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TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Keys to Academic Success

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Preparing students for academic success in college requires more than teaching grammar and vocabulary. To fully equip students for college work requires relevant and meaningful content that motivates students and promotes critical thinking, academic language skills that prepare students to communicate and thrive in academic settings, and a strong vocabulary base of words across several disciplines. Join us as we discuss how Pathways Second Edition ensures academic success through these three areas.

Laura Le Dréan

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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. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in ESL/EFL programs in the Middle East, Europe and the United States. She has also done teacher training in the U.S., the Middle East and in Vietnam. She has been working in ELT publishing as an editor for the last 19 years creating learning materials for students and teachers.

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Giving students a voice. Critical thinking in English classes

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Thinking critically is seen as an essential 21st century skill, but what exactly is it and can it be taught? In this session, Andrew Walkley, co-author of National Geographic Learning’s Perspective series, will briefly address these issues and suggest critical thinking tasks that fit well in communicative English classes as they offer interesting opportunities for discussion, teaching language and giving young people a voice.

Andrew Walkley

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Andrew Walkley

Andrew Walkley has almost 25 years’ experience as a teacher, trainer and materials writer. He is co-author of National Geographic Learning’s adult series Outcomes and Upper-Intermediate Perspectives – part of NGL’s secondary course featuring TED talks. As a trainer, he's interested in getting teachers to engage more with language and consider their students' language needs and wants. He's the co-founder with Hugh Dellar of Lexical Lab, a company promoting excellence in lexical materials and teaching.

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Sowing the Seeds for Success – enhancing active learning with young learners

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We want to set our students up for success in their lives, in their future; and their education is vital to that. The key message is that as teachers we need to prepare and educate students to the highest level as the future is in their hands. We need to set them up for success in school and success in life. By no means is this a journey they go on by themselves, they need the guiding hand of the teacher to help them be prepared. Using examples from National Geographic Learning’s Our World series, as well as the accompanying professional development program, we’ll explore how, as teachers, we can help sow those seeds for success.

Alex Warren

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Alex Warren

Alex is the Teacher Trainer here at NGL. He studied history at university and worked as a journalist for several years. After travelling the world he returned to the UK to complete his CELTA qualification in Bournemouth. For the last six years Alex has been working as an Academic Director and teacher trainer at a successful private language school. The move into teacher training on a permanent basis was only a matter of time and Alex is now enjoying developing teachers on an international scale.

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Contextualised language learning – a what, why, how to teach grammar in context

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Grammar is central to the teaching and learning of languages. However, many people, including language teachers, hear the word grammar and think of a fixed set of word formations and rules of usage. Teachers who adopt this definition therefore teach grammar by explaining the forms and rules before drilling, and boring, students on them. This results in disaffected students who can produce correct forms on exercises and tests, but make errors when they try to use the language meaningfully. In this session we'll look at what contextualised grammar teaching is, why we should be doing it and how to incorporate it into your classes; thus making grammar lessons less 'yawn' and more fun.

Alex Warren

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Alex Warren

Alex is the Teacher Trainer here at NGL. He studied history at university and worked as a journalist for several years. After travelling the world he returned to the UK to complete his CELTA qualification in Bournemouth. For the last six years Alex has been working as an Academic Director and teacher trainer at a successful private language school. The move into teacher training on a permanent basis was only a matter of time and Alex is now enjoying developing teachers on an international scale.

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TED and the English Language Classroom


As we all know a successful lesson is one where students leave the classroom talking about what they’ve learnt… in English. And in recent years there has been a move towards content that is not only authentic but relevant to the lives of our students, whereby they are learning more than just English; they are learning about the world and developing the skills that will help them succeed in a global community. After all there are now 3 billion (and growing) non-native speakers in the world with whom they will need to communicate and collaborate with. And so they need content that reflects these values, these global themes. Which is where TED Talks come in. In this session we’ll look at what TED is, why you should be using them in your classes and how you can use them to not only develop their English, but also their 21st century skills.

Alex Warren

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Alex Warren

Alex is the Teacher Trainer here at NGL. He studied history at university and worked as a journalist for several years. After travelling the world he returned to the UK to complete his CELTA qualification in Bournemouth. For the last six years Alex has been working as an Academic Director and teacher trainer at a successful private language school. The move into teacher training on a permanent basis was only a matter of time and Alex is now enjoying developing teachers on an international scale.

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