I am excited to invite you to attend the following live lectures in the upcoming weeks.
"Writing to Learn"
Wednesday January 8th @ 11:30 am CST:
Not every language student needs to learn how to write a formal essay in English, depending on their personal learning goals and future needs. However, the written component of any language is an important aspect to include in a complete language course that includes the four key skill components: listening, speaking, reading, and, of course, writing. In this lecture, I will share about how writing can be more than a formal academic task, but also a tool to elicit language production, and medium for engaging students in a multi-faceted approach. If you would like to hear about the importance of writing in the classroom and strategies for using writing, but perhaps not in the traditional way that you initially would think, then this lecture is for you!
"Understanding by Design"
Saturday January 11th @ 11:30 am CST:
The most prominent and current unit and lesson planning method, developed by the research of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins, sets up a format in which the design begins with the end. As you consider your lesson planning tasks in the ITA course, and your end of course thematic unit, this lecture will provide you with the background of the McTighe and Wiggin's research, in addition to practical concepts for creating an EFL unit or course plan that truly meets the real world needs of students who hope to use the language for a particular purpose.
Monday January 13th @ 11:30 am CST:
One of the most important tasks of the EFL teacher is oftentimes behind the scenes work of creating assessments and providing students with feedback--what we sometimes refer to as "grading." Unfortunately in the field of education, a teacher's energy and time can often be balanced more heavily on the in-class lessons, leaving the development of assessments in the back seat. In this lecture I hope to expand upon the variety of assessment types that teachers can use in order to meet the needs of a diverse group of students (which leads to differentiation!), and to instill a sense of great value, for both students and teachers, which comes with the work of implementing well thought out assessments.
Please join me on using the provided links Also, you are welcome to listen to a recording of the presentation after it is completed if you're unable to attend.
Hope to see you there!