Dr. Ken Beatty
7/5/2021 - Noon (EST)
Plenary: Online Evolution: How We Will Teach
Temporary solutions sometimes become long-term practices. This is true of online teaching and learning, which many adopted out of necessity. But the numerous benefits of new methods mean that online, blended, and hybrid learning are here to stay, and the challenge now is how to make the most of them and face traditional and non-traditional classroom challenges. This presentation offers tips for how teachers can adopt best online practices in assessment, classroom organization, engagement, use of materials, pedagogy, professional development, and technology.
7/6/2021 - Noon (EST)
Online Assessment of Learning and Evaluation
Well, it should be a bigger question: What about assessing online? Even before the pandemic, we were not supposed to be just testing, but rather assessing our students’ learning. There are two categories to consider: Assessment OF Learning and Assessment FOR Learning. The former is the one we do to know if our students achieved the objectives pursued, but it’s more than testing. We should go beyond having online tests and move into the realm of determining our students’ achievement by observing, interacting, monitoring, asking them for assignments that may require research, reading, analyzing and synthesizing, presenting, expressing opinions, and even establishing conclusions. All done using online means that allow more vigorous activities but rely much on independent processes, the use of creativity, and induced socialization. This session covers all that!
7/7/2021 - Noon (EST)
Enhancing your students' wellbeing through stories
Join Donatella as she will show how reading and stories can help improve students' wellbeing and at the same time help fill the gap of lost learning as a result of the pandemic. Donatella will share practical ideas and activities to use at home or in class; whether during face to face, hybrid, or online lessons. This session will be relevant for teachers of students of all ages. Donatella will use examples from the Pearson English Graded Readers and the new Disney Kids Readers.
7/13/2021 - Noon (EST)
The Importance of Student Involvement When Learning Online
Correct teaching strategies and structures actively engage students in many ways. They should be hands-on, interactive, and generative by nature, encouraging students to critique, construct, and produce knowledge through meaningful involvement. In the classroom, students teach each other; they develop new knowledge with teachers as co-learners. Because teachers are following the principles of Assessment for Learning (or they should), they are continuously analyzing and synthesizing what their students are doing. Therefore, conducting a more adequate, efficient, and reliable process allows them to decide interventions as they go, and thus also learn. But what if this process is applied online? How can we keep the interaction and generative nature of students alive and well, so they can continue being the engine that allows them to get involved, interact, critique, construct and produce in a meaningful, proactive way? This session explores the options we have.
Mónica Rodríguez Salvo
7/15/2021 - Noon (EST)
Making your students visible: how to use emotional skills and social capacities to build life-worthy learning
Education is changing and learner drivers are evolving: students need to learn by building their own capacities, passion and identity in motivating settings that recognize them as whole persons and make them realize their dreams. Social and Emotional Learning can help your students tap into their passions, regulate their emotions, activate their global gene and foster more positive, nurturing relationships. Likewise, SEL promotes acceptance and empathy, and is proven to foster more caring environments for both teachers and students. Join me in this session where we will tap into the essential aspects of emotional literacy for teachers and students through hands-on activities and engaging projects that are ready to be used in your classroom!
7/20/2021 - Noon (EST)
Raising the Bar: Introducing Challenging Text
In this webinar, Ronna Magy, Future series consultant, guides educators as they develop ways to scaffold rigorous instruction for adult English language students who are encountering challenging text. Learn ways to teach the skills of predicting from text structure, citing evidence, interpreting data, making inferences, and problem solving. This session includes content from Future: English for Life, Work, and Academic Success.
Chia Suan Chong & Mike Hogan
7/22/2021 - 3:00 pm (EST)
Learning English to communicate with the world
As English maintains its position as the global lingua franca, many students are now learning English to communicate with people whose first language isn’t English. But what does this mean for teachers and the language classroom? In this session, we consider the skills we should prioritise, including accommodation, mediation, intercultural and communication skills – many of which are transferable skills valued in the workplace of today. This webinar will provide teachers with a range of practical ideas for developing their learners, preparing them to communicate with the world.
Mónica Rodríguez Salvo
7/27/2021 - Noon (EST)
Social and emotional literacy to surf the waves of change: learner agency at the core of our teaching
Pandemic times have taught us the importance of student centricity in our teaching processes. During this session we will talk about emotional literacy as a pivotal factor in the education we want to create for the future. We will explore the integrative nature of emotion and cognition through practical activities that can be included right away in our sessions. We will focus on how to hone emotional security in our classes so as to create an environment conducive to better learnings, and through a reflection circle we will also build hands-on ideas for immediate implementation in the classroom.
7/28/2021 - Noon (EST)
Using Pearson Modular Grammar Course Powered by Nearpod To Engage Students While Meeting Student Learning Outcomes
As technology advances and our students become digital learners, teachers should incorporate in their instruction effective tools that involve and inspire students. In ELT instruction, teaching grammar in an interactive manner is one of the major challenges. In this session, we will explore Pearson English Modular Grammar Course Powered by Nearpod, a mobile-friendly platform that engages students and keeps them focused. We will demonstrate how ELT instructors can not only choose from a rich library of high-quality curated grammar activities but can also easily add their own content to enhance a grammar lesson and meet the learning objectives.
7/29/2021 - Noon (EST)
Teaching Soft Skills
This webinar focuses on teaching the essential soft skills (workplace readiness skills) which can help workers succeed and thrive on the job in the ESL classroom. The presenter cites research regarding the changing nature of the US workforce, as well as sources that identify the soft skills employers consider most important: oral and written communication, teamwork, and critical thinking. Learn how the activities in Future: English for Work, Life, and Academic Success are designed to engage and support students in developing these essential and transferable soft skills.
Mónica Rodríguez Salvo
8/5/2021 - Noon (EST)
Literature and Emotional literacy: a powerful blend to boost student's engagement and emotional regulation
Unmistakably, Literature and emotions are closely interwoven. Literature builds bridges to help students foster critical thinking, instill moral values, strengthen personal character, and shape behavior. But most important, Literature also propels empowerment and ofers a gateway to social- emotional learning (SEL) in our classrooms. In this session, we will learn about the impact of Social and Emotional learning through examples and literary strategies, and we will focus on the role of teachers as key players in improving emotional regulation, collaboration and connection in the classroom. Social and Emotional aspects are pivotal in the development of life skills, and are among the most required skills in the working place.
8/11/2021 - Noon (EST)
Using Pearson Modular Grammar Course Powered by Nearpod in a Writing Course
Teaching writing skills involves helping students express their ideas, thoughts, and opinions in an effective way. It requires students to become familiar with the various types of sentences that exist in English. The purpose of this session is to show how Pearson Modular Grammar Course Powered by Nearpod can be integrated into a writing course improving participation, engagement, and academic effectiveness. We will explore various curated and customized interactive activities that will allow students master Adjective Clauses to add more detail in their writing.
8/12/2021 - Noon (EST)
Big English: The World’s most used ELT Program for Young Learners
Be part of this academically focused demonstration of how English should be taught to your learners, using the world’s most successful series, Big English 2nd Edition. See how the benchmarks of the new Global Scale of English impact young learners. Learn about how Reading, CLIL, Grammar, Phonics, 21st Century Skills and other pillars of today’s ELT process have evolved, presented by one of the series’ authors.
8/13/2021 - Noon (EST)
Misconceptions about STEAM in language classrooms
There are lots of misconceptions about STEAM. When language teachers hear the words “coding”, “algorithm”, “technology”, “engineering” it can sound overwhelming… daunting… even scary. It’s not about teaching a science lesson, or a maths lesson, instead, it’s about integrating an array of concepts that are built into these subjects while teaching English. This session will debunk some myths and reveal the truth behind them through practical examples. Doing STEAM is simpler than you think!
Dr. Ken Beatty
8/17/2021 - Noon (EST)
Responsibility: Help Language Students Learn More
Studying English for a few years does not make students lifetime experts. Students need to continue learning English throughout their lives, practicing while acquiring new vocabulary, idioms, and genres. This means that students need to learn how to learn. Teachers can help students become lifelong learners by sharing responsibility for all aspects of teaching and learning. Students can help prepare teaching materials, plan, prepare, and deliver lessons, offer peer support, develop assessments, and evaluate each other’s work. When teachers do less, students can learn more.
8/23/2021 - Noon (EST)
Getting learners future-ready using STEAM
Learners need to start developing transferable abilities at an early age. Skills such as problem-solving, effective communication, team-building and creativity will be needed in an unknown future of rapid change. The mission of this webinar is to share ways in which English language primary teachers can help children become future-ready by using STEAM.
8/26/2021 - 3:00 pm (EST)
Practical Tips for Grammar Teachers
This is a very practical talk with grammar tips teachers can use immediately. Based upon recent research in cognitive science and best practices, participants will learn how to make grammar more effective, the grammar classroom less intimidating, and help students become more independent learners.
8/27/2021 - 3:00 pm (EST)
Authors Joan Saslow and Allen Ascher are thrilled to announce the publication of their new 6-level adult and young adult communicative course, Connectivity. Designed for the student who will use English for work, travel, study, and life, the course integrates a solid 4-skills curriculum, the authors’ signature speaking pedagogy, and a systematic syllabus in the soft skills needed for employability and communicative success. Connectivity’s goal is to connect people through English no matter where they are in the world. This presentation will show print and multimedia resources from Connectivity and will demonstrate techniques that will make this course your partner in teaching.
9/1/2021 - Noon (EST)
From research to practice: how the GSE can help you maximise your students’ potential
Teaching – and specifically English Language Teaching – has been a rich area for research, examining approaches and methodologies to see which produce the best results. But which of us has time to follow all of this research – in addition to preparing courses, running classes, giving assessments, admin and so on? In this session, we will look at some of the key findings from the research and show how the Global Scale of English – and in particular the GSE Teacher Toolkit – can support teachers in putting this into practice in quick and easy ways.
Mónica Rodríguez Salvo
9/2/2021 - Noon (EST)
Closing Plenary: Rekindling your teacher spark: learning through human connection
When does deep learning happen? Learning happens in contexts that involve social interactions and that trigger emotional reactions in our students. And in this dance of sacred fires, our teacher spark becomes essential: how do we create a school to understand the world? The role of agency, emotional and social literacies alongside cognition are pivotal. But how do we engage our student in learnings that are truly meaningful… to them? How do we equip them with tools to transform their stories into knowledge? How do we teach them to own their stories? Human learning is pro- social: how do we integrate cognition and emotion in our classes? In this hands-on practical talk, I´ll walk you through games, personal and professional experiences, projects and strategies to build life worthy skills through agency, social awareness and inspiration. It´s time to rekindle your teaching fire!