In February, we kicked off our webinar series with Vicky Loras (you can catch up with the recording here) and next month we are delighted to be joined by Tyson Seburn. Tyson will be talking about his innovative use of reading circles in an academic English classroom. You can join us at 4pm CET on the 21st of April to find out how you can begin to use this effective technique in your own classrooms.
To join this event:
1) Click here - http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/belta
2) Make sure "Enter as a guest" is selected (it should be automatically) and enter your name.
3) Click "Enter room".
Reading in higher education contexts requires learners to understand complex texts well enough to use in conjunction with graded assignments. This can be a definite struggle with regard to not only linguistics and culture, but also length and density. In this workshop we explore how pedagogical adaptations of literature circles (Daniels 2002) to academic purposes can transform this struggle into learner engagement and stronger comprehension. Together, we will try out practical examples of noticing vocabulary patterns, thinking critically, making meaningful connections and ultimately improving text comprehension in an individual and collaborative activity.
More About Tyson
Tyson Seburn is academic coordinator and instructor in the International Foundation Program at University of Toronto (New College), a content-driven EAP program for international undergraduates. He also promotes educational technology via 4C (fourc.ca) and is president of the TESL Toronto executive board (tesltoronto.org).