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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.

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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

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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 Creative Classroom

As teachers, we know that students benefit greatly from the support of knowledgeable persons such as teachers, parents and peers. In the classroom, it can be easy to fall into a routine of treating students as passive recipients of this knowledge. But we know that active learners are more motivated, learn better and retain more. How can we encourage our teenage learners to become active participants in the classroom? How can we build an environment where all students are engaged in the learning process and feel inspired, involved and motivated? In this session, I will be looking at creative tasks that can be used in any classroom to help students express their point of view in English and take responsibility for their own learning. Through these activities, we can transform our classrooms into creative, active learning environments that appeal to all types of learners, with different availabilities and a range of interests.

Presented by:
Katherine Stannett

Katherine Stannett is an author with over twenty years of experience. She spent two years in Japan in the 1990s, teaching English to a wide variety of students in different settings. She is the co-author of several successful secondary series and has also written articles, songs and raps for popular EFL magazines. Most recently, she has written two levels of the new National Geographic Learning course for young teenagers, Impact. She has given presentations and run workshops in countries around the world, including Poland, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Honduras, Nicaragua, Spain and Slovenia and also conducts webinars from her home office in the UK.

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TED Talks for Teens: An Idea Worth Spreading

Today’s teenagers are more connected than ever before, and eager to explore exciting new ideas from around the world. In this session, we’ll look at how using TED Talks in the language classroom raises expectations of what our teenage learners can achieve. By focusing lessons around powerful ideas from TED Talks, teens are able to explore fresh perspectives on universal topics, develop their own informed opinions, and communicate effectively in person and in writing.

Presented by:
Daniel Barber

Daniel Barber is a teacher, trainer and writer based in Cádiz, Spain. He's taught classes of all types and ages over more than twenty years as well as tutoring and directing Trinity TESOL courses and managing his own school. He is an author for National Geographic Learning's Perspectives series. His interests include motivation in learning, coaching approaches to teaching English and the science of learning and the brain.

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Making an Impact: Teaching Our Students to Be Global Explorers

Today’s teenage students have limitless access to information; they can connect around the world at any time of day and night; they have more opportunities to travel than at any time in our past. How can we arm our students with the necessary skills to navigate their journey in this new and exciting 21st century world?

In this workshop participants will be encouraged to reflect on the 21st century learner and to discuss their own students and how they interact with the world around them. Together, we will exchange views about how we can develop students’ technological literacy so that they are able to extract the most significant facts that they need from the wealth of information available to them. We will think about the tools needed to help our students become creative and critical thinkers. Then, using videos, photographs and true stories from some of National Geographic’s most inspirational explorers, we will look at a variety of topics and discuss how we can make them interesting and relevant to students.

Finally, we will talk about how we can empower them to go out and make a positive impact on their world.

Presented by:
Katherine Stannett

Katherine Stannett is an author with over twenty years of experience. She spent two years in Japan in the 1990s, teaching English to a wide variety of students in different settings. She is the co-author of several successful secondary series and has also written articles, songs and raps for popular EFL magazines. Most recently, she has written two levels of the new National Geographic Learning course for young teenagers, Impact. She has given presentations and run workshops in countries around the world, including Poland, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Honduras, Nicaragua, Spain and Slovenia and also conducts webinars from her home office in the UK.

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Channeling Your Inner Explorer: Encouraging Curiosity in Young Learners and Teens

In this webinar, National Geographic Explorer, marine biologist, and educator Dr. Asha de Vos will share her personal journey of becoming an explorer, and provide insights for teachers to help foster curiosity, confidence, and global citizenship in young learners and teenage learners.

Presented by:
Dr. Asha De Vos

Dr. Asha de Vos is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. She calls the population of whales in the water around Sri Lanka 'the Unorthodox Whales' because through many years of research, she has discovered that they are simply – different. She has degrees from the University of St. Andrews, University of Oxford and the University of Western Australia but escaped academia to establish her own Sri Lankan grown non-profit, Oceanswell. She also runs 'The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project' which is the first long term study on blue whales in her region, and her work has led to many key research publications, that are used to inform policy at the local and global level.

Additionally, Asha's work has been showcased internationally by Channel 7 Australia, the BBC, the New York Times, CNN, WIRED UK, the New Scientist, TED, Grist, GOOD and National Geographic. Asha is the first and only Sri Lankan to have a PhD in Marine Mammal research, the first Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation from Sri Lanka and also the first National Geographic Emerging Explorer from her small island nation. Asha is also a TED Senior fellow, an Ocean Conservation Fellow at the New England Aquarium, a Duke Global Fellow in Marine Conservation, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Oceana. Asha's life work is to change the current marine conservation model, protect this unique population of blue whales and inspire the next generation of ocean heroes from the developing world.

Read Asha's National Geographic Explorer Bio

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Empowering 21st Century Teenagers

For young teenagers, life can be both exciting and confusing. At this age, teenagers are discovering who they are and who they want to be, and exploring the qualities that make them unique as well as the qualities they share with their peers.

In this webinar, Dr. Joan Kang Shin will offer tips and ideas for teachers of young teenagers to help their students better understand themselves, each other, and the world they live in.

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Dr. Joan Kang Shin

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is the Director of TESOL Professional Training Programs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and specializes in the training and professional development of teachers of English to young learners. In this position she administers numerous online professional development programs for EFL teachers in over 100 countries, including her own courses Teaching English to Young Learners and Teaching English to Teens.

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