Presenters at September 26, 2020
Alice Ayel is originally from Paris and has been a teacher of French, Spanish and English for more than 15 years. She is the founder of Le Français Naturellement, and as a teacher with strong GCSE, IB and IGCSE experience, her students achieve excellent results and enjoy learning another language.. Currently, Alice is well known for her videos based on the Story Listening approach, and she teaches languages online to people from all over the world.
Marianne De Best
At an international school, and with never-ending energy, Marianne teaches Dutch as a second (or third, or fourth) language to young children. Marianne is a natural in teaching TPRS and loves variation in her classes. She creates many CI materials to give her students access to more language input.
For Marianne, the path to language acquisition consists of building relationships with her students, creating stories together, acting them out, having fun and fostering a love for reading!
Nicole de Boer
Nicole de Boer studied Russian language and literature and started teaching Dutch in Moscow more than 20 years ago. She has been teaching Dutch as a second language in Amsterdam ever since to individuals and groups of students from various backgrounds, among whom soccer players of Ajax.
She came across TPRS about five years ago. It has shown her the importance of creating a safe learning environment, as well as making every lesson as comprehensible as possible with every means possible.
Her new mission in life is to get everybody – including language teachers – to draw.
As a teacher and teacher trainer in the field of language education, Hélène teaches languages without a textbook or vocabulary lists. She develops high impact classes in which the language is used in a natural, easy and fun way. Apart from her work as a language teacher, she also runs the school library, supervises English debates and organises various international activities for the school. And last but not least, she trains teachers to work with CI and thus to also create high impact language classes.
Charlotte Dincher has been happily teaching Comprehensible Input methods at a German state school for many years. After her flame was ignited at TPRS conferences in the USA, she became a trainer herself and has instructed other teachers at many international conferences and schools. She is also blogging and sharing material on her website www.sprachenbesserlehren.de. “Lost in London” is her first published TPRS reader for beginners of English as a second language.
Judy was born in the US but has been living in Africa and France all her adult life. She taught English in French high schools and is still teaching English to adults. Judy is best known for the Agen Workshop, the first TPRS/CI conference in Europe, in the lovely ambience of Agen, France, which she has been organising for 7 years now, together with Lilian Stirling. This year, the 8th edition will take place.
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Since finishing an M.A. in TESOL in 2002 Lisa has taught students of all levels from preschool through university and beyond. For the past decade, Lisa has been using stories to teach English to young learners in Hungary. She is a trained TPRS coach, teacher trainer, and frequent presenter at language teaching conferences. She has written and edited English language teaching materials for several publishers, ministries of education, and language learning programs including Story Soup, a story-based curriculum for young English language learners.
Daniel Kline Logsdon-Dubois
Daniel Dubois teaches Breton and English in Brittany and teaches French via Skype. He has been using CI since 2013 but has always used stories, humor and role playing to engage his students.
As the son of the Agen Workshop organizer and as a TPRS teacher of Breton in Brittany, Daniel is an experienced TPRS/CI teacher. He learned Breton as an adult, mostly by having conversations with the elderly people in Brittany. With his classes, he strives to keep the language alive and create interest among young people in their native language.
In 2007 Alike Last introduced TPRS in the Netherlands and since 2008 she develops and gives CI/TPRS/TPR workshops for world language teachers. She is also a French CI/TPRS teacher for adults, and with her colleagues from Vrolijk & Frans ("Funny & French") she developed a continuousFrench CI curriculum from beginners until the CEFR level A2/B1. Every summer Alike attends the NTPRS and iFLT conferences in the USA, to keep her CI knowledge up to date. She’s co-founder of the Dutch TPRS Platform and organised the ETPRS conferences in 2016 and 2018.
Website French classes: https://www.vrolijkenfrans.nl/
Since 2007, Kirstin has been developing trainings and workshops for language teachers who want to use CI strategies in their classes, and currently runs the teacher training company Dynamic Language Learning together with Carmen Meester. It is her aim to help creating a strong Europe based group of CI trainers and presenters. As a teacher of Spanish she taught exclusively with TPRS and other CI strategies for over 10 years, and she trained teachers in Japan, several European countries and the US. Once a year, in the US, she trains CI teachers who wish to become presenters or teacher trainers. Kirstin also runs a small publishing company of CI-handbooks and CI-novels, and a webshop for CI-materials.
Caspar is a Latin and Greek teacher whose focus the last 15 years has been on active mastery of Latin and Ancient Greek, to be able to fluently read these languages in a natural way. In 2005 he founded ADDISCO where a small team teaches students and adults Latin, Greek, ancient history, philosophy, archeology and art. Casper also trains Latin teachers in The Netherlands and abroad.
Liam Printer is a passionate language teacher, consultant, author and presenter. He speaks Gaelic Irish, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German and currently works as a Spanish teacher and 'Approaches to Learning Coordinator' at The International School of Lausanne in Switzerland.
In January 2019 his research on the motivational pull of teaching languages through storytelling, specifically relating to TPRS was published in The Language Learning Journal. Liam is an invited speaker at multiple international conferences and is also an educational consultant on 'language learning strategies' for the Lapeenranta municipality in Finland.
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Pilar Reyes Sierra
Pilar Reyes is an entrepreneur, dedicated teacher, and lifetime learner. She is the Director of KENT HOUSE in Spain, with more than 15 years of experience in multilingual education. As a comprehension based language teacher and a second language acquisition enthusiast, Pilar helps other teachers to understand how to develop students’ fluency successfully, facilitating language acquisition in the classroom. Pilar is actively involved in teacher training, speaker and presenter in Spain, Europe, and Latin America.
Joyce van Ruiten
Joyce van Ruiten, originally a French B teacher, is currently working as an MYP Dutch B teacher at the International School of Amsterdam, an IB school. For the past 19 years she has taught French and Dutch as foreign languages, both in the Netherlands and in Malaysia. Joyce focusses her professional development on TPR Storytelling and Visible Thinking Strategies, and as a Google Certified Trainer she is also passionate about the application of IT in the foreign language class.
Millaray teaches Spanish at the Steinerskolen in Norway. She has been working as a Spanish teacher for almost 7 years and as a music teacher for 10 years. Since she also has a degree in Waldorf pedagogy, she has many teaching tools to share. Millaray is currently working on a podcast about CI-approaches.
Kirsty Sharwood Smith
Kirsty grew up in a multilingual environment in the Netherlands. With a degree in languages and a passion for the performing arts, she has always looked for ways to merge the two worlds. She began her career as a translator and language trainer in the film and TV industry, and over the years used increasingly creative and dynamic teaching strategies. During her TPRS training, she found a way to make things come together. Based on her knowledge of language learning on the one hand, and her ongoing pursuits in the fields of music, dance, and drama on the other, she has established a holistic, multi-sensory teaching model that is highly effective, exciting, and fun for all.
Kathrins CI journey started in college in the United States. Since 2016 she teachers German exclusively through Story Listening to children and adults. Currently, Kathrin is pursuing an MA English/Linguistics. Kathrin has led Story Listening workshops in Germany, the Netherlands and the US and is promoting SLA theory with Stories First.
Stories First Foundation: https://storiesfirst.org/
Justin Slocum Bailey
Justin Slocum Bailey is crazy about helping teachers and learners succeed with less stress and more joy. A veteran language, music, and martial arts instructor, he operates Indwelling Language, a treasure trove of resources and low-prep practices for joyful language education. Raised in Vienna, Austria, Justin now lives in Michigan, USA, from where he travels worldwide to consult for schools, districts, publishers, and non-profit organizations, with characteristic kindness, humor, and outside-the-box thinking.
Ko-fi page: https://ko-fi.com/justinslocumbailey
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Viola ten Have
Viola is a teacher of Dutch as a Second Language and Spanish as a world language. She has experienced language learning both as a student abroad and as a teacher. She is alos an editor at the Dutch magazine for DSL teachers.
Viola worked as a language consultant in the Dutch Refugee Office and ever since she has given workshops and trainings in TPR. In her own words: "The TPR-didactics always look over my shoulder when I'm teaching. It is a lifelong companion to me."
Het workshops are always a favorite among conference attendees.
Janique has more than 30 years of experience in teaching Dutch and reading to illiterate immigrants in Belgium. In 2007, she started developing "Zwart op Wit", a course in technical reading for illiterate adults.
She also trains teachers in teaching strategies for this specific group of learners at the Centre for Professional Development and Education. And because she highly values pleasure reading, she runs a website with reviews of books that are suitable for learners of Dutch as a Second Language.
Website cursus Zwart op Wit: https://ikleer.net