National Geographic Learning Vietnam
Cultivating Success in All Classrooms
Fall Professional Development Author Webinars
National Geographic Learning is proud to host its first 2020 Professional Development Webinar series created and delivered by our authors and consultants, exclusively for teachers in Vietnam. Engage with our global and regional team as they share practical strategies and ideas on how to make lessons engaging for learners of all ages, wherever they may be, from pre-primary learners to students studying at university. Mark your calendars and enjoy each session, as we bring the world to all classrooms in Vietnam!
Sunday | 9:00AM - 10:00 AM
20th September 2020
Friday | 9:00AM - 10:00 AM
2nd October 2020
Friday | 9:00AM - 10:00 AM
30th October 2020
Friday | 4:00PM - 5:00 PM
13th November 2020
With over 25 years of teaching experience, Carmella Lieske has taught a wide variety of English learners from young children to mature adults. Carmella has also worked with various international publishers writing student books, teacher’s editions, workbooks and worksheets, and test packages. Carmella’s work can also be seen in a number of National Geographic Learning publications that include Go For It!, Our World, Impact, Pathways, Time Zones, and Reading Adventures.
She is an avid believer in the exchange of ideas both within and outside the classroom, and she has helped establish relationships between Shimane University and various universities in Asia and the United States to promote student engagement. Working with her colleague, Carmella visited 13 countries/areas where they administered questionnaires to over 13,000 university students, interviewing over 1,000 of these students.
Andrew Tiffany is a Teacher Trainer for National Geographic Learning Asia. Andrew has over 25 years of teaching experience, 15 of which were focused on teaching and teacher training in greater China. Originally from New Zealand, he has a Masters degree and TEFL certification and has worked with both EFL learners and international school learners from PreK-12, both in English and subject content. He likes to help others develop and grow, and to work with teachers to find more and better ways of helping their students.
Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall is Professor Emerita and former Director of the Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. Program, and Co-Director of the MA TESOL Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the former president of the international TESOL association, the Washington, DC TESOL affiliate, and the American Association for Applied Linguistics. She has worked in all areas of ESL/EFL including teaching, curriculum and materials development, standards development, and teacher training. 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.
John Hughes is a teacher, teacher trainer and course book author. He has worked in ELT since 1992 and managed departments of Business English and Teacher Training. He currently combines a variety of roles including part-time teaching, running online training courses, and lecturing on ELT methodology at Oxford University in the summer. He has written many books with National Geographic Learning including Spotlight on First, Practical Grammar (three levels), Total Business 2, Success with BEC Vantage, Aspire, and the six-level general English course series called Life. He lives near Oxford and writes the blog www.elteachertrainer.com and is a contributor to the National Geographic Learning In Focus blog.
Exploring the World Through English: Practical Activities to Build Global Citizenship
We live in an interconnected world which requires students to possess the knowledge necessary to navigate increasingly complex intercultural, information-rich situations that cannot be solved without global cooperation. To effectively analyze and utilize this information, the students need critical and creative thinking, while they are developing their global citizenship. Furthermore, students must explore their personal identity and expand their ability to clearly express their opinions and ideas. This webinar will demonstrate how Time Zones 3e provides the material that is necessary to achieve all these goals while providing students with interactive, engaging classes.
Play, Make and Connect to Learn: Creative Classroom Activities to Develop Very Young Learners
Teaching Very Young Learner (VYL) students, aged 3-6 years old, is a very different kind of experience to teaching older students. They need to learn some very different things, and they learn them in very different ways. Playing, making and connecting to their own world are not optional elements of VYL teaching – they are essential! In this session, we will look at what students need to learn and why they need to learn those things, as well as how teachers can use a well-developed program like Look and See to help their students grow into readiness for primary school and beyond. Bring your ‘inner child’ to the session and take part in some fun activities to engage in your own form of experiential learning!
Ensuring Success through Assessment
When we see the word "assessment," most of us think of formal tests, especially end-of-course exams or standardized tests required by educational institutions. This type of assessment is called summative assessment or "assessment OF learning." It is important, but it only gives us information at one point in time. We need ongoing assessment to determine what students are having difficulty with, so that we can adapt our instruction to meet their needs. This type of assessment is called formative assessment or “assessment FOR learning.” With effective ongoing assessment, we can help our learners to be successful on those quizzes and tests.
It’s important to involve learners in self-assessment or peer-assessment. In this way, students will be engaged in “assessment AS learning.” In this webinar, Dr. Crandall will provide examples of different types of assessments and guidance on using these assessments to ensure the success of young learners of English.
7 Steps Towards Creativity in the Classroom
Most teachers agree that creativity in the language classroom is a positive thing. However, many of us do not always agree on what creativity means or how we might achieve it. In this webinar I would like to explore our definitions of creativity and the reasons behind them. In particular, I’ll challenge the belief that effective creativity is only about thinking ‘outside the box’ when in fact effective creative thinking often occurs ‘inside the box’. By providing learners with frameworks and templates to work within, your students can use language more creatively, resulting in relevant, authentic and motivating communication. The webinar will include seven steps towards making your teaching more creative with plenty of practical ideas which you can use with your students tomorrow.