordinator Heredia, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano
Rony Molina Cajina has worked at Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano since 2006. He holds and English teaching degree from Universidad de Costa Rica, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Universidad Hispanoamericana. He also has a specialization in Educational... Read More →
avatar for Mario Mairena Salas

Mario Mairena Salas

Hourly Teacher, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano
Mario Mairena Salas has worked as an educational leader at Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano for three years. He holds two English teaching degrees from Universidad de Costa Rica: one in Secondary education, and another one in elementary school education. He has had an... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
304

1:00pm

Increasing Student Talk Time and Student Motivation Using Flipgrid
Limited Capacity seats available

Apps have become an essential tool in learning environments; especially those that allow full interaction and real-time answers. Flipgrid provides an interactive environment where both teachers and students voice their views on topics discussed in the classroom. This platform allows full interaction among students in order to improve their performance in the target language. Join us in this workshop and learn how to use the tool!

Presenters
avatar for Liana Rojas Binda

Liana Rojas Binda

Head of the English Department, Universidad Castro Carazo
Liana Rojas holds a BA in English from Universidad de Costa Rica and a Master’s in TESOL from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  Formerly a Curriculum developer and Head of Training and Recruitment at CCCN, and a consultant and presenter for several publishing houses... Read More →
avatar for Juan Pablo Fallas

Juan Pablo Fallas

Professor, Universidad Castro Carazo / UTN
Juan Pablo Fallas holds a Master’s Degree in Technical Education from the ITCR, and a bachelor’s degree in English teaching from UNA. He has been a university professor for 11 years, and has been teaching for 14 years. Juan Pablo currently teaches at UTN and Castro Carazo University... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
205

1:00pm

Meaningful Learning Situations When the Students are Having Fun!!!!
Limited Capacity seats available

By making use of games and TIC (apps) teachers can integrate innovation and mobile learning into their classes in order to improve learning outcomes and to foster student motivation. In this session the presenter will introduce participants to Hopscotch and Treasure Hunt through QR Codes.

Presenters
avatar for Fressy Aguilar Chinchilla

Fressy Aguilar Chinchilla

Dirección de Informática de Gestión, MEP
I am a born teacher who has developed my professional career in the Ministry of Public Education for more than 31 years, which has allowed me to support technological/digital education-driven projects by providing my digital literacy expertise, technical training for teachers, e-learning... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
204

1:00pm

Online Games to Teach Phonemic Awareness
Limited Capacity seats available

In this new technological world in which our students are exposed to different Apps and online programs and games, it is important that teachers research and look for the best options to work in the class. This presentation intends to show different online free games that can be used to teach phonemic awareness for students to feel motivated and become more participative in the English class. The free online games can be found all over the web but the teacher must know which are the ones that fits with the English program you are part of.

Presenters
avatar for Paula Brenes Ferreto

Paula Brenes Ferreto

Professor, Universidad Hispanoamericana / MEP
Prof. Paula Brenes is a Universidad Nacional graduate who studied her licentiate program at Universidad Hispanoamericana and who is currently finishing another licentiate program in assessment. She works for MEP as an English teacher at Carlos Sanabria Mora School, where she has her... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
303

1:00pm

Storybird: Creating My Own Contextualized Stories for Children
Limited Capacity seats available

Costa Rican English education has changed. Part of the new curriculum requires teachers to start the reading learning process in first cycle; however, it is difficult to find short stories that are suitable to the content and level of our students. Storybird is an online tool that provides teachers with endless possibilities to create short illustrated stories that can later be used in the English classroom to enhance the literacy process. This mini-workshop mixes theory on developing students’ literacy with ideas on how to use the website to create your own short digital storybooks.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Elizondo Mejías

Jonathan Elizondo Mejías

English Teacher and Professor, MEP / UNED
Jonnathan Elizondo is an experienced EFL professional who devotes his time and energy seekingways to enhance his students´ learning processes. He is especially interested in exploring theimpact of technology in the English classroom and specifically in using ICTs to improve students’listening... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
202

1:00pm

Talk to Move
Limited Capacity seats available

Talk to Move is a digital platform created to encourage students at Liceo Sinaí to participate actively in the English classroom, to increase their fluency, and to foster cross-cultural communication. The presenters will guide you through the platform's four components and how it is used in high school to spark new ideas on participants and its potential use in their English classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Angélica Altamirano Jiménez

Angélica Altamirano Jiménez

English Teacher, MEP
Angélica Altamirano Jiménez works as an English Teacher for the Ministry ofPublic Education (MEP). Currently, she teaches conversational English to seventhand ninth graders at Liceo Sinaí, Pérez Zeledón. However, she keeps a tenureposition in Quebradas Elementary School where... Read More →
avatar for Moisés Quirós Monge

Moisés Quirós Monge

English Teacher, MEP
M.Sc. Moisés Quirós Monge works as an English Teacher for the Ministry of PublicEducation (MEP). Currently, he teaches conversational English to eighth and ninthgraders at Liceo Sinaí, Pérez Zeledón. In addition to this, Mr. Quirós has eightyears of experience working with children... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
203

1:00pm

Tea Time with Darragh
Limited Capacity seats available

Have a cup and chat with our leading technology expert. Renew your understanding of the use of technology in the classroom; discuss with other colleagues and Darragh about the latest trends.

Presenters

Friday January 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
310

1:00pm

TED Talk Powerful Ideas to Inspire 21st Century Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

When people want to learn, they do. Explore how powerful ideas from TED Talks, combine with compelling real-world content from National Geographic, will get learners asking questions like "What if?", "Have you ever wondered?", and "Could this be true?" and sets the stage for impactful 21st Century Learning.

Presenters

Friday January 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Mark Twain Library

1:00pm

The Implementation of Online Blogs to Improve Writing Skills
Limited Capacity seats available

Nowadays, there is a vast sea of technological resources that can be implemented to improve learners' skills. However, most of these resources focus on aspects such as listening, reading, vocabulary and grammar. It is a hard task to find helpful tools to work on writing skills. But, how about taking advantage of ONLINE BLOGS? What are they? How can they be implemented in a class to get the best outcomes? What are the pros and cons? Are they useful to improve my students' writing? Can they help me as a teacher to make the writing process more dynamic for my students? Is it possible to become better at teaching writing by using blogs? This information will be shared and discussed at the 2019 NCTE.

Presenters
avatar for Gustavo Córdoba Arias

Gustavo Córdoba Arias

English Teacher, Colegio Vocacional de Artes y Oficios de Cartago
Licenciado Gustavo Alonso Córdoba Arias got his Bachelor’s Degree in English Teaching at Universidad de Costa Rica in 2013. He got graduated from Licenciatura Degree at Universidad Americana in 2018. He works as a technical English teacher at Colegio Vocacional de Artes y Oficios... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
302

1:00pm

Using Wikis to Internationalize Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever considered internationalizing your classroom with the use of wikis by having your students collaborate with other learners in a different part of the globe? Through this session, the presenter will show you how you can set up your own class wiki and connect it to the world.

Presenters
avatar for Allen Quesada Pacheco

Allen Quesada Pacheco

Academic Coordinator, BA in English, UCR
Allen Quesada-Pacheco, Full professor at the School of Modern Languages, University of Costa Rica (UCR), is currently the academic coordinator in the BA in English. He obtained a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (TESOL) and an MSc. in Educational Technology from the University... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
305

1:40pm

How to Use EDPuzzle to Enhance Vocabulary and Incentivate Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

EDPUZZLE.com allows Teachers and students to use video as the base for language practice and acquisition by making said videos interactive, fostering active listening.  During this workshop, we will create an assignment, register as students to complete the assignment and then review the results from the teacher’s website so we can jointly discover the benefits for the the motivation and language development as well as for feedback that we can provide to our classes. 

Presenters
avatar for Ana María Socarrás E.

Ana María Socarrás E.

Resource Teacher, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano
I have been teaching English for 20 years, and each day I’m more passionate about it. I am a storyteller, a communicator, helping hand and a partner in the adventure of curiosity.Diplomado Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults – Universidad de SantanderDiplomado Gestión... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
306

1:40pm

How to Use Vocabtest to Enhance English Language Lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching is a work of heart, and it needs different aids in order to be successful. Nowadays, it is undeniable to acknowledge that technology plays an essential role in ELT; nevertheless, many educators do not take full advantage of it since they do not know about all the online tools available. In this training, we will work with Vocabtest, two free, useful resources that can turn English lessons into a more interactive, livelier experience. 

Presenters
avatar for Rony Molina Cajina

Rony Molina Cajina

Academic Coordinator Heredia, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano
Rony Molina Cajina has worked at Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano since 2006. He holds and English teaching degree from Universidad de Costa Rica, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Universidad Hispanoamericana. He also has a specialization in Educational... Read More →
avatar for Mario Mairena Salas

Mario Mairena Salas

Hourly Teacher, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano
Mario Mairena Salas has worked as an educational leader at Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano for three years. He holds two English teaching degrees from Universidad de Costa Rica: one in Secondary education, and another one in elementary school education. He has had an... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
304

1:40pm

Increasing Student Talk Time and Student Motivation Using Flipgrid
Limited Capacity seats available

Apps have become an essential tool in learning environments; especially those that allow full interaction and real-time answers. Flipgrid provides an interactive environment where both teachers and students voice their views on topics discussed in the classroom. This platform allows full interaction among students in order to improve their performance in the target language. Join us in this workshop and learn how to use the tool!

Presenters
avatar for Liana Rojas Binda

Liana Rojas Binda

Head of the English Department, Universidad Castro Carazo
Liana Rojas holds a BA in English from Universidad de Costa Rica and a Master’s in TESOL from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  Formerly a Curriculum developer and Head of Training and Recruitment at CCCN, and a consultant and presenter for several publishing houses... Read More →
avatar for Juan Pablo Fallas

Juan Pablo Fallas

Professor, Universidad Castro Carazo / UTN
Juan Pablo Fallas holds a Master’s Degree in Technical Education from the ITCR, and a bachelor’s degree in English teaching from UNA. He has been a university professor for 11 years, and has been teaching for 14 years. Juan Pablo currently teaches at UTN and Castro Carazo University... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
205

1:40pm

Meaningful Learning Situations When the Students are Having Fun!!!!
Limited Capacity seats available

By making use of games and TIC (apps) teachers can integrate innovation and mobile learning into their classes in order to improve learning outcomes and to foster student motivation. In this session the presenter will introduce participants to Hopscotch and Treasure Hunt through QR Codes.

Presenters
avatar for Fressy Aguilar Chinchilla

Fressy Aguilar Chinchilla

Dirección de Informática de Gestión, MEP
I am a born teacher who has developed my professional career in the Ministry of Public Education for more than 31 years, which has allowed me to support technological/digital education-driven projects by providing my digital literacy expertise, technical training for teachers, e-learning... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
204

1:40pm

Online Games to Teach Phonemic Awareness
Limited Capacity seats available

In this new technological world in which our students are exposed to different Apps and online programs and games, it is important that teachers research and look for the best options to work in the class. This presentation intends to show different online free games that can be used to teach phonemic awareness for students to feel motivated and become more participative in the English class. The free online games can be found all over the web but the teacher must know which are the ones that fits with the English program you are part of.

Presenters
avatar for Paula Brenes Ferreto

Paula Brenes Ferreto

Professor, Universidad Hispanoamericana / MEP
Prof. Paula Brenes is a Universidad Nacional graduate who studied her licentiate program at Universidad Hispanoamericana and who is currently finishing another licentiate program in assessment. She works for MEP as an English teacher at Carlos Sanabria Mora School, where she has her... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
303

1:40pm

Storybird: Creating My Own Contextualized Stories for Children
Limited Capacity seats available

Costa Rican English education has changed. Part of the new curriculum requires teachers to start the reading learning process in first cycle; however, it is difficult to find short stories that are suitable to the content and level of our students. Storybird is an online tool that provides teachers with endless possibilities to create short illustrated stories that can later be used in the English classroom to enhance the literacy process. This mini-workshop mixes theory on developing students’ literacy with ideas on how to use the website to create your own short digital storybooks.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Elizondo Mejías

Jonathan Elizondo Mejías

English Teacher and Professor, MEP / UNED
Jonnathan Elizondo is an experienced EFL professional who devotes his time and energy seekingways to enhance his students´ learning processes. He is especially interested in exploring theimpact of technology in the English classroom and specifically in using ICTs to improve students’listening... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
202

1:40pm

Talk to Move
Limited Capacity seats available

Talk to Move is a digital platform created to encourage students at Liceo Sinaí to participate actively in the English classroom, to increase their fluency, and to foster cross-cultural communication. The presenters will guide you through the platform's four components and how it is used in high school to spark new ideas on participants and its potential use in their English classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Angélica Altamirano Jiménez

Angélica Altamirano Jiménez

English Teacher, MEP
Angélica Altamirano Jiménez works as an English Teacher for the Ministry ofPublic Education (MEP). Currently, she teaches conversational English to seventhand ninth graders at Liceo Sinaí, Pérez Zeledón. However, she keeps a tenureposition in Quebradas Elementary School where... Read More →
avatar for Moisés Quirós Monge

Moisés Quirós Monge

English Teacher, MEP
M.Sc. Moisés Quirós Monge works as an English Teacher for the Ministry of PublicEducation (MEP). Currently, he teaches conversational English to eighth and ninthgraders at Liceo Sinaí, Pérez Zeledón. In addition to this, Mr. Quirós has eightyears of experience working with children... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
203

1:40pm

Tea Time with Darragh
Limited Capacity seats available

Have a cup and chat with our leading technology expert. Renew your understanding of the use of technology in the classroom; discuss with other colleagues and Darragh about the latest trends.

Presenters

Friday January 25, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
310

1:40pm

TED Talk Powerful Ideas to Inspire 21st Century Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

When people want to learn, they do. Explore how powerful ideas from TED Talks, combine with compelling real-world content from National Geographic, will get learners asking questions like "What if?", "Have you ever wondered?", and "Could this be true?" and sets the stage for impactful 21st Century Learning.

Presenters

Friday January 25, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Mark Twain Library

1:40pm

The Implementation of Online Blogs to Improve Writing Skills
Limited Capacity seats available

Nowadays, there is a vast sea of technological resources that can be implemented to improve learners' skills. However, most of these resources focus on aspects such as listening, reading, vocabulary and grammar. It is a hard task to find helpful tools to work on writing skills. But, how about taking advantage of ONLINE BLOGS? What are they? How can they be implemented in a class to get the best outcomes? What are the pros and cons? Are they useful to improve my students' writing? Can they help me as a teacher to make the writing process more dynamic for my students? Is it possible to become better at teaching writing by using blogs? This information will be shared and discussed at the 2019 NCTE.

Presenters
avatar for Gustavo Córdoba Arias

Gustavo Córdoba Arias

English Teacher, Colegio Vocacional de Artes y Oficios de Cartago
Licenciado Gustavo Alonso Córdoba Arias got his Bachelor’s Degree in English Teaching at Universidad de Costa Rica in 2013. He got graduated from Licenciatura Degree at Universidad Americana in 2018. He works as a technical English teacher at Colegio Vocacional de Artes y Oficios... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
302

1:40pm

Using Wikis to Internationalize Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever considered internationalizing your classroom with the use of wikis by having your students collaborate with other learners in a different part of the globe? Through this session, the presenter will show you how you can set up your own class wiki and connect it to the world.

Presenters
avatar for Allen Quesada Pacheco

Allen Quesada Pacheco

Academic Coordinator, BA in English, UCR
Allen Quesada-Pacheco, Full professor at the School of Modern Languages, University of Costa Rica (UCR), is currently the academic coordinator in the BA in English. He obtained a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (TESOL) and an MSc. in Educational Technology from the University... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 1:40pm - 2:10pm
305

2:20pm

How to Use EDPuzzle to Enhance Vocabulary and Inacentivate Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

EDPUZZLE.com allows Teachers and students to use video as the base for language practice and acquisition by making said videos interactive, fostering active listening.  During this workshop, we will create an assignment, register as students to complete the assignment and then review the results from the teacher’s website so we can jointly discover the benefits for the the motivation and language development as well as for feedback that we can provide to our classes. 

Presenters
avatar for Ana María Socarrás E.

Ana María Socarrás E.

Resource Teacher, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano
I have been teaching English for 20 years, and each day I’m more passionate about it. I am a storyteller, a communicator, helping hand and a partner in the adventure of curiosity.Diplomado Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults – Universidad de SantanderDiplomado Gestión... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
306

2:20pm

How to Use Vocabtest to Enhance English Language Lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching is a work of heart, and it needs different aids in order to be successful. Nowadays, it is undeniable to acknowledge that technology plays an essential role in ELT; nevertheless, many educators do not take full advantage of it since they do not know about all the online tools available. In this training, we will work with Vocabtest, two free, useful resources that can turn English lessons into a more interactive, livelier experience. 

Presenters
avatar for Rony Molina Cajina

Rony Molina Cajina

Academic Coordinator Heredia, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano
Rony Molina Cajina has worked at Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano since 2006. He holds and English teaching degree from Universidad de Costa Rica, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Universidad Hispanoamericana. He also has a specialization in Educational... Read More →
avatar for Mario Mairena Salas

Mario Mairena Salas

Hourly Teacher, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano
Mario Mairena Salas has worked as an educational leader at Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano for three years. He holds two English teaching degrees from Universidad de Costa Rica: one in Secondary education, and another one in elementary school education. He has had an... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
304

2:20pm

Increasing Student Talk Time and Student Motivation Using Flipgrid
Limited Capacity seats available

Apps have become an essential tool in learning environments; especially those that allow full interaction and real-time answers. Flipgrid provides an interactive environment where both teachers and students voice their views on topics discussed in the classroom. This platform allows full interaction among students in order to improve their performance in the target language. Join us in this workshop and learn how to use the tool!

Presenters
avatar for Liana Rojas Binda

Liana Rojas Binda

Head of the English Department, Universidad Castro Carazo
Liana Rojas holds a BA in English from Universidad de Costa Rica and a Master’s in TESOL from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  Formerly a Curriculum developer and Head of Training and Recruitment at CCCN, and a consultant and presenter for several publishing houses... Read More →
avatar for Juan Pablo Fallas

Juan Pablo Fallas

Professor, Universidad Castro Carazo / UTN
Juan Pablo Fallas holds a Master’s Degree in Technical Education from the ITCR, and a bachelor’s degree in English teaching from UNA. He has been a university professor for 11 years, and has been teaching for 14 years. Juan Pablo currently teaches at UTN and Castro Carazo University... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
205

2:20pm

Meaningful Learning Situations When the Students are Having Fun!!!!
Limited Capacity seats available

By making use of games and TIC (apps) teachers can integrate innovation and mobile learning into their classes in order to improve learning outcomes and to foster student motivation. In this session the presenter will introduce participants to Hopscotch and Treasure Hunt through QR Codes.

Presenters
avatar for Fressy Aguilar Chinchilla

Fressy Aguilar Chinchilla

Dirección de Informática de Gestión, MEP
I am a born teacher who has developed my professional career in the Ministry of Public Education for more than 31 years, which has allowed me to support technological/digital education-driven projects by providing my digital literacy expertise, technical training for teachers, e-learning... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
204

2:20pm

Online Games to Teach Phonemic Awareness
Limited Capacity seats available

In this new technological world in which our students are exposed to different Apps and online programs and games, it is important that teachers research and look for the best options to work in the class. This presentation intends to show different online free games that can be used to teach phonemic awareness for students to feel motivated and become more participative in the English class. The free online games can be found all over the web but the teacher must know which are the ones that fits with the English program you are part of.

Presenters
avatar for Paula Brenes Ferreto

Paula Brenes Ferreto

Professor, Universidad Hispanoamericana / MEP
Prof. Paula Brenes is a Universidad Nacional graduate who studied her licentiate program at Universidad Hispanoamericana and who is currently finishing another licentiate program in assessment. She works for MEP as an English teacher at Carlos Sanabria Mora School, where she has her... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
303

2:20pm

Storybird: Creating My Own Contextualized Stories for Children
Limited Capacity seats available

Costa Rican English education has changed. Part of the new curriculum requires teachers to start the reading learning process in first cycle; however, it is difficult to find short stories that are suitable to the content and level of our students. Storybird is an online tool that provides teachers with endless possibilities to create short illustrated stories that can later be used in the English classroom to enhance the literacy process. This mini-workshop mixes theory on developing students’ literacy with ideas on how to use the website to create your own short digital storybooks.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Elizondo Mejías

Jonathan Elizondo Mejías

English Teacher and Professor, MEP / UNED
Jonnathan Elizondo is an experienced EFL professional who devotes his time and energy seekingways to enhance his students´ learning processes. He is especially interested in exploring theimpact of technology in the English classroom and specifically in using ICTs to improve students’listening... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
202

2:20pm

Talk to Move
Limited Capacity seats available

Talk to Move is a digital platform created to encourage students at Liceo Sinaí to participate actively in the English classroom, to increase their fluency, and to foster cross-cultural communication. The presenters will guide you through the platform's four components and how it is used in high school to spark new ideas on participants and its potential use in their English classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Angélica Altamirano Jiménez

Angélica Altamirano Jiménez

English Teacher, MEP
Angélica Altamirano Jiménez works as an English Teacher for the Ministry ofPublic Education (MEP). Currently, she teaches conversational English to seventhand ninth graders at Liceo Sinaí, Pérez Zeledón. However, she keeps a tenureposition in Quebradas Elementary School where... Read More →
avatar for Moisés Quirós Monge

Moisés Quirós Monge

English Teacher, MEP
M.Sc. Moisés Quirós Monge works as an English Teacher for the Ministry of PublicEducation (MEP). Currently, he teaches conversational English to eighth and ninthgraders at Liceo Sinaí, Pérez Zeledón. In addition to this, Mr. Quirós has eightyears of experience working with children... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
203

2:20pm

Tea Time with Darragh
Limited Capacity seats available

Have a cup and chat with our leading technology expert. Renew your understanding of the use of technology in the classroom; discuss with other colleagues and Darragh about the latest trends.

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Friday January 25, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
310

2:20pm

TED Talk Powerful Ideas to Inspire 21st Century Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

When people want to learn, they do. Explore how powerful ideas from TED Talks, combine with compelling real-world content from National Geographic, will get learners asking questions like "What if?", "Have you ever wondered?", and "Could this be true?" and sets the stage for impactful 21st Century Learning.

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Friday January 25, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
Mark Twain Library

2:20pm

The Implementation of Online Blogs to Improve Writing Skills
Limited Capacity seats available

Nowadays, there is a vast sea of technological resources that can be implemented to improve learners' skills. However, most of these resources focus on aspects such as listening, reading, vocabulary and grammar. It is a hard task to find helpful tools to work on writing skills. But, how about taking advantage of ONLINE BLOGS? What are they? How can they be implemented in a class to get the best outcomes? What are the pros and cons? Are they useful to improve my students' writing? Can they help me as a teacher to make the writing process more dynamic for my students? Is it possible to become better at teaching writing by using blogs? This information will be shared and discussed at the 2019 NCTE.

Presenters
avatar for Gustavo Córdoba Arias

Gustavo Córdoba Arias

English Teacher, Colegio Vocacional de Artes y Oficios de Cartago
Licenciado Gustavo Alonso Córdoba Arias got his Bachelor’s Degree in English Teaching at Universidad de Costa Rica in 2013. He got graduated from Licenciatura Degree at Universidad Americana in 2018. He works as a technical English teacher at Colegio Vocacional de Artes y Oficios... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
302

2:20pm

Using Wikis to Internationalize Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever considered internationalizing your classroom with the use of wikis by having your students collaborate with other learners in a different part of the globe? Through this session, the presenter will show you how you can set up your own class wiki and connect it to the world.

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avatar for Allen Quesada Pacheco

Allen Quesada Pacheco

Academic Coordinator, BA in English, UCR
Allen Quesada-Pacheco, Full professor at the School of Modern Languages, University of Costa Rica (UCR), is currently the academic coordinator in the BA in English. He obtained a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (TESOL) and an MSc. in Educational Technology from the University... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
305

4:00pm

A Heart to be Heard: Humanizing the Teaching Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

For centuries, teaching has been the quintessential trait that humans retain despite the ongoing cultural and social evolution that has molded the modern world we live in today. It is because of that transcendence that the art of teaching and the richness of any learning process should be much more closely attached to the human heart than the technology we have at hand. This theme will be explored through the lens of a Costa Rican teacher, profoundly deaf from birth, who rose from his humble beginnings to become the only deaf English teacher in Latin America who teaches both hearing and deaf students. The limits of innovative and thoughtful teaching go far beyond our ever expanding technological advancements, for technology can never replace teachers who have their heart in the right place.

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avatar for Fabián Corrales

Fabián Corrales

Special Education Teacher and Director, Oi2-Cualitek
Fabián Corrales Gutiérrez, is a Costa Rican  inter-disciplinarian, English teacher, special education teacher and director of Program Oi2-Cualitek, an interdisciplinary program that supports educational fields among other disciplines for people with/without disabilities. He attended... Read More →


Friday January 25, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Eugene O'Neill Theater