Block 1: 25th February 2021, 15:00 - 16:00 GMT (UTC)
Language Learner Agency: Why and how it matters by Andy Gao
This talk presents Language Learner Agency as a key focus for language teachers when preparing learners for the challenges and opportunities beyond the classroom when teaching. It outlines what Learner Agency is, what it is not and how it operates. It also considers the challenges that language teachers may have in promoting learner agency before it concludes with some possible solutions.
Block 1: 25th February 2021, 16:00 - 17:00 GMT (UTC)
Helping @ home: Guiding parents to support their children’s learning by Vanessa Reilly
Our lives have changed considerably in the past year in ways we could never have imagined.
At first, it was very strange and new for teachers, children and let’s not forget their parents.
Online, blended and hybrid learning have now become a new norm.
In this session we will look at how we can support parents in the new role they now need to play in their child’s learning. We will consider techniques and tools that children can be trained to do in class time for use at home and provide practical suggestions for helping to get parents engaged and working alongside you for the benefit of their children.
Block 1: 25th February 2021, 18:00 - 19:00 GMT (UTC)
Addressing the digital divide by Zarina Subhan
Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus the inequalities that we had grown accustomed to or overlooked. One such inequality is the digital divide.
It is an issue that has been seen internationally, regardless of wealth, because the digital divide can exist to differing degrees and include hardware, software and social issues. Now it is time to consider what managers and educational institutions can do to assist their teachers, students (and their parents, if younger students) to overcome such a divide.
The presentation will describe what a digital divide is before considering what we can do to overcome it and help bridge the gap, so that we do not simply return to ‘business as usual’. It will propose how we can use this rare opportunity to innovate and build on the all too difficult lessons learnt through 2020. Without doing so we cannot realistically move forward and truly prepare our students for the uncertain world we find ourselves in.
Block 1: 25th February 2021, 19:00 - 20:00 GMT (UTC)
Motivation and Location: Tailoring engagement strategies to online and offline contexts by Nick Thorner
Keeping students engaged has been a particular concern for those of us teaching online, but it is a challenge under any circumstances. During this discussion we will outline 3 key drivers of motivation and explore how each can be affected by online and classroom environments. Participants will gain a series of practical strategies to help teachers improve levels of engagement.