International Black Sea University, Georgia Title: Why doesn’t my Grandson Want to Go to School? For eight years my grandson more or less willingly went to school, and in the ninth year, something happened. Trying to understand his reasons, I came to some general conclusions. One reason is obvious – this is transition age. But due to this reason, teenagers do not want to study (as my son did), but they do not mind going to school and communicating with their peers. I have come to the conclusion that there are multiple reasons: lack of learning habits and strategies, depth of

Prof. Dr. Ori Z. Soltes

Georgetown University, USA Title: Language and Thought, Thinking and Speaking, Teaching and Learning: From Plato to Ourselves Prof. Dr. Ori Z. Soltes teaches at Georgetown University across a range of disciplines, from art history and theology to philosophy and political history. He is the former Director and Curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum and has curated more than 85 exhibitions there and in other venues across the country and overseas. Two of these – National Treasures of Georgia and the Jews of Georgia – were organized to come to American museums, but were canceled at the last moment due to internal Georgian political complications. He is


ELT Trainer Title: Key Motivational Elements SUMMARY:  ‘Would this activity motivate my students?’ – well, let me ask you a question: ‘Would your students want to do this activity if they were not in the classroom?’  This workshop aims to present some key elements which ensure just that – and you can try out the activities for yourself tomorrow!ABSTRACT:  I believe that the acid test for whether an activity is highly motivational is the following:  ‘Would the learner want to do this if s/he were not trying to learn the language?’  If the answer is ‘Yes’ then it is safe