October 5 is World Teachers' Day and to celebrate we ran a series of five free webinars during the day, each one focusing on a current topic or issue in teaching.
Starting at 08.00am UK time and running until 17.00pm UK time, the themes covered ranged from multilingualism, 'native speakerism' and neuroscience in education to professional development for teacher educators and effective teaching in low-resource classrooms.
Connecting with Teacher Educators | Kirsteen Donaghy, Ellen Darling and Sirin Soyoz
Teacher educators play an essential role in developing the skills and knowledge of teachers and improving quality in the classroom. However, they often work in isolation with limited opportunities to engage in their own professional development. Read more
Using your brain: what neuroscience can teach us about learning | Rachael Roberts
Considering that our brains are the key tool for learning, it is surprising how rarely teacher education focuses on neuroscience. Read more
‘Native speakerism’, identity and ELT | Neenaz Ichaporia and Manisha Dak. Hosted by Chia Suan Chong
This online discussion forum focuses on issues around native speakerism in English Language Teaching and will look at a number of questions, including ‘who is a native speaker and to what extent does being a native speaker matter?’ Read more
Ideas and strategies for low-resource classrooms | Deborah Bullock, Amol Padwad and Richard Smith
In this webinar, the presenters introduce and discuss an 'enhancement approach' to teaching in low-resource classrooms. Read more
Constructing the multilingual mindset | Maria Norton
Language is the vehicle through which we engage with the world and each other; at the core of our relationships and structures, it is fundamental for deeper learning. Read more