28 September 2017

7 am EDT, UTC -4 6 pm EDT, UTC -4

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Engaging Young Learners with Projects


Projects provide an active, interactive, and creative way for learners to use their language and express themselves. They engage learners in multi-sensory experiences that contextualize both content and language. Projects provide concrete examples of what they have been learning, and they can share these projects with others (the class, their friends and families, or their school). They appeal to a variety of learning styles and can be done individually or with partners.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the steps for a variety of successful projects including: creating family posters or photo-autobiographies, conducting surveys or experiments and sharing the results, creating brochures or posters that support academic content and involve critical thinking, planning a TV show or video, and making puppets or designing a new machine.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation!

Presented by:
Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall

Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall is Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she co-directed the M.A. TESOL Program and established and directed the Ph.D. Program in Language, Literacy, and Culture. She is coauthor of the the professional development book Teaching Young Learners English, and a series editor for the Our World suite of materials for young learners, inlcuding Welcome to Our World, Our World, and Explore Our World, and Impact, a program for teens.

19 October 2017

Teaching Grammar to Young Learners in a Real-World Context



Grammatical structures are the building blocks of language, but the approach to teaching grammar should match the way students learn. Children do not learn through grammatical explanations; rather, they gain an understanding the grammar implicitly through repetition and recycling of the language in different contexts.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the ways in which young learners approach language learning, and what we can do as teachers to ensure our grammar instruction is learning-centered, meaningful, interesting, and most importantly effective.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation!

Presented by:
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.

Connect with Dr. Shin: Google Site

November 2017

Tight on Time: Tips for Teaching the Four Skills in Every Lesson

Speaker to be Announced



February 2018

Managing Mixed Level Classrooms for Young Learner Teaching



Presented by:
Anna Hasper

Anna is a teacher, trainer and international English Language Teaching consultant based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Anna’s specialty is enabling teachers within local constraints, such as limited resources, to become the best teacher they can by enhancing all students’ learning opportunities through engagement. She has been working in the ELT industry for over 13 years and has worked on various projects for the British Council, International House, Ministries of Education, private schools, education providers and publishers in primary, secondary and vocational contexts. She loves exploring new places and learning about different cultures and has worked in a variety of countries such as China, Jordan, Iran, Uganda, Senegal, Algeria and Armenia. She currently writes and trains teachers for publishers and delivers a variety of Cambridge accredited teacher training courses (TKT, CELTA, YL Ex & Delta Module 3) around the world.

March 2018

Tips for Effective Phonics Instruction in the Young Learner Classroom

Speaker to be announced



April 2018

Integrating Information Literacy Skills into the Young Learner Classroom



Information literacy is a necessary skill for young learners in the 21st century, which is increasingly image, media, and technology driven. In the past, literacy referred to being able to read and write, but the term “literacy” now includes the interpretation of all kinds of information, whether in print, images, video, or audio.

Today, English language teachers need to incorporate new literacies and prepare our students to gain information in different ways. This presentation will deepen your understanding of information literacy and show effective ways to build your young learners’ ability to interpret various forms of information while teaching English.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation!

Presented by:
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.

Connect with Dr. Shin: Google Site


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