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.
Our Upcoming Events & Activities
From ‘Communicative Language Teaching’ to ‘Postmethod Pedagogy’: Fifty Years of Exploration
William (Bill) Littlewood is a Professor (Emeritus) at the Language Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University, teaching on MA courses in language studies…
The term ‘Communicative Language Teaching’ (CLT) has been with us now for some 50 years and served world-wide as a focus for discussion, exploration and policy-making. Beneath the superficial term, however, we may ask to what extent the concept itself has remained unchanged?
In developmental terms, our understanding of CLT can be compared to the three stages of culture shock. In the first stage, we enjoyed a period of euphoria in which the language-teaching world seemed to be magically transformed and all problems seemed to be solved.
This was followed by a period of questioning and doubt, driven by efforts to export the original CLT principles and practices into an ever-widening range of new contexts. The emerging challenges led to a partial rejection of CLT as an intact and unquestioned package of principles and practices.
In its third period of development, which is still with us, CLT has merged with the concept of ‘Postmethod Language Pedagogy’. In this period, the core principles of CLT remain intact, namely: we teach (a) towards appropriate forms of communication and (b) in ways that stimulate as much learner-engagement as possible. However, teachers are charged with implementing these principles in ways that are ‘context-sensitive’ in ways that suit specific situations and learners.
This talk explores in more detail the nature of the principles and how they may be implemented.
Assessment for Learning: The Road to Improvement
Annie Altamirano is currently a mentor in the Cambridge Teacher support Service and a freelance teacher trainer…
For instruction to be truly effective, we need to introduce assessment for learning asa n ongoing process. This becomes particularly important in these difficult times as COVID-19 has affected all aspects of our students’ lives and education. The aim of thes ession is to have participants reflect on the importance of introducing assessment forl earning strategies as a means of helping students improve their learning.
I will start the session by establishing the difference between summative assessment, formative assessment and assessment for learning. I will then focus on what assessment for learning involves and what the advantages of implementing this form of assessment are. I will then present the ten principles on which assessment for learning is based and the main elements of assessment for learning, namely, learning intentions, success criteria, formative feedback and effective questioning. At different points during the presentation I will offer examples of how assessment for learning can be embedded in the learning-teaching cycle.
Influence and Adaptability: Motivational Tools for Gen Z
Knikki Hernandez is the author of the book “Empowering Gen Z: Practical Lessons to Take Students From Z to A++” and a high school Spanish teacher in Central Virginia…
In this professional development webinar, we will discuss how the generational differences between teachers and students play out in the classroom as well as learn specific tools that we can utilize to increase the motivation level of our students to empower them for personal and academic growth. The questions that will be answered are: What influences Gen Z and constitutes their core belieofs and communication philosophy? Roadblocks of Gen Z? What will you come up against? How do you motivate them? What adaptations could we make?
Fostering Cultural and Critical Awareness in EAL Classes
Thiago Costa is a passionate educator and language learner. He currently works as an Adjunct English Professor and Teacher Trainer at the Federal University of Paraíba, in Brazil…
English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers are constantly challenged to address cultural diversity beyond the F’s (food, folk-dancing, festivals, fashion, and flags), trying to avoid the reduction of culture to the visible and superficial parts. Aiming to help teachers to move beyond this surface level of acknowledgment, this presentation brings some possibilities to foster cultural awareness and understanding in the EAL class, starting from a Brazilian perspective and going through a broader point of view, to promote the audience’s reflection on how to raise our learners’ awareness and understanding to embed culture in class and make it a regular part of teaching.
Dogme frees the spirit
Scott Thornbury is a teacher and teacher educator, with over 40 years’ experience in English language teaching, and an MA from the University of Reading. Until recently he taught on the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York…
What happened to the communicative approach and the idea that you learn a language by using it?
What happened to learner-centred classroom interaction?
What happened to whole-person learning?
What happened to experiential learning and the idea of learning by doing?
What happened to learner-generated content?
In this talk, I will argue that Dogme ELT (also known as Teaching Unplugged) aims to rehabilitate and re-instate these key language learning principles.
Exploiting Infographics for English & Information Literacy
Nik Peachey is Director of Pedagogy at PeacheyPublications an independent digital publishing company that specialises in the design of digital learning materials…
Infographics have become an invaluable source of easy to read and access visual information for the internet. They have the ability to easily communicate quite dense and complex information without creating reader fatigue.
In this session, I will look at a range of task and activities that we can use to exploit visual information and help students to improve their digital and information literacies whilst developing their language and communication skills.
I will also share a free app that I’ve developed for teachers to help them develop their own teaching knowledge using infographics.
Our webinars cover a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to teacher education, educational technology, teacher leadership, teaching, research, pedagogy, publishing, language skills, 21st century skills, assessment, teacher motivation, teacher wellbeing, organizational development and teacher professional development. They also include teaching tips for making classrooms more engaging, inclusive and enjoyable for both instructors and students.
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.