THE EMBASSY AT THE 36TH INTERNATIONAL BUENOS AIRES BOOK FAIR
US SPEAKER IN ENGLISH TEACHING AT THE CYCLE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES
May 5, 2010
Professor Richard Boyum, US Department Regional English Language Officer (RELO) for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay, was the keynote speaker at the 13th Cycle of Foreign Languages, an educational component of the Buenos Aires International Book Fair. With an audience of over 400 people, he presented on “A Question of Questioning: Using question types to promote critical thinking.” He provided strategies as to what English Language teachers can do to foster critical thinking skills and encourage students to interact in a genuine and creative way when learning a foreign language. Richard Boyum has an MA in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and Bilingual Education from Georgetown University, in addition to a certificate in Distance Education from Texas A&M University. Following the presentation at the Book Fair, he met with the ARTESOL (Argentina Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) board members to discuss various means of support for the annual conference to be held in Buenos Aires during the month of October.
Richard Boyum subsequently traveled to Cordoba where he addressed an in-house training workshop organized by IICANA (Binational Center Cordoba), which was attended by approximately 30 BNC English Language teachers and Teacher Trainers from the Faculty of Language of the National University of Cordoba. He presented Bloom's Taxonomy and Categories of Test Questions and Question Types to Promote Communication and Critical Thinking Skills. He interacted with the audience using reading passages and texts taken from different English textbooks frequently used as part of IICANA’s curriculum.