2019 TESOL France Colloquium

Nov. 29th - Dec. 1st

Lille, France

Saturday 30 November

Session A - 9:00 - 10:00

Opening Plenary: 10:10 - 11:45 Thomas Strasser

Saturday, 29th November 10.10 Amphi A

I have a stream. The grand edtech buzzword bingo

This talk will provide an overview of the most popular myths &misconceptions in the field of edtech (especially mobile learning) presenting academic insights and hands-on toolkits for edtech aficionados, but also critics who would like to explore the full potentials of smartphones et al without the bling-bling tech fuss. Which trends are promising? Which innovations are digital voodoo?What should an EFL-teacher know?

Thomas Strasser

Professor of language methodology and technology-enhanced learning and teaching at the University College of Teacher Education Vienna. Language teacher, teacher trainer, ELT author, international speaker (>30 countries). Thomas Strasser is an international reviewer (European Commission - Horizon2020, TESOL International, EUROCALL journal, and many more renowned academic journals) and academic counselor for various international universities and the Goethe Institut, especially in the field of (language) learning and digital technologies.

His numerous publications include the practical resource books Mind The APP! Inspiring internet tools and activities to engage your students (2012),Mind The APP!: 2.0. Inspiring internet tools and activities to engage your students (2018), course books like TOP Spot (2016) and over 40 scientific publications (Springer,Routledge, etc.). Thomas is a member of the Fulbright Committee for the Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Programme.



Session B - 12:00 - 13:00

Publisher's Session - 14:00 - 14:30

  • Room A220: Tery Lamanis - English Download - The New Complete Multi-level course for Teenagers
  • Room A221: Marta Solodun - Create or Enhance your Curriculum with ESL Library
  • Room A222: Baptist Lavie & Julien Maslard - Comment utiliser la plateforme de GlobalExam
  • Room A223: Filippo Silva - The Future of Placement Tests
  • Room A320: Richard Osborne - LearnBook - The Digital Course Creation Tool

Session C - 15:15 - 16:15

Room A220: Sandra Mercuri & Natascha Mercuri - Strategic Planning for Biliteracy Development

Room A221: Judie Hudson - Waves in Initial Teacher Training: we flipped it!

Room A222: Tery Lemanis - CLIL, Culture & 21st Century Skills

Room A223: Olga Zhdan - Mastering English through the best music hits

Room A320: Liana Berkowitz - The TOEFL® Test Experience Just Got Better (ETS Global )

Room A321: Rachel Connabeer - Integrating Pronunciation, Grammar and Lexis

Room A322: Hélène Duranton & Mary-Jane Michaelides - Using drama to enhance students' language skills

Session D - 17:00 -18:00

Sunday 1 December

Session E - 9:00 - 10:00

Plenary: 10:10 - 11:20 - Dennis Davy

Sunday, 1st December 10.10 - 11:20 Amphi B

Waves of Language Change in English over the Last Quarter Century

He unfriended me. They are woke and very worried about their carbon footprint. Roaming is now free in Europe. The dashcam isn't working. I hope Brexit doesn't lead to Frexit. She likes listening to metal. Nice to e-meet you. English, like all living languages, is in a constant state of flux, and the speed of language change seems to be getting ever faster. This talk will look at some of the major changes in English over the last 25 years, particularly in vocabulary, but also in pronunciation and pronoun-usage.

I will demonstrate how developments in technology (e.g. computers,mobile phones, SMSs and social media), along with changes in society and lifestyles have created a tsunami of new words and sometimes given new meanings to old words. The talk will also explain the 'processes' behind the creation of new words (such as putting existing words together to make compounds, adding prefixes and suffixes, blending two words into one, converting nouns into verbs, shortening words in various ways and borrowing from other languages.

I hope the talk will be both entertaining and informative, and will give you lots of practical examples and mini-exercises to use in your classes.


Dennis Davy

Dennis Davy has taught soft skills, humanities and English in a variety of contexts since 1980, in Germany, Japan, Algeria, Qatar and Oman. Since arriving in France in 1993, he has worked with undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of French universities and Grandes Ecoles, teaching classes in cross-cultural studies, team-building, pitching, CV writing and General/Business English, as well as providing a variety of theme-based courses, including the history of pop and rock music, the cultures of the English-speaking world, the city of London, British newspapers, and British art and literature. He has also provided tailor-made courses for French executives, judges, magistrates, notaries, economists and scientists within the context of continuing education. After lecturing in English and French at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) and then working as the Head of the Languages Department at MIP School of Management, Dennis has been a Lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris since 2008 and an Associate Professor at EDHEC since 2011.

Session F - 12:30 - 13:30

Closing Plenary: 13:40 - 14:50 - Silvia Breiburd

Sunday 1st December 13.40 Amphi B

Think Generationally to Enhance Teaching and Learning

My generation... The youngest generations... Your generation? How many times are these expressions used to refer to shared perceptions and interpretations of the world that may bring people together or keep them apart? This enlightening presentation will connect generational theory to the ELT class and reveal some interesting 'whys' behind students' and teachers' recurrent behavior worldwide. Come and learn about your own generational teaching and learning barriers and find out about student-proven strategies to choose, grade, adapt or design class activities in a generationally-friendly approach to unleash teaching potential and facilitate learning.


Silvia Breiburd

Silvia Breiburd is an EFL teacher and researcher on generational theory with wide experience in primary and secondary teaching and managerial positions; teacher training and in-service professional development. She holds a degree in Law, a degree in Education and a Diploma in Applied Educational Leadership and Management with the University of London. In addition,Silvia is co-founder of Argentina ASCD, board member for Argentina Tesol and currently lectures on Ethics and Deontology of the Teaching Profession at Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Tecnico,Universidad Tecnologica Nacional. An international conference speaker,webinar presenter and academic coach,Silvia has authored numerous articles and blog posts addressing all school stakeholders on how to adjust teaching and learning to the changing educational paradigm both in general education and TESOL programs. A passionate educator and above all, an ever-lasting learner,Silvia advocates generational-friendly sustainable leadership, teacher empowerment through action research, instructional coaching, global citizenship and 21st century education for all.

Session G - 15:15 - 16:15

Room D107 - Closing Ceremony and Prize Draw - 16:15 - 16:45