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Creative People - Creative Spaces
PD Fest, Sydney, 02 May 2015

University English Language Centres of Australia (UECA), English Australia (EA) and Macquarie University English Language Centre present PD Fest Sydney 2015.

This full day of professional development includes opening and closing keynotes, four sessions of 45-minute workshops in four streams, exhibitor space, lunch, networking opportunities and an early evening social event.

The theme of the PD Fest, Creative People - Creative Spaces, is aimed at providing professional development for teachers by teachers at UECA and EA member institutions. Workshops are presented in four streams - Teacher Creativity, Learner Creativity, Creativity Online, Creativity Offline.

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Time Events
9.30 Coffee and Registration
10.00 Welcome
David Larbalestier
President of UECA
10.10 - 11.00 Opening Keynote:
Dr Phil Chappell
Macquarie University Department of Linguistics

The Buzz about Creativity

11:00 - 11.30 Morning Tea – Sponsored by IDP: IELTS Australia

Room: 321/322

Bringing our own creativity into the classroom


Room: 415a/b

Dipping into the student pool of knowledge


Room: 315/316

Exploiting the online space and linking it back into the classroom


Room: 310

Making use of the mental and physical spaces of the classroom, the outdoors and the community

11.30 - 12.20
Session 1
Session 1A
Georgi Toma

Put Your Creative Hat On!

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Session 1B
Richard Ingold

Learner Creativity in the EAP Classroom: Is it possible?

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Session 1C
Lachlan Page

Go with the flow - Mobile phones and virtual spaces in the ESL classroom

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Session 1D
Lesley Speer & Jose Lara

Book Club Café: Recipe for Extensive Reading

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12.20 - 13.10 Exhibition and Provided Lunch for ALL
13.10 - 14.00
Session 2
Session 2A
Orlando Savage
(UTS Insearch)

Adapting the Course Book: Maximising Opportunities for Communicative Practice

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Session 2B
Mark Gillespie

Engaging with difference: Disruptive becomings

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Session 2C
Sue Hodgson

Enhancing student learning using online tasks

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Session 2D
Michael Burri

Creative Techniques for Teaching Conversational Rhythm

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14.10 - 15.00
Session 3
Session 3A
Wendy Onslow-Mato

Creativity in the development of critical skills in the classroom

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Session 3B
Jock Boyd

The Smart Campus: personal Learning Environments – MULD More Upload Less Download

Session 3C
Bianka Malecka

Video, blog or flash mob – using technology to personalise students' learning

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Session 3D
Gamze Sayram & MaryAnn Chehade

Exploratory Practices on Independent Learning

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15.00 - 15.30 Afternoon Tea
15.30 - 16.20
Session 4
Session 4A
Elaine Rodrigues & Shane Veness

Can Academic Referencing be Fun?

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Session 4B
Vanessa Beale

Tapping into Students' Creativity

Session 4C
John O’Connor

UWS College presents Tech Tools for Creative Spaces

Session 4D
Sam Rodgers
(Strathfield College)

Sentence Syntax Grids: Structured Group Writing Exercise for Single & Mixed Ability Classes

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16.30 - 17:00 Closing Keynote
Sue Blundell
English Australia
17.00 onwards Networking Event - Drinks
Sponsored by Macquarie University English Language Centre



Creative People - Creative Spaces
PD Fest, Sydney, 2015

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