Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Webinar on English Teaching Methodology

Webinar for English Teachers: Using Poetry in the English as a New Language Classroom

Dear Teacher,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in a Webinar on English teaching methodology, organized by the US Embassy in Lima, Peru.


English Language Specialist Vivian Leskes will lead an on-line discussion on the uses of poetry in the English language classroom. Poetry is uniquely adapted for language instruction. It deals with universal themes while also providing direct insight into a specific culture. Poetry offers students an opportunity for personal interpretation. The webinar will include student-centered techniques for interpreting poetry and for teaching reading, writing, speaking, pronunciation, and vocabulary development.

Our Speaker

Vivian Leskes Ward, English Language Specialist

Vivian Leskes Ward is an English Language Specialist with the US Department of State and Professor of ESL at Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA, where she has worked for nineteen years and served as Chair of the Department of Language Studies. In 2008 she was an American Fulbright Senior Scholar at Irkutsk State Linguistic University (IGLU), in Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia where she lectured English teachers and modeled current methodology in language instruction in the United States. In addition to three years of teacher training work in Russia, she has conducted trainings in Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Indonesia. Professor Leskes is a student of languages as well as an English teacher. She speaks Spanish, has intermediate skills in French, and has been studying Russian since 2002. Her book of essays, Lost in Siberia, will be published by Haley's, Athol, Massachusetts at the end of 2010.

What:Using Poetry in the English as a New Language Classroom

Who:Vivian Leskes, English Language Specialist

When:Wednesday, February 23 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 24 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Where:Join us from a computer with audio and internet access through https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/reloandes; choose the option "Enter as a Guest", register yourself entering your name and city (Example: Marcela - Lima) and click on "Enter Room".

* If you want to submit your questions in advance, click on the above and enter or write to reloandes@state.gov.

See information for our next webinar below. For future webinars, check our calendar at http://lima.usembassy.gov/webinars.html.

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