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Oxford Day Online 2020

This year has seen unprecedented changes to our lives in work and play and the pandemic continues. Let's ensure we're learning from the early versions of online or socially distanced teaching and learning to create new hybrid learning principles.
Let's ensure our students are motivated to adapt to new routines and different learning environments and prevent attainment gaps evolving.
Let the shift to a hybrid learning approach improve educational outcomes in the classroom and support learning at home.
Together during this period of transition, let's explore new approaches, new frameworks, new understandings and new teaching & learning experiences.

Registration is by morning and afternoon blocs. Please feel free to join us in any or all of our sessions
Shape The Future Together – Young Learners
Morning sessions:
7th November 2020, 09:00 - 09:40 CST (China Standard Time)

Playing it Positively by Vanessa Reilly
In the words of Albert Einstein, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Our lives have changed considerably in the past 10 months in ways we could never have imagined. Life has become like a Hollywood movie where this ‘monster’ out there is threatening all our lives. However, we now have the knowledge that we need to pandemic-proof our classes and prepare for all eventualities. Knowledge is power.
Hybrid learning and finding the most effective way of delivering classes has become a new norm. At first, it was very strange and new for teachers and children, and let’s not forget their parents.
Let’s put a positive spin on this situation and look at how our most loved and recognised teaching tools can be used in class or at home. We will consider ways of telling stories, playing games, and doing songs and TPR that will also translate to the online classroom situation, or can be done whilst socially distancing in class.
“Power is gained by sharing knowledge, not hoarding it!” – author unknown

7th November 2020, 9:45-10:25 CST (China Standard Time)

Wriggle, Jiggle and Giggle by Luke Nestler
How do we keep our little ones engaged and curious in our English lessons when they can’t sit still? Learn English with Dora videos and songs offer lots of opportunities for short and dynamic activities. Teachers and Parents alike can easily lead our little learners in these fun and motivating activities that get the whole child involved, using their voices, bodies, and emotions!

7th November 2020, 10:30-10:55 CST (China Standard Time)

3 tips for engaging reading at home by Joon Lee
How can teachers encourage parents to engage in reading with their child? It is important for the development of very young learners to have learning support at both school and home. Though often not professional educators, parents can still play an active and productive role. Let us explore how teachers can use the Reading Stars series to show parents how to be more involved in reading outside the classroom. These strategies will include storytelling and comprehension activities to inspire parent involvement with their very young learner from the comfort of their own home.

7th November 2020, 11:00-11:40 CST (China Standard Time)

Monkeys, Monsters and Mice by Oliver Bayley
Very young learners need lots of English input in, and outside of, lessons. Parents therefore play a critical role by providing opportunities to enjoy English at home through planned and structured play. To support them, a strong home-school link featuring consistent communication and feedback from teachers is vital. Show and Tell has clear Learning Objectives and lots of resources to help involve parents in their child’s English learning journey. This presentation will show you how to use them!

7th November 2020, 11:45–12:25 CST (China Standard Time)

Let’s Learn. Let’s have fun! by Karen Frazier Tsai & Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto
Let’s Go’s tried and tested methodology includes activities that can easily be adapted for both mixed abilities and mixed programs. In this session, Let’s Go authors Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto and Karen Frazier Tsai will share some favorite activities for teaching listening, speaking, grammar, reading, writing, and global skills. These activities can be used both in the classroom and also adapted for online learning. You will gain fun and fresh perspectives on activities that are at the heart of Let’s Go!

7th November 2020,12:30–13:10 CST (China Standard Time)

Supporting Agency in the 2020 Classroom by Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina
Has your classroom changed in 2020? You may be teaching your students online, face-to-face, or perhaps a combination of the two. This creates challenges, but also opportunities. Join Oxford Discover authors Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina as they look at motivating ways for students to explore, question, seek, and discover in the “new” classroom. Let’s use this unique opportunity to help our students develop the skills of creativity, critical thinking, reflection, and independent learning.

7th November 2020, 13:15-13:45 CST (China Standard Time)

5 steps to success with e-books from Oxford by Rob Peacock
Many teachers are aware of the benefits of using Oxford picture books with young learners. But how do e-books enhance the learning experience? In this session, we will look at a 5-step process to get the most out of your students when using e-books in face-to-face or online classes, and illustrate the process using example readers from Oxford Read and Discover and Read and Imagine, plus the brand new online Oxford Reading Club.

Shape The Future Together – Learning and Assessment

Afternoon sessions :

7th November 2020, 14:15-14:55 CST (China Standard Time)

Using formative assessment to improve student participation in the distance learning classroom by Thomas Healy
Even in the best of times, our students can be reluctant to use English in class. In the Covid-19 era, the distance learning environment can provide hesitant speakers with even more ways of opting out. This presentation will explore how embedded formative assessment-whereby the instructor grades students using activities and exercises that are part of the regular lesson- can encourage student involvement. Participants will come away with practical ideas that can be used with any course or distance learning platform.

7th November 2020, 15:00-15:40 CST (China Standard Time)

Improving testing and assessment in our programs by Joe McVeigh
Many teachers find assessing student progress to be a challenging task, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made matters more difficult. In this interactive session, we will revisit the fundamentals of language testing, address many common errors in test construction, and share ideas and tips for more effective assessment of students. While the session will make use of examples from Q: Skills for Success, the basic concepts and practical techniques are transferable to a variety of teaching contexts.

7th November 2020, 15:45-16:30 CST (China Standard Time)

Balancing the opportunities for learning in a hybrid language course by Paul Nation
The principle of the four strands says that a well-balanced language course should have four equal strands of learning through meaning-focused input, meaning-focused output, language-focused learning, and fluency development. Each strand should get equal time in a course. By applying this principle, it is possible to answer questions like How can I teach vocabulary?, What should a well-balanced listening course contain?, How much extensive reading should we do?, Is it worthwhile doing grammar translation?, and How can I find out if I have a well-balanced conversation course? This talk looks at the four strands principle and shows how it makes use of hybrid learning. The talk includes many practical language teaching techniques.

Date and Times
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7th November 2020
  • Vietnam & Thailand (ICT) 08:00-15:30
  • Hong Kong, China, Taiwan (CST) 09:00-16:30
  • Japan, Korea (JST) 10:00-17:30
  • UTC 01:00-08:30
  • UK (GMT) 01:00-08:30
  • Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey 03:00-10:30
  • Iran (IRST) 05:30-12:30
  • New York 20:00 (-1 day) -03:30


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