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3 days,  3 themes, 12 sessions
 

Pearson Educational Forum is back with a great selection of webinars designed for ELT teachers. Join us from 25th to 27th August and enjoy the practical sessions hosted by Pearson popular ELT experts and teacher trainers.

25th August will spin around teaching teenagers, 26th August will inspire teachers working with kids and 27th August will encourage you to try out tips on teaching adults. Each day will give you the opportunity to meet our consultants and experts in the Pearson Coffee Room if you seek answers to questions concerning Pearson educational solutions.

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Grab a cup of tea or coffee and visit Pearson Coffee Room where our ELT consultants are waiting for you to provide you with information about Pearson latest solutions for teaching English everywhere, whether it is at home, in the classroom or in the workplace. Discover our range of support, tools and resources for primary and secondary schools; for private language schools and academic students as well as adults, designed to support you every step of the way and help your every student to flourish.

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Day 1 - 25th August 2021 (Wednesday) - theme: TEACHING TEENS

Day 1 - 25th August 2021 (Wednesday)

TEACHING TEENS

10:20  - 11:20

Education in flux: lessons learnt or lessons wasted?

The only constant in life is change. Sound familiar? It seems that 2020 and 2021 have brought nothing but change and turbulence – with mainstream education having to adapt to these challenges faster than ever. And yet, the past 18 months have shown how resilient and flexible education can be when push comes to shove. In addition, it seems that the pandemic has brought about a disruption needed for discussions about future models of education to gather much needed momentum.

So what awaits mainstream education in the near and not-so-near future? In this session we will look at trends which the pandemic has brought into focus, and we will try to look into the crystal ball to see if anything about education in the next 30 years is going to be what we are used to or rather what we are hoping for.

Anna Kolbuszewska
Throughout her career Ania Kolbuszewska has worked internationally as a language teacher, trainer, manager and consultant, providing business and academic consultancy in mainstream and private education at primary, secondary, tertiary and further education level. 

Ania is also a mediator with a keen interest in conflict management theory and practice (check out Ania's youtube channel focusing on successful conflict management). 
A former Eaquals Board member and Director of Eaquals Accreditation and Consultancy Services, she now continues to work as an auditor for this international quality assurance organisation. 

She is the author of the "Eaquals Self-help Guide to Teacher Development" and co-author of Eaquals management competency framework. Together with her husband Andrzej Stęsik she has written Use of English materials for Pearson. 
Ania is a founder member of IATEFL Poland and a member of Leadership and Management SIG of IATEFL.

11:30 - 12:30

Embracing Isolation by Enhancing Student Autonomy 

Last year saw many changes and challenges to the traditional model of education. As schools have flipped from face-to-face to online learning and back, it has been a steep learning curve for both teachers and students to try and maintain the same level of instruction in different formats and through different mediums. One of the few benefits is that online learning has shifted the focus more on the students and encouraged them to become more autonomous and take personal charge of their learning – it is important that teachers embrace this and encourage learners not to lose their newfound autonomy when they return to more classroom-based instruction. In this session we’ll look at what true autonomy is and how teachers can support and build on it to help students create a personalised learning platform that will improve success regardless of the format.

Philip Warwick
is a qualified teacher trainer who has been involved in language teaching for over 20 years, working in many countries including Brazil, China, Italy and Argentina. He is currently Director of Teaching for a private language school in the Czech Republic and Academic Co-ordinator for Embassy Summer schools in the UK. He is a speaking examiner for international exams and has taught on several CELTA courses and regularly delivers presentations for Pearson.

12:40 - 13:40

Finding the Formula for Successful Assessment in Stressful Times

One of the results from the previous year is that students facing their final school leaving exams have been affected more than most. Worried and anxious that they will not be as well prepared through remote learning as they would have been with in classroom work, these students should give us pause for thought and allow us to reflect constructively about exam preparation and whether we could make it more productive and efficient for learners regardless of the medium of instruction. This session will look at practical ideas that teachers can use to prepare students to successfully pass tests in both online and face-to-face learning.

Philip Warwick

13:50 - 14:50

The Golden Rules of Effective Teaching – how to engage your teenage students

While trying to balance different teaching contexts, from online to offline or even both at the same time, we need reliable tools and techniques to help you achieve students’ core aims of building language skills and passing exams.  

In my session, I will show you how using a whole range of flexible resources can help you increase your impact on your students’ learning. I will also share some versatile tips and ideas that can be woven seamlessly into your lesson making it engaging and language rich.

Magdalena Kania
A teacher, teacher mentor, teacher trainer and her private language school's Director of Studies. She runs workshops worldwide and is a regular speaker at the international conferences. One of the key trainers in the conference series by PEARSON. A graduate of The Expert of Brain Training studies at SWPS Poland. Innovative projects and trainings that combine the latest methodological knowledge with practical classroom application became her trademark. Her ideas are widely popular because of their simplicity and efficiency.

Day 2 - 26th March 2021 (Thursday) - theme: TEACHING KIDS

Day 2 - 26th August 2021 (Thursday)

TEACHING KIDS

10:00 - 11:00

Teaching Young Learners online: a recipe for success

Teaching Young Learners online is challenging us in new ways. We’re adapting our methodology and learning new technical skills. We’re finding new ways to engage our students and to make sure they’re learning. In short, we’re looking at how to reduce the distance that’s been created between our students and us.  

In this session we’ll look to develop a recipe for success for teaching Young Learners online. You’ll leave with principles, strategies and practical activities for productive and enjoyable online lessons with your young learners.

Michael Brand
Michael Brand is a Teacher Trainer for Pearson. Michael is a passionate linguist; he studied French and German at Durham University, followed by a PGCE in Modern Languages. Having taught in England and Spain, he has experience in the public, private and state-assisted sectors and has taught young learners, teens and adults. His teacher training interests include collaborative learning, gamifying his classes and the creative use of video. Michael is a teacher on the ELTon award-winning Pearson and BBC Live Classes project: online lessons which bring together groups of students from all over the world.

11:15 - 12:15

Go with the Flow. The Power of Routine with My Disney Stars and Friends

Conducting English lessons with preschool children may seem challenging. Teachers need to cater for all the kids’ needs such as movement, fun, games, the love of singing and dancing -but is this enough? What really matters - in my experience as an active teacher, teacher trainer and adviser - is the need for routine. Repetitive lesson patterns make the lesson smooth, undisturbed, safe and comfortable for both students and teachers, and that’s what I will show in my very practical session. You will come away with lots of hands-on tips on how to work with new vocabulary and structures. I will demonstrate a set of universal techniques for songs and stories. We will sample many interactive, low-prep and ready to use tasks that you can use in your classroom the very next day. Let me show you how to make your lessons FLOW!

Dorota Tolsdorf
My name is Dorota Tolsdorf and I am an active teacher, a teacher trainer and an adviser. I share my knowledge, experience and ideas with teachers during conferences and practical workshops. I’ve been teaching English for 15 years. I work at different levels and with different age groups but I focus on young learners mostly. I love learning and I'm grateful that I can help others to develop their skills. I run Centrum Edukacyjne BEST in Rybnik where we believe that every child is capable of achieving success. I am fascinated by the human brain, bilingual education, wise use of modern technology and music in foreign language teaching. I am also a mum of two small kids whose development is another fascination in my life.

12:30 - 12:45

Can Testing Be Fun?

Pleasure, enjoyment, and amusement a day take the stress away. Or at least bring it down to a bearable level. Being long-time experts in education and testing we believe we do know a thing or two about both exams and children – how they learn, what they need and what they are afraid  of. As a result, we have managed to move young learners’ assessment to a whole new level by combining exam reality with fun and having a good time. Let’s talk about how we have done this.

Bartek Janiak

Bartek Janiak has worked in the field of education for more than 10 years, following successfully graduating from the University of Lodz in the faculty of English language teaching. Following graduation, Bartek started his career as ELT Representative, subsequently moving on to his present position as Teacher Trainer and Senior Assessment Advisor with Pearson Central and Eastern Europe. Due to Bartek's interest in the professional and personal development of human beings, Bartek completed additional studies at Kozminski University for Professional Coaching: methods and practice. He has since gone onto present and run workshops at numerous educational and business events such as: IATEFL, Edunation, European PASE Conference, SPASE for personal development, SPASE for managers, CAMPUS Ukraine. His main interests are in the field of change management, emotional intelligence, creativity communication and stress management.

13:00 - 14:00

All the Cs: Introducing, Building and Consolidating Future Skills

Future Skills are skills generally believed to be important for students’ future success. Although, interestingly, none of them are actually new; successful people have always known about and used them. Future skills are often grouped into four categories: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking. In English Code, Pearson’s innovative ELT series for primary, these four categories have been optimised and clustered into what is known as a coding mindset. During this talk we will look at this concept and why it is vital that we use it in the primary classroom, as well as exploring how it is incorporated into English Code.

Nick Perkins

Nick Perkins has worked in education, publishing and broadcasting for over 20 years. He has taught English, managed and trained teachers, written and edited materials, and implemented curricular reform projects all over the world, and he hosted a live weekly urban music radio show on UN Radio 98.5FM for many years. Nick lives in Bogota and spends his free time cycling in the Colombian mountains, where he is a cycling ambassador for Colombia.travel. He recently produced a series of podcasts for the British Council called New Ways of Teaching, in which he interviewed educators from across the Americas about innovative solutions in Education, and and is the global ambassador for English Code, Pearson’s innovative ELT series for children.

Day 3 - 27th August 2021 (Friday) - theme: TEACHING ADULTS

Day 3 - 27th August 2021 (FRIDAY)

TEACHING ADULTS

10:20  - 11:20

Lessons that really work – how to help your adult students flourish

Learning a language is not linear. Learners go through different phases when their learning goes smoothly and moments when they get stuck. What I have noticed throughout my teaching career especially adult learners can get discouraged by the downs. However, with proper tools and well-designed lessons we can help them to overcome the challenges and give them a lot of support in developing as learners.  

In this session, I will present some universal tools, like an Active Book and other flexible resources that you can use in any teaching contexts, from online to offline or both. I will also give you some tips on how best to run lessons to help our students flourish.

Magda Kania
Magda Kania is A teacher, teacher mentor, teacher trainer and her private language school's Director of Studies. She runs workshops worldwide and is a regular speaker at the international conferences. One of the key trainers in the conference series by PEARSON. A graduate of The Expert of Brain Training studies at SWPS Poland. Innovative projects and trainings that combine the latest methodological knowledge with practical classroom application became her trademark. Her ideas are widely popular because of their simplicity and efficiency.

11:30 - 12:30

Real Needs, Real Communication, Real Flexibility A Roadmap for Success

Wouldn’t you agree that every student is unique and every class is different? And that teachers need content that is flexible to adapt to their teaching situation and their students’ needs? And you need activities that engage your students whether you find yourself teaching remotely, in class or in a blended setting? This session will demonstrate ways in which we can address these questions – as well as to apply lessons learned from the pandemic - as we develop our students’ communication skills using crisp up-to-date topics along with activity ideas to take away and use in your very next lesson. The session will be illustrated with material taken from the Pearson course Roadmap.

Rob Dean
Rob has been involved in ELT as a teacher, director of studies and teacher trainer since 1994. During this time, he has taught a wide variety of ages and levels in numerous countries in Europe and South East Asia, and is based near York in the UK. Rob works as an independent international teacher trainer and methodology consultant, and travels widely (when permitted!) delivering talks, workshops and seminars – as well as online webinars - to teachers all over the world.

12.40 - 13.40

Assessment as part of a learning journey

Learning is a journey, but not an easy one. There are tests, mentors, friends, and foes along the way. All important, all to serve a purpose. All aimed at helping students to progress. Assessment plays a key role in this process, and when introduced appropriately, helps rather than hinders progress. Join us to discover the possibilities of the Pearson assessment portfolio and find the best fit for your teaching reality.

Bartek Janiak
Bartek Janiak has worked in the field of education for more than 10 years, following successfully graduating from the University of Lodz in the faculty of English language teaching. Following graduation, Bartek started his career as ELT Representative, subsequently moving on to his present position as Teacher Trainer and Senior Assessment Advisor with Pearson Central and Eastern Europe. Due to Bartek's interest in the professional and personal development of human beings, Bartek completed additional studies at Kozminski University for Professional Coaching: methods and practice. He has since gone onto present and run workshops at numerous educational and business events such as: IATEFL, Edunation, European PASE Conference, SPASE for personal development, SPASE for managers, CAMPUS Ukraine. His main interests are in the field of change management, emotional intelligence, creativity communication and stress management.

13.50 - 14.50

Developing not Just Practising Employability Skills

Becoming and staying employable is tough in today’s competitive workplace. In this talk we will look at how Business Partner not only helps learners practise language skills in a business context, but also develops business skills alongside essential communication skills, providing them with the tools to be employable. I would like to share my experiences as a teacher and author with reference to different levels from the Business Partner series. In this webinar we will…

  • define and comment on key employability skills
  • look at communication tasks that enhance learners’ employability.
  • reflect on how such tasks are relevant and ‘real-world’ for our learners.

Iwonna Dubicka
Iwonna Dubicka was born in Bristol, UK and is based in Barcelona, where she has taught English since 1989. She has a BA in English & Drama, an MA in Communication from Goldsmiths’ College London, and the RSA diploma. She is self-employed and teaches English at Euroaula Tourism School and the EU Business School in Barcelona, as well as in-company classes. She has also taught EAP courses for the University of Bath in the UK and this summer will be teaching at the University of Edinburgh. Iwonna has coauthored several coursebooks with co-author Margaret O’Keeffe, and most recently, the Business Partner series with Marjorie Rosenberg. She enjoys walking, swimming and singing in Barcelona English Choir.

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