Creating student communities beyond the classroom

Australia/Melbourne 3.00pm | Thu 24 May 2018
USA/Los Angeles 10.00pm | Wed 23 May 2018
UK/London 6.00am | Thu 24 May 2018

Athanassia Iosifidou – Senior Teacher – Hawthorn-Melbourne

In the current climate of globalisation, the ESL student represents the largest and fastest-growing segment of the adult education population; Australia is ranked the no. 4 destination for English learning. As the importance of community involvement throughout education becomes more evident, the engagement of ESL students within their new communities in Australia, must be incorporated into the experiences provided by the schools.

In this event, Athanassia Iosifidou will draw on research and data to show why student engagement is important, resulting in a convincing case for developing an engagement program in schools. Student engagement outside the classroom has been proven to be responsible for better health and well-being outcomes in students.

Participants will be able to take away the first steps in implementing and evaluating an engagement program within their schools, ensuring that international students engage and have ongoing support.

Athanassia became interested in languages at the age of 13 when she moved to Australia from Greece. Learning English motivated her to learn more languages and become qualified to teach Greek and French. She completed the CELTA and she has been teaching English ever since. She has completed a Master of Education and written a Guide for Student Engagement within the Wider Community.