Webinars

We invite you to join us in professional development conversations with English Language Teaching specialists, speakers from the TED stage, National Geographic Explorers, and others in the English Language Teaching field.

Exploring Global Topics from Multiple Perspectives in Teenagers’ Classes

Does the knowledge enshrined in school text books and curricula provide teenagers with all they need to know to become true global citizens? How can we help equip them with the skills needed to navigate these complex times as critical consumers of information? In this practical webinar, let’s explore how we can inject more up-to-date content around those perennial topics (travel, the environment, food, health, ...) so that students learn to look at the world with an open perspective and a critical mind.

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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.

Using Technology to Encourage Face-to-face Conversation

Today’s classrooms and today’s learners are more connected than ever. As our learners spend more time engaging with new technology, how can we make sure that the time spent on their devices will lead to better lessons and better learning outcomes? How do we select the right technology tools to improve classroom instruction and motivate learners to express themselves confidently in face-to-face communication?

In this webinar, we will use examples from Learn English with TED Talks to explore how the right technology tools can lead to better comprehension of powerful ideas, and help develop our learners into confident communicators in any situation?

About the Speaker

Alex Warren is a DELTA trained teacher trainer with over 14 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, academic director and teacher trainer. Working for National Geographic Learning, Alex is driven by his passion for developing teachers on a global scale and helping them to reach their true potential. A firm believer in a communicative approach to language learning and student centred learning, Alex enjoys working with innovative, thought-provoking materials and presenting on a wide range of ELT-related topics.

About the Webinar:

What do learning a foreign language and becoming a TED speaker have in common? Both are about sharing interesting things with others. What counts most in either case is the content, not performance. A TED speaker and staffer from China shares her English learning experience and behind-the-scene stories of TED.

About the Speaker:

Born and raised in Hunan, China, Lisa Bu has been with TED since 2011 as its Content Distribution Manager. Before that, she spent seven years as a talk show producer and a digital media content director at Wisconsin Public Radio. She's also a computer programmer, with a PhD in journalism and an MBA in information systems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a BA in Chinese from Nanjing University in China. An avid book reader and storyteller, she was invited to give a TED talk about the power of reading in 2013, and another talk about her experience as a first-time voter in 2012.

About this Webinar:

Teenager learners bring with them their own sets of challenges but also tremendous opportunities. In this webinar, I'll be looking at ways that we can overcome the challenges and harness the opportunities to create a truly motivating classroom. I’ll share some ideas on how to begin and end your lessons so that your students will start each class wanting to find out more and finish feeling positive and engaged. I’ll also give some top tips on how to develop your students’ creative and critical skills, motivating them to become more self-directed and independent.

About the Speaker:

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. She has written two levels of the new National Geographic Learning course for young teenagers, Impact. She is an author for National Geographic Learning's new series for young learners, Look. Katherine 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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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.

About the Speakers:

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

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.

About this Webinar:

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.

About the Speaker:

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. She has written two levels of the new National Geographic Learning course for young teenagers, Impact. She is an author for National Geographic Learning's new series for young learners, Look. Katherine 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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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.

About the Speaker:

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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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.

About the Speaker:

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. She has written two levels of the new National Geographic Learning course for young teenagers, Impact. She is an author for National Geographic Learning's new series for young learners, Look. Katherine 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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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.

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About the Speaker:

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

Watch Asha's TED Talk

About this Webinar:

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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About the Speaker:

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to EFL teachers in over 100 countries around the world. She is a Series Editor of National Geographic Learning’s young learner programs Welcome to Our World, Our World, and Explore Our World, as well as the teen program Impact, and an author of the professional development title Teaching Young Learners English.

Connect with Dr. Shin: Google Site