Welcome to our latest series of professional development webinars for primary teachers of English. This three-part series will address the following topics: how to use scaffolding to both support and challenge our learners, how to develop the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking) in our learners and how best to build games into our lessons to make them a true learning experience.
Tuesday, 20th February | 18:00-19:00 & 19:30-20:30
Scaffolding: Giving our Primary Pupils the Support they need Sara Davila
As primary teachers we know that scaffolding is an essential part of making an effective lesson for our learners, but what exactly does this mean in our day-to-day teaching? From setting clear learning objectives and assessing our pupils' competence in meeting them to gradually increasing the challenge and moving on to higher goals we'll see practical examples of how scaffolding can work in the primary classroom and how it can make your students more confident and capable future learners.
Wednesday, 21st February | 18:00-19:00 & 19:30-20:30
Fostering the 4Cs: key competencies for success
Primary English teachers do a lot more than teach the English language. We look to develop in our pupils the competencies they need to flourish in school and in life. We allow opportunities for communication, look to engender collaboration, aim to foster creativity and to develop critical thinking. This session will look at what the 4Cs mean to primary teachers in the 21st century and will suggest engaging, practical activities to go about developing them in our pupils.
Thursday, 22nd February |18:00-19:00 & 19:30-20:30
Playing for real: getting the most out of games in primary
In ELT, we have always played games. But while they have often been used as fillers or rewards, nowadays they form an integral part of lessons. Not only do they expand, reinforce or help to learn new concepts but they also provide valuable feedback on our students’ performance. But what turns a game into a true learning experience? How can we best gamify our lessons? In this practical webinar we will see how games and game-based learning can be beneficial to our students. Insert coin and get ready to play!
Sara Davila is teacher, materials writer, researcher, and teacher trainer who has worked in a variety of contexts. She is a Learning Expert at Pearson education, a World Learning SIT/TESOL trainer, and an English Language Specialist at the US Dept. of State, and she continues to find time post free materials on her website saradavila.com.
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 and teens. He now spends his time training teachers on all things ELT and his interests include collaborative learning and the creative use of video.
Elena Merino is a Teacher Trainer for Pearson. She’s worked as a teacher for over twelve years in different contexts and with different types of students and age groups. PhD in Communication and Multilingual Education, she’s concerned about meaningful tasks that engage students to communicate in English.