Presentation: Storysacks for the Early Years Classroom
Apr 12th, 2010 by Fiodhna

Here is a presentation that I gave recently to Early Years Teachers on the topic of Storysacks. The presentation describes what storysacks are and gives ideas as to how th get started with Storysacks in the Early Years classroom.

Presentation: Differentiation made easy
Apr 12th, 2010 by Fiodhna

Here is a presentation that I prepared recently to introduce the idea of differentiation into the primary school classroom. The presentation gives an overview of differentiation and makes some practical suggestions as to how to get started in the classroom.

TESOL Arabia Colloquium Presentation with David Nunan and Kaithi Bailey
Mar 12th, 2010 by Fiodhna

 Fiodhna co-presented with David Nunan and Kaithi Bailey in a colloquium on ‘Research on Teaching and Learning in the Arab World’. She presented the findings of her PhD thesis in a presentation entitled “We taught them about reading teaching – but what did they learn? A UAE case. Below is a summary of the presentation and powerpoint notes for download. See blog for details of colloquium.

Presentation Description: There is an urgent need to invest in  teacher education programmes in the Arab world. Outdated curricula and methodologies, reliance on rote learning and not enough qualified teachers present a threat to the quality of education in the region. This presentation outlines a qualitative case study that explores the perceived and observed impact of shaping and contextualizing teacher education reading pedagogy upon an evolving system of knowledge, beliefs and reading teaching styles in a UAE context. The findings suggest that by attending to a Vygotskian constructivist-based contextualized EFL model of second language teacher education pedagogy, the potential to enhance the capacity of Emirati female student teachers to teach reading successfully and enact pedagogic change in government schools is increased. While investigating the unique features of the case itself, these findings may have resonance for teacher education programmes in other Middle Eastern contexts.
Presentation: Reading Approaches for the EFL Emirati Classroom
May 14th, 2009 by Fiodhna

Here is some information about a presentation that I gave at the Emirates College of Education in Abu Dhabi. The presentation introduced a variety of reading approaches that can be used in the EFL classroom. Here is the presentation.

Here is a video that I used to give an overview of guided reading. It is a very well presented over view in the form of frequently asked questions.

Presentation: Speak, Listen, Laugh!
Mar 17th, 2007 by Fiodhna

The following presentation entitled ‘Speak, Listen, Laugh!’ was part of the TESOL Arabia International Conference held in the J.W. Marriott Hotel, Dubai on 17th March, 2007. With an audience of over a hundred people, the presentation focused on five principal contexts for the acquisition of speaking and listening skills in an EFL context. Participants received a resource pack including a variety of speaking and listening activities that will help make lessons more fun!

Below is an outline of the contents of the resource pack that was distributed to participants. For anyone who wishes to receive the full pack, please contact Fiodhna.

Presentation: Shared Reading for Second Language Learners.
Mar 31st, 2006 by Fiodhna

The following presentation on ‘Shared Reading for Second Language Learners’ was given at the TESOL Arabia International Conference in the Madinet Jumeriah Hotel, Dubai on the 30th March, 2006 for an audience of up to 400 people. Below is a summary of the presentation:

Summary: It is a rare child that does not enjoy stories! Research has long supported the view that enjoying and participating in stories is a sure way into literacy and learning. However, “the desire to read is not born in a child. It is planted by parents and teachers” (Trelease, 2001). Planting that desire can be born through Shared Reading. This type of reading has been shown to be an important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading (Fisher and Fisher Medvic, 2000). While the daily practice of Shared Reading is on the rise in first language classrooms, there has been limited research on its use by second language teachers of English, especially in an Emirati context (Hyland, 2005). This workshop will present Holdaway’s Natural Learning Classroom Model as a suitable Shared Reading Methodology for second language learners. it proposes seven practical techniques of good Shared Reading practice in a second language environment, that help make the reading experience more fun, interactive, and meaningful. Finally it discusses features of texts, suitable for Shared Reading with young second language learners. Participants received a resource pack full of ideas that will help make Shared Reading lessons more fun!

Here is the pamphlet that was distributed during the presentation.

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