Between March 6th and March 10th 2023, and with the Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires’ sponsoring, the British Council in Argentina held the first English Language Teaching week in the country, following successful experiences in Brazil and Mexico. The event was called “Getting the balance right – online vs face-to-face English teaching”, and it entailed a series of 10 virtual encounters focused on providing training and tools that English teachers can apply in practice to maximise the opportunities that both virtual and face-to-face classrooms have to offer.
Watch the recordings of the sessions!
The 10 sessions were live-streamed on our Facebook profile. You can access each day of our ELT week 2023 through the following links:
5.00 pm – 5.10 pm: Opening by Oscar Ghillione, Subsecretario de Carrera Docente (Ministry of Education, Government of the City of Buenos Aires), and Robert Chatfield, Country Director of British Council Argentina.
5.10 pm – 6.00 pm: The new learner: Ditching outdated concepts and responding to post-COVID reality - Milton Bradbury
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm: ¿Esas son Reebok o son Nike? Developing powerful listening skills in the online and face-to-face classroom - Martín Villarreal
5.00 pm – 6.00 pm: Teaching EFL to SEN students: A matter of balancing! - Eugenia Dell’Ossa
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm: Teaching 21st century learners in a rapidly changing world - Challenge. Experiment. Empower (more and better) - Paola Danesi
5.00 pm – 6.00 pm: Teaching English Pronunciation Online: Practical tips and benefits of shadowing - Maxim Markov
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm: Sharing good language teaching practice in the new normal - Joe Dale
5.00 pm – 6.00 pm: Supporting language learning with technology: a principled approach - Graham Stanley
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm: The best of both worlds - Belén Tur & Gisela Zoccola
5.00 pm – 6.00 pm: Developing digital literacy in remote and online English teaching - Serrana Muniz
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm: Teach creatively to empower the 21st century learner – Susan Hillyard
Participation certificates and points
Certificates of attendance were issued for those who completed the corresponding quiz after each session. To obtain the certificate for the entire event, participants were required to attend a minimum of 7 out of the 10 sessions and complete the quizzes (and obtain at least 1 correct answer in each) before March 17th. In addition, 0,10 points will be awarded in the category "Antecedentes pedagógicos" to those teachers that attended a minimum of seven (7) sessions of the event, completed the surveys, and submitted a lesson plan or activity idea before March 31st that can be implemented by teachers of English in their remote synchronic classes. This lesson ideas and activities must comply with the following requirements:
- Focus on one of the topics addressed in the 10 sessions,
- Include age group,
- Mention the corresponding CEFR level,
- Detail the required material,
- Describe the procedure,
- Include any other information necessary so that other teachers can implement these ideas in their classrooms,
- And follow the structure of the lesson plans and activity ideas in the Teaching English site. This lesson plan example and this activity one can be used as guidance about the type of submissions that are expected.
The proposals will be evaluated by an external Consultant, and only approved materials will be published.