THE MAGIC OF TEACHING CHILDREN Conference at a Glance
This Fourth National Conference for Teachers of English to Kindergarten and Primary School Children "THE MAGIC OF TEACHING ENGLISH TO CHILDREN ” has been conceived of as a workshop, a laboratory or a clinic where different practical applications to English Language Teaching with very young learners could be discussed by some of the most prominent exponents of our profession in our country.
Presentations will afford direct demonstrations of strategies, techniques, examples, procedures and methods for concrete classroom practice as well as the sharing of successful experiences in the teaching and learning of EFL and ESL. Within this general framework, presentations that include reports of or proposals for innovative classroom practice or new theories, methodologies or ways of looking at language and language learning and teaching are favoured in the selection of speakers.
Rather than describing or discussing, the presentations in this Conference will show a technique for teaching or testing. Normally the presenter's statement of the theory underlying the technique will take not more than ten minutes. The rest of the time will be used for showing, rather than telling.
All presentations will be plenaries of a purely academic nature. There will not be any commercial presentations in this Conference. Each plenary will be 60 minutes long.
The official languages of the Convention are English and Spanish. Though, presentations in English will be favoured.
As President of the Academic Committee I have chosen the title "THE MAGIC OF TEACHING ENGLISH TO CHILDREN” for this conference as a tribute to my semi-plenary presentation at the FAAPI Annual Conference held in Mar del Plata in September 1995 for which I used the same title and which met with such an astounding success that had to be repeated twice in the course of that Conference.
Dr. Omar Villarreal