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CamTESOL offers plenary talks by leading international ELT experts, local and international researchers and teachers of English. CamTESOL promotes the sharing and networking among classroom teachers, teacher trainers, researchers in the fields of ELT and linguistics, administrators of English language schools, and ELT-related individuals and institutions, and offers practice-oriented sessions, plenary talks, panel discussions through more than 600 featured and parallel sessions.

The plenary speakers at the 19th Annual CamTESOL include:

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Prof. Rod Ellis
Research Professor
School of Education
Curtin University

"What is the value of research? The case for pre-task planning in the teaching of writing"

What is the value of research? In this talk I will point out different ways in which teachers can make use of research. I will argue that research can only provide teachers with provisional specifications which they can then try out in their own classrooms. I will illustrate this approach to using research using research that has investigated the effect of pre-task planning on writing.

An important issue in the teaching of writing is whether students should prepare a plan before they start writing. Teacher guides (e.g. Ur, 1996; Hedge, 1990) generally recommend pre- task planning (PTP) but with provisos. Research that has investigated PTP, however, does not lend unconditional support to PTP. I will suggest that the value of the research is helping to identify a number of options that teachers of L2 writing can consider when deciding whether and how to undertake pre-task planning in their own teaching context.

In this way, teachers’ own experimenting with different strategies for writing can both enhance their own teaching and also make a contribution to research.

Key words: pre-task planning; online planning; L2 writing; implementing pre-task planning.

Rod Ellis is currently a Research Professor in the School of Education, Curtin University in Perth Australia. He is also a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University as part of China’s Chang Jiang Scholars Program and an Emeritus Professor of the University of Auckland. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. His published work includes articles and books on second language acquisition, language teaching and teacher education. His two latest books are Reflections on Task-based Language Teaching (Multilingual Matters, 2018) and the co-authored Task-based Language Teaching: Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2020) Other major publications include Language Teaching Research and Language Pedagogy in 2012, (Wiley-Blackwell), (with Natsuko Shintani) Exploring Language Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition Research in 2014 (Routledge) and Understanding Second Language Acquisition 2nd Edition in 2015 (Oxford University Press). He has also published several English language textbooks, including Impact Grammar (Pearson: Longman). He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards – The British Association of Applied Linguistics best book award (1986), the Duke of Edinburgh best book award (1995), the Modern Language Association of the United States best book award (1988) and the International Association for Task-based Language Teaching annual prize (2021). He has held university positions in six different countries and has also conducted numerous consultancies and seminars throughout the world.

Prof. Randi Reppen
Professor Emerita of Applied
Northern Arizona University

"Future-Ready ELT: Using corpora and corpus resources for teaching and learning"

As teachers we want to provide our learners with the most effective and efficient language instruction. In my presentation, I will introduce corpus resources (i.e., using collections of natural language) as an approach for more effective teaching and learning. The use of corpus-informed or corpus-based materials for language instruction has increased over the last several decades, however, there remains much to be resolved before widespread use is practical. This presentation will explore three practical ways for using corpora and corpus information to inform language instruction. The three ways range from using existing corpus-based research and corpus-informed materials, to carrying out classroom-based research. The three parts of my presentation move from: 1. a focus on teachers and existing corpus research and materials; 2. a focus on teachers and learners using of online resources; 3. back to a focus on teachers, but with teachers as researchers of their students’ language. The three approaches can be used individually, or in combination depending on the instructional goals and student level. Each approach is described through detailed examples and practical classroom-based applications using teaching resources and freely available tools and websites.

Randi Reppen is Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics and TESL at Northern Arizona University. She has a keen interest in using corpus research (analysis of databases of natural language) to inform language teaching and to develop better language teaching materials. Randi is the lead author of three Cambridge University Press corpus-informed, multi-level ELT textbook series, including the new Grammar and Beyond with Academic Writing (2020) and her recent publications have appeared in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes, International Journal of Learner Corpus Linguistics, Language Learning Journal and DELTA. Randi enjoys many outdoor activities, especially, biking, rock climbing, and Nordic skiing.

Mr. Jeremy Bowell
ELT Author
The United Kingdom

"Engage your brains! Developing and encouraging creativity in the English language classroom"

When it comes to giving a definition of creativity, I would be inclined to paraphrase Louis Armstrong’s answer to the question ‘What is jazz?’ If you have to ask, you’ll never know.

Certainly, creativity in the classroom can take many forms and come from many sources. While not all learners (or teachers!) can become an Agatha Christie, a Paul McCartney or a Leonardo Da Vinci, we can all engage with the creative process and become more creative as we learn.

In this talk, I’ll look at what we can do to foster a more creative learning environment in the classroom, some general principles for developing creativity, and how encouraging our students to engage their creative brains can be a great classroom motivator. Finally, we’ll try out some practical ideas and activities for the classroom that aim to get our students thinking and acting creatively.

Jeremy Bowell has been working in the English language teaching field for over 20 years. He has taught English in Poland, Germany, at International House in Brno, Czech Republic, and at the British Council in Bucharest, Romania. In 2004, he joined the ELT division of Oxford University Press (OUP). He spent nine years at the Press working as an editor on international secondary course books, as well as taking on a number of presenting and teacher training assignments across Europe. He left OUP in 2013 to pursue a career as an author, and since then he has written for a number of OUP courses including Solutions, English Plus, Synchronize, and Life Vision. He has also written graded readers, children’s and young adult fiction. He lives in a village outside Oxford and in his free time, enjoys cinema, gardening, running, paddle boarding and baking. But not always at the same time.

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