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A Pandemic of Words

by Valquiria Fazzi and Ariel Olmedo

Pandemic proportions. Coronnials. Fomites. PPE. Covidiots. Case cluster. Unsurprisingly, Covid-related expressions have been spreading like a virus (no pun intended). Can you genuinely say that you have truly tapped into this wealth of collocations, neologisms and field-specific expressions? No need to worry if you can’t. Whether you’re struggling with this new lingo or simply want to “speak Corona” fluently we can administer the perfect antidote for you (ok, yes…we admit it: pun intended!). In this webinar, our aim is threefold: to offer a user-friendly approach to tackling this semantic area, to boost your lexical competence and to empower you to put this newly acquired knowledge into practice with your students. Join us in our quest to spread this lexical antidote around!

When? Friday August 28th – 7pm to 8pm

Where? Online, via Zoom. You will receive access details one day before the workshop.

APRIR members: free of charge

Profesorado and Traductorado students: $100

Members of FAAPI-affiliated TAs: $100

Non-members: $200

Form of payment: Bank transfer (You will need the transfer details to submit the form)

Banco Nación Suc. 3020- Rosario
CBU Nº 0110444240044427146462
Cuenta Corriente Especial
Nº de cuenta: 444271464/6
Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Rosario
CUIT: 30680502109

Limited vacancies. Deadline to enrol: Friday August 28th at noon.

Presenters’ Biodata

Valquiria Fazzi

Valquiria Fazzi has been a teacher of English for 21 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Language and Literature from UCEL University, a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Jaén and she is a candidate for a PhD in Education at the University of Rosario. She has also earned a Graduate Certificate in the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language from Instituto Superior Parque de España and a Certificate as a Teacher of Business English (FTBE). She has been working at High School, tertiary and University levels in different private and public institutions. Currently, she is teaching at Instituto Superior N° 9123 San Bartolomé, at Instituto Superior Nº 49 J.J. de Urquiza and at Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR). She has also specialized in ESP, working in the fields of Business, Agribusiness, Tourism, Law, Science and Aviation.

Ariel Olmedo

Ariel M. Olmedo graduated as a Profesor en Inglés from I.E.S. 28 “Olga Cossettini”; he is also currently working on his dissertation for Licenciatura en Lengua Inglesa from UTN. He holds a Diploma on Learner Differences from the University of Piura and is finishing a Diploma on Neuroeducation. He was awarded the British Council FLA scholarship and is a Macmillan Gateway Ambassador. He lectures in Language, Phonology and Methodology and is a former Head of the English Department for Secondary Education at Los Arroyos School. He is also a CIE ESOL oral examiner for IGCSE exams. He is currently supervising a tutoring project to support trainees’ transition from high school into Teacher Training College in Buenos Aires province. His interests include differentiation strategies, educational leadership issues and all things English.

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