After 70 Years of Generative Grammar: A Personal Perspective by Noam Chomsky

This session is organised by TESOL Tampico Talks in collaboration with Teacher Development Webinars.

Teacher Development Webinars

 

a project to support teachers and educators globally with

professional development opportunities

Teachers are part of the leading cadre in any society

Teacher Development Webinars is a project to support teachers and educators with professional growth opportunities through online teacher professional development webinars. It is an initiative using the rise in online professional development (PD) to connect people around the globe with opportunities they might not have come forth due to the traditional face-to-face conferences and seminars.
This project has gone global and has been recognised worldwide and we are now a community of more than 20K members on our official ‘Teacher Development Webinars’ Facebook group. It has also been included in Active Citizens Annual Report 2020-21.

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Our Upcoming Events & Activities

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September 

Using Mentimeter in Hybrid and Online Lessons

Presented by: Penny Tzanni

EAP Lecturer & Course Designer

University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Event Info

Active learning and student engagement have been two of the main concerns in higher education, especially in the last decade. The pandemic added an extra layer to practising active learning in online or hybrid settings. Asking questions and generating discussions are more challenging in those conditions, but there is one tool that can help tutors overcome those issues: Mentimeter.

This platform enables the teacher to design interactive presentations, add questions and collect answers live during the lesson. One of the benefits of this platform is that the teacher can have in one place content, videos, links, quizzes and interactive questions without the need to use multiple websites and applications.

This session will help teachers get introduced to the basics of Mentimeter, learn how to design interactive slides and add interactivity to their lessons.

 

 

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September 

Using Storybooks Canada to Teach English and Promote Multilingual Identities

Presented by: Dr. Bonny Norton

Department of Language and Literacy Education,

University of British Columbia, Canada

Event Info

UNESCO has found that 750 million youth and adults cannot read and write, while 250 million children worldwide are failing to acquire basic literacy skills. Low literacy rates are partly due to the lack of mother tongue reading materials, which is the best way for children to learn to read, and to create a foundation for learning other languages, such as English. A possible solution is the provision of free online user-friendly reading materials in multiple languages.

In this presentation, Dr. Bonny Norton will discuss the development of the free digital site, Storybooks Canada (https://www.storybookscanada.ca/), which has over 400,000 users worldwide. The project draws on the African Storybook to provide 40 beautifully illustrated stories for children, youth, and teachers. Users can read, teach, download, and listen to the stories at 5 different levels, toggling between multiple languages, including English and other widely spoken languages such as Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, and Tagalog.

The presentation will address the relationship of Storybooks Canada to the Global Storybooks project (http://globalstorybooks.net/), which has over 50 sites worldwide. It will also address the research on identity, curriculum, and translation that has arisen from the projects, and share the free Storybooks Canada Teaching Guide for English Language Learners. Of central interest is the way these projects promote both mother tongue and multilingual literacy, while raising important questions about the relationship between language and identity.

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September 

Understanding and Protecting Language Teacher Wellbeing

Presented by: Dr. Christina Gkonou

Assistant Professor of TESOL

University of Essex, UK

Event Info

The world of education is increasingly concerned with issues surrounding the emotional wellbeing of students and teachers. However, there is still much that we do not know about how the specific challenges faced by English language teachers affect their wellbeing and how teachers can be supported in practice.

This talk will provide an understanding of teacher wellbeing and reflect on how teacher education could best address the topic of wellbeing for both pre-service and in-service teachers. Raising awareness of wellbeing does not only help to prevent stress among teachers, but also enables teachers of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience to teach effectively and help other members of the school community to flourish and thrive too.

8

October 

Digital Storytelling 

Presented by: Dr. Deborah Healey

President, Board of Directors 

TESOL International Association President 2019–2020

Event Info

As teachers, we often use text-based stories in language classes to build reading and writing skills, and video-based stories for listening. Digital storytelling lets students create and share stories digitally. While digital stories have all the benefits of building oral skills, like classroom oral storytelling, the electronic format allows learners to improve their written communication skills for the digital age. This is not quite the same as writing a story on paper; the digital form allows for far greater distribution of the learners’ work. Creating these stories builds 21st Century skills of creativity and communication.

This talk will show examples of digital storytelling, offer a framework for creating digital stories, and encourage teachers to find ways to incorporate digital storytelling into their classes.

15

October 

Reconceptualizing Teacher Education: Enabling Teacher Learning

Presented by: Dr. Gabriel Díaz Maggioli

Academic Advisor

Institute of Education at Universidad ORT Uruguay

Event Info

In this webinar, we will explore a framework for initial teacher education that capitalizes on aspiring teachers’ experience as learners and which positions the teacher of teachers as a mediator of professional learning.

Firmly grounded on a Sociocultural perspective, the ENABLE framework (Díaz Maggioli, 2022) presents a deceptively simple framework that helps aspiring teachers co-construct their professional knowledge, skills and dispositions so as to better serve the language learners they teach. The framework departs from more classical approaches to initial teacher education and provides a reconceptualization of the roles of aspiring teachers, teachers of teachers as well as the whole field.

10

September 

Teacher Expertise Theory and Research in the Global South and North: What it tells us about expert teachers around the world

Presented by: Dr. Jason Anderson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Warwick

Event Info

This webinar will provide an introduction to research on ‘expert teachers’, and what we have learnt about their practice and cognition since the 1980s. It will look critically at how expertise itself is theorised and how expert teachers are typically identified and studied in research projects. It will also identify a significant bias in this research to date – given that over half of all expert teacher studies have been conducted in the USA, and the vast majority of the remainder report on other high- and upper-middle-income countries, I will ask whether expert teachers also exist in the low-income, challenging contexts typical of the global South. The answer is, of course, ‘yes, they do’! I will provide evidence to support this from my own research conducted with expert secondary school teachers of English in India, one of the first such projects carried out in the South. I will also outline how and why expert teachers working in challenging, low-resource contexts necessarily differ in their practices from their peers working in the global North, and why we need more Southern research into how expertise manifests itself in our profession.

We Cover

Our webinars cover a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to teacher education and professional development, digital literacies/language learning and technology, programme management and leadership development, intercultural communication and global competencies, pluralism, translanguaging and multilingual education, linguistic human rights, World Englishes/English as a Lingua Franca, language planning and language policy, methodologies and teaching approaches, curriculum, syllabus design and materials development, assessment and evaluation, learner autonomy, discourse/genre analysis, creativity and critical literacies, research and publishing, teaching young learners and teacher wellbeing. They also include teaching tips for making classrooms more engaging, inclusive and enjoyable for both instructors and students.

Testimonials

I had the pleasure of being asked to give a webinar as part of the Teacher Development Webinars project, which took advantage of the rise of online professional development, to provide high quality sessions to practitioners who ordinarily may not have had access to such PD face-to-face. It is an honour for me to be included among such luminaries in the field, and to contribute to such a well-organized and worthy project.

Dr. Mick King

Community College of Qatar

Teacher Development Webinars is an impressive initiative. It offers teachers worldwide unique opportunities to engage with their own professional development interests and to participate in presentations by some of the most internationally well-known presenters. I only wish this kind of opportunity had been available to me when I began my teaching career.

Professor Anne Burns

Curtin University, Perth, Australia

TDW is an unprecedented platform in the Pakistani context. Since its inception is doing excellent job to bring expert voices, skills and experiences on teacher education and applied linguistics from all across the world for the benefit of in-service and pre-service teachers.

Dr. Sumera Umrani

Associate Professor, IELL, University of Sindh

Teacher Development Webinars is indeed a unique platform for profound knowledge sharing and dessimination. The selection of the speakers at each webinar, their expertise in research and experience in teaching and speaking on different topics, is remarkable. This has all been made possible by the excellent organizational skill of the TDWebinars organizers and most especially, it’s coordinator Amanullah. Think of an exceptional research, teaching and professional development platform as a teacher, scholar, student, educator, researcher etc. think of TDWebinars.

Eric A. Ambele, Ph.D.

Mahasarakham University, Thailand

I highly recommend The Teacher Development Webinars to teachers all around the world. Its host and organizer, Amanullah Saand, has created a high-standard global platform for cordial conversation and up-to-date knowledge sharing. I encourage teachers to join these free webinars; they will not regret it.

Luis Javier Pentón Herrera, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw

More than ever, educators from around the world need consistent access to good quality online professional development. The webinars offered by Teacher Development Webinars meet that need. Whether an educator is new to the profession or an experienced educator who wants to refresh or upgrade their skills, these webinars cover a wide range of content to fit a variety of teacher and educator interests and needs.

Lynn W. Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of Education, Purdue University, Indiana, USA

MEET OUR FOUNDER

Amanullah Saand hails from a small village ‘Hashim Saand’ in District Matiari, Sindh, Pakistan and is a MPhil scholar at University of Sindh having graduated from the same university majoring in Linguistics. Amanullah has been an Active Citizen since 2017 and has contributed much in the realm of teacher-training, consultancy and education. 

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