WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LEARNING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE ANGLO TEACHERS
At National Geographic Learning we believe education is one of the great transformative forces of this century. Among our goals is to help learners and teachers to achieve personal success and be better citizens of the 21st century. We want English language teachers and their students to experience the excitement and joy of learning, and to bring their classroom to life.
We invite you to join us in professional development webinars with English Language Teaching specialists, specially designed to help in the continuous growth of our teachers
ENGAGING STUDENTS IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT
September 23rd | 11:00 – 12:00 pm
How can you keep your students engaged as they sit in front of a computer or tablet screen or even a small mobile device? How can you encourage them to use and practice English through this virtual space? Think about what your students can see, hear, and feel through the screen. It might be a flat surface, but you can make your screen come alive with the ways you talk and move, the ways you encourage students to participate, and the materials and, of course, the activities you implement! You will leave this webinar with lots of practical ideas for making your screen come alive for your English language learners.
DEVELOPING LISTENING & SPEAKING SKILLS IN AN ONLINE ENVIRONMENT
September 23rd | 12:00 – 13:00 pm
Have you ever found yourself saying something like: “…open your books to page 45. Listen and complete exercise B, fill in the blanks and I’ll check in five minutes…” Exposure to spoken English should not be only about filling in the blanks in an exercise. Activities must be meaningful to students, so their attention gap boosts to an optimum level. In our everyday teaching situation, we face the challenge of trying to improve our students’ listening ability, but sometimes it’s just a titanic duty. Finding activities to foster learners’ interest in language may turn a little complicated, since the options are narrowed by our creativity when we have tried everything in the book. This workshop is not the ultimate word on listening activities but may provide some fresh ideas to spice up your lessons. Hope you enjoy it!
TEACHING THINKING SKILLS IN THE LANGUAGE CLASSROOM
September 23rd | 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Thinking is essential for learning. Thinking is inextricably intertwined with learning. Teaching thinking refers to teaching critical and creative thinking skills and problem solving tasks. Critical thinking incorporates reasoning, logical judgment, metacognition, reflection, and mental process in course of learning. It involves evaluation, analyzing, and interpreting the problems to find out the solution. Creative thinking can be enhanced through multiple intelligence, affective factors, and innovative curriculum. This workshop will demonstrate some useful ideas for enhancing the teaching of thinking skills in the language classroom.
CREATING EVIDENCE OF LEARNING
September 23rd | 5:00 – 6:00 pm
This workshop is set to answer the following: How to design our Learning Evidences (LE) to reach the expected key learning from our students in the context of both in-person and virtual education? We’ll describe what evidence of learning implies and the way we can plan in order to obtain them; then we’ll analyze why tasks and projects are best at providing LEs, and how technology can play a key role to ensure evidence of learning. We’ll finish by discussing how all this looks in a language classroom.
FROM PASSION TO ACTION: THE ROLE OF PASSION IN LEARNING
November 25th | 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Passion is learning something new, giving importance. It is constantly being in search for the new and in the effort of learning. Passion has the ability to transmit and create action. Passion is motivation, seeking for the new and willingness to learn. Passion is simply showing a strong tendency and willingness through spending time and energy on an activity that someone likes or believes that it is important (Carbonneau, Vallerand, Fernet & Guay, 2008). Being passionate is closely related to learning and experiencing new ideas.
In this session we will discuss how helping students identify their passion is a great starting point to engage students in using language meaningfully and purposefully. Activities aimed at getting students to relate personally to topics will be presented and explored.
DISTANCE LEARNING BUT CLOSELY CONNECTED
November 25th | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
“The times they are a-changin’” sang Bob Dylan back in 1964. And just as they were changing back then, we now find them changing again with the teaching landscape hastily being moved online. So welcome to the brave new world of online teaching, where many teachers find themselves in unchartered territory. But fear not: not only are you are not alone, but a lot of what you already do is transferable to the online classroom. It’s not so much reinventing the wheel, as changing the spokes.
IGNITING OUR LEARNERS´ CURIOSITY
November 25th | 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Instilling students with a strong desire to know or learn something is what every teacher lives for, and research has even shown that curiosity is just as important as other key factors in determining how well students do in school. But how much do we really know about its role in the learning process?
Curiosity is a fuel. It propels us to try to figure things out and, ultimately, to learn. It is the aim of this presentation to explore the role of curiosity in learning and how teachers can best ignite it in their learners through high quality classroom practices.
STORYTELLING FOR THE CLASSROOM
November 25th | 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Storytelling opens a world of infinite possibilities which can engage and entice students’ interest. The stories told in TED Talks reflect global issues that permeate every aspect of our lives: personal experiences, ecology, science, etc. Their content is relevant to the lives of our learners. They offer an opportunity for exploring a topic and its language. The value of listening to a story goes beyond the entertainment it might offer; exposure to stories can contribute to a person’s intellectual, emotional and moral development; it also has thought-provoking qualities which whet a student’s appetite for understanding. This workshop will share ideas and garner participants’ experiences of working with stories. It will explore how storytelling can enhance working with language skills in an authentic manner.
INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING: THE POWER OF WONDERING
January 27th | 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Inquiry-based learning refers to a set of approaches that encourage students to engage with new ideas through curiosity and exploration. As protagonists of their own learning process, students develop new knowledge and skills for life and their future careers. But how can we make inquiry-based learning a reality in our language classrooms? It is the aim of this presentation to discuss the what, the why and most importantly the how of inquiry-based learning, providing you with lots of practical ideas.
STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTING ACTIVE LEARNING IN VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
January 27th | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Using technology in education is here to stay, and the challenge for many educators is to use all the tools available to create a better learning experience. The task we have ahead now is to help learners become independent and self-directed, which is only possible if we understand that our role as educators has changed and we are facilitators who promote optimal learning. In this workshop we will see some concepts and practical examples to make our classes as meaningful as possible.
LEARNING TO THINK AND THINKING TO LEARN: THE POWER OF VISIBLE THINKING AND THINKING SKILLS
January 27th | 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Is it possible to learn without thinking? What is the role of thinking in learning? Can our students get better at thinking and as a result, become better learners? What can we teachers do to help students become better and more efficient thinkers? What does it take to build a thinking culture inside the classroom?
This theoretical-practical presentation aims at answering these questions and engaging teachers into reflecting upon their critical role in explicitly teaching thinking skills and routinizing thinking.
THE 7C’S IN LANGUAGE TEACHING & LEARNING
January 27th | 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Today’s students and teachers of English should move beyond the basics and embrace the 7C’s — “super skills” for the 21st century, including sharing thoughts, questions, ideas, and solutions; working together to reach a goal — putting talent, expertise, and smarts to work; looking at problems in a new way, linking learning across subjects & disciplines; and trying new approaches to get things done. This presentation will raise awareness on the importance of those “super skills” and will actively demonstrate how to incorporate them in every teaching and learning practice.
PROJECT BASED LEARNING: IMPLEMENTING IT IN THE CLASSROOM
March 24th | 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Project-based learning refers to a set of approaches that encourage students to engage with new ideas through curiosity and exploration. As protagonists of their own learning process, students develop new knowledge and skills for life and their future careers.
But how can we make project-based learning a reality in our language classrooms? It is the aim of this presentation to discuss the what, the why and most importantly the how of inquiry-based learning, providing you with lots of practical ideas.
DEVELOPING READING & WRITING SKILLS IN AN ONLINE ENVIRONMENT
March 24th | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Reading and writing should not be the most difficult tasks our learners have to face. In this workshop we will see some different activities teachers could use to make these skills enjoyable for learners during both synchronous and asynchronous lessons.
RETHINKING STUDENT AND TEACHER ROLES: PLANNING FOR VOICE, CHOICE AND AGENCY IN THE LANGUAGE (VIRTUAL) CLASSROOM
March 24th | 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Students learn to use language more effectively when they can make choices in their learning. When instructors provide opportunities for students to exercise learner agency, they build an understanding of the what, how, and why of their educational journey. Using examples from National Geographic Learning materials, this workshop will provide tips on helping instructors deliver engaging, motivating, effective lessons through developing learner agency.
USEFUL TIPS FOR MAKING ONLINE CLASSES MORE INTERACTIVE WITH YL
March 24th | 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Nowadays there is a propensity and expectation for courses to include some elements of online learning, even for young learners. However, once a decision has been made to use an online learning resources or a virtual learning environment there is often a lack of ‘love’ from both teachers and YLs in using them due to their complexities, reliability and vagaries. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In this session we’ll look at the benefits of using online resources with young learners and how teachers can use them to increase student engagement, and maximize student interaction and learning.