ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING (ELT/ESL/ELL)


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Registration for the 2018 Pearson ELT Webinar Series is now open. We welcome you to register and learn from our world-renowned English language teaching experts.

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



DateTimeSessionPresenter
Monday, October 15, 2018 12:00 p.m. EDT 21st Century Teaching and the Global Scale of English Sara Davila
Monday, October 15, 2018 2:00 p.m. EDT How to Organize a Lesson Plan Around a Short Story Sybil Marcus
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:00 p.m. EDT Engaging Students in the Classroom Through Photos and Images Joe McVeigh
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 2:00 p.m. EDT Space for Uncertainty: Developing Critical Thinking Skills Ken Beatty
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 2:00 p.m. EDT Teaching Grammar with Pop Songs: Ain't No Reason Not To Sandra Heyer
Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:00 p.m. EDT Fostering Independence: Helping Students Become More Effective Self-Directed Learners Sarah Lynn
Thursday, October 18, 2018 2:00 p.m. EDT Ten Tips to Accelerate Academic Listening Michael Rost
Friday, October 19, 2018 12:00 p.m. EDT An Inductive Approach to Teaching Grammar Geneva Tesh
21st Century Teaching and the Global Scale of English
Monday, October 15, 2018 · 12:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Sara Davila
Abstract:
The key elements of 21st century learning help prepare students for future jobs and careers where digital knowledge is seamlessly integrated across a variety of professional roles. Often summarized as the 4 Cs of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication - with a thread of digital and blended learning - the principles of 21st century learning are open to adaptation into the language learning environment. The key challenge for educators is knowing how to build lessons that address the 4Cs while providing measurable success and progress in language development. In this session we will explore how the Global Scale of English can be used with 21st century skills principles to create dynamic learning experiences for students of all ages.

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.

How to Organize a Lesson Plan Around a Short Story
Monday, October 15, 2018 · 2:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Sybil Marcus
Abstract:
In this webinar, we will read and discuss excerpts from a short story by a Cuban-American author. In the process, participants will learn how to use short stories to create complete lesson plans that cover all the major language skills - reading, writing, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary, We will also explore how analyzing a story promotes critical thinking. We'll discuss criteria for choosing a short story that works well for these purposes.

Sybil Marcus is a co-author of the A World of Fiction series, which uses literature to teach integrated language and critical thinking skills to ESL/EFL students at the high-intermediate to advanced levels. She has lived and worked on four continents and has taught ESL at the University of California at Berkeley Extension and at the Summer English Language Studies program on campus. Sybil has been a frequent presenter at ESL/EFL conferences in the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 15 years she offered a Pre-Conference Institute at TESOL on using the short story to advance language skills. She has also conducted workshops in Russia, Colombia, and Peru for the State Department. The topics included using literature for critical thinking purposes and using literature for conflict resolution.

Engaging Students in the Classroom Through Photos and Images
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 · 12:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Joe McVeigh
Abstract:
An effective way to engage our students more deeply with the content of our classes is through the use of photographs and images. In this interactive webinar we will explore principles and practices of creating unique and engaging lessons using visual stimulation. We will look specifically at several kinds of practical in-class collaborative activities for the teaching of a variety of language skills. We will investigate how teachers and students can create and use personal images in addition to sharing great sources of copyright-free images to be used in classroom and presentations. Our focus will be primarily on the use of photographs but we will also briefly explore the use of drawing and art. The ideas in this webinar will be relevant for teachers of students of all ages and proficiency levels, and applicable to those who work in a variety of settings.

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 serves on the Board of Directors of the TESOL International Association and has worked as an English language specialist for the U.S. Department of State. He is co-author with Ann Wintergerst of Tips for Teaching Culture from Pearson along with other books for students of English. In addition to giving plenary 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.

Space for Uncertainty: Developing Critical Thinking Skills
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 · 2:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Ken Beatty
Abstract:
Too often, language textbooks (and textbooks in general) deal with narrow certainties and absolutes: "How are you?" "I am fine". This leaves teachers the task of addressing the language of uncertainty and ambiguity in measuring doubt, exploring hypothetical situations, identifying bias, hedging ideas, as well as in differentiating among opinions, beliefs, and facts. Helpful in addressing these issues in language learners' toolboxes are clarification and disambiguation strategies, but teachers first need to make space in their classrooms and tasks for discourse around uncertainty and ambiguity. This session outlines the issues and offers practical advice for helping teachers help students face the complexities of the world outside the classroom.

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.

Teaching Grammar with Pop Songs: Ain't No Reason Not To
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 · 2:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Sandra Heyer
Abstract:
Many teachers of grammar are reluctant to bring popular songs into the classroom, with good reason: Incorrect grammar is rampant in pop music! While there's a lot that's grammatically wrong in pop song lyrics, there's a lot that's grammatically right, too. In this webinar, I'll share ideas for using pop songs to reinforce grammar points, as well as share dozens of song-based grammar worksheets.

Sandra Heyer is the author of the popular True Stories series. Each of the books in the series uses real-life, human-interest stories to build vocabulary and language skills through a carefully paced, step-by-step process.

Fostering Independence: Helping Students Become More Effective Self-Directed Learners
Thursday, October 18, 2018 · 12:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Sarah Lynn
Abstract:
Explore ways to get students to recognize themselves as agents in their own learning and develop the methods, skills, and practices they need to become more independent learners. In this practice-oriented session, participants learn classroom activities and routines to develop students' essential "learning-to-learn" skills.

Sarah Lynn is an ESOL teacher, teacher trainer, teacher coach, author, and curriculum design specialist. She has taught adult learners in the US. and abroad for decades, most recently at Harvard University's Center for Workforce Development. As a teacher-trainer and frequent conference presenter throughout the United States and Latin America, Ms. Lynn has led sessions and workshops on topics such as: fostering student agency and resilience, brain-based teaching techniques, literacy and learning, and teaching in a multilevel classroom. Sarah has co-authored several Pearson ELT publications, including Business Across Cultures, Future, Future U.S. Citizens, and Project Success.

Ten Tips to Accelerate Academic Listening
Thursday, October 18, 2018 · 2:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Michael Rost
Abstract:
This interactive webinar will explore our best ideas for accelerating academic listening. The tips will include ways of increasing engagement, shifting learners into an "active listening" mode, and constructing "while listening" tasks with specific objectives. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and suggest their own tips.

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).

An Inductive Approach to Teaching Grammar
Friday, October 19, 2018 · 12:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Geneva Tesh
Abstract:
Grammar teachers often rely on a deductive approach, one in which a grammar target is presented in a lecture format with follow-up practice in the form of drills and exercises. While this method certainly has its place in the grammar classroom, an inductive approach is a more engaging and effective way for students to acquire grammatical structures. In an inductive approach, students analyze examples of a target structure and attempt to figure out the rules on their own. This webinar will explore why an inductive method works so well in today's grammar classroom. Participants will be presented with creative ways to teach inductively, even while using a traditional grammar book and syllabus.

Geneva Tesh is a teacher, teacher trainer, researcher and materials writer in Houston, Texas. She has taught at Red Rocks Community College in Colorado, the University of Houston Language and Culture Center, Houston Community College, and Texas A&M. She has contributed to several ELT textbook series, including the Azar-Hagen Grammar Series, Future English for Results, and StartUp.

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