Tuesday, 19th February / 18:00 – 19:00 or 19:30 – 20:30
Keeping it real in a digital world
There’s a real danger that technology isn’t being used to enhance students’ thinking skills but to replace them. Teaching a room full of screenagers requires us as educators to evaluate how much technology to use in a lesson and judge how effectively it helps improve our learners’ English and push their progress. In the modern world you can’t take the digital out of the classroom, but you can make sure that it’s used in the right way. This webinar will help us to think before we swipe.
Wednesday, 20th February / 18:00 -19:00 or 19:30 – 20:30
The challenges of CLIL
Whilst CLIL provides many advantages, it also creates significant challenges. This is because the content being taught not only determines the vocabulary and structures we focus on, but also the way we use or adapt materials and, most importantly perhaps, the pedagogy involved. We will assess these challenges and work with some practical ideas for the classroom that will not only help support you as a teacher, but your pupils and even their parents.
Thursday, 21ST February / 18:00 -19:00 or 19:30 – 20:30
Fun and challenge in the young learner classroom
While fun is important in the young learner classroom, it’s not just simply colouring, playing games and singing. Teachers of this age group need highly-specialised training to plan lessons with age-appropriate activities that move students forward in their learning. The modern young learner teacher is expected to deliver classes with clear learning outcomes. This webinar discusses how teachers can address both these elements in the language classroom. Fun and challenge complement each other, they’re not binary opposites.
Tuesday, 2nd April / 18:00 – 19:00 or 19:30 – 20:30
Play with Pronunciation! Making pronunciation fun at primary
Teaching pronunciation in class with young learners is the best time to do it! They are confident, excited to be in the classroom, and enjoy using their ears and imagination in order to 'sound' English. It also sets them up well for their future as English language users, as it is easier to teach correctly, rather than try to recorrect when they're older. But, how can we change the boring listen, repeat, drill basic techniques we are taught as teachers into something more memorable and dynamic? This seminar will show you practical ideas to help your learners hear and differentiate between sounds, and then to produce them again and again until they've mastered them.
Wednesday, 3rd April / 18:00 -19:00 or 19:30 – 20:30
Replicating the real world in the secondary classroom
Long gone are the days when English was seen as just another “academic” subject. Now, more than ever, for our teenage students knowing English is about accomplishing real goals in the real world. Connect the language to their realities, and you’ll generate interest. Facilitate meaningful tasks, and they’ll get things done. In this webinar, we’re going to explore not only how our classes can replicate everyday life but also how we can assess our students’ language through authentic tasks.
Thursday, 4th April / 18:00 -19:00 or 19:30 – 20:30
Let’s get them thinking! Working with HOTS
Too often in the bilingual classroom, work with subject content is reduced to learning lists of key vocabulary. This can be because language limitations are perceived as an impediment to an analysis of the concepts. In this session we will be looking at ways of taking students beyond comprehension so that they work actively with the key concepts and higher order thinking skills. Methods of supporting language production and a consideration of realistic student outcomes will also be discussed.