Information and Speakers

Schedule

 

8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

9:50 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

10:10 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 – 11:20 a.m

11:30 – 12:20 p.m

Monday, January 17

Opening ceremony Monica Leon (Panama TESOL) and  Gloria de Ho (Universidad de Panamá, Facultad de Humanidades)

Joel Alvarez – LETS 

Tips to Help Students Reconnect in the Classroom.

Sponsor: Quality Leadership University

Coffee Break

Janec Paredes from PEARSON

 

Strategies for teaching online

Janec Paredes from PEARSON

 

The art of giving feedback

Tuesday, 

January 18

Juan Carlos Rivera 

US Embassy 

Digital Resources and Opportunities for English Language Teaching and Learning

Monica Leon 

Engaging activities for online environments workshop

Sponsor: US Embassy

Coffee Break

Dra.Debbie Psychoyos –

 

Reconnecting ELT Professionals: A focus on creating social emotional Learning Communities 

Wednesday, 

January 19

Keith Folse 

Vocabulary Myths in L2 Acquisition

Monica Celis 

6 Key Skills for Employability

Sponsor UMECIT

Coffee Break

Auxie Dominguez   

Creativity in the ESL class

Dr. Jose Lobo

Equity in teaching and learning

Thursday, 

January 20

Dr. Alida Vizcaino 

 

Literature to Enhance Linguistic and Critical Skills beyond the EFL Textbooks

Katalina Perera

TBL: Designing Creatively 

 

Dominik Rus, Ph.D.

 

The Science of Learning: From Neurons to Mindset to Behavior

Sponsor: ELS

Coffee Break

Dalck Torres

 

Web platforms and hybrid strategies for the english classroom

Ricardo Roman

What is linguistics? – What is language? 

Friday, 

January 21

Mauren Guevara 

 

Tools and tips for designing gamification elements

Andrea Espinach Roel and

Oxford University Press 

 

Moving Learning through Feedback



Sponsor Distexsa 

Coffee Break

Mariana León 

Faculty engagement in learning  environments 

Conference Information

Monday, January 17:

 

Meeting Recording

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8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

Opening ceremony Monica Leon (Panama TESOL) and  Gloria de Ho (Universidad de Panamá, Facultad de Humanidades)

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

Joel Alvarez – LETS 

Tips to Help Students Reconnect in the Classroom

Abstract: Students are excited and motivated to learn. Many, however, haven’t been socially connected for the past two years , so we need to have strategies in place that will build up relationship skills and encourage them to work together.

Bio: Professor of English , University of Panama, Academic Officer ,  LETS Panama . 

10:30 – 11:20

Janec Paredes from  PEARSON

Title: Strategies for Teaching Online 

Abstract : Now more than ever, technology has become a key part of teachers and students´ life. The last months have pushed everyone to use different apps, resources, and tools to keep our students engaged and have more effective lessons. This is just a starting point, the best is yet to come, and teachers will need guidance and strategies for establishing a sense of emotional, cognitive, and instructional presence so students feel connected and part of an online community. In the following workshop we will share effective online teaching strategies that can help you accelerate teaching and learning to meet today’s challenges. 

Bio: Janec Paredes holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature (Teaching and Translation) from Universidad de los Andes- Venezuela. Her main areas of training include: Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Teaching, Translation and Educational Coaching. Janec has been involved in the teaching field for more than 20 years and has participated in national & international educational events.  Throughout her career she has taken on a variety of roles such as: teacher, course designer, teacher trainer, and coordinator. She has taught in a range of educational settings including EFL, ESL, ESP, Business, as well as total immersion courses in English and Spanish as a foreign language. Janec is currently an ELT & School Academic Consultant for Pearson Mexico.

11:30 – 12:20 P.M.

Janec Paredes from  PEARSON

Title:The Art of Giving Feedback 

Abstract​ : Teachers have always had the responsibility to communicate feedback to their students and the way they do so can have either positive or negative effects on academic performance and their self-esteem. Not only must teachers consider the nature of communication, making sure that their message is received and understood properly is essential if they wish to benefit students. This workshop will provide tips and strategies that will guide teachers as to how to provide effective feedback, while at the same time encouraging students to become accountable and an active participant in their learning process, thus leading into learning and academic success.  

Bio: Janec Paredes holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature (Teaching and Translation) from Universidad de los Andes- Venezuela. Her main areas of training include: Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Teaching, Translation and Educational Coaching. Janec has been involved in the teaching field for more than 20 years and has participated in national & international educational events.  Throughout her career she has taken on a variety of roles such as: teacher, course designer, teacher trainer, and coordinator. She has taught in a range of educational settings including EFL, ESL, ESP, Business, as well as total immersion courses in English and Spanish as a foreign language. Janec is currently an ELT & School Academic Consultant for Pearson Mexico.

Tuesday, January 18: 

8:00 – 8:50 a.m

 

Meeting Recording

Access Passcode: Reconnect1!

Juan Carlos Rivera, Regional English Language Office Assistant

Title: Digital Resources and Opportunities for English Language Teaching and Learning

Abstract: Regional English Language Office (RELO) Assistant Juan Carlos Rivera will deliver a virtual presentation on the Digital Resources and Opportunities for English Learners and Teachers the RELO offers for Panama and the Region.

Bio: Ever since, his life has been tied to education both academically and professionally. He has completed several undergraduate and graduate degrees, international certifications, courses, and seminars in the USA, Brazil, Singapore, and Costa Rica; most of them are related to education, TESOL and ICTs. 

He has taught from elementary school to college in Panama and the USA. From 2004 to 2007, he was distinguished with an opportunity to work as a foreign-exchange teacher in the USA under the sponsorship of the Visiting International Faculty Program. In addition, He has also held some management positions, including the coordination of a language center, the admissions department, the community service, and grant programs at Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, Azuero Campus.Currently, he is the Regional English Language Office Assistant at the US Embassy in Panama.

In addition to education, he loves kayaking, scuba diving, fishing, and gyms.

10:30 – 11:20 to 11:30 – 12:20 P.M.

Dra.Debbie Psychoyos 

Title: Reconnecting ELT Professionals: A focus on creating social emotional Learning Communities 

Abstract: Enduring the challenges of a global pandemic has spared no family, community, industry or organization. All of us have stories to tell and experiences to share. In order for our educational communities to thrive we must continue to challenge ourselves to innovate and create inclusive places for our students and our teachers to gather. Transformation of school communities, where all members are seen, heard and valued, begins with a shift toward a growth mindset and instructional strategies that develop social emotional learning and human understanding of ourselves and others. This workshop will actively engage all participants to experience the joy within an environment focused on social emotional learning.

Bio: As an educator for over 40 years, Debbie is committed to life-long learning! She earned a doctoral degree in 2012 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA), and acknowledged Carnegie Foundation Program,  Debbie is the creator and CEO of The Pro Ed Foundation, a non profit, nongovernmental  organization that began in 2001, for the purpose  of bridging the inequality gap between public and private schools and advancing public education in the Republic of Panama.

Wednesday,  January 19:

8:00 – 8:50 a.m

Keith Folse 

https://www.letspanama.net/store/page/3/ 

Meeting Recording

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Title : Vocabulary Myths in L2 Acquisition

Abstract: «Do you speak English?» When people talk about knowing a second language, the questions always uses the verb speak. No one asks, «Do you read English?» or «Do you write English?» How can we really teach speaking in our classes? We often have many students with low levels of English and maybe low levels of interest. We teachers have only two hands and a very small number of hours to teach English, so how can we tackle the difficult task of teaching students to speak a new language.

Bio: Dr. Folse is professor of TESOL at the University of

Central Florida in the undergraduate and PhD programs. He has taught in the US as well as in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Japan, and Kuwait. He has studied six foreign languages and written more than 70 textbooks (University of Michigan Press and National Geographic Learning). His main research areas are best practices in teaching second language vocabulary, grammar, and writing.

9:00 -9:50

Monica Celis

Title:  6 key skills for employability

Abstract: Employers, educators, and researchers agree that to be successful in the workplace, students need skills and Competencies beyond technical or academic knowledge. Based on an extensive review of existing 21st century frameworks, academic research, and labor market trends, Pearson has identified six common skill sets that are crucial to employability: critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration and  teamwork, self-management, social responsibility and leadership. (Pearson Global Employer Research, 2019). In this webinar, we will discuss what these skills consist of and how we can measure, develop and qualify them within our teams.

Bio: Mónica Celis Arias holds a Master’s Degree in Neuropsychology and Education. She has a BA in Modern Languages with an Emphasis on Methodology for Teaching English and an undergraduate degree in music from EAFIT university. With 17 years of teaching and teacher training experience, she is currently the Academic Coordinator for Educational Coaches for Pearson Colombia and Ecuador.

10:30 – 11:20 a.m

Auxi Dominguez  

Title:  Creativity in the ESL class

Abstract:  By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify tools that help recognize learners’ attitude towards learning English, language study, learning styles.They will learn why increasing student talking promotes motivation and interests, reasons for learning, and how they use English in their daily lives, etc.

Bio: ESL specialized in the teaching of adults. Developed her job in an Official School of Languages , in Spain. Involved in face to face lessons as well as in Blended and online teaching. Just started two YouTube channels; AuxiLearningEnglish aimed at students improving English language and Teacheroutsidethebox, addressed to teachers with the goal of sharing activities for their ESL teaching 

Passionate about teaching, always willing to learn and share, enthusiastic of creativity in the classroom and the use of ICTs in the language class.

11:30 – 12:20 a.m.

Dr. José Lobo 

Title:  Equity in teaching and learning

Abstract: There are six basic principles to attain teaching and learning equity. We need to keep them in mind so that language acquisition among all learners   may be fostered. Methods, Results, and Activities will be shown in the presentation. 

Bio:José Lobo has a BA in the teaching of Modern Languages from the Atlántico University and a MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a doctorate in education with emphasis in literacy in second language from the University of Cincinnati. Professor Lobo is interested in  issues of effective communication in English as Second/Foreign language environments.                     It is a fact that Ineffective communication may bring about confrontation between students and teachers and poor teaching practices that in turn may help perpetuate social inequality. José Lobo does community work in Barranquilla-Colombia helping teachers in low income institutions. He has also helped low-income female bread winners who have children with disabilities by writing global grants through the Rotary Club in Colombia and the United States. These grants have helped these bread winners become small business owners while they take care of their children at home.

Reflection and evaluation

Thursday, January 20: 

Meeting Recording

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8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

Alida Vizcaíno, PhD

Title: Literature to Enhance Linguistic and Critical Skills beyond the EFL Textbooks

Abstract: Critical reading comprehension is reportedly below international standards in both Latin America (Lyons & Peña, 2016) and other parts of the world (Rohmah, 2018).  This presentation illustrates how using literary texts together with student-centered and critical reading strategies may enhance students’ opportunities not only to understand academic texts, but also to respond to them in critical ways that are respectful of their values and cultural backgrounds. Students’ comments and pedagogical recommendations are provided.

Bio: Alida Vizcaíno Lara has a BA in Modern Languages from Universidad del Atlántico. She completed a master’s degree in literature and a PhD in education at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH (USA). She has experience teaching, training teachers and doing research in the USA, Colombia and Perú. Currently she teaches English and research at the University of Atlantico and QLU. She has published in Colombia, the USA, Panamá and England.

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

Dominik Rus, Ph.D.

Title: The Science of Learning: From Neurons to Mindset to Behavior

Abstract: From Neurons to Mindset to Behavior: Designing and Delivering Learning With a Brain in Mind

Thanks to the advances in cognitive, social-cognitive, and affective neuroscience in the last two decades, we can now study human learning not only at a psychological level but also at neurobiological and neurochemical levels. All our behaviors—whether physical, verbal, or emotional—have a biological basis and every day neuroscience is uncovering new evidence on how our learning depends on (i) how we are wired neurobiologically as a species, (ii) how physically and mentally healthy we are, and (iii) how we think about ourselves and the world around us. Viewing learning through the lens of the neuroscience and psychology of learning offers new perspectives and complements old ones on different variables that play a role in this highly complex high-level cognitive function, and offers several new applications in the world of education and corporate learning.

Bio: The Science of Learning: From Neurons to Mindset to Behavior Dominik Rus, Ph.D. TESOL Panama Summer Institute Talk: Abstract January 20, 2022

Dominik Rus, Global Head of Learning and Development Innovation and Technology. Dominik serves as the Global Head of Learning Innovation and Technology at TTEC, a Business Process Outsourcing company based in Denver, Colorado, where he oversees the design, development, and implementation of disruptive, effective, efficient, and evidence-based virtual learning solutions for over 60,000 employees around the globe.

Prior to joining TTEC, Dominik was the global Learning & Development Director for Copa Airlines in Panama, where he oversaw all corporate learning initiatives for over 12,000 employees in more than 30 countries. He is an external professor of neuroleadership at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, an external professor of Learning & Development at Quality Leadership University in Panama, and a co-founder and current President of Latin-American Association for the Innovation in Learning and Talent Development (ALIAT).

Dominik considers himself a learning scientist—his academic background lies in the neurobiological and neurocognitive approaches to learning and memory. He holds a B.A. in English Linguistics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a Ph.D. in neurolinguistics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

He’s passionate about the brain, human potential and performance, disruptive practices in learning and development, and the future of learning. He’s also an aviation geek, a globetrotter, and a volunteer.

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

Katalina Perera

Title: Task Based Learning: Designing Creatively

Abstract: Task-Based Learning (TBL) is an action-oriented approach that requires constant interaction and communication from language learners while completing specific authentic tasks collaboratively.  By maximizing the exposition of language learners to the target language, TBL creates opportunities for them to comprehend, interpret and produce the language. Participants in this session will learn the basics of TBL and get some tips for designing creative classes based on the TBL approach.

Bio: Katalina Perera Hernández is currently the director of the Academic Division at OPES-CONARE and a professor at UNED. She has taken different leading roles throughout her career, such as, director of ESL programs, director of academic quality assurance, vice chancellor of teaching, and has worked as a translator, professor, trainer as well as researcher at different universities and higher education institutions.  Professor Perera has lectured and published on intercultural communication and linguistics, has been an international speaker and tutor on innovative approaches, active learning, higher education management and leadership, and technical education. She holds a Ph.D. in Education, a Masters in Human Resources, a BA in English and a Lic. in Translation and Interpretation. Her research interests revolve around quality assurance in Higher Education, curriculum innovation, ESL-EFL, intercultural communication, and linguistics. She’s been part of the Central American School of Public Policy Academic Council and has played very active roles in academic international networks. Professor Perera also holds graduate-level specializations in higher education management and leadership, mentoring, teaching virtual learning environments and virtual environments’ instructional design, and has been recognized for her leading role in the field of academics.  

10:30 – 11:20

Dalck Torres

Title: Web platforms and hybrid strategies for the english classroom

Abstract: Diverse strategies in the classroom keep students active in their learning process and engaged in pursuing the objectives of any task they might have at hand. The aim of this short presentation is to provide attendees with examples of different web platforms that may be of use for education professionals as well as rendering a set of classroom activities which can be adapted as needed depending on the proficiency and/or age levels of students. The material issued by the lecturer is subject to its owner or developer’s copyrights and by no means intended to be reproduced as property of the presenter. The ultimate goal is to contribute with educational material that can be used either in face-to-face classes or in online classes giving the attendees a set of practical tools to enhance their students’ experience in the classroom, as well as their own.

Bio: Dalglehys J. Torres P. is a Venezuelan English teacher born and raised in the city of Coro, Falcon state. After graduating as a Licenced Teacher majored in English as a Foreign Language he took a Master’s Degree on the Teaching of Reading and Writing while working for seven years under the category of Aggregate Teacher for Universidad Nacional Experimental Francisco de Miranda. He has also completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration majored in Marketing in Universidad Interamericana de Panama, and he is currently taking a Postgraduate Programme on Higher Education also at UIP. Author to several Researches and Publications, Professor Dalglehys Torres has also participated as attendant, presenter and organizer for Regional and National Conventions and Seminars in Venezuela and Panama. With a growing passion for the arts, Professor Dalglehys Torres is also a luthier, musician and graphic designer with experience as both, composer and business image creator for diverse media and clients. Founder and CEO of his own Handcrafted Musical Instruments business, Professor Torres has more than 14 years of experience as manager and administrator of Dalck Guitars.

11:30 – 12:20 P.M

Ricardo Roman

Title: What is linguistics? – What is language? 

Abstract: Linguistics is the scientific study of human language, meaning that it is a comprehensive, systematic, objective, and precise study of language. Language is a means of communication. It is a means of conveying our thoughts, ideas, feelings, and emotions to other people.  In this lecture/PPT we will entertain the faculty of language and linguistics, and how they impact our understanding on communication

Bio: My name is Ricardo Roman Jr. I am from Chicago, Illinois. I have been teaching English and business writing courses for QLU in Panama for over 18 years. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) from Florida State University, a Master´s in Business Administration (MBA) from NOVA Southeastern University, and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. 

Ricardo Roman Jr. MBA/MA-TESOL 

Business / English Professor

Reflection and evaluation

Friday, January 21 

Meeting Recording

Password: Inspire123!

8:00 – 8:50 a.m

Mauren Guevara 

Topic: Tools and tips for designing gamification elements

Abstract: During this session, participants will learn how to design and implement gamification elements such as avatars, badges, and escape rooms during the language learning process.

Bio: Mauren loves teaching and exploring new methodologies and learning experiences. She holds a bachelor, licentiate and master degree in English Teaching, a licentiate in Teaching, a Master in Project Management and a Master in Business Administration. Currently studying a Master in Technology and Innovation. She also holds specializations in virtual learning environments, instructional design, virtual tutoring and leadership and management in higher education. She is also certified as Scrum Master.  She has more than 15 years of experience in higher education. She is currently the coordinator of Programa de Integración y Articulación Educativa and English professor at Programa Institucional de Idiomas para el Trabajo de la Universidad Técnica Nacional (UTN).

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

Andrea Espinach Roel

Title:Moving Learning through Feedback

Abstract: When is its effective, feedback is one of the most powerful contributors to learning. Research has shown that the impact of feedback depends on its quality; low-quality feedback can even have a negative effect on learning. It is important to consider what is known about effective classroom feedback in order to ensure that the feedback we give helps to move learning forward.

Bio: Andrea Espinach Roel is a full-time Oxford Educational Consultant. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration. Before entering the publishing industry, she taught English as a second language for twenty years in Costa Rica to all age groups (kids, teenagers, young adults, and adults). She’s been an Academic Coordinator in different institutions and has experience in designing English Programs for all ages and areas such as English, Science, Business, Technology and Electromechanics.  

She strongly believes that all teachers help students not only to develop their language skills but also those skills important for life. She works hard to form future citizens able to communicate assertively, and that they use their creativity and critical thinking to solve problems. Besides, she finds extremely vital to let students understand the importance of team work for their future. 

She lives with her husband and two children in Cartago, Costa Rica. 

10:30 – 12:20 p.m.

Mariana León

Title: Faculty engagement in learning  environments 

Abstract: Faculty engagement is essential in education. It is defined as the teacher’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral state that is directed towards the goals of the organization. This occurs when the teacher deeply enjoys and cares about their work, and wholeheartedly value the people and the means they serve. Engaged teachers aspire to excellence and principled conduct. There are other factors that are closely related to the existence of engagement in a teacher; including leadership, satisfaction and organizational culture. In this session, we will talk about these issues, and how to achieve engagement in school environments.

Bio: Mariana León is Academic Vice President, researcher, professor and member of the Board of Directors at Quality Leadership University in Panama City, Panama. She holds a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Florida International University. She is an affiliated researcher at the Center for Educational Research of Panama (Centro de Investigación Educativa de Panama, or CIEDU). She has published on transformational leadership, faculty engagement in higher education, virtual platforms in education, university engagement,  and on multicultural identity perceptions of high school students. She currently serves as a member for Panama’s National Council for Science Technology, and Innovation (CONACYT), and is National Researcher for the National Researcher System of Panama.  She has also served as President of the Education Commission of the Panamanian Association for Business Executives (Asociación Panameña de Ejecutivos de Empresa, APEDE), and as the Chair of the Education Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Panama. She is a member of Global Shapers, a youth leadership initiative of the World Economic Forum.

Reflection and evaluation