National Geographic Learning has a mission to bring the world to the classroom and the classroom to life. With our English language programs, students learn about their world by experiencing it. Through our partnerships with National Geographic and TED, they develop the language and skills they need to be successful global citizens and leaders.

PROGRAM SESSIONS

Featuring the authors and experts of National Geographic Learning

McCORMICK PLACE CONVENTION CENTER

FREE Materials at Many Sessions

Wednesday, March 28

9:30 AM–10:15 AM
Room E263, Lakeside Center
Personalization in an Impersonal World
Presenter: John Hughes


3:00 PM–3:45 PM
Room N140, North Building
TED Talks: Why Ideas Matter
Presenters: Anders Bylund; Ian Martin

Thursday, March 29

9:30 AM–10:15 AM
Room N138, North Building
Transform Your Classroom with a
TED English Learning Experience

Presenters: Anders Bylund; Lewis Thompson


2:00 PM–2:45 PM
Room E255, Lakeside Center
Thinking Critically with National Geographic Learning
Presenters: John Hughes; Sean Bermingham

Friday, March 30

10:30 AM–11:15 AM
Room E261, Lakeside Center
The Power of Content: Preparing Students for Academic Success
Presenters: Laura Le Dréan; Sherrise Roehr


1:00 PM–1:45 PM
Room E261, Lakeside Center
Language and 21st Century Skills Adult Learners Need to Succeed
Presenters: Rob Jenkins; Andrew O’Shea

PRESENTATION SUMMARIES

Wednesday, March 28

9:30 AM–10:15 AM | Room E263, Lakeside Center, East
Personalization in an Impersonal World
Presenter: John Hughes

How can you achieve personalization in the classroom? If the goal is
to use real-world content, how can we help students make personal connections with these global topics? In this presentation, I’ll explore these questions and share practical activities using examples from National Geographic Learning materials.

3:00 PM–3:45 PM | Room N140, North Building
TED Talks: Why Ideas Matter
Presenters: Anders Bylund; Ian Martin

Ideas inspire us, transform our understanding of the world, and bring the classroom to life. In this session, we explore how language lessons based upon relevant ideas from TED Talks motivate students to communicate confidently in English and fully prepare them for success in their academic, professional, and social lives.

Thursday, March 29

9:30 AM–10:15 AM | Room N138, North Building
Transform Your Classroom with a TED English Learning Experience
Presenters: Anders Bylund; Lewis Thompson

Today, learning English is now considered an essential part of a 21st century education. Explore how a TED English Learning Experience
goes beyond traditional language practice to prepare learners with the communication and 21st century skills they need to be successful
global citizens and future leaders of the planet.

2:00 PM–2:45 PM | Room E255, Lakeside Center, East
Thinking Critically with National Geographic Learning
Presenters: John Hughes; Sean Bermingham

How can we help learners make sense of copious information in another language? Using TED Talk materials and National Geographic content from the new editions of Life and Pathways, the presenters show how critical thinking – or the ability to analyze, evaluate and respond to information – can be incorporated into everyday teaching.

Friday, March 30

10:30 AM–11:15 AM | Room E261, Lakeside Center, East
The Power of Content: Preparing Students for Academic Success
Presenters: Laura Le Dréan; Sherrise Roehr

When students are interested they work harder, persist longer, and remember more accurately. Authentic, relevant and global content, incredible photography, fascinating stories, and inspiring ideas from National Geographic Learning and TED catch and hold students’ interest. Join us as we demonstrate how great content prepares collegebound students for academic success.

1:00 PM–1:45 PM | Room E261, Lakeside Center, East
Language and 21st Century Skills Adult Learners Need to Succeed
Presenters: Rob Jenkins; Andrew O’Shea

Learning English is no longer sufficient if you want your adult ESL learners in the US to succeed. The demands are higher and if your ESL classes are simply focused on the language, you are limiting your learners. Learn how our material prepares adults for work, school, and life.

SPEAKERS

John Hughes

John Hughes

Rob Jenkins

Rob Jenkins

Sean Bermingham

Sean Bermingham

Anders Bylund

Anders Bylund

Laura Le Dréan

Laura Le Dréan

Ian Martin

Ian Martin

Andrew O'Shea

Andrew O'Shea

Sherrise Roehr

Sherrise Roehr

Lewis Thompson

Lewis Thompson

John Hughes

John Hughes is an award-winning ELT author with over 30 titles including course books for students and methodology resources for teachers. His books for National Geographic Learning include Life, Spotlight on First, Practical Grammar, Success with BEC-Vantage, and Total Business. In his 25-year career, he has taught students from all over the world and still teaches part-time with a voluntary organization. He has managed departments of Business English and Teacher Training and has lectured on ELT materials writing and critical thinking at Oxford University. He regularly writes for the blog National Geographic Learning In Focus, and also blogs at www.elteachertrainer.com.

Wednesday, March 28 | 9:30 AM–10:15 AM
Room E263, Lakeside Center, East
Personalization in an Impersonal World

Thursday, March 29 | 2:00 PM–2:45 PM
Room E255, Lakeside Center, East
Thinking Critically with National Geographic Learning

Rob Jenkins

Rob Jenkins is Professor of ESL at Santa Ana College, School of Continuing Education, in Southern California. Rob was recently awarded the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest honor bestowed by colleagues upon a Santa Ana College faculty member and was nominated for Orange County Teacher of the Year.

Friday, March 30 | 1:00 PM–1:45 PM
Room E261, Lakeside Center, East
Language and 21st Century Skills Adult Learners Need to Succeed

Sean Bermingham

Sean Bermingham is an Executive Editor for National Geographic Learning. A former English language teacher, Sean has given presentations and workshops at language teaching conferences in Asia and North America. He is currently based in Singapore, where he works on the development of new products for the global ELT market, including coursebooks, digital components, and instructor materials.

Thursday, March 29 | 2:00 PM–2:45 PM
Room E255, Lakeside Center, East
Thinking Critically with National Geographic Learning

Anders Bylund

Anders Bylund is a Product Marketing Manager with National Geographic Learning, and is based in Boston, MA. Anders provides global support for English Language Teaching materials, including secondary programs for teenagers, academic skills programs, and US curriculum programs for reading, science, and social studies courses.

Wednesday, March 28 | 3:00 PM–3:45 PM
Room N140, North Building
TED Talks: Why Ideas Matter

Thursday, March 29 | 9:30 AM–10:15 AM
Room N138, North Building
Transform Your Classroom with a TED English Learning Experience

Laura Le Dréan

Laura Le Dréan is Executive Editor at National Geographic Learning, in charge of the academic and professional development lists. She has an M.A. in TESOL/TEFL from San Francisco State University and over 20 years of teaching experience in pre-academic ESL/EFL programs in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

Friday, March 30 | 10:30 AM–11:15 AM
Room E261, Lakeside Center, East
The Power of Content: Preparing Students for Academic Success

Ian Martin

Ian Martin is the Director of Global Marketing for National Geographic Learning, based in Boston. For twenty-five years he has worked in the field of English Language Teaching, as a teacher, teacher trainer, syllabus designer, director of a language school, and in publishing. His different roles have taken him to Asia, Latin America, North America, and Europe. His special interests include the teaching of reading, and vocabulary.

Wednesday, March 28 | 3:00 PM–3:45 PM
Room N140, North Building
TED Talks: Why Ideas Matter

Andrew O’Shea

Andrew O’Shea, Regional Sales and National Account Manager at National Geographic Learning, has been involved in TESL for over 20 years. After getting an MA/TESOL from San Francisco State University, Andrew taught in Istanbul where he learned the nuances of teaching English as a foreign language and cultivated an interest in teacher training, curriculum design, and language assessment. Applying his skills and experience to publishing, Andrew is currently the western regional manager for National Geographic Learning here in the US.

Friday, March 30 | 1:00 PM–1:45 PM
Room E261, Lakeside Center, East
Language and 21st Century Skills Adult Learners Need to Succeed

Sherrise Roehr

Sherrise Roehr, Publisher, Americas and Global, has more than 20 years of professional experience in the English language teaching field. Through her role as head of the National Geographic Learning editorial and writing teams based in Boston, Sherrise has overseen the development of many internationally successful, best-in-class ELT titles, including the renowned Stand Out, Footprint, World Link, World English, Pathways, and 21st Century Communication(in partnership with TED) programs for adult and academic English learners, the new Impact and Perspectives programs for secondary learners, as well as the award-winning Our World program for primary students. Sherrise is well-known for her game-changing approach to material design, creating content that leverages National Geographic resources effectively to make learning meaningful, engaging and impactful for both teachers and learners of all ages in the classroom.

Friday, March 30 | 10:30 AM–11:15 AM
Room E261, Lakeside Center, East
The Power of Content: Preparing Students for Academic Success

Lewis Thompson

Lewis Thompson is a Senior Development Editor with National Geographic Learning and is based in Boston, MA. Lewis works directly with authors to develop content for General English courses. Most recently, Lewis worked as the lead editor on the Learn English with TED Talks mobile application. Away from his role as a content developer, Lewis has a personal interest in language-learner identity from a sociocultural perspective.

Thursday, March 29 | 9:30 AM–10:15 AM
Room N138, North Building
Transform Your Classroom with a TED English Learning Experience

CONTACT

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