Multimodal classrooms – mini-event

Join us for two webinars and a panel discussion with experts in using different modes of communication for effective and engaging language learning. The event will be on 1 August 2024. You can watch the live event on Facebook or register to join us on Zoom. 

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About this event

This event on 1 August 2024 will feature two webinars and a panel discussion that look at practical classroom activities that use a multimodal approach to increase learner engagement. Our speakers will explore multimodal assessments and how they can be used effectively with your learners. You will also learn how to use different media and technology to create more engaging classroom activities.    


About the sessions


Session 1: How can we design multimodal assessment tasks?

Speaker: 

Tineke Brunfaut and Judit Kormos (UK)

Time and date: 

10.00–11.00 (UK time) 1 August 2024

Session information:

Instead of using assessments with just one mode (e.g. text) why not add images, video or audio and make it multimodal? The workshop will start by explaining the advantages of using multimodal assessment tasks in the language classroom. You will then see examples of two types of multimodal tasks, try out a task and get advice on how to create similar tasks. You will also learn how to make such tasks with common software and copyright-free materials.


Session 2: How can we make engaging listening activities with technology?

Speaker: 

Chiara Bruzzano (Italy)

Time and date: 

11.15–12.15 (UK time) 1 August 2024

Session information:

In this interactive webinar, you will learn how listening works based on research and whether listening really is the 'Cinderella' skill – ignored, neglected and not given importance compared to its stepsister, speaking. You will then critically evaluate the effectiveness of a listening activity and learn how to make your listening activities more engaging and more conducive to the development of listening. Finally, you'll learn about free online tools you can use in engaging listening activities. 


Session 3: Panel discussion: How do we integrate digital tools?

Speakers:

Nour Al-Huda (Saudi Arabia), Agnieszka Burzyńska (Poland), Mary Rose Banaag Soriano (Philippines)

Time and date:

12.30–13.30 (UK time) 1 August 2024

Session information:


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You can also watch the event live on our Facebook page. No registration is necessary to watch on Facebook.


About the speakers

Tineke Brunfaut is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University (UK), where she specialises in the areas of language testing, and second language listening and reading. She has worked with teachers and ministries of education on language exam reforms in Austria and Luxembourg, and conducted assessment research and training for the British Council in Bangladesh, the UK and Sri Lanka. 
 
Judit Kormos is a Professor in Second Language Acquisition at Lancaster University (UK). She has published widely on the effect of dyslexia on learning additional languages. She has advised numerous language testing organizations on their access arrangement policies for test takers with disabilities. Judit has delivered workshops on inclusive language teaching and assessment worldwide. 

Chiara Bruzzano is an ELT researcher and teacher trainer. After gaining her PhD at the University of Leeds, she started working in teacher training. She is an MA TESOL tutor at the University of Leeds and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and also works on a research project  for the British Council on access to higher education for forced migrants. Chiara blogs for the journal Modern English Teacher. 

Nour Al-Huda is a qualified and passionate online teacher of young adults and adults, based in Saudia Arabia. Four years ago she launched her first online speaking club, designed to help young adults power up their English speaking skills and broaden their horizons.  

Agnieszka Burzyńska is an English teacher at Film School in Lodz and also teaches methodology in the English Language Centre. She very often uses technology in the classroom and also loves filmmaking, film language, role-playing, drama, and improv. 

Mary Rose Banaag Soriano is a business English teacher from the Philippines with more than 15 years in training and development. She focuses on tailored training programmes in English communication skills for B2B and B2C clients. She is also a certified TOEFL trainer. 


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How to watch the webinar

Our webinars are free. They take place in Zoom Events and are also broadcast live on the TeachingEnglish Facebook page. In Zoom and on Facebook, you will receive useful links and attendance certificates. You can ask the speakers questions and interact with other TeachingEnglish community members on both platforms. You do not need any special equipment to watch the webinars apart from a phone or computer with the audio on. Registration is for Zoom only. You do not need to attend every session.

Zoom registration

You should register for the event at the link provided above. In order to receive updates and a link to join the webinar, you will need to provide a valid email address. Your information will not be used for marketing purposes unless you explicitly give us permission to do so during the registration process. For more information about the British Council's privacy policy, please follow this link: https://www.britishcouncil.org/about-us/how-we-work/policies/information-security-privacy Once you have registered for the event, you will receive an email with a link to join the webinar. Please do not delete this email.

If you have any specific accessibility requests, please contact us by email at teachingenglish@britishcouncil.org. You should say which webinar you are attending and ask us to contact you regarding your needs. 

If no free tickets for the Zoom event are available, if Zoom is not available in your region, or you would prefer to watch on Facebook, you can do that on our Facebook page.

Instructions for joining a session in the Zoom event

1. Click on the link that was emailed to you when you registered for the event.
2. Enter the email address that you used to register for the event.
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4. From the lobby you will see the session that is either currently live or soon to be live. When a session is live, you can click 'join' to go inside the live Zoom session.

Webinar recordings

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Webinar handouts

PDF handouts from each presenter will be available after the webinars.

Certificates

Certificates of attendance are available for all attendees. The link to obtain your certificate is provided in the following places:

- at the end of the webinar in the chat box in Zoom and in the moderator's comments on Facebook.
- in the 'Thank you for attending email' that you will receive after the webinar if you registered and watched on Zoom.

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Please be respectful at all times to other participants and the presenter. Our webinars are freely available to attend by participants in all countries. Please be aware that comments you make in the general chat may have a negative impact on other participants and their enjoyment of the webinar.

Do not use insulting or offensive language or comments towards other participants or the presenter.

Do not make comments that include cultural references or political references that may be offensive or upsetting to other participants or the presenter.

Any offensive or insulting comments will be deleted, and the participant making the comment will be removed from the webinar.

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Comments that include links to paid-for websites for the sole purpose of promotion will be deleted, and you may be removed from the webinar.

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