Webinars

We invite you to join us in professional development conversations with English Language Teaching specialists, speakers from the TED stage, National Geographic Explorers, and others in the English Language Teaching field.

Learning Academic Content Through English

About the Webinar:

Join us for this webinar to explore ways students can learn to learn from academic content while developing their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English. Students learn a new language best when they are engaged with interesting topics and authentic texts. This content piques their curiosity, motivates them to learn more, and give them opportunities to practice the language in academic contexts.

Using an enquiry-based approach focuses students on a big, strategic question that encourages them to make connections with what they already know, and also to work with key science or social studies concepts and language. This ‘Big Question’ sets a purpose for students to read the content-rich texts and to talk with peers in response to comprehension questions so they build a deeper understanding of the topics. Teachers can also use Big Questions as jumping off points for vocabulary, phonics, grammar, and writing instruction and provide students with opportunities to be creative while integrating their growing knowledge of the content and English through oral presentations and writing projects.

About the Speaker:

Deborah J. Short, Ph.D. directs Academic Language Research & Training, and provides professional development on academic literacy, content-based ESL/EFL, and sheltered instruction worldwide. She has directed research projects and program evaluations related to English learner education and co-developed the SIOP Model for sheltered instruction while at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Publications include Reach Higher, Panorama, Inside, Edge, and other textbooks (National Geographic Learning/Cengage), the 6 Principles books (TESOL), SIOP Model books (Pearson), and professional journal articles. She has taught ESL and EFL, in New York, California, Virginia, and the DR Congo. She is TESOL’s President-Elect for 2019-2020.

What's New in Our World, Second Edition with Series Editor Dr. Joan Kang Shin

About the Webinar:

Our World, National Geographic Learning’s best-selling series for young learners of English, is now in its Second Edition!

Join Series Editor, Dr. Joan Kang Shin, as she discusses what she learned from working with teachers and students of Our World, First Edition, all over the world and how the new edition improves the Our World teaching and learning experience.

Dr. Shin will share

  • Experiences from real Our World classrooms
  • Insights into the creation of the second edition
  • The most exciting second edition updates including: more real-world and cross-curricular content, improved grammar lessons and practice, an all-new, mobile-responsive online practice platform, and more!

About the Speaker:

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to EFL teachers in over 100 countries around the world. 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.

Connect with Dr. Shin: Google Site

Game On: Using Digital Resources to Motivate Young Learners

About the Webinar:

The young learner classroom has more resources than ever for teaching and learning – audio, video, smart devices, interactive whiteboards, the internet, and more! With so many choices for supplementing our lessons, it can be tough to decide what to use, when to use them, and how to use them effectively.

No matter what materials we choose to work with, though, the need to keep students motivated remains a constant, and what better way to motivate young learners than with games! If we can effectively mix our digital resources with games in our classrooms, amazing things can happen.

In this webinar we’ll discuss how combining games with digital resources is a powerful motivational force in the young learner classroom. We’ll also share ideas and examples of the types of digital resources you can use with games and how best to incorporate them into everyday lessons and classroom routines.

About the Speaker:

Alex Warren is a DELTA trained teacher trainer with over 14 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, academic director and teacher trainer. Working for National Geographic Learning, Alex is driven by his passion for developing teachers on a global scale and helping them to reach their true potential. A firm believer in a communicative approach to language learning and student centred learning, Alex enjoys working with innovative, thought-provoking materials and presenting on a wide range of ELT-related topics.

See How it’s Done: Teaching a Young Learner Lesson

About the Webinar:

Join Teacher Trainer Jair Félix in a practical webinar for the young learner classroom! In this session, Jair will present strategies for beginning your class and for teaching vocabulary and grammar. He’ll explain the strategies and then show them in use in real, young learner classrooms. This webinar features the experience of teachers and students at IBIME, a private school in Mexico City, learning with Our World Second Edition. Join us to see how it’s done!

About the Speaker:

Jair Félix is a National Geographic Learning Senior ELT Academic Consultant for Latin America. He has a B.A. in TEFL from Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa in Mexico and a Post-Graduate Degree on Teachers’ Development from The College of St. Mark & St. John, Plymouth, UK. Jair has been involved in language teaching and teacher training for over 23 years and has conducted workshops on various topics such as lesson planning, discourse analysis for language teachers, action research, educational technologies, and 21st century skills, among others. Jair also holds a Diploma in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (DipTESP) and the E-Tutoring Certificate from the British Council. He is a frequent presenter at ELT conferences throughout Latin America.

Exploring Endangered Languages

About the Webinar:

Half of the world's languages are endangered and may go extinct in this century. The loss of these languages will have dire consequences not only for their speakers, but also for culture, science, and the environment. Around the world, speakers of endangered languages are mounting strategic efforts to save their languages. This presentation features photos and video clips of speakers of some of the world’s most endangered languages, from Siberia, India, the USA and other locations, and will demonstrate how indigenous speakers and linguists are working to sustain languages through technology and digital activism. Positive connections between ESL, higher education and language diversity will be explored.

About the Speaker:

K. David Harrison, PhD
Professor of Linguistics, Swarthmore College
Explorer, National Geographic Society

Anthropologist and linguist David Harrison documents endangered languages and cultures around the world. He has done extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities from Siberia and Mongolia to Peru, India, and Australia. He is widely recognized and consulted as a leading spokesman for endangered languages. His research is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film "The Linguists," and has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, USA Today, and Science. David is Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College, and received his doctorate from Yale University. He is a National Geographic Explorer and his book, “The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Languages,” was published by National Geographic Books.

The Magic of Reading: Using Stories to Promote Literacy and Learning

Offering young learners wonderful stories, with interesting images and clever plots, is an essential part of our students’ journey towards literacy. More than that, learning how to listen and feel the magic that’s concealed within the pages is a crucial part of childhood! In this webinar, we will explore ways in which we can include Story time sessions and reading work in our classes. I will share practical tips on how to prepare your students and how to involve them, but more importantly, let’s talk about how to touch their souls and make meaningful connections to their lives through storytelling.

About the Speaker:

Graduated in Drama, Design and Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Lucy Crichton is a teacher, teacher trainer and storyteller who has given lectures and workshops around the world. She has been writing for the primary classroom since 2008 and has been involved in projects in South America, Europe and Asia. Lucy is the founder of The Secret Garden English School in Florianopolis, where she teaches children and teenagers using, music, art, drama, gardening and cooking. She has been living and teaching in Brazil since 1992.

Integrating Values into the Young Learners' and Teens' ELT Classroom

The teaching of English to children and adolescents should be part of a program that promotes the integral and harmonious development of the person in the physical, motor, emotional, affective, social and cognitive aspects, and to seek the learning that contributes and makes possible said development an education in values is necessary. (Patricia Martin, 2012). This session will present different strategies for the integration of values in the programs of teaching English to children and adolescents, and will demonstrate in a practical way the importance of including values for the linguistic, social and emotional development of young learners.

About the Speaker:

Jair Félix is a National Geographic Learning Senior ELT Academic Consultant for Latin America. He has a B.A. in TEFL from Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa in Mexico and a Post-Graduate Degree on Teachers’ Development from The College of St. Mark & St. John, Plymouth, UK. Jair has been involved in language teaching and teacher training for over 23 years and has conducted workshops on various topics such as lesson planning, discourse analysis for language teachers, action research, educational technologies, and 21st century skills, among others. Jair also holds a Diploma in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (DipTESP) and the E-Tutoring Certificate from the British Council. He is a frequent presenter at ELT conferences throughout Latin America.

Young Learners and Grammar: How Can We Make It Work?

Telling your young learners that they are going to learn all about the ‘past simple’ this morning, will be met with absent-minded stares and is unlikely to fill them with excitement. However, most schools and parents do expect young learners’ teachers to enable learners to get their ‘head around’ grammar rules. In this webinar, we will explore how we can design grammar-focused lessons that are age-appropriate, fully engage our learners and encourage them to interact with the grammar in a meaningful context.

About the Speaker:

Anna Hasper is a teacher, trainer and international English Language Teaching consultant based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Anna’s specialty is enabling teachers within local constraints, such as limited resources, to become the best teacher they can by enhancing all students’ learning opportunities through engagement. She has been working in the ELT industry for over 13 years and has worked on various projects for the British Council, International House, Ministries of Education, private schools, education providers and publishers in primary, secondary and vocational contexts. She loves exploring new places and learning about different cultures and has worked in a variety of countries such as China, Jordan, Iran, Uganda, Senegal, Algeria and Armenia. She currently writes and trains teachers for publishers and delivers a variety of Cambridge accredited teacher training courses (TKT, CELTA, YL Ex & Delta Module 3) around the world.

21st Century Skills for Young Learners

As teachers and educators, we want to prepare our students for the 21st Century world. We want to engage them, encourage their independence, nurture their curiosity and motivate them to find out more. But at the same time, we also have to cover a syllabus and ensure that students are learning English in a guided and structured environment. How can we transform our classroom into a place where students not only learn the grammar, functions and vocabulary of the English language, but also develop the skills needed to explore this ever-changing world?

In this webinar we will consider why 21st Century skills are important and how we can develop and encourage them in our students. I will examine some of the ways we can integrate the core skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration into our language lessons and, using examples from National Geographic courses Impact and Look, I will show how these skills can naturally evolve from language learning tasks.

About the Speaker:

Katherine Stannett is based in West Sussex, England and is an author with over twenty years of experience in editing, writing and developing materials to teach English. She specializes in writing for children and teenagers at all levels and is particularly interested in the development of 21st century skills. She is an author of National Geographic Learning’s Look, a seven-level series for young learners of English, and Impact, a five-level series for teenage learners of English.

Preparing Young Learners for Exam Success: Assessing Speaking and Writing

Young learners can often feel nervous or worried about assessments where they have to produce a piece of writing or to perform in an oral test. In this session, we look at the challenges these young test takers face and how to support them in overcoming these, so they feel relaxed, confident and able to give their best performance.

We will also examine the features of the assessment criteria used in speaking and writing tests and how we can use these to help prepare students for the tests. To conclude we’ll consider the kind of feedback we can give our students to encourage and enable them to improve their performances.

About the Speaker:

Elaine Boyd has been involved in assessment design and quality assurance for over 30 years working for a range of international exam boards. She has been especially concerned with the impact of assessments in the classroom and worked closely with teachers and teacher educators delivering courses in assessment literacy in Europe, India and SE Asia and has published articles in this field. She has been Visiting Professor at the Universitat Politecnica in Valencia with responsibility for developing a framework for EMI. Her research includes intercultural communication and pragmatics and her PhD investigated spoken language using corpus data. She is currently a post graduate tutor at The Institute of Education at University College London. Elaine has authored several exam coursebooks for a range of age groups for leading international publishers and is a Course Consultant for Look, a seven-level primary series from National Geographic Learning.

Nurturing Reading Success in Young Learners of English

What does it mean to be able to read? Once you’ve mastered the technical skill of learning to read, it becomes very hard to remember just how you achieved it, or even what it feels like to not have this ability at your command. At this point – and indeed for the rest of your life – you graduate to the more meaningful position of using reading to learn.

In this talk, we will consider various strategies that can be used to help young learners become competent readers in English. Then, once they are there, how reading can be harnessed as a powerful tool to teach both English and content areas such as science, history, culture, creative writing, and beyond.

About the Speaker:

Rachel Wilson has been based in Asia for more than 25 years writing, editing and training in the field of English language teaching and, more recently, environmental education. She is passionate about diversity, the natural world, global issues, and the many ways that education can provide opportunities for all. Originally from Britain, Rachel lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two young children. She is the level 2 author of Look, a series for young learners of English, published by National Geographic Learning.

Tapping into Curiosity: Incorporating Critical Thinking in Every Situation

“I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.” - Albert Einstein

We tend to think of critical thinking as an intellectual skill that appears in explicit, academic-type tasks. In fact, it’s part of a holistic approach to learning founded on being curious, objective and fair. It’s implicit in all we do and, in ELT, is applicable to all four skills, grammar and vocabulary, and to all levels and all ages. This approach encourages deeper engagement with content, deeper processing of language, and ultimately greater learner independence. In this presentation we’ll illustrate the benefits of a critical mindset in a wide variety of contexts, and look at examples of how critical thinking as a skill can be included in multiple lesson and task types, from young learners to adults.

About the Speaker:

Paul Dummett is a teacher and writer based in Oxford, UK, where he ran his own school teaching English to professionals from 1996 to 2006. He currently teaches refugee children in Palestine and Jordan with the Handsupproject. His main interests are the use of images and narrative in language teaching and how these can aid deeper learning and memory. Seeking out writing projects that explore these interests he has found a natural home at National Geographic Learning, co-authoring titles such as Life and Keynote and acting as a Course Consultant for Look, a seven-level primary series. He enjoys travel, exercise and live music/spoken word performance.

Teaching Grammar to Young Learners in a Real-World Context

Grammatical structures are the building blocks of language, but the approach to teaching grammar should match the way students learn. Children do not learn through grammatical explanations; rather, they gain an understanding the grammar implicitly through repetition and recycling of the language in different contexts. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the ways in which young learners approach language learning, and what we can do as teachers to ensure our grammar instruction is learning-centered, meaningful, interesting, and most importantly effective.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to EFL teachers in over 100 countries around the world. 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.

Connect with Dr. Shin: Google Site

Preparing Young Learners for Exam Success

Do your young learners need to take formal assessments? How do they feel about this? We know our students can often become worried and nervous when being assessed, which affects their performance. We can help by creating an environment in which our students can be relaxed and feel confident in any exam situation.

In this presentation, we’ll look at exactly what is being assessed in different exam tasks and offer strategies teachers can use to prepare young learners for those tasks and increase their confidence. We’ll also consider how we can assess speaking and writing activities and provide ideas for monitoring ongoing progression in order to help learners improve.

About the Speaker:

Elaine Boyd has been involved in assessment design and quality assurance for over 30 years working for a range of international exam boards. She has been especially concerned with the impact of assessments in the classroom and worked closely with teachers and teacher educators delivering courses in assessment literacy in Europe, India and SE Asia and has published articles in this field. Elaine has authored several exam coursebooks for a range of age groups for leading international publishers. She has been Visiting Professor at the Universitat Politecnica in Valencia with responsibility for developing a framework for EMI. Her research includes intercultural communication and pragmatics and her PhD investigated spoken language using corpus data. Elaine is currently a post graduate tutor at The Institute of Education at University College London.

Practical Classroom Ideas for Developing Young Global Citizens

We live in a world that has become an increasingly complex web of connections and interdependencies. Our young learners need to be ready to thrive in that environment, and tangible skills such as language proficiency are obviously critical to their success. But language skills are just one part of the whole picture. To be productive global citizens, students need other less tangible skills, like greater sensitivity to cultural differences, openness to new and different ideas, and the ability to adapt to change. In this presentation, we’ll discuss the importance of bringing the world to the classroom to help children become aware of the wider world and of their role as global citizens and offer practical ideas and classroom tasks that teachers can use to engage young learners in the opportunities and challenges offered by a fast-changing, globalized world.

About the Speaker:

Luciana Fernández is a graduate teacher of English who has been teaching English for the past twenty-three years. She specializes in methodology and teaching practice. She holds a diploma in Educational Research from the University of Cambridge. She is a reading and literacy expert and has been training teachers for the past ten years. She has designed several presentations and courses for professional development both in Argentina and abroad. Her presentation at ARTESOL 2015 was selected to be presented at TESOL International as a Best Affiliate Session. She is one of the 50 scholarship winners who attended and presented at IATEFL, held in Birmingham in April 2016. Currently, she is a Learning Consultant and reader for National Geographic Learning. She is also a facilitator at ESSARP (English Speaking Scholastic Association of the River Plate), where she trains administrators and teachers from bilingual institutions in Argentina.

About this Webinar:

Information literacy is a necessary skill for young learners in the 21st century, which is increasingly image, media, and technology driven. In the past, literacy referred to being able to read and write, but the term “literacy” now includes the interpretation of all kinds of information, whether in print, images, video, or audio.

Today, English language teachers need to incorporate new literacies and prepare our students to gain information in different ways. This presentation will deepen your understanding of information literacy and show effective ways to build your young learners’ ability to interpret various forms of information while teaching English.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to EFL teachers in over 100 countries around the world. 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.

Connect with Dr. Shin: Google Site

About this Webinar:

As children become readers, they need to understand and learn the relationship between sounds and letters. The systematic and purposeful teaching of phonics provides a solid foundation for children to read and write in English.

What does an effective instructional phonics routine look like? How long should it be? What do effective phonics teachers do during these routines? How can teachers provide children with opportunities to apply what they learn during these routines? These frequently asked questions and other useful tips will be covered and discussed in this practical webinar for teachers of young learners.

About the Speaker:

Luciana Fernández is a graduate teacher of English who has been teaching English for the past twenty-three years. She specializes in methodology and teaching practice. She holds a diploma in Educational Research from the University of Cambridge. She is a reading and literacy expert and has been training teachers for the past ten years. She has designed several presentations and courses for professional development both in Argentina and abroad. Her presentation at ARTESOL 2015 was selected to be presented at TESOL International as a Best Affiliate Session. She is one of the 50 scholarship winners who attended and presented at IATEFL, held in Birmingham in April 2016.

Currently, she is a Learning Consultant and reader for National Geographic Learning. She is also a facilitator at ESSARP (English Speaking Scholastic Association of the River Plate), where she trains administrators and teachers from bilingual institutions in Argentina.

About this Webinar:

Walk into almost any English-language classroom and you’ll encounter a mix of students with a range of abilities, interests, learning styles and English levels. It can be very challenging, then, for teachers to provide their students with the individualized support and instruction they need to learn best while also moving the whole class and curriculum forward as required. And if the differences in English levels between students are vast, it can feel impossible!

In order to promote learning opportunities for all our young learners and enable all of them to achieve to the best of their abilities, we must find ways to tailor our lessons to support the abilities and English levels of all students in our classroom, not only the majority. But how?

In this webinar, teacher trainer Anna Hasper will provide a variety of practical ideas for managing the mixed-level young learner classroom and adjusting our lessons to serve the needs of all students without modifying the expected language outcomes.

About the Speaker:

Anna Hasper is a teacher, trainer and international English Language Teaching consultant based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Anna’s specialty is enabling teachers within local constraints, such as limited resources, to become the best teacher they can by enhancing all students’ learning opportunities through engagement. She has been working in the ELT industry for over 13 years and has worked on various projects for the british Council, International House, Ministries of Education, private schools, education providers and publishers in primary, secondary and vocational contexts. She loves exploring new places and learning about different cultures and has worked in a variety of countries such as China, Jordan, Iran, Uganda, Senegal, Algeria and Armenia. She currently writes and trains teachers for publishers and delivers a variety of Cambridge accredited teacher training courses (TKT, CELTA, YL Ex & Delta Module 3) around the world.

About this Webinar:

Can we maximise opportunities for practising the four skills in every lesson? Is there really enough time? Is it worth doing? Yes, Yes and Yes! In this webinar Katherine will demonstrate how small changes and add-ons to existing activities can have a big impact on our young learners’ skills development. After sharing a range of practical ideas she will suggest a simple framework to help teachers make sure that the four skills are covered in every lesson.

About the Speaker:

Katherine Bilsborough has been creating ELT materials for 30 years, for her own students and for some of the top ELT Publishers. She has written more than 30 course books and many online courses. She writes monthly lesson plans for the british Council/BBC website teachingenglish.org.uk and is the author of ‘How to write Primary materials’, a training course for ELT writers. Katherine is an author of Look, a series for young learners of English with National Geographic Learning.

About this Webinar:

Projects provide an active, interactive, and creative way for learners to use their language and express themselves. They engage learners in multi-sensory experiences that contextualize both content and language. Projects provide concrete examples of what they have been learning, and they can share these projects with others (the class, their friends and families, or their school). They appeal to a variety of learning styles and can be done individually or with partners.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the steps for a variety of successful projects including: creating family posters or photo-autobiographies, conducting surveys or experiments and sharing the results, creating brochures or posters that support academic content and involve critical thinking, planning a TV show or video, and making puppets or designing a new machine.

About the Speaker:

Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall is Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she co-directed the M.A. TESOL Program and established and directed the Ph.D. Program in Language, Literacy, and Culture. She is coauthor of the professional development book Teaching Young Learners English., and a series editor for the Our World suite of materials for young learners, including Welcome to Our World, Our World, and Explore Our World, and Impact, a program for teens.

About this Webinar:

For many reasons—class size, children’s attention span, children’s level of literacy in their native language, lack of time, etc.—we tend to focus on oral language skills in the young learner English classroom.

Listening and speaking skills are of course key areas of focus for young English learners, but it’s possible, and in fact vital, to develop their written language skills at the same time to ensure our learners have a well-rounded language skill set early on.

In this presentation, we’ll look at:

  • activities you can use to integrate more reading and writing in your classes from very beginning levels,
  • why this is important even if you have a listening and speaking focus in your classroom,
  • and how to do this while still having fun and remembering the basic characteristics of young learners.

About the Speaker:

Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall is Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she co-directed the M.A. TESOL Program and established and directed the Ph.D. Program in Language, Literacy, and Culture. She is coauthor of the professional development book Teaching Young Learners English., and a series editor for the Our World suite of materials for young learners, including Welcome to Our World, Our World, and Explore Our World, and Impact, a program for teens.

About this Webinar:

In this webinar, National Geographic Explorer, marine biologist, and educator Dr. Asha de Vos will share her personal journey of becoming an explorer, and provide insights for teachers to help foster curiosity, confidence, and global citizenship in young learners and teenage learners.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Asha de Vos is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. She calls the population of whales in the water around Sri Lanka 'the Unorthodox Whales' because through many years of research, she has discovered that they are simply – different. She has degrees from the University of St. Andrews, University of Oxford and the University of Western Australia but escaped academia to establish her own Sri Lankan grown non-profit, Oceanswell. She also runs 'The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project' which is the first long term study on blue whales in her region, and her work has led to many key research publications, that are used to inform policy at the local and global level.

Additionally, Asha's work has been showcased internationally by Channel 7 Australia, the BBC, the New York Times, CNN, WIRED UK, the New Scientist, TED, Grist, GOOD and National Geographic. Asha is the first and only Sri Lankan to have a PhD in Marine Mammal research, the first Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation from Sri Lanka and also the first National Geographic Emerging Explorer from her small island nation. Asha is also a TED Senior fellow, an Ocean Conservation Fellow at the New England Aquarium, a Duke Global Fellow in Marine Conservation, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Oceana. Asha's life work is to change the current marine conservation model, protect this unique population of blue whales and inspire the next generation of ocean heroes from the developing world.

Read Asha's National Geographic Explorer Bio

Watch Asha's TED Talk

About this Webinar:

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, or what has been called "assessment OF learning." But we can actually assess in many ways, both formally and informally, and for many different purposes.

Some of the most important assessments involve "assessment FOR learning," where we get an idea of how our students are truly doing in class and what we might need to review with some or all of our learners to ensure their success.

In this webinar, Dr. Crandall will discuss and demonstrate both formal and informal assessments that can be used for a range of purposes. She'll provide:

  • examples of engaging, developmentally appropriate assessment activities
  • a set of guidelines for using informal assessments for learning
  • idea for encouraging our learners to assess themselves

About the Speaker:

Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall is Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she co-directed the M.A. TESOL Program and established and directed the Ph.D. Program in Language, Literacy, and Culture. She is coauthor of the professional development book Teaching Young Learners English., and a series editor for the Our World suite of materials for young learners, including Welcome to Our World, Our World, and Explore Our World, and Impact, a program for teens.

About this Webinar:

Developing literacy skills in a foreign language can begin as early as foreign language instruction begins. Although some EFL programs delay literacy instruction for young learners and only focus on oral language development, studies have shown that it is not necessary, or even recommended, to take this approach.

In this webinar, Dr. Joan Kang Shin will discuss how literacy activities can be introduced with learners as young as pre-school age and provide the building blocks for balanced literacy programming for young EFL learners.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to EFL teachers in over 100 countries around the world. 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.

Connect with Dr. Shin: Google Site

About this Webinar:

Being aware of your impact on the environment, both locally and globally, is an important part of being a responsible global citizen. But for young learners growing up in a digitally-focused global society, the disconnect between their everyday lives and the natural world is greater than ever.

How, then, can educators reconnect students with the environment, motivate them to care, and empower them to protect our planet?

In this webinar, photographer, conservationist, and National Geographic Young Explorer Gabby Salazar will share with you:

  • her unique story
  • her experiences working with children around the world
  • and practical ideas for using photography in the classroom

to help you foster environmental responsibility, raise global awareness, and use photography in your young learner classroom.

About the Speaker:

Photographer and conservationist Gabby Salazar travels around the globe to document rare and endangered species and to raise awareness about their plight. She is a National Geographic Young Explorer, a former President of the North American Nature Photography Association, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Photography, and a member of the Emerging League of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). At 19, she founded a student magazine with Nature's Best Photography to promote photography as a way to connect kids with nature. She continues to teach photography to children and teenagers around the world.

Connect with Gabby: gabbysalazar.com

About this Webinar:

What does it mean to be a global citizen? In today’s world, people around the globe rely on each other more than ever. In this webinar, Dr. Joan Kang Shin will discuss why global citizenship is important, describe the five essential knowledge areas for young learners to become successful global citizens, and showcase practical classroom applications for these ideas!

About the Speaker:

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to EFL teachers in over 100 countries around the world. 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.

Connect with Dr. Shin: Google Site