In our latest series of professional development webinars for primary teachers of English we will address the following topics: how to support both the cognitive and linguistic development of pupils in bilingual programmes, fun and effective ways to get our younger students reading and how to use assessment for learning to help them become more successful and independent.
Tuesday 24th April | 18.00-19.00 and 19.30-20.30
IDEAS: a framework for success in the Bilingual classroom.
IDEAS is a framework for supporting children's learning in primary school bilingual programmes. This framework brings together the language support and the cognitive development of young learners. In this session we will describe the five different stages of the framework and look at examples of how we use the framework for developing children's understanding of the content and the linguistic support needed for CLIL in the classroom. We will also be highlighting the importance of thinking skills for developing children's communicative skills.
Wednesday, 25th April | 18:00-19:00 & 19:30-20:30
Read to Succeed at Primary
Many primary EFL classrooms are buzzing with lots of fun listening and speaking activities. But, as students get older, more complicated reading texts are introduced and used as a means of testing them, but how well have we equipped our students to be good readers? This workshop shows ways of teaching literacy to young learners in fun, manageable and meaningful ways in your classroom.
Thursday, 26th April |18:00-19:00 & 19:30-20:30
Assess for Success
Putting our pupils on the path to becoming more independent and responsible learners is the goal of any good teacher. But deciding precisely how to give them proper guidance and support to this end is no easy task. In this practical session we will consider how best to use assessment for learning principles to determine learning needs and inform target setting, and how learning objectives can be used to provide feedback and support self and peer-assessment in the primary classroom. Examples will be provided of what this looks like in the context of a lesson and a course and how information from this can be used alongside other forms of assessment.
Susan House has extensive experience in writing educational materials for primary
schools. She has also written articles and coordinated collections of pedagogical publications for teachers for both primary and secondary. Additionally, Susan works as guest lecturer for the Masters in Bilingualism programme at the University of Salamanca. Susan has worked for many years as a teacher trainer in Spain, Turkey, Italy and Latin America.
Elizabeth Beer is the Director of Studies at Hyland Language Centre, Madrid. She has taught EFL for 13 years in Spain, Vietnam and Hong Kong. She is interested in all aspects of teaching, but in particular literacy, lexis and pronunciation development with adults and young learner students. She is a teacher trainer and a Cambridge Examiner.
Elena Merino is a Teacher Trainer for Pearson. She spent 4 years in Ireland and in the USA, where she fell in love with the English language. PhD in Communication and Multilingual Education, she loves learning new things and collaborating with people from different contexts and cultures. In class, she’s concerned about meaningful real-world tasks that get students to use language in context.