A Webinar Series, presented by National Geographic Learning:

TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE 21ST CENTURY



Part 1: Primary

 Thursday, 15th October 16:00 EEST

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: Secondary

 Wednesday, 11th November

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

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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

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Part 3: Adult

 Wednesday, 9th December

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


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