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Our 2017 Professional Development Webinar series was a huge success! More than 5,000 teachers around the world attended.

In the past few years more than 11,000 teachers have joined us for these Webinars. This year's series offered eight Webinars, presented by authors and consultants.

See below to watch the recorded Webinars. (After you click on a link, fill out the short registration form to view the recordings.)

Monday, October 23, 2017 12:00 p.m. EDT Language Learning: Seven Steps to Critical and Creative Thinking Ken Beatty Watch
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:00 p.m. EDT Scaffolding: The Art of Building a Lesson Sara Davila Watch
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 12:00 p.m. EDT Creating a Mindset for Academic Success Michael Rost Watch
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 3:00 p.m. EDT University Success: Beyond the English Language Classroom Robyn Brinks Lockwood, Maggie Sokolik, and Larry Zwier Watch
Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:00 p.m. EDT Engaging a New Generation with Real World English Jennifer Lebedev and Pamela Vittorio Watch
Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:00 p.m EDT What is the PIAAC and Why Should You Be Interested in Its Implications? Federico Salas-Isnardi Watch
Friday, October 27, 2017 12:00 p.m. EDT Meeting the Needs of Digital Natives Christina Cavage Watch
Friday, October 27, 2017 2:00 p.m. EDT Practical Techniques for Teaching Culture in the Classroom Joe McVeigh Watch
Language Learning: Seven Steps to Critical and Creative Thinking
Monday, October 23, 2017 · 12:00 p.m. EDT - Eastern Daylight Time
Presenter: Ken Beatty
Language is a problem-solving tool. Our first language impulses are about getting what we want. Much language education extends this simple function but, increasingly, language education involves thinking critically about the world and engaging with it in creative ways. In the ecosystem of language teaching and learning, there remain traditional connections among teachers, students, books, and assessments, but there are also new digital resources and paradigms to exploit them. This presentation explores how teachers can engage students in critical and creative thinking, fueling motivation and making learning more efficient and effective.

Dr. Ken Beatty, Anaheim University TESOL Professor, has worked in secondary schools and universities in Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America, lecturing on language teaching and computer-assisted language learning from the primary through university levels. Author of 67 textbooks for Pearson, he has given 300+ teacher-training sessions and 100+ conference presentations in 33 countries. His most recent books are Learning English for Academic Purposes for Pearson Canada.

Scaffolding: The Art of Building a Lesson
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 · 12:00 p.m. EDT - Eastern Daylight Time
Presenter: Sara Davila
In language education teachers are often encouraged to consider scaffolding in lesson plans. Lessons that contain clear scaffolding achieve superior results which can lead to long-term retention and improved quality of language acquisition. The introduction of the Global Scale of English has created an entirely new way to focus on the development of scaffolding in a lesson by offering granular insight into that various parts of a language lesson. The use of the Global Scale of English and the Teacher Toolkit allow teachers to plan high performance lessons designed to target learner growth and progress. In this session, we will examine the principles and practices around creating unique, engaging, lessons with data driven scaffolding using the Global Scale of English.

Sara Davila is a teacher, teacher trainer, and educational consultant who has been working in the field of language and language development for over 12 years. She has worked in the US and abroad as a language teacher and learning expert in the field of language acquisition. Ms. Davila has done extensive research on performance assessment, communicative based instructional strategies, and learning theory, with presentations, workshops, and articles around each topic. She is currently working with Pearson ELT as the Learning Expert in Higher Education for global English language products. Ms. Davila continues to contribute to the field through her website, which contains presentations, free lesson plans, and free worksheets for teachers, which can be found at www.saradavila.com.

Creating a Mindset for Academic Success
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 · 12:00 p.m. EDT - Eastern Daylight Time
Presenter: Michael Rost
In this webinar, Contemporary Topics series editor Michael Rost will discuss the kinds of attitudes and strategies that our students need to develop in order to prepare for academic success. This "mindset" can be developed through selection of the right depth of input (including a healthy dose of edutainment), through a challenging approach to sequencing learning tasks (including important elements of gamification) and through consistent feedback and evaluation (including regular "proficiency assessments"). We will look specifically at four kinds of in-class collaborative activities that exemplify the academic mindset that will help students become more autonomous and confident in their academic careers: "advance organizer" brainstorming, comprehension building pair listening, task-based group study sessions, and short focused individual presentations (with audience feedback). This webinar will be relevant for teachers of students at high school, college, and university, who teach students of all proficiency levels.  

Michael Rost, principal author of Pearson English Interactive, has been active in the areas of language teaching, learning technology and language acquisition research for over 25 years. His interest in bilingualism and language education began in the Peace Corps in West Africa and was fueled during his 10 years as an educator in Japan and extensive touring as a lecturer in East Asia and Latin America. Formerly on the faculty of the TESOL programs at Temple University and the University of California, Berkeley, Michael now works as an independent researcher, author, and speaker based in San Francisco. Michael is the author of critically acclaimed works on second language development, including Teaching and Researching Listening (Routledge) and Active Listening (Routledge), Dr. Rost's interests focus on spoken interaction and listening. He is also author or series editor of a number of successful EFL/ESL courses, including the global series Worldview and English Firsthand, as well as the academic listening series, Contemporary Topics (Pearson).

University Success: Beyond the English Language Classroom
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 · 3:00 p.m. EDT - Eastern Daylight Time
Presenter: Robyn Brinks Lockwood, Maggie Sokolik, and Larry Zwier
Many teachers understand the frustration learners feel about the rigorous expectations of academic environments. The future of academic English programs requires introducing longer, more challenging, STEAM related content. University Success addresses these challenges with authentic content informed by Stanford professors in a book designed for the English language learner.

Robyn Brinks Lockwood teaches courses in English listening, speaking, and writing for international graduate students. She is also the coordinator of the American Language and Culture undergraduate summer program. She is an active member of the international TESOL organization, serves as Chair of the Book Publications Committee, and is a past chair of the Materials Writers Interest Section. She is a frequent presenter at TESOL regional and international conferences. Robyn has edited and written numerous textbooks for writing, speaking, and listening English courses and TOEFL preparation as well as ancillary materials to support teachers.

Maggie Sokolik holds a BA in anthropology from Reed College and an MA in romance linguistics and a PhD in applied linguistics from UCLA. She is the author of over 20 ESL and composition textbooks. She has taught at MIT, Harvard, Texas A&M, and currently UC Berkeley, where she is director of College Writing Programs. She has developed and taught several popular MOOC courses in English language writing and literature. She is the founding editor of TESL-EJ, a peer reviewed journal for ESL/EFL professionals, one of the first online journals. She travels frequently to speak about grammar, writing, and instructor education. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she and her husband play bluegrass music.

Larry Zwier is an associate director of the English Language Center, Michigan State University. He holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI, and an MA in TESL from the University of Minnesota. He has taught ESL/EFL at universities in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, and the United States. He is the author of numerous ELT textbooks, mostly about reading and vocabulary, and also writes nonfiction books about history and geography for middle school and high school students. He is married with two children and lives in Okemos, Michigan.

Engaging a New Generation with Real World English
Thursday, October 26, 2017 · 12:00 p.m. EDT - Eastern Daylight Time
Presenter: Jennifer Lebedev and Pamela Vittorio
Grammar is not a set of rules learners can memorize and apply broadly. How can instruction and practice help learners navigate the often difficult and confusing transition between written and spoken grammar? By exposing learners to various themes in a range of genres and registers, English learners can begin to make appropriate choices in various socio-linguistic settings. The presenters will discuss how a rich set of materials in the hands of a skillful teacher can help learners discover and internalize patterns for greater proficiency in English.

Jennifer Lebedev is a former classroom teacher, a published author, and an online instructor. She is an active member of TESOL. Jennifer has been online since 2007, posting videos for students, blogging for teachers, and providing different forms of language support. Jennifer strives to make English language studies enjoyable and productive. For more information and resources, visit www.englishwithjennifer.com.

Pamela Vittorio's experience in ESL/ELT teaching and writing is extensive: She is a consultant, author, and teacher-trainer, and has been a presenter at both local and International TESOL conferences since 1999. She also designs ESL curriculum, materials, and English language assessment tools for publishing companies and academic institutions.

What is the PIAAC and Why Should You Be Interested in Its Implications?
Thursday, October 26, 2017 · 3:00 p.m EDT - Eastern Daylight Time
Presenter: Federico Salas-Isnardi
Adult Educators are committed to helping learners succeed as parents, citizens, and workers. We are tasked with helping students get on Career Pathways programs and we are held responsible for their success. However, we are often confronted with the enormous gap between the skills our students have and the skill and experience level required in the workplace. In this context, it is important to understand exactly where our students are in terms of their skill readiness and where we are as a nation. This is why we should have a serious discussion about the 2012 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) study and its implications for adult education. The PIAAC is a cyclical study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, released most recently in 2013, that compares the performance of adults in 24 developed nations in mathematics, reading, and problem-solving in technology rich environments. Adults in the United States consistently underperformed their counterparts in most other countries.

During this webinar, we will review the most important findings of the study, put them in a historical context, look at recommendations for action, and consider the implications for the practice of adult education and literacy.

Adult educators must consider a critical reassessment of what literacy means in light of this study and must evaluate what changes need to be made in order to prepare adult learners not just with the skills needed for today's jobs but with the knowledge necessary to succeed as their needs and personal goals change and the economy evolves.

Federico Salas-Isnardi has 30 years of experience in Adult Education and second language acquisition. He has conducted hundreds of workshops on many aspects of adult education, literacy, and ESL and has focused on intercultural and diversity training as well as social justice issues affecting students and teachers for over 25 years. Federico served on the team that developed the US Naturalization test and is one of the authors of Future US Citizens and a consultant to the Future English for Results series.

Meeting the Needs of Digital Natives
Friday, October 27, 2017 · 12:00 p.m. EDT - Eastern Daylight Time
Presenter: Christina Cavage
Digital natives have been said to learn differently than their digital immigrant counterparts. This webinar walks you through the characteristics of digital natives, and offers solutions to help you better engage digital natives, in and out of the classroom. Participants see how using a tool like MyEnglishLab can create independent learners and help this unique population better master your course's student learning outcomes.

Christina M. Cavage is currently a professor of ESL at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Prior to joining SCAD, Ms. Cavage served as the Department Chairperson and Professor of ESL at Atlantic Cape Community College for 19 years. She received her Master's in TESOL from West Virginia University, and a completed a one-year Fellowship at Princeton in 2009, where she researched Web 2.0, Language Learning and Blended Learning. In additional to receiving the 2008 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, Ms. Cavage has authored several textbooks including: Next Generation Grammar, 1, University Success: Oral Communications, Transition Level and Level Three, Talking About It!, Working at It!. She has also been a contributor to several journals and newsletters. These include: the TESOL Journal (currently The Essential Teacher), Princeton Papers, Always Learning, E-TESL, and the NYS Dialogue. She has presented at numerous conferences and conventions, including The League for Innovation, TESOL and the National Education Computing Conference.

Practical Techniques for Teaching Culture in the Classroom
Friday, October 27, 2017 · 2:00 p.m. EDT - Eastern Daylight Time
Presenter: Joe McVeigh
As English language teachers we naturally focus on language itself and how we can help our students learn it better. But research has shown that intercultural competence can be just as important as language ability. How can we become more aware of cultural differences and how can we-and our students-bridge cultural gaps? In this interactive webinar, we will examine some key concepts of intercultural communication and look at some practical ways to help learners communicate more effectively when they interact with those from different cultural backgrounds.

Joe McVeigh is a teacher, teacher trainer, and independent educational consultant based in Middlebury, Vermont. He has worked in a variety of countries and has taught at Cal State LA, Caltech, USC, Middlebury College, the Bread Loaf School of English, and Saint Michael's College. He is an active member of the TESOL International Association and has worked as an English language specialist for the U.S. Department of State. He is co-author of Tips for Teaching Culture from Pearson along with other books for students of English. In addition to talks and workshops at professional conferences, Joe contributes to the field through his website, which contains videos, resources, and presentation slides and handouts at www.joemcveigh.org.