21 November 2017

12 PM GMT (UTC +0) 10 PM GMT (UTC +0)

Personalization in an Impersonal World

Personalization in the classroom is always considered desirable but in reality it’s often hard to achieve. As teachers, we try to personalize the language but this can be challenging in larger classes. There is also a delicate balance between asking students to personalize language and asking them to say too much about their real lives. Finally, if we want to use texts, videos and images which bring real-life topics into the classroom, we need to find personal connections between the individual student and global issues. In this presentation, I’ll explore these issues and share a variety of practical techniques and activities which bridge the gaps between the individual, the language and the wider world.

Presented by:
John Hughes

John Hughes is a teacher, teacher trainer and course book author. He has worked in ELT since 1992 and managed departments of Business English and Teacher Training. He currently combines a variety roles including part-time teaching, running online training courses, and lecturing on ELT methodology at Oxford University in the summer. He has written many books with National Geographic Learning including Spotlight on First, Practical Grammar (three levels), Total Business 2, Success with BEC Vantage, Aspire, and the six-level general English course series called Life. He lives near Oxford and writes the blog www.elteachertrainer.com and is a contributor to the National Geographic Learning In Focus Blog.

6 December 2017

8:00 am EST (UTC-5) 5:00 pm EST (UTC-5)

Re-imagining the Curriculum: Meeting the Grammar Needs of Today’s Students

We know that grammar is important in mastering a new language. Teachers agree. Learners agree. As a result, the curriculum of most programs talks specifically about grammar that their students will study in their courses. How does your program teach grammar? Perhaps you use a book specifically for grammar, or maybe you use a book with grammar integrated throughout. However, a very important question for teachers to consider in 2017 is which grammar we are teaching. Are we teaching grammar that our students need? Or are we teaching grammar because it is what we learned many years ago.

In today’s talk, we will look at the grammar needs of today’s students as we consider: (1) verb tenses in academic writing, (2) verb tenses in conversational English, and (3) vocabulary + grammar (the specific vocabulary connected with one grammar focus, modals). We will look at actual examples from student writing and spoken English as well as teaching materials that reflect this new information. In 2017, it is time for all of us TESOL educators to really put our learners’ true English needs at the forefront.

Presented by:
Keith Folse

Dr. Folse is Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida, where he has taught in the undergraduate TEFL program, the master’s in TESOL program, and the PhD in TESOL program. He has taught English in the U.S., Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. He research has appeared in TESOL Quarterly, TESL Reporter, Language Teacher (JALT), Perspectives (TESOL Arabia), among others. His main research interests are best research-based teaching practices in teaching grammar and vocabulary in ESL. He has done teacher training all over the world and is the author of 67 textbooks, including six books in National Geographic Learning’s Great Writing series as well as three books in the Grammar for Great Writing Series.

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Identity, voice and collaboration: Tips for bringing big ideas from TED Talks into the classroom

Language and identity are closely connected – the way we speak, the things we talk about, and even our accent help make up who we are. But what does this mean for language teachers and learners?

With content from Artist Hetain Patel, and ideas from National Geographic Learning and TED Talks, ELT materials writer Lewis Lansford makes connections between the big ideas of identity, voice and collaboration and the practicalities of language teaching.

Presented by:
Hetain Patel

Hetain Patel is a British artist of Indian heritage. He makes films, photographs, sculptures and live performances for galleries and theatres worldwide, including Tate Modern and the Royal Opera House, London, Venice Biennale and Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing.

His artwork, exploring the subtle and often humorous complexities of identity formation, crosses a number of art forms, which he finds reflects the multiple ways of looking at and expressing ideas.

Taking inspiration from a Bruce Lee quote, he loves the idea of identity being, “formless, shapeless, like water”. This philosophy is something embedded into his creative and professional life. Being British born of Indian origin, and married to a French person of Spanish origin, this fluidity of languages, geography and thinking constantly inform his life and art.

www.hetainpatel.com

Presented by:
Lewis Lansford

Lewis got his first taste of teaching English in Barcelona in the late 1980s. The experience inspired him to get a Master’s in TESOL, after which he taught at a university language center in Arizona and then a manufacturing company in Japan. In 1995, he took an editorial job with a major publisher in Hong Kong developing materials for Asia, and in 1997 became a freelance editor, project manager and writer in the UK. He has worked on books, videos, tests, audio materials, worksheets, apps and online materials for English learners of all ages across the world. His most recent projects are National Geographic Learning’s Keynote and Perspectives, featuring TED Talks.

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The Art of Making Students More Employable with Stand Out

Preparing your students to become more employable while meeting new goals like College and Career Readiness can be challenging. Learn how to incorporate meaningful activities in your classroom while empowering your students to learn English, develop key employability skills and prepare for future endeavors. In this webinar, Rob Jenkins, one of the authors of Stand Out, will address how Stand Out exceeds the requirements set by WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and helps students develop and master the skills employers are looking for in today’s workforce. Communication, Collaboration, Teamwork, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Leadership, and Organization are among the key employability skills that are seamlessly woven into the series in a variety of engaging activities with real world applications. Rob will demonstrate how Stand Out uses Critical Thinking Activities, Problem Based Activities, and Team Projects to successfully prepare your students for future success in the workplace and beyond.

Presented by:
Rob Jenkins

Rob Jenkins is a professor of ESL for Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education in California. He is a recipient of the Santa Ana College Distinguished Faculty Award. Rob is also a textbook author and consultant for National Geographic Learning. He is the author of Stand Out and series editor for World English, and Grammar Explorer. Rob and Staci Johnson, his co-author, were awarded the Heinle Outstanding Achievement Award for their contribution to publishing in 2013.

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Tips for Teaching Real English

The majority of English-language interactions don’t involve a first-language user of English, and don't take place in a country where English is an official language. This is the reality of English as it’s used today. What does this mean for 21st Century learners? What kind of accent should we encourage them to aim for? What do they need to know about culture? How can we teach them the importance of understanding their audience? This webinar discusses these questions and offers practical answers for how to address them in the classroom, using fascinating ideas from TED Talks and examples from National Geographic Learning's Keynote and Perspectives series.

Presented by:
Lewis Lansford

Lewis got his first taste of teaching English in Barcelona in the late 1980s. The experience inspired him to get a Master’s in TESOL, after which he taught at a university language center in Arizona and then a manufacturing company in Japan. In 1995, he took an editorial job with a major publisher in Hong Kong developing materials for Asia, and in 1997 became a freelance editor, project manager and writer in the UK. He has worked on books, videos, tests, audio materials, worksheets, apps and online materials for English learners of all ages across the world. Lewis is an author for National Geographic Learning's Keynote and Perspectives series.

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Stand Out: Evidence-Based Instruction for College and Career Readiness

This webinar will provide participants with student-centered activities from the new edition of Stand Out. Rob Jenkins will demonstrate how these activities promote College and Career Readiness, El Civics, and critical thinking through National Geographic content. Come prepared to practice and learn how to teach with Stand Out’s new edition.

Presented by:
Rob Jenkins

Rob Jenkins is a professor of ESL for Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education in California. He is a recipient of the Santa Ana College Distinguished Faculty Award. Rob is also a textbook author and consultant for National Geographic Learning. He is the author of Stand Out and series editor for World English, and Grammar Explorer. Rob and Staci Johnson, his co-author, were awarded the Heinle Outstanding Achievement Award for their contribution to publishing in 2013.

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Challenges Teachers Face while Teaching Grammar and Writing

What grammar do your students need for better writing?

What grammar problems should teachers anticipate?

How can you help your students with the grammar they need for their writing?

Presented by:
Keith S. Folse

Dr. Keith Folse is a Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of 57 textbooks on a variety of subjects from grammar to vocabulary to composition, including five best-selling books in the Great Writing series by National Geographic Learning.

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Critical Thinking in English Language Teaching

Critical thinking is one of the key 21st Century Skills but is it the role of the teacher to develop those skills alongside English language learning? In my talk I’ll address this question by considering how teachers might use higher order thinking activities to enhance their lesson planning and materials design. We’ll also see how critical thinking in the language classroom demands more from the learner but in doing so makes their language learning a much more rewarding experience.

Presented by:
John Hughes

John Hughes is a teacher, teacher trainer and course book author. He has worked in ELT since 1992 and managed departments of Business English and Teacher Training. He currently combines a variety roles including part-time teaching, running online training courses, and lecturing on ELT methodology at Oxford University in the summer. He has written many books with National Geographic Learning including Spotlight on First, Practical Grammar (three levels), Total Business 2, Success with BEC Vantage, Aspire, and the six-level general English course series called Life. He lives near Oxford and writes the blog www.elteachertrainer.com and is a contributor to the National Geographic Learning In Focus Blog.

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Critical Thinking in English Language Teaching

Students learning to learn, working through problems, and addressing new ideas is at the forefront of College and Career Readiness standards. Students at all levels can engage in critical thinking activities in the classroom. Learn how to help students learn to learn in this webinar!

Presented by:
Rob Jenkins

Rob Jenkins is a professor of ESL for Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education in California. He is a recipient of the Santa Ana College Distinguished Faculty Award. Rob is also a textbook author and consultant for National Geographic Learning. He is the author of Stand Out and series editor for World English, and Grammar Explorer. Rob and Staci Johnson, his co-author, were awarded the Heinle Outstanding Achievement Award for their contribution to publishing in 2013.