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Lisa Öğrek

Lisa Öğrek

Oxford University Press

This session will look at the powerful benefits of using stories in the ELT classroom: at how regular use of read alouds helps to increase motivation in learners; boosts language skills by enriching vocabulary and language acquisition; develops empathy and social-emotional learning, and paves the way for self-expression both in speaking and writing. Examples of practical classroom activities will be explored, and stories shared. The session is aimed at those teaching at Kindergarten and Primary levels.

Recently retired from teaching English in Turkey, Lisa is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. During her almost 30 years in teaching, Lisa has been an EFL teacher, and English coordinator of grades K-3 and 6-8, as well as spending the last nine years as Head of the Primary English Department at The Koç School in Istanbul. She has been actively involved in drama and music, taking on lead roles in musical theatre and singing in bands. Lisa has previously run workshops on topics such as storytelling, project-based learning, learning centers in the ELT classroom, drama in ELT, and social-emotional learning. She now divides her time in retirement between educational projects, teacher training, and developing her creative writing skills in a quiet hamlet in the southwest of Turkey. Lisa is married and has a daughter and three unruly cats.