Tuesday, 12th November / 11:00 -12:00 or 18:00 – 19:00
Getting to grips with linguistic mediation
Many are calling it “the fifth skill”, but what exactly is linguistic mediation and what does it mean for those of us who teach English? In this webinar we will untangle the theory behind mediation with clear, easy-to-understand examples and explain its importance in our increasingly connected world. Finally we will provide practical ideas you can use in your teen and adult classes to practice and evaluate it.
Wednesday, 13th November | 11:00 -12:00 or 18:00 – 19:00
The future of skills: developing employability in English class
With English as a lingua franca in a globalized world, being proficient in the language is becoming more and more central to getting on in life. But what will our students be expected to do with their English? What other skills will make them employable? In this webinar we’ll draw on extensive research on employability and the future of skills and consider practical ways of fostering those skills in an ELT context. With students of all levels in mind, we’ll consider both lesson objectives and the dynamics of individual activities, all with the aim of equipping our students with a skill set that will benefit them both now and in the future.
Thursday, 14th November | 11:00 -12:00 or 18:30 – 19:00
Joining up the dots: from planning to teaching to assessing
Most of us would say we teach ‘communicatively’ – we know our students need to use language in real situations and we try to reflect that in our teaching. But how can we make sure our planning, teaching and assessment fit together to stay true to our aim? In this session for teachers of primary and secondary, we’ll look at how to underpin our planning with the appropriate learning objectives. We’ll move on to how best to meet them in lessons and, crucially, how to assess with those objectives in mind, rather than just testing a knowledge of the language.
Michael Brand is a Teacher Trainer for Pearson. A passionate linguist, he studied French and German at Durham University, followed by a PGCE in Modern Languages. Having taught in England and Spain, he has experience in the public, private and state-assisted sectors and has taught young learners, teens and adults. He now spends his time training teachers on all things ELT and his interests include collaborative learning and the creative use of video.
Ben Fedigan entered the world of education as a volunteer teacher in Sydney, Australia, and developed an interest in ELT in 2008. Over the next 6 years he worked as an ELT teacher and Director of Studies in various academies. In 2015 he began working as a consultant in ELT, eventually joining Pearson in 2016 where he has had various roles including ELT Consultant, Project Manager, Pearson Test of English Manager for Spain and Portugal and is currently Europe and Africa Project Manager for Pearson Test of English Academic. Ben was born on the Wirral in the UK. A rugby career gave him the opportunity to travel the world and he continues to be an avid fan of the sport. He has lived in Madrid since 2008 with his wife and son.