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Cambridge Day 2012 Cambridge English: Integrating Learning and Assessment – Programme

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We are delighted to invite you to the Sixth National English Teachers Conference

April 21st 2012, Sofia, Kempinski hotel Zografski (Serdika Hall)

Cambridge Day Bulgaria 2012 in Sofia on the 21st of April, will give teachers the chance to attend professional seminars and presentations covering a wide range of ELT related issues. Led by the most experienced international speakers and teacher trainersCambridge Day brings together colleagues from across the community with the aim to answer their queries through interaction and the exchange of ideas and experiences.

You can access the full programme below and find out how to register for the event by following this link.

Cambridge Day Bulgaria 2012 is free of charge.


8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 9.30 Opening Address
Vladimir Kolev, PONS Bulgaria, Managing Director
Ben Hanneford-Smith, Cambridge University Press Regional Manager Central and Eastern Europe
Dionysia Ioannou, Cambridge ESOL, Development Manager Greece, Romania, Bulgaria

9.30 – 10.00 Аnnual English Language Contest Awards ceremony
Vladimir Kolev and Ben Hanneford-Smith

10.00 – 10.15 Performance by the winners of the Creative Works Competition
Students from the Cambridge Schools Association

10.15 – 10.30 Break

10.30 – 11.30 Morning Session 1: From the Learner Corpus to Learner Autonomy at First Certificate
We will take a look at the Cambridge Learner Corpus, its characteristics, examples of the type of data it can supply and how the Corpus reflects the tasks set in the exams. We then consider how the data supplied by the Corpus can be analysed in order to design a syllabus for First Certificate preparation. We go on to consider how the information will affect the way we teach lexis, grammar, spelling and punctuation at First Certificate. Finally we will consider a variety of classroom activities which work on common errors and can be used to promote learner autonomy.
Speaker: Guy Brook-Hart, Cambridge University Press, author of Complete First Certificate, Complete CAE,
Complete IELTS and Business Benchmark

11.30 – 12.30 Morning Session 2: Developing Lexical Skills in Young Learner classrooms
This seminar will focus on building solid foundations for lexical learning for children in YLE and LMS classes. It will consider what it is that learners need to know about words and how teachers can help to develop important strategies to enhance learning as well as test performance.
Speaker: Olga Leondaris, Cambridge ESOL Presenter

12.30 – 12.45 Morning Session 3: Cambridge English Teacher – the new portal for teacher development
Cambridge English Teacher offers English language teachers all over the world resources, courses and a place to connect and develop your teaching career. We’ll tell you more about the features and benefits of registering with Cambridge English Teacher, and how you can get the most out of this unique professional development site.
Speaker: Ben Hanneford-Smith, Cambridge University Press

12.45 – 13.30 Coffee break

13.30 – 14.15 Afternoon Session 1: Using Cambridge’s electronic textbook resources in the classroom
Publishers are increasingly providing electronic versions of their textbooks and other online resources to supplement their courses. Focusing on younger learners of primary and secondary age, this talk considers how teachers and learners can use electronic materials to enhance learning both in class and at home, as well as their uses for preparing students for Cambridge ESOL examinations.
Speaker: Richard Cherry, British Council Sofia, Senior Teacher Young Learners

14.15 – 15.15 Afternoon Session 2: Teaching advanced students to read effectively
Do you have the problem that when you give a reading text for homework, some of your students read it and some don’t? This talk suggests a range of activities for teaching advanced reading skills which can be integrated into a lively and communicative English lesson. We look at ways of breaking up lengthy reading tasks into manageable interactive activities which develop students’ abilities to read at speed and read for detail. The activities are designed to enhance students’ reading performance in exams and in real-world tasks.
Speaker: Guy Brook-Hart, Cambridge University Press, author of Complete First Certificate, Complete CAE,
Complete IELTS and Business Benchmark

15.15 – 15.30 Break

15.30 – 16.30 Afternoon Session 3: Teaching Advanced Writing
This seminar will examine ways of integrating insights from both ‘process’ and ‘product’ approaches to the teaching of writing into practical classroom procedures. Through the presentation of the key steps of what can be termed the ‘writing teaching cycle’ we will look at the type of tasks that can have a qualitative impact on student writing performance for the Advanced (CAE) exam.
Speaker: Olga Leondaris, Cambridge ESOL Presenter

16.30 – 17.00 Afternoon Session 4: Business Advantage – where theory meets practice
This talk introduces Business Advantage, the new Business English course from Cambridge, and will show how the use of real case studies can give your business students a big advantage in taking business theory and applying it to their working practices.
Speaker: Ben Hanneford-Smith, Cambridge University Press

17.00 Raffle and Farewell

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