What if every teacher around the world could attend the same event?

On 1st-2nd March 2019, sixteen ELT experts from across the globe are coming together to deliver free Professional Development talks on Wellbeing, Inclusive Practise, Assessment and EMI.

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Meet the speakers

Tammy Gregerson

Tammy Gregersen

Language Teachers Need Motivating Too!

Friday 1st March, 10:00–10:45

Suitable for teachers of adults & teenagers

This talk addresses language teacher motivation by connecting teacher and learner motivation and celebrating the passion that initially spurs us to pursue the profession. Yet, many teachers struggle to preserve their day-to-day motivation and tackle apathy and demotivation. We explore possible remedies.
Tammy Gregersen received her MA in Education and PhD in Linguistics in Chile, where she also began her academic career. She has co-authored/co-edited several books, with three more in press, on topics such as individual differences, nonverbal communication, positive psychology in the language classroom and language teacher education. She is currently teaching and researching at the American University of Sharjah where she also coordinates their Masters in TESOL program.

Jon Hird

Jon Hird

Selecting, Adapting and Designing Materials for Learners with Dyslexia!

Friday 1st March, 11:00–11:45

Suitable for teachers of adults & teenagers

In this webinar, we will consider implications for the selection and design of materials such as texts, exercises and tests suitable for dyslexic learners of English. We will look at examples of available dyslexic-friendly ELT materials and will also consider how we as teachers can approach and if necessary adapt existing materials and produce our own.
Jon Hird teaches English at the University of Oxford and is a teacher-trainer and an ELT materials writer with particular interests in grammar, EAP and in dyslexia and learning English. He has written and contributed to a number of ELT publications, including adaptations of books, tests and other material for learners with dyslexia. See jonhird.com and Jon Hird ELT on Facebook for more information.

Nick Manthei

Nick Manthei

Assessment for learning in Primary school

Friday 1st March 13:00-13:45

suitable for teachers of young learners

In this presentation I wish to discuss ideas concerning assessment for young learners, including but not limited to: using games as assessment, presenting assessment results to stakeholders, soft skills and authentic assessment.
Nick Manthei is a full-time teacher trainer for Oxford University Press. He has previously taught in South Korea and Turkey. He recently finished his Master's degree in Education at Endicott College on International Education with an ESL Concentration. Nick has an optimistic outlook on Education in Turkey and the world and gives real examples of how education can be made better starting with the most important person in the school: the teacher.

Zarina Subhan

Zarina Subhan

Teaching English in an EMI or CLIL context

Friday 1st March, 14:00-14:45

Suitable for teachers of teenagers

Teaching subjects in English is increasing popularity with both schools and parents. This Webinar will look at the differences between teaching EMI and CLIL, activities that can be used for both situations, as well as what activities differentiate between the two.
Zarina Subhan is a freelance teacher trainer and has been working in the field of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for over 25 years. She has used her BSc in Pharmacology-Chemistry to work with science, engineering and technical students in the field of EAP and ESP, before applying it to her MA in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Her interests are in CLIL, the neurology of learning; educational psychology; differentiated learning and the professional development.

Philip Haines

Philip Haines

Should we allow the first language in the EMI/CLIL Classroom?

Friday 1st March, 17:00-17:45

Suitable for teachers of young learners

The EMI/CLIL classroom needs to be a L2-rich environment. However, this does not necessarily mean that the L1 should be excluded. This session will help participants decide how best to handle the use of L1 in their own teaching context
Philip Haines is originally from England but has been living in Mexico since 1995, where he works as the Senior Academic Consultant for Oxford University Press Mexico. He delivers sessions all over Mexico and internationally in three continents. Philip is the co-author of the primary series 'Discover Science' published by OUP.

Erika Osváth

Erika Osváth

Building resilience in the classroom

Friday 1st March, 18:00–18:45

Suitable for teachers of young learners

The growing number of anxiety and depression among children and young people has become a great concern. In this webinar we will look at practical ways of developing resilience in our students as one of the keys to a successful life.
Erika Osváth, MEd in Maths, DTEFLA, is a freelance teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer and co-author of the European Language Award-winning 6-week eLearning programme for language exam preparation. Before becoming a freelance trainer in 2009, she worked for International House schools for 16 years in Eastern and Central Europe, where she worked as a YL co-ordinator, trainer on CELTA, LCCI,1-1, Business English, YL and VYL courses, and Director of Studies. Erika is co–author with Edmund Dudley of Mixed Ability Teaching (Into the Classroom series)

Anette Igel

Anette Igel

'Where's the off button?' How to work with learners with social emotional and behavioral difficulties in the classroom

Friday 1st March, 20:00–20:45

Suitable for teachers of young learners

In this talk we will have a closer look at what is considered to be SEBD (social, emotional and behavioural difficulties) and what impact it has when teaching young learners and teenagers and what strategies teachers can use to help these learners.
Now based in Hamburg, I previously worked as a DoS, Teacher-Trainer and teacher specialising in English and German at International House Brno, Czech Republic between 2003 and 2016. Currently working as an English and Inclusion teacher at a Hamburg Primary school, I also tutor for IHC in the local area.
My specialist expertise as a Teacher-Trainer for YL has taken me from Austria to Azerbaijan, with many far-flung destinations in between. This fascinating part of my job - collaborating with innumerable enthusiastic and dedicated teachers from all over the world – is what fires my passion for language teaching.

Oliver Bayley

Oliver Bayley

Practical Self Assessment: Principles & Practice

Friday 1st March, 21:00–21:45

Suitable for teachers of very young learners, young learners, teens

"In this session we will review the basics of Self-Assessment and answer the questions "What does it actually involve?", "What forms can it take?", and "What benefits can effective implementation bring for learners and teachers?" Activity ideas will also be provided!
Oliver Bayley is a Senior Educational Services Manager at Oxford University Press. A graduate of the University of Birmingham (England) he has taught a wide variety of students including kindergarten, primary, secondary and adults. In his more than 20 years based in Asia, he has led workshops for teachers in countries across the region, including Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam. He has a keen interest in how technology can help schools, teachers and learners succeed in the effective teaching and learning of English.

Stephen Ryan

Stephen Ryan

Where there's wellbeing, there will be learning

Saturday 2nd March, 08:00–08:45

Suitable for teachers of teenagers

There has been a growing awareness of the importance of the social and emotional sides to learning a foreign language. In this webinar, I discuss the concept of well-being and show how it applies to language teachers and teaching.
Stephen Ryan has been involved in language education for over 25 years and for most of that time he has been based in Japan. He is currently a professor in the School of Culture, Media and Society at Waseda University in Tokyo. His research and publications cover various aspects of psychology in language learning, including the award-winning OUP book Exploring Psychology in Language Learning and Teaching, co-authored with Marion Williams and Sarah Mercer.

Joon Lee

Joon Lee

The treasures of bilingualism

Saturday 2nd March, 09:00–09:45

Suitable for teachers of young learners

A CLIL/ EMI approach can be challenging for educators dealing with young learners.  After clarifying the differences between CLIL and EMI, we will address issues students may experience in both learning environments.  We will then discuss helpful CLIL classroom strategies targeted at primary learners.
Joon Lee has been involved in the EFL and ESL educational community at the positions of Academic Director, Content and Curriculum Developer, and Academic Advisor.  He has been fortunate to pursue his interests in developmental learning from both in and out of the classroom.  At OUP he is part of the Asia Educational Services team and shares his experiences providing teacher trainings and professional development workshops.  He holds great respect for educators and administrators who show passion towards nurturing a learner's path to success

Tony Green

Tony Green

Correcting our vision of assessment

Saturday 2nd March, 11:00–11:45

Suitable for teachers of all

Assessment is the most powerful tool we have for improving teaching and learning, but is often seen as nothing more than a distasteful chore at the end of a period of teaching and learning. Let's correct our vision of assessment!
Anthony Green is Director of the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment and Professor in Language Assessment at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. He is the author of Exploring Language Assessment and Testing (Routledge), Language Functions Revisited and IELTS Washback in Context (both Cambridge University Press). He has served as President of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) and is an Expert Member of the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA). His main research interests lie in the relationship between assessment, learning and teaching.

Sally Farley

Sally Farley

Simple, practical and effective inclusive teaching strategies for the ELT classroom

Saturday 2nd March, 12:00–12:45

Suitable for teachers of young learners

Worried about how to include learners with SEN? Sally Farley introduces some bright ideas and creative techniques to promote inclusive learning which are easy to adapt and implement in all English classes.
Sally Farley is a Teacher Trainer, Counsellor, Writer and SEN expert. She specialises in Inclusive Learning techniques and is currently researching into the qualities of a 'good' teacher from the dyslexic learner's perspective. Assistive Technology and its value for supporting learners with SEN is another specialisation, and Sally has written a chapter on this subject for a new book on SEN in OUP's Into The Classroom series. She has recently returned from Iraq where she has been training school consellors from Mosul in methods of helping traumatised children re-engage with learning.

Bimali Indrarathne

Bimali Indrarathne

Creating an inclusive learning environment

Saturday 2nd March, 15:00–15:45

Suitable for teachers of young learners

When introducing inclusive practices at classroom level, teachers may face challenges such as pressure from peers/parents and lack of support from the institution. This talk will highlight how to overcome such challenges to make the school environment more inclusive.
Dr Bimali Indrarathne is a lecturer in the Department of Education, University of York. She researches on second language acquisition/pedagogy and teacher education. She has been involved in several teacher training projects on dyslexia and inclusive practices in South Asia. She is also an educator on the Lancaster University's MOOC on Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching.

Gordon Stobart

Gordon Stobart

Assessment for learning

Saturday 2nd March, 16:00–21:45

Suitable for teachers of teenagers

How can assessment directly improve the learning process? We look at three classroom assessment practices which are known to contribute to more effective learning: classroom dialogue, clarity about what is being learned, and providing feedback that move learning forward.
Gordon Stobart is Emeritus Professor of Education, Institute of Education, University College London and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA). He is a former editor of the international journal Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice and author of Testing times- the uses and abuses of assessment (Routledge, 2008). His current work is on how experts learn and the implications for classroom teaching and learning. His book on this is The Expert Learner – Challenging the myth of ability (2014, OUP/ McGraw-Hill).

Ushapa Forescue

Ushapa Forescue

Wellbeing how teachers can support themselves with meditation

Saturday 2nd March, 18:00–18:45

Suitable for teachers of all

Recent reports from the USA showed that 75% of newly qualified teachers leave the professional within the first 5years, many citing burn out a major factor.
While teachers are offered a range of professional development, it normally focuses on content and pedagogy and teachers are often left to work out the social, emotional and cognitive demands on their own.
In this session these ideas will be explored further and teachers will be given a range of simple techniques that can be applied to their everyday lives to reduce stress, increase relaxation and enjoyment and help teachers feel more present while in the classroom.

Ushapa is a Graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, has a CELTA, a Teacher Training certificate for the Post 16 sector and is a certified trainer for the Oxford Teacher's Academy courses.
With over 16 years of varied teaching experience both in the UK and abroad.Soon after becoming a teacher, Ushapa was introduced to meditation and for the last 14 years, alongside the teacher training Ushapa has spent time visiting, living and working in meditation centres around the world.

Patsy Lightbown

Patsy Lightbown

Strategies for EMI/CLIL Primary Learners

Saturday 2nd March, 19:00–19:45

Suitable for teachers of young learners

Bilingualism—learning and using more than one language—brings cognitive, social, and even health benefits. Teachers in CLIL/EMI programs need to know about the lifelong advantages of bilingualism as they encourage students to fill their linguistic treasure chest.
Patsy M. Lightbown is Distinguished Professor Emerita (Applied Linguistics) at Concordia University in Montreal. Since the 1970s, her research has focused on the importance of time in second language learning and on the complementary roles of meaning-focused and language-focused activities. She has studied the acquisition of French, English, and Spanish in classrooms in Canada and the US. Her 2014 book Focus on Content-Based Language Teaching appears in an Oxford University Press series that she co-edits with Nina Spada, with whom she co-authored How Languages Are Learned (OUP), an award-winning introduction to second language acquisition research for teachers, now in its fourth edition.


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