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TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE 21ST CENTURY



Part 1: PrimaryWatch Recording

Keys to Success in
Teaching English to Young Learners

English education is increasingly beginning at the primary level, but starting earlier does not necessarily produce better English speakers. This seminar shows how EFL teachers can take advantage of the flexibility of young minds and the malleability of young tongues to grow better speakers of English. The presenter will explain the keys to success for teaching young learners English as an international language that includes taking a developmentally appropriate approach and building 21st century skills to prepare children for the world they live in.

Joan Kang Shin

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.

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Our World Readers:
Bringing Storytelling into the Young Learner Classroom

Storytelling not only helps children develop a constructive and creative comprehension, but also enables them to identify with characters and situations in stories that relate to their own experiences. Through storytelling, children become active participants in their learning as they immerse themselves in the plots, in turn boosting self-confidence and esteem. This workshop will explore ideas for and benefits of storytelling with young learners using the Our World Readers, National Geographic Learning’s six-level series of original stories, folktales, myths, and non-fiction from around the globe.

Anna Hasper

Presented by:
Anna Hasper

Anna Hasper is a teacher, trainer and English Language Teaching consultant based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She has been working in the ELT industry for over 13 years and has worked on projects for the British Council, International House, Ministries of Education, private schools, education providers and publishers in primary, secondary and vocational contexts. She loves to travel and has worked in a variety of countries such as China, Jordan, Iran, Uganda, and Armenia. She currently writes and trains teachers for publishers and delivers Cambridge accredited teacher training courses (TKT, CELTA, YL Ex & Delta Module 3) around the world.



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Part 2: Exam preparationWatch Recording

Thinking Inside the Exam Box

In the speaking and writing papers of examinations such as Cambridge First or Advanced, students are expected to plan and generate responses, opinions and ideas in short amounts of time, under pressure, and all in English. As a result, some students fail to demonstrate their full potential under exam conditions. So in this session, we'll look at ways to help students to develop the exam strategies they need to improve their performance in the speaking and writing papers. In particular, I'll present practical activities that you can integrate into your exam courses which will help students think creatively "inside the exam box".

John Hughes

Presented by:
John Hughes

John Hughes is a teacher trainer and writer, based near Oxford UK. He has authored and co-authored over 30 ELT titles for students and teachers including the course series 'Life' and 'Spotlight on First' for National Geographic Learning and Cengage Learning. John still teaches from time-to-time as well as working with teachers from all over the world. His blog is www.elteachertrainer.com.
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Common mistakes in
Russian National Exams and the remedy techniques

This presentation examines the common mistakes made my students in the Russian National Exams, and explores how to prevent and remedy them.

Eugenia Kostyuk

Presented by:
Eugenia Kostyuk

Eugeinia is Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and the St Petersburg Academy of Post-Graduate Pedagogical Education.
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Tips for Teaching IELTS Writing

Over the last ten years I've come up with a few ideas and activities which make the teaching of academic writing a bit more interesting for me and my students. This includes personalising texts, tailoring the grammar to academic writing, writing your own texts and making activities interactive. The presentation also examine ideas such as making writing tasks into listening activities and explores the concept of peer feedback.

Lewis Richards

Presented by:
Lewis Richards

Lewis Richards is a teacher, Director of Studies and teacher trainer based at LSI in Portsmouth. He has been teaching IELTS and training IELTS teachers for over 15 years, and has spoken about IELTS writing at conferences in the UK, Holland, Cyprus and Poland. He has a DELTA and an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. He is the co-author of 'IELTS Advantage Writing Skills' (DELTA, 2011).
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Part 3: AdultWatch Recording

Achieving successful learning outcomes

In this webinar, we'll be introducing the second edition of OUTCOMES, the General English series from National Geographic. We'll look at the ways in which the series aims to develop your students speaking, listening and vocabulary, and how its fresh approach to grammar should delight even the most jaded teachers! Underpinning these innovations is a commitment to exploring and unpacking the kinds of conversations and texts students want and need to produce - and an emphasis on natural-sounding examples.

Hugh Dellar

Presented by:
Hugh Dellar

Hugh Dellar is a teacher and teacher trainer with over twenty years experience in the field. He is also the co-founder of Lexical Lab and has co-written the forthcoming methodology book Teaching Lexically. Hugh has given teacher training and development sessions in over twenty countries including Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Japan and Thailand. He has spoken on such wide-ranging topics as the nature of English as a Lingua Franca, the uses and abuses of corpora, approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary, and many others. He is also the co-author of two five-level General English series, Innovations and Outcomes, both published by National Geographic Learning.

Keynote and TED: An introduction to the partnership

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics in more than 100 languages. TED speakers range from celebrities, to include scientists, philosophers, musicians, religious leaders, philanthropists and many others.
Keynote is the new series from National Geographic Learning in partnership with TED. Through life-changing stories, respected thinkers and authentic presentations, Keynote promotes a deeper understanding of the world and gives students the courage and means to express themselves in English. Communication, collaboration and creative thinking drive students towards real 21st century outcomes and encourage them to respond to ideas and find their own voice. This talk will introduce TED and Keynote, and the benefits of using it in your classroom.

Victoria Taylor

Presented by:
Victoria Taylor

Product Marketing Manager, National Geographic Learning


Part 4: SecondaryWatch Recording

Close-Up Second Edition:
A Product Introduction

With a new component array and strong digital support, the new edition of Close-up has been fully updated to be in line with the new First for Schools 2015 specifications. Close-up is still as interesting, topical and up to date as ever with spectacular National Geographic photography and facts that have been carefully selected to appeal to the inquisitive minds of young teenagers. This presentation will examine the course and the new features to help you teach it to your students.

Presented by:
Kayleigh Buller, Commissioning Editor for Europe, ELT, National Geographic Learning

I'm not a kid anymore!
Choosing age appropriate authentic material for teenagers and young adults

Teenage learners need relevant input that inspires, educates and motivates. Rather than learning about the pets of the rich and famous or an imaginary group of friends wouldn't it be more stimulating to learn about the cultures and peoples around the world. Not only are these topics inspirational and perspective-changing but they deliver English in a context that is more relevant, interesting and motivating to teenage learners of the 21st Century.

Presented by:
Charlotte Ellis, Strategic Marketing Manager, National Geographic Learning


Part 5: Going MobileWatch Recording

Going Mobile: Teaching and learning with mobile devices

During this webinar we will look at a number of mobile-based activities for general English, and consider how and why using devices might support our students' language learning. We will examine the choices and challenges involved in using mobile devices with learners. The example activities we share in this webinar are relevant to general English, but we will invite you to consider how mobile devices might best be used in a Business English teaching context.

Presented by:
Nicky Hockly & Gavin Dudeney

Nicky Hockly is Director of Pedagogy of the online teacher training and development organization The Consultants-E. She is author of several methodology books on technology in ELT, including Teaching Online and Going Mobile from the Delta Teacher Development Series.

Gavin Dudeney is Director of Technology of the online teacher training and development organization The Consultants-E. He is author of several methodology books, including Going Mobile by Delta Publishing.


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Part 6: Young Learner Watch Recording

Inspiring Environmental Responsibility
in the Young Learner Classroom

Being aware of your impact on the environment, both locally and globally, is an important part of being a responsible global citizen. But for young learners growing up in a digitally-focused global society, the disconnect between their everyday lives and the natural world is greater than ever.

How, then, can educators reconnect students with the environment, motivate them to care, and empower them to protect our planet?
In this webinar, photographer, conservationist, and National Geographic Young Explorer Gabby Salazar will share with you:

  1. her unique story
  2. her experiences working with children around the world
  3. and practical ideas for using photography in the classroom

to help you foster environmental responsibility, raise global awareness, and use photography in your young learner classroom.

All participants will receive a free Photography Project Pack, detailing one of Gabby's classroom photography projects, too!

Gabby Salazar

Presented by:
Gabby Salazar, National Geographic Young Explorer

Photographer and conservationist Gabby Salazar travels around the globe to document rare and endangered species and to raise awareness about their plight. She is a National Geographic Young Explorer, a former President of the North American Nature Photography Association, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Photography, and a member of the Emerging League of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). At 19, she founded a student magazine with Nature's Best Photography to promote photography as a way to connect kids with nature. She continues to teach photography to children and teenagers around the world.

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Part 7: Engaging busy people Watch Recording

Engaging busy people!

Providing activities that fully engage business professionals can be a challenge with the fast pace of our hectic lives. How can you make busy executives engage in classroom activities and make simple resources work more effectively? In this webinar, Julie Pratten shares ideas on how to engage business English students in a variety of activities; projects, and presentations, quizzes and challenges. As well as providing practical tips, she also explores how using a few simple strategies and tricks can lead to more sophisticated learning outcomes.

Presented by:
Julie Pratten

Julie has extensive experience of teaching both business and general English in 20 countries or more. She has experience in implementing specialist English language training for bankers and financial experts. Julie has written several business and finance related books, including Absolute Financial English and Absolute Banking English for Delta Publishing.


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Part 8: Leading People Watch Recording

Leading People Internationally
Wednesday 9th March 19.00 EST

In this 30 minute webinar, Steve Flinders will present the York Associates model for Developing People Internationally – 'the virtuous circle' – which can be used for the development of any team and which also serves as the organising principle for Leading People, Steve's title in the International Management English series published jointly by Delta and York Associates which was shortlisted for an ELTON in 2014. The model can be applied by trainers as professionals in their own work environments, in the Business English classroom, and in the management training seminar; and will give ideas for actions and activities for each of these.

Presented by:
Steve Flinders

Steve Flinders is a freelance trainer, writer, consultant and coach, based in Malta, who helps people develop their communication and leadership skills for working internationally. Steve is author of Delta Publishing's Leading People from the International Management English series. steveflind@aol.com; www.coachingyork.co.uk/item/steve-flinders/


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Part 9: Knowing your customers Watch Recording

Knowing your customers and clients
Wednesday 23rd March 19.00 EST

In the global business world, clients and customers come in all shapes and sizes and being able to explain in English who they are as well as being able to use the correct language to identify them can make a big difference to the way you work, think and do business. This webinar will look at issues of identity and identification as well the language that goes with it. In it, I will explain how you can give your students the tools and lexical ability to do this following a task-based approach.

Presented by:
Richard Nicholas

Richard Nicholas teachers Business and General English at the University of Bocconi and the British Council in Milan. He has taught in Indonesia, Mexico, Taiwan and Italy and is co-author of Heads Up: Spoken English for business by Delta Publishing.


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Part 10: Managing Change Watch Recording

Managing Change
Wednesday 6th April 19.00 EST

In this webinar, we will explore how we can use coaching to support people through change. No change model or programme can prepare people for feelings that they never expected to have or for situations that they never expected to face. Change is a moving dynamic. However, the job of the coach is not to take someone somewhere. In fact if you try to do that you will most likely engender greater resistance than already exists. We must let people make up their own minds and find their own ways. In the webinar, I will examine the need to recognize and validate resistance as a form of creative expression and adjustment. Finally, I will present some ideas for related activities that can be used in the training room.

Presented by:
Fiona Mee

Fiona Mee worked as a teacher, entrepreneur and manager in Brazil and Germany before joining York Associates in 2008. She is now a company director and Operational Manager and has been responsible for managing change over the last five years. She also delivers intercultural and leadership training. Fiona is author of Managing Change from the International Management English series by Delta Publishing.


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Part 11: Outcomes Part 1 Watch Recording

Thursday 5th May 18.30 EST
Better vocabulary outcomes

In this practical classroom-focused session, we will look at how our boardwork influences student beliefs about language and how it affects their ability to use the new words we try to teach them. We will consider the importance of collocation, context and colligation - and discuss how we can give better examples in class. Finally, we will look at the kinds of questions we can ask about vocabulary that will engage our learners and help us explore usage further.

Andrew Walkley

Presented by:
Andrew Walkley

Andrew Walkley has 25 years experience as a teacher, trainer and materials writer. With Hugh Dellar he has written two series of coursebooks for National Geographic Learning and the second edition of the acclaimed 'Outcomes' series has been published this year. As a trainer, he mixes theoretical ideas about language, teaching and learning with simple practical applications that can be used regularly in class in a variety of contexts. You can read more about his approach to teaching in the new DELTA Publications book Teaching Lexically (also written with Hugh Dellar) which forms part of DELTA's award-winning Teacher Development series.

Andrew and Hugh also founded the website lexicallab.com, which promotes excellence in teaching and lexical materials and they are currently in the process of setting up a school - London Language Lab - to continue putting these ideas into practice. He's married (not to Hugh!) and has two children.

Better grammar outcomes

In this webinar, we consider the problems there might be with a traditional grammar + words way of looking at language, before moving on to explore what alternative approaches might exist. I will outline what a lexical way of thinking about grammar teaching might involve, what best practice when going through grammar exercises in class might be - and how teaching vocabulary better can also result in better grammar outcomes too.

Hugh Dellar

Presented by:
Hugh Dellar

Hugh Dellar is a teacher and teacher trainer with over twenty years' experience in the field. He is also the co-founder of Lexical Lab and has co-written the forthcoming methodology book Teaching Lexically. Hugh has given teacher training and development sessions in over twenty countries including Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Japan and Thailand. He has spoken on such wide-ranging topics as the nature of English as a Lingua Franca, the uses and abuses of corpora, approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary, and many others. He is also the co-author of two five-level General English series, Innovations and Outcomes, both published by National Geographic Learning.



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Part 12: Outcomes Part 2 Watch Recording

Thursday 12th May 18.30 EST
Better reading outcomes

In this webinar, we'll consider some of the problems that can arise if reading is taught in a predominantly top-down skills-oriented way. We'll look at what the research says about what makes good readers good - and think about what the classroom implications of this may be. We will move on to a consideration of what texts in the classroom are actually for, what makes a text good for classroom use, and what we can do to best exploit texts as both vehicles for new language and prompts for speaking and other fluency work

Andrew Walkley

Presented by:
Andrew Walkley

Andrew Walkley has 25 years experience as a teacher, trainer and materials writer. With Hugh Dellar he has written two series of coursebooks for National Geographic Learning and the second edition of the acclaimed 'Outcomes' series has been published this year. As a trainer, he mixes theoretical ideas about language, teaching and learning with simple practical applications that can be used regularly in class in a variety of contexts. You can read more about his approach to teaching in the new DELTA Publications book Teaching Lexically (also written with Hugh Dellar) which forms part of DELTA's award-winning Teacher Development series.

Better listening outcomes

In today's session, we explore how both gaps in language knowledge and problems hearing language that is already known can cause students problems when they listen. We will carry out an experiment that will (hopefully!) expose the limitations of a top-down 'skills' way of approaching listening lessons, and explore how a bottom-up hearing and language development approach may reap better rewards. Finally, we will look at some key principles to bear in mind when trying to help your learners listen better.

Hugh Dellar

Presented by:
Hugh Dellar

Hugh Dellar is a teacher and teacher trainer with over twenty years' experience in the field. He is also the co-founder of Lexical Lab and has co-written the forthcoming methodology book Teaching Lexically. Hugh has given teacher training and development sessions in over twenty countries including Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Japan and Thailand. He has spoken on such wide-ranging topics as the nature of English as a Lingua Franca, the uses and abuses of corpora, approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary, and many others. He is also the co-author of two five-level General English series, Innovations and Outcomes, both published by National Geographic Learning.



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Part 13: Outcomes Part 3 Watch Recording

Thursday 19th May 18.30 EST
Better speaking outcomes

Today we will look at the ways in which understanding why students come to class - and what classroom-based ways of studying offer than other ways don't - can help us understand how we can meet students' spoken needs and wants. We will consider how traditional coursebooks often exacerbate the problems students arrive with - and find inspiration in an unusual source: the humble phrasebook! Finally, we'll consider how the kind of approach adopted by phrasebooks can help us better structure input that leads to better spoken output.

Andrew Walkley

Presented by:
Andrew Walkley

Andrew Walkley has 25 years experience as a teacher, trainer and materials writer. With Hugh Dellar he has written two series of coursebooks for National Geographic Learning and the second edition of the acclaimed 'Outcomes' series has been published this year. As a trainer, he mixes theoretical ideas about language, teaching and learning with simple practical applications that can be used regularly in class in a variety of contexts. You can read more about his approach to teaching in the new DELTA Publications book Teaching Lexically (also written with Hugh Dellar) which forms part of DELTA's award-winning Teacher Development series.

Better writing outcomes

Our final webinar looks at what we can do to help ours students get better at writing the kinds of specific genres they will need in their social, academic and professional lives. We'll explore the idea of backwards design - how understanding where we want students to get to can help us best structure the journey to that destination - and what a writing lesson planned and designed this way might look like. Finally, we will also consider how - and why - we should encourage writing for fun and for language development.

Hugh Dellar

Presented by:
Hugh Dellar

Hugh Dellar is a teacher and teacher trainer with over twenty years' experience in the field. He is also the co-founder of Lexical Lab and has co-written the forthcoming methodology book Teaching Lexically. Hugh has given teacher training and development sessions in over twenty countries including Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Japan and Thailand. He has spoken on such wide-ranging topics as the nature of English as a Lingua Franca, the uses and abuses of corpora, approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary, and many others. He is also the co-author of two five-level General English series, Innovations and Outcomes, both published by National Geographic Learning.



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