Cristina Berry is an educator from the USA.  She was a school teacher for thirteen years and has first-hand experience using and understanding the power of formative assessment in the classroom. Cristina currently works in Vilnius as a participant of the U.S. State Department’s English Language Fellows cultural exchange program and collaborates with specialists at the Lithuanian Ministry of Education, Science and Sports.
 
Professional development course FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT for teachers of young learners and young teenagers.
 
Course instructor - Cristina BERRY, USA.
 
Part One. Introductory workshop - Friday 5 April.
Part Two. Online consultations with the instructor.
Part Three. Closing workshop (date to be confirmed).
 
Venue: VDU Švietimo akademija, T. Ševčenkos g. 31, Vilnius. ROOM 305
 
Registration HERE  by 3 April.  
 
Course fee: 25 eur for LAKMA members 2019 | 50 eur for non-members. The fee covers face-to-face and online instruction, course materials, coffee breaks and a certificate. Participants will receive an invoice (sąskaita-faktūra) upon registration at the venue.
 
INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP PROGRAMME:
Registration    11:30-12:00
Session One   12:00-14:00
Coffee Break   14:00-14:30
Session Two   14:30-16:30
 
 
ABSTRACT. Today’s educators have the responsibility of teaching more than subject content. To prepare students for life, it is imperative that teachers focus on skills such as creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. In order to develop these skills, educators should change the focus of assessment from achieving grades to valuing the learning process through reflection and goal-setting. This course will help teachers to use formative assessment diagnostically to create a student-centered classroom. 
The course is 22 academic hours long and consists of three parts:
Part One. Introductory workshop. The participants will revise formative assessment strategies; get the tools to collect evidence of student learning; learn ways to provide feedback; create plans for learning that promote student accountability. (6 acad. hours).
Part Two. Online communication with the course instructor through an online platform to reflect on the assessment techniques which teachers try out in the classroom (10 acad. hours).
Part Three. Closing workshop. Reflection on what the participants have learned as they have implemented formative assessment in the classroom (6 acad. hours).   
During each session, attendees will participate in hands-on formative assessment activities that can be taken back to the classroom, including group/pair discussion, playing games, and completing short projects. Yes, assessment can be interactive and fun!
 
INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP THEMES AND ACTIVITIES:
  • What is formative assessment? Assessment as a key component in the classroom. Formal and informal types of formative assessment.
  • Tools for collecting evidence of student learning: Formative assessment in action. Discovering resources/materials that can be used straight away to assess students.
  • Providing feedback: The power of feedback. Research-based tips for providing meaningful feedback.
  • Ways to deliver feedback: Whole-group setting. Individual and small group conferencing. Using rubrics.
  • Developing a plan for change: Discussing examples of formative assessment. Setting goals to incorporate assessment for learning in your classroom. Developing a specific plan for the next four weeks.
  • Learning about the course’s online component (platform used, objectives, assignments).
 
 

 
  
2019 WINTER SCHOOL with Rhonda PETREE and Cristina BERRY, USA
 
Date: 22-23 February 2019
Venue: Vytautas Magnus University Education Academy, T. Ševčenkos st. 31, Vilnius.
 
    
 
Target audience:
Day One | Friday 22 February -  for teachers of young learners (grades 2-6)
Day Two | Saturday 23 February -  for teachers of young teenagers (grades 7-10)
 
You can register for either Day One, or Day Two, or for both days.
Duration: 6 academic hours each day (11:00-16:30)
 
NOTE: The first 10 teachers to register for both days will be provided with accommodation (2 persons sharing a double room) at the Corner Hotel. These teachers must be LAKMA members 2019.
 
FEE PER DAY: 25 EUR for LAKMA 2019 members | 45 EUR for non members.
The fee includes workshop training, materials, coffee with snacks, and a certificate.
An invoice (sąskaita-faktūra) will be issued to each participant upon registration at the venue. Payment: LAKMA SEB bank account LT977044060004578304
 

WORKSHOP ABSTRACTS HERE

 
Topics for Day One / Young Learners (grades 2-6)
  • Project-Based Learning: Models, resources, and techniques
  • Gaining content through Readers Theater 
  • Active teaching strategies to promote language and content development
  • Vocabulary in Action
  • Getting a HANDle on Grammar

 

Topics for Day Two / Young Teenagers (grades 7-10)
  • Using TED Talks in structured student discussions.
  • An oral history project: Accessing untapped resources
  • Students engagement through guided reading groups
  • MORE vocabulary in action
  • Grammar games
 

 

Rhonda PETREE is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar serving as a visiting Teacher of EFL at the University of Tartu in Estonia. For seven years she was the founding director of an English language program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She began her international career 20 years ago as an EFL teacher in Kazakhstan. She is a member of many professional organizations and presenter at international conferences. Her areas of expertise include teaching methods and techniques, content-based instruction, professional development, program administration, and leadership. 

Cristina BERRY is an educator from the USA. She was a school teacher for thirteen years and has first-hand experience using and understanding the power of various methods and techniques as well as the importance of formative assessment in the classroom. Cristina currently works in Vilnius as a participant of the U.S. State Department’s English Language Fellows cultural exchange program and collaborates with specialists at the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science.

 


 
 
Professional development seminar USING TRANSLATION IN ENGLISH LESSONS
Date: Friday 18 January 2019. 
Venue: VDU Švietimo akademija, T. Ševčenkos g. 31, Vilnius. ROOM 322
Duration: 6 academic hours (12:00-16:30)
Facilitators: Rita BAKANIENĖ and Birutė BERSĖNIENĖ
 

     

The seminar aims to introduce the methodology of TILT (translation in language teaching, Cook, 2010), which is gaining significance in the present-day multilingual world, one of the reasons being that translation is now used on a daily basis and it no longer is an exceptionally-specialist concern or a narrow domain of linguistic activity. The presenters will offer practical activities and provide guidance on how to integrate translation tasks into English lessons at different levels (lower-secondary and upper-secondary), with focus on vocabulary, grammar structures, skills of dictionary use, translation techniques, and intercultural understanding.

12:00-14:00 Part One. Teaching language by means of translation (Rita Bakanienė)

14:00-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-16:30 Part Two. Teaching translation as a skill (Birutė Bersėnienė)                      

Rita Bakanienė is a teacher of English at Vilnius Martynas Mažvydas Pregymnasium. She has also worked for the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences where she taught courses on Translation, Text Analysis and Modern English. She has been active as a freelance translator for a number of years and researched translation of the Lithuanian cultural realia into English.

Birutė Bersėnienė is a lecturer at Vilnius Business College, teaching Translation and Editing, English Lexicology and Lexicography and Introduction to Communication Studies. She has also taught ELT Didactics, Text Analysis, and Academic Writing at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences. She has done a great number of translations ranging in subject matter, volume and genre.

 


 
 

 

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