Presented by: John Hughes John Hughes is a teacher trainer and writer, based near Oxford UK.
He has authored and co-authored over 30 ELT titles for students and teachers including the course series 'Life' and 'Spotlight on First' for National Geographic Learning and Cengage Learning.
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This seminar shows how EFL teachers can take advantage of the flexibility of young minds and the malleability of young tongues to grow better speakers of English. Joan Kang Shin is the Director of TESOL Professional Training Programs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and specializes in the training and professional development of teachers of English to young learners.
The presenter will explain the keys to success for teaching young learners English as an international language that includes taking a developmentally appropriate approach and building 21st century skills to prepare children for the world they live in. In this position she administers numerous online professional development programs for EFL teachers in over 100 countries, including her own courses Readers: Bringing Storytelling into the Young Learner Classroom Storytelling not only helps children develop a constructive and creative comprehension, but also enables them to identify with characters and situations in stories that relate to their own experiences.
Through storytelling, children become active participants in their learning as they immerse themselves in the plots, in turn boosting self-confidence and esteem.
In the speaking and writing papers of examinations such as Cambridge First or Advanced, students are expected to plan and generate responses, opinions and ideas in short amounts of time, under pressure, and all in English.
As a result, some students fail to demonstrate their full potential under exam conditions.
So in this session, we'll look at ways to help students to develop the exam strategies they need to improve their performance in the speaking and writing papers.
In particular, I'll present practical activities that you can integrate into your exam courses which will help students think creatively "inside the exam box".
This workshop will explore ideas for and benefits of storytelling with young learners using the Presented by: Anna Hasper Anna Hasper is a teacher, trainer and English Language Teaching consultant based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
She has been working in the ELT industry for over 13 years and has worked on projects for the British Council, International House, Ministries of Education, private schools, education providers and publishers in primary, secondary and vocational contexts.