We are excited and happy to announce our third plenary speaker for ELTForum.sk 2014: Gabriela Lojová, who you might just know if you attended last year.
Gabi is an associate professor at the Department of the English Language and Literature of the Faculty of Education, Comenius University in Bratislava. Apart from teaching courses on English grammar, her research interests and educational activities are focused primarily on applied psycholinguistics, psychology of foreign language learning and teaching, and FL teacher training. The aim of her work is the humanization of foreign language teaching and looking for more effective ways of teaching English.
Her written work
Gabi’s books include ‘Foreign language grammar teaching: theory and practice’, ‘Individual differences in foreign language learning’, ‘Learning styles and strategies in foreign language teaching’ (with Kateřina Vlčková – Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno, CZ) and ‘Theoretical foundations of teaching English in primary education (with Zuzana Straková, Faculty of Arts, University of Prešov, Slovakia). Professor Lojová was a Fulbright Lecturer/Scholar at Montclair State University, NJ, where she taught a course on SLA Methodology.
Away from academia, Gabi loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys what she calls ‘very normal things’ like reading, cultural events, skiing, walking, and swimming. Ballroom dancing, however, is her favourite pasttime – she used to dance competitively, and she and her husband teach ballroom at Slovakia’s 1st Senior Dancesport Club which they founded.
About Gabi’s talk
Gabriela Lojová: More Enjoyable, More Effective, and More Focused on the Learner
Why doesn’t that great activity that worked perfectly with one group work in another?
- How is it that we spend late nights looking for interesting articles and preparing fantastic lessons and our learners are still bored?
- How do we get our learners to enjoy language learning and learn effectively?
No matter how long we’ve been teaching, how much we know about teaching or how many great activities we have filed away to use later, we as teachers still often feel like we’re missing something. That ‘something’ is a ‘someone’: the learner and that one can be difficult to understand. Who of us really understands what’s in the heads of our learners and behind those (often blank) stares?
In this talk, I will try to answer some of those questions and provide some ideas to help you become a more learner-centred teacher. I’ll share how learners learn, how they want to learn, what they want to learn… and how to make your English language lessons more enjoyable for your learners as well as for you as a teacher.