The Mextesol Mexico City Chapter
and UAM Azcapotzalco
invite you to the next
Saturday, February 16, 2013
3 presentations, SPECIAL SCHEDULE:
3:15 - 8:00 p.m.
3:15 - 3:30 registration
3:30 - 4:50 first presentation
Creating Communities of Learners in Blended and Online Environments
The workshop is about facing up to the challenge of creating communities of learners in blended and online courses. From
the socioconstructivist approach, Palloff and Pratt (2005, 2007) explain the underlying principles of how collaborative
learning can be nurtured online.
Their principles strengthen the classic task cycle put forward by Willis and Willis (1996). With these tools, we teachers are
able to design courses fostering collaborative and cooperative taskwork (per García Galván 2011-2013).
In this workshop we will first explain the principles, then move on to a hands-on task where small groups of participants
will make some sample tasks. At the end the teachers will share their outcomes that exemplify applications of learning
communities for their own contexts, whether blended or online.
Alma Daniela Otero and Nevin Siders hold master's degrees in education and have been at the Universidad Pedagógica
Nacional for more than ten years as teachers of the English language, as well as in undergraduate and postgraduate
programs. They have created materials for several foreign and second language projects, including the UPN's current
Postgraduate Degree Program for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EEAILE). Nevin Siders is the chair of the B.A. in
5:00 - 6:20 second presentation
Motivation: Creating a positive Learning Environment
Motivation is one of those thoughts just like justice or fairness that in principle we all know they are favourable for our
teaching, but it's not quite so clear how to achieve it. Motivation is defined as the internal drive that prompts someone to
carry out an activity towards an end. The role of motivation in the teaching-learning process is crucial to student success.
Lack of motivation is perhaps the biggest barrier faced by teachers all over the world. Experts in the fields suggest that
activities that fall within the framework of Humanistic View of Motivation could help teachers achieve this goal.
Paloma Varela, PgCert. CerTEB, is an Academic Consultant and e-tutor for various institutions among them the British
Council; author and content editor for several publishers, too. At CENECAL she is a BA in TESOL vertifying panel member.
Currently, she is completing her master's in TESOL at Sheffield Hallam University.
Felipe Estrella is a teacher trainer, e-tutor and Exam's Team Leader for the British Council. He is involved as a BC trainer
for Project English with the State of Mexico. He is an English Teacher as the CIDE and ULA. At CENEVAL he is a BA in
TESOL certifying member. Currently, he is a tutor in training for the ICELT.
6:20 - 6:40 Coffee break ( During the coffee break don´t forget to visit NULU stand)
6:40 - 8:00 Third presentation
The Video Game Model for Brain-Based Learning
Scientists have amazing tools to look into the brains of living people. For example, they now know why children and teens
find video games so addictive: the games cause a rush of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Neurologist and classroom teacher Judy Willis believes we can increase students' dopamine levels in our classes to stimulate our students' learning.
Dr. Willis developed the Video Game MODEL, which is a set of classroom strategies (that don't include video games). In
this presentation, you will learn how the Video Game MODEL works, so you can incorporate it in your classes.
Joep van der Werff has worked in ELT for the last 20 years: as a teacher, teacher trainer, coordinator mostly at Interlingua,
and as an author for Richmond Publishing. He is currently an editor at Richmond, where he works on print and digital
materials for primary schools. He is also the second vice-president of Mexico City Mextesol Chapter.
IMPORTANT: Please bring an ID (IFE) to be admitted onto the campus.
Venue: UAM Azcapotzalco, see http://www.azc.uam.mx/comollegar.php
San Pablo Xalpa 180
Reynosa Tamaulipas, Azcapotzalco, frente al
The university has a parking lot.
Getting there by public transportation:
Estación del metro Rosario, tomar transporte
de la ruta Rosario-La Villa;
Estación del metro Deportivo 18 de Marzo,
línea verde, abordar el transporte de la ruta La VillaRosario en la Av. Montevideo (frente al Boliche
Estación del metro Tacuba, línea azul,
transporte de la ruta Tacuba-Bimbo.
Estación Montevideo del metrobús Tenayuca
- Etiopía, bajar y tomar el transporte de la ruta La
Villa - Rosario.
Online pre-registration is available at http://goo.gl/wgQZ2
Our new Bank Account IF YOU ARE PAYING FOR REGISTRATION OR MEMBERSHIP:
1. Before filling out this format, make a deposit for the amount you are paying to the following account: Banorte, Cta.0864931122. The
account holder's name is Gabriela Lopez Quesada. You will need the authorization number to fill in the pre-registration form. You can
ask the cashier to point out the authorization number when you make the deposit. If you prefer to make an electronic transfer, the
CLABE is 072180008649311220.
2. Scan the deposit slip or take a photo of it with a digital camera or cell phone. Send the file to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the
subject line, write: REGISTRATION (YOUR FULL NAME). Keep the receipt with you because you will need to show it at the registration
desk anyway. If you made an electronic transfer, simply forward the electronic receipt to email@example.com.
3. Please note that there will be no reimbursements if you do not attend to the session.
FEES Online On-sight Registration
Registration Registration 1 Year Membership
Mextesol members Free 20 $300
Group membership (mínimum 5) $250 per member
Non-members 60 80 $300
UAM /SEP Teachers , Students* 50 70 $200
*only by showing ID at the event
For further information visit www.mextesol.org.mx or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mexico-City-Mextesol/
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