Linda Azzopardi, Director of Studies at Clubclass Malta was recently invited to deliver 2 workshops at the Teachers’ Forum 2016, held in two major cities in Russia. Her presentation entitled ‘How to Help Students Successfully Pass IELTS and TOEFL Examinations was delivered to around 100 teachers who attended the first conference that was organized by JEY Studies held at the Vygotsky Hotel in Ekaterinburg. After this conference a reception for around 100 English language teachers gave teachers the opportunity to network and ask questions to the guest speakers who came from the UK and Ireland.
Linda then flew to Moscow where she presented her workshop to around 200 English language teachers at the second conference, held at the Swissotel Moscow. At another reception held after the conference, teachers informed her that due to the demand for these two important proficiency examinations, they found the workshop very helpful and informative. International students wishing to further their studies at an English-speaking university are required to achieve a minimum score on one of two proficiency tests – the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS.
Both of these interactive sessions presented at the Teachers’ Forum Russia 2016 were designed by Linda to enable teachers to be more aware of possible ways of helping students successfully pass these exams. Importance was placed on encouraging teachers to move away from the idea that teaching such exam classes is boring. During the sessions, teachers were given ideas of activities that could be used to motivate students in the learner-centred classroom.
Whilst in Moscow, Linda was also invited to participate in an English teachers’ conference organized by MSM, where she delivered a workshop entitled ‘How to Help Students Learn Vocabulary’. Around 50 English language teachers attended this conference and particularly enjoyed this interactive presentation which was designed to enable teachers to exploit vocabulary in the classroom in a variety of ways. All activities discussed were communicative and learner-centred.
Due to the success of both conferences Linda has been invited back to present sessions next year!