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Helping "Students Find Their Voices"
2012 Seoul KOTESOL Chapter Conference
By Matthew Love
Associate Editor & Writer
Sookmyung Universty in Seoul: Subway Line 4 (blue), Sookmyung University Station, exit 10. In the Music and Fine Arts Buildings (#s 14 and 17 on the map)

The Seoul Chapter of the organization for ‘Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages’ in Korea, KOTESOL, will host their Annual 2012 Seoul KOTESOL Chapter Conference: “Students Finding Their Voices” next week on March 31st (Saturday) in The Music & Fine Arts Building at Sookmyung Women’s University.

The day-long conference, which starts with registration at 10:00am and ends at 5:30pm, will host a gathering of professionals and students within both the public and private English education sectors. Specialists working in the linguistic domain ranging from pre-school to secondary, tertiary and higher education levels will debate contemporary issues, practices, methods and materials currently available that affect and improve the quality of service teachers give to their students.

2012 Seoul KOTESOL Chapter Conference

The workshops, seminars and discussions at Seoul Chapter’s KOTESOL Conference seek to investigate, question, refine and reflect on the common goal and objective around the topic of “Students Finding Their Voices”. Sessions will be led by a variety of teachers, professors and commercial presenters, all currently active in the field, looking to bring new and innovative approaches ideas to the craft of language teaching. They will discuss existing and original thinking in areas such as; the use of new and existing technology, learner psychology, motivation, participation, collaborative efforts and activities.

Guest speakers and presenters at the conference include Colin Walker, Michael Jones, Jennifer Young, Stafford Lumsden, David Shaffer, Peadar Callaghan, Julien McNulty, Grace Wang and Aaron Jolly.

The overall aim of KOTESOL as a non-profit organization is primarily to support, facilitate and promote the benefits of professional development among those engaged in English language instruction throughout Korea.

The conference which costs only 5,000 Won for the duration of the day is open to anyone who has an interest in English education and is also free of charge to students with a valid ID. The price includes a conference pack with program brochure. Snacks and Refreshments will be available throughout the day, at no extra cost. Lunches can be bought at the variety of cafes and restaurants in the vicinity of the main campus.Further details about this event and other Seoul KOTESOL activities and workshops can be found on the Seoul KOTESOL Chapter’s website at:

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Prof. Matthew Love of Yeungnam University’s English Literature Dept. serves as an Associate Editor & Writer of The Seoul Times. Specializing in European film as well as other cultural and social areas, he earned his BA degree with full honors in Media Production with English Literature at the University of Luton, England, and MA degree in International Cinema at the University of Bedfordshire. He is also currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Exeter.






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