Past Seminars

Implementing Immediate Writing Feedback in the Classroom: A workshop on Write and Improve

April 5, 2017

For those who teach writing in a foreign language, providing developmental feedback to students can be a daunting task. Selecting which language features to focus on when evaluating texts, presenting feedback in an understandable way to students, and taking the needed to mark students’ writing can make teachers feel overwhelmed and overworked. With the help of corpus linguistics research, Cambridge English has developed a free online writing program (Write & Improve) that allows students to write a response to a number of pre-made writing prompts and receive immediate feedback on the complexity of their overall writing (mapped to the CEFR levels) and misuse of language structures and vocabulary. This 90-minute workshop aims to help English as a foreign language teachers become familiar with this online language program and learn how they might be able to implement it in their own foreign language classroom contexts.

Integrating Skills in Content-Based Instruction / CLIL

 October 19, 2015

This seminar aimed to demonstrate how thematic teaching offers an excellent context for teaching the four skills – reading, writing, listening, speaking; and to give participants practice with hands-on activities such as writing language, content, and strategy objectives for a sample theme and for application to their own CLIL classrooms.

Teaching Writing with Creativity and Clarity

April 2, 2015 

This professional development seminar is suitable for all English teachers.  The main focus will be teaching writing to our English students.  The presenters will share ideas for creative writing assignments for English learners as well as ways to make writing tasks and assessments clear for both students and teachers.

Bringing Lessons to Life

October 28, 2014

Experienced teachers and teacher trainers provided practical ideas for the classroom in both plenary sessions and smaller workshops. Areas of focus included writing, speaking, using technology, and teaching culture. Suitable for English teachers of both primary and secondary pupils.

Reading for Real: Using authentic literature in English lessons

February 1, 2013

Authentic materials, such as short stories, can enliven and energize a classroom because they add an extra sense of purpose and are often the perfect launching pad for learning vocabulary as well as ethical/ topical discussions.  This seminar offers practical ideas for using authentic literature in the classroom. LCC instructors will bring their own practical ideas for your lessons.

LT National English exam new assessment scales: Writing for better marks

February 1, 2013

As we know, the assessment scales for the national exam are adjusted this year to include marks for grammar, appropriateness, richness and mechanics. We will discuss the new assessment scales and offer ideas of how to help your students develop writing skills to score will on the exam. Experts will be available to answer questions about the new scales.

A Bouquet of Learners: Teaching Towards Multiple Intelligences

October 12, 2012

Each student is special; they bring their own personalities to our classrooms. Pupils have different learning styles: some learners need oral instructions while other learners depend on visual information. How can we address our classes knowing that each student learns differently? Multiple intelligence theory defines the variety of ways that children learn best. The seminar will outline nine “intelligences” and discuss how classroom teachers might consider helping students to learn how to learn by identifying learning strategies.
Presenter: Robin Gingerich, LCC International University

Writing Everyday: Teaching Writing Skills Monday Through Friday

October 12, 2012

As teachers, you have very little time to teach good writing skills in your busy schedules so often writing is left out of the curriculum. The presenter proposed short writing assignments that promote thoughtful organization and ideas. This seminar will focus on teaching writing as a process, suggesting that assigning multiple drafts will encourage more writing practice. We will discuss the pros and cons of peer reviews as well as critique model essays.
Presenter: Robin Gingerich, LCC International University

Standard English vs. World Englishes: What English Do We Teach?

March 16, 2012

Presenter: Dr. Marlene Wall, Interim President, LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania

Reading Comprehension Skills: Strategies for Promoting Learning

March 16, 2012

Presenter: DDavid Watry, Arrowhead Secondary School, Wisconsin, USA

WEB 2.0: The Newest Ideas for Using Technology in the Classroom

March 16, 2012

Presenter: DSandra Jasionaviciene, Vilnius Pedagogical University Vilnius

Preparing Champions: Teaching Public Speaking Skills

January 20, 2012

This seminar will assist English language teachers to prepare students to present public speeches. Giving a good speech takes time and talent but many pupils can do quite well with basic tips and guidance. Public speaking is a professional skill that your students will need throughout life. During this seminar, we will discuss the basics of good public speaking, we will see videos of past speech contestants in the English Speakers Union National Contest, and we will work specifically on the topic of this year’s competitions. So come to the seminar and find out how to make good speakers -better!

In particular, the content will be helpful preparation for the National Public Speaking Competition that will be held at LCC on March 2, 2012. This annual event is sponsored by the English Speakers Union (ESU). To find out more about the national competition, go to http://www.lcc.lt/esu

Presenter: Robin Gingerich, PhD, Interim English Department Chair, LCC International University

Teaching Young Learners

October 21, 2011

Speaker:Gilma Plukienė, Goethe Institute. Expert Foreign Language Methodologist

Meeting Learner Needs in a Changing World

March 30, 2010

Oxford University Press instructor and authors will be presenting workshops for teachers who teach young learners as well as teachers who teach English secondary schools.
Speaker: Tim Ward (Oxford University Press lecturer)

View the invitation to the event.

LAKMA Conference

November 27-28, 2009

LCC International University is proud to be a co-host of the Lithuanian Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language 13th international conference on our campus. This semester, instead of hosting our own seminar for teachers, all English teachers are invited a two day conference. Come and join teachers and professors from around Lithuania for a variety of seminars and workshops on topics ranging from linguistics to methodology to technology in the classroom. There will be something for everyone.

For more information, visit the website.