XIV National TESOL - Ukraine Conference. Kharkiv, April 23-25,2009
“Discovery Learning: Content-Based Learning for EFL / ESP Teacher”
(Opening greetings, speeches
XIV National TESOL - Ukraine Conference
On April 23-25, 2009 Kharkiv National Academy of Municipal Economy hosted the participants of XIV TESOL – Ukraine National Conference “Discovery Learning: Content-Based Learning for EFL / ESPTeachers”.As any previous TESOL – Ukraine conference it became an opportunity for the leading Englishlanguage teachers and lecturers in Ukraine to meet again and exchange their creative ideas, make newcontacts and enrich their professional experience. Among the issues under consideration were Content-basedTeaching and Learning, Cognitive Exploration of Language and Linguistics, Methods of Language Teachingand Learning, English for Specific Purposes Challenges, Textbooks and Materials Design, Testing andEvaluation, Syllabus Design, Teacher Development, ELT Management, Techniques of Teaching DifferentLearning Styles, Lingua-Cultural Aspects of Human Communication, Foreign Literature: Innovative Trendsin Analysis and others.The terms of conference participation were very flexible. Among the forms offered were ShortSessions, Panel Discussions, Demonstrations, Workshops, and Poster Sessions. If the participants did not prefer any of these forms, they could publish their abstracts only or arrive at the conference as attendees.Experienced professionals, teachers training consultants and Peace Corps volunteers from abroadmade their brilliant presentations. The participants of the conference were lucky to attend the workshops anddemonstrations of Brian Long, Miles Arbuckle, Julia Johansen, Mary Martin Lane, Peter and MaryannMcGuire, Liliana Montoya, Molly Smith, Miranda Wilkerson and Michael Sullivan. For Ukrainian teachers itwas a unique opportunity to gain up-to-date language acquisition, get more information about new trends andtechniques in a foreign language teaching as well as to have a great pleasure of communication with nativespeakers and learn more about the culture of the target language country.Kharkiv TESOL members had been looking forward to welcoming their colleagues from the wholecountry. About 200 devoted English language teachers from Kyiv, Lviv, Rivne, Chernihiv, Poltava,Mykolayiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Dnieprodzerzhinsk, Kamianets-Podilsky, Yalta, Kerch, Vinnitsa,Sevastopol and other Ukrainian cities and villages gathered in the city of Kharkiv to spend threeunforgettable days of fruitful and collaborative work.The Plenary Meeting was opened with the greetings from Anatoliy Kuznetsov, Vice-Rector of Kharkiv National Academy of Municipal Economy;
Thomas W. Santos,
Regional English Language Officer for Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova; Alisa Mykolaychuk,
TESOL – UkrainePresident. Then the floor was given to three brilliant Plenary Speakers Brian Long, Svitlana Bobyr andAlexander Chebotaryov who made the presentations Content-Based Teaching and Learning, Preparing a FLTeacher of Tomorrow, and Language Development in the Primary Classroom.After the Plenary Meeting the participants of the conference had the opportunity to take part in thework of workshops, demonstrations and interest sessions. In specially equipped auditoriums, using hand-outsand other demonstration facilities the speakers shared their ideas and designed materials with their colleaguesencouraging live discussions. All of them impressed the audience with very high level of proficiency,awareness of modern language trends as well as brilliant manner of presentation.On the whole, during three days of the Conference the participants were offered to attend 24workshops, 9 demonstrations and 10 interest sessions. On the first day of conference the guests of Kharkiv National Academy of Municipal Economy were invited to visit KNAME museum and the Center of Advanced Technologies. On the second day the participants had the chance to make a sightseeing city tour and visit Skovorodinovka, a settlement where Hryhorii Skovoroda, Ukrainian poet, philosopher andcomposer lived.The participants of the Conference spent three exciting and fruitful days. The goal of the conferencewas achieved. It was another opportunity for creative, devoted language teachers and lecturers to present theresults of their demanding work share their experience and discuss up-to-date problems.