ICT in the classroom - mini-event

Watch the recordings from our three webinars about using ICT in the classroom.

Two teenage girls using a tablet

About the event

This one day webinar featured three webinars with ELT experts from around the world. All three webinars focused on how teachers can use technology in an innovative way. These webinars are for teachers of primary, secondary and young adult English language learners. 

This event took place on 13 July 2023.

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About the webinars

Session 1: Virtual penpal exchanges


Melissa Thomson

Session information: 

This session will show a variety of examples of projects that can connect your upper-primary/teenage class with other classes around the world. It will explore the various modes of project that are possible and how to best set them up and manage them. It will also give tips that will help learners put their nerves behind them and make the most out of the experience of talking to other young people in English.

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Session 2: From game playing to game thinking: Unravelling the impact of gamification for language learning


Sirin Soyoz

Session information:

Join us in this session to find out more about the power and potential of gamification as a tool for making our language classrooms more engaging, interactive, and effective. Gamification is more than just games or game-based teaching. We will delve into the game mechanics that can be employed and explore the ingredients that make gamification work. We'll also see some examples to demonstrate how this innovative approach can inspire our students and transform learning environments.

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Session 3: Insights from online immersive task-based innovative teaching


Weiqun Wang

Session information:

In this webinar we will look at how a virtual exchange course based on live streaming to teach Chinese was designed and implemented, and how it may change future classrooms and language teaching in future. We will see how a three-dimensional classroom was created, combining an Immersive Task-based approach and student-centred principles. The webinar will also look at the challenges and problems we came across and how it will help others who want to try foreign language learning and teaching.

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About the speakers

Melissa Thomson is an English teacher, trainer and E-moderator and has worked in various roles in the British Council since 2010. She is also a freelance ELT author working with several major publishers on ELT textbooks for secondary-aged learners. She currently works in Spain but in the past has taught young learners in the UK, Vietnam and Japan. Also, she works online with teachers in Kazakhstan, Jordan and Palestine. She has a master's degree in Language Aquisition in Multilingual Contexts and is interested in how technology can connect learners from different countries to help them practice and learn English.

Sirin Soyoz, an English teacher and E-moderator, specializes in e-learning and teacher education. She has been working with the British Council since 2007, holding key roles in various educational projects. Sirin's academic qualifications include a BA in English Language Teaching, a Postgraduate Diploma in Online and Distance Education, and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction. She's currently pursuing her PhD, focusing on Community of Inquiry, Community of Practice, teacher research, and artificial intelligence. Moreover, she is particularly interested in gamification, viewing it as a transformative tool to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes. 

Weiqun Wang is an Assistant Professor in Chinese at the University of Nottingham, UK. She has served in many leading roles in Mandarin Chinese teaching, including, the Coordinator of Chinese Team and Chinese Section Head at the University of Nottingham, and the Chair of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS ). She has taken part in more than 60 academic events nationally and internationally. She has published several articles and books. She is also the teaching award winner of the Lord Dearing Award granted by the University of Nottingham.

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