On October 25, 2014, ELS Language Center Shanghai will be hosting an all-day event of presentations, workshops, and panel discussions for Shanghai's English-language educational community.
Shanghai does not have many opportunities for teachers to share their expertise and develop within their profession. This event will give the community of professional English educators a chance to meet others within the field and enhance their awareness of the current state of teaching English as a foreign language in China.
At TEFL Shanghai 2014, they hope to provide a forum for second language educators to gain insight into the challenges Chinese learners face and ways to overcome these obstacles. We will discuss ways to negotiate the pitfalls common in the English as a Foreign Language classroom, as well as how to incorporate new strategies and materials into lessons.
They are currently seeking presenters for the following:
Posters should be around 60 x 90 cm and present information on one aspect of English teaching and/or second language acquisition. Font size should be no smaller than 24 point and posters should be easily readable from the distance of one meter. Posters should include visuals, such as charts, graphs, pictures, and illustrations. Presenters are expected to not only submit their work, but also to be available during conference break times to answer questions and engage in informal conversations about their posters.
To submit a poster, please fill out an application form. In addition, attach a short summary (100 – 150 words) describing the information you wish to present.
Workshops should be related to teaching strategies and resources. Topics could include teaching certain skills, like reading, writing, pronunciation, or grammar. They could also concentrate on integrating specific teaching methodologies like participatory language teaching or project-based learning. In addition, workshops could focus on how to adapt various materials, such as electronic media or music to the classroom. The workshop should include audience participation and discussion. Tasks should be designed to encourage participants to actively engage in activities and increase their awareness of the subject matter through collaboration. Workshops will last for 45 minutes.
To submit a proposal, please fill out an application form. In addition, attach a brief plan for the workshop. The plan should be at least 300 words and include objectives, a summary of the topic, and a brief outline of how the time will be used.
Papers should center on an issue related to second language education or acquisition. Topics could include a summary of an important issue in the field of TEFL, analyses of data, or research findings. At the conference, a 20-30 minute summary of the paper will be presented along with a question and answer session.
Proposals received by September 15th will receive priority consideration.
Would you like to find out more or volunteer to help ?
There will be hosting an information session and for those interested in attending, volunteering, or presenting. The event will take place on Thursday, August 21st from 7-9 pm at the ELS Language Center on Anfu Rd. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Please RSVP by sending and email to email@example.com.
I have been hearing from chatters here and there that the costs of hiring in China and not to mention, Shanghai, is no longer competitive.
Many factories, for example are relocating from third tier cities in China to Vietnam, Cambodia and even Indonesia.
Just then, I went with Rose for a cup of tea at Cafe Tilma (to find it completely revamped) staffed by waitspersons from the Phlippines.
Hmm, increasing costs of hiring, no doubt.
According to the latest report from Economist Intelligence Unit, Singapore has become the most expensive city to live in 2014.
World's 10 most expensive cities to live in 2014
3. Oslo, Norway
4. Zurich, Switzerland
6. Caracas, Venezuela
7. Geneva, Switzerland
10. Copenhagen, Denmark
I overheard three random conversations while I was out and about in Shanghai yesterday which made me smile.
In the streets
Man : "What is in your bag ? It is so heavy."
Woman : "Just my computer."
Man : "It must be a desktop!"
Overheard from a man helping a woman to carry her cabin size luggage.
In the lift
"Never mess with a Shanghaiese middle age woman!!"
Overheard from a Shanghaiese woman who refused to give way to a young lady in the lift accusing her of being fake by speaking in English and insisting she should stand closer to the lift exit if she wanted to get out fast.
At a restuarant
"Sorry. We have to stop taking in customers as we ran out of food to serve."
It was not even 7 pm in a busy shopping mall on a Sunday!
A friend of me recommended me to this one. Though there are many branches in Shanghai, I have not tried it before. Its actually quite cosy. I like it ! The pasta is strongly recommended too.
You can check out the rest of the branches here.