About Saturday 7 October - Day 3 of World Teachers' Day 2023
This was the last day of our three-day webinar event to celebrate World Teachers' Day 2023. On Saturday 7 October we hosted five webinars by ELT teachers and experts from around the world.
Recordings of all the sessions from Saturday 7 October are available at the bottom of the page.
About Saturday's webinars
Session 1: Promoting well-being in the primary EFL classroom
Jane Ritter (Italy)
What is well-being? Why is it important to incorporate it into classes from an early age? In this webinar Jane explores how focusing on well-being can benefit our learners and ourselves as teachers. Join this session to discover effective strategies and practical ways of implementing regular well-being focus in the primary ELT class.
Session 2: Effective stage transitions for better student engagement
Ashlesha Rodrigues Dsouza (India) and Kathryn Whinney (UK)
This session explores why stage transitioning is important in both online and face-to-face classrooms. Develop your understanding of the impact of transitions on engagement and task achievement, discover practical techniques for effective transitioning between activities in an online and F2F classroom and explore the challenges teachers face while transitioning between lesson tasks and how a simple analytical approach can help solve transition-related problems.
Session 3: All together in reflective practice
Patricia Ramos Vizoso & Ula Staszczyk (Spain)
Watch Patricia and Ula's webinar to find out how they moved away from feeling demotivated or bored in their teaching careers to being reflective, conscious, and critical teachers.
Learn about activities you can incorporate into your daily routines in order to understand why we do things the way we do, to tweak ordinary things we do in class to enhance our students’ learning experience, and even to understand how the things we do well can be done better. Feel more motivated and help your students enjoy their learning more.
Session 4: Using video-based observations for self-directed development
Cecilia Nobre (UK)
In this session, Cecilia discusses structured approaches for integrating peer observations with video, based on the book Cecilia co-wrote with Steve Mann and Laura Baecher ‘Using Video to Support Teacher Reflection and Development in ELT’ (Forthcoming 2023).
Session 5: Planning lessons for the 21st century learner
Hafsah Aminu and Rasheedat Sadiq (Nigeria)
This talk offers practical guidance for teachers of primary and secondary schools to help plan effective lessons for 21st century learners.
This presentation looks at a number of important elements involved in the teaching of 21st century learners in various contexts.
Discover ways of encouraging learner agency and allowing the learners take ownership of their own learning. Develop your knowledge of creating learner-centred lesson plans and delivering effective lessons to balance the traits of the gen-z learners while being comfortable enough to involve learners in their planning process.
About the speakers
Jane Ritter is a Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Author and Editor. She has over 20 years of experience teaching primary, secondary and adult learners. She is University Lecturer in Masters for Modern languages for International Communication and Cooperation and hosts a radio programme for Teachers Talk Radio.
Ashlesha Rodrigues Dsouza is a Teaching Quality Manager with English Online. She has been managing and supporting teachers online from across the globe for three years. Besides this, she has worked on materials development and has taught adults and YLs both online and face to face. She has worked as a teacher trainer with the British Council on education projects across in India, training mainstream school teachers and master trainers in language pedagogy.
Kathryn Whinney is an ELT teacher, teacher trainer and academic manager with experience working in East Asia, the Gulf and Europe. She has a PG Dip in TESOL Leadership and Management and is currently working on her MA dissertation on Customer Satisfaction on the Student Journey (September 2022). She is also currently a Teaching Quality Manager with British Council English Online, working with Ashlesha.
Patricia Ramos Vizoso is originally from Uruguay where she worked as a Primary and Secondary English Teacher. She now has 25 years of experience teaching young learners and Business English. She is currently doing her Dip TESOL qualification.
Ula Staszczyk comes from Poland and started teaching EFL there before moving to Spain to teach. She has also worked as a counsellor in summer camps and as a Director of Studies in the UK. In October 2020 she started her DipTESOL course in Barcelona.
Cecilia Nobre is a teacher, teacher trainer, DipTESOL tutor and mentor with over 20 years of experience and is passionate about online teaching teacher development. She has taught in Brazil, the UK and Turkey. She is currently doing her PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick.
Hafsah Temitayo Aminu has sixteen years of experience teaching English language and Literature to young learners and is an academic coordinator and teacher mentor. She is currently doing her doctoral research on brain damage and its effect on language performance.
Rasheedat Sadiq is a teacher and coordinator in Abuja, Nigeria, and also trains teachers on using learner-centred pedagogy. She is a literacy advocate and reading coach who runs a mobile library. Rasheedat won the Pearson English Global Teachers Award (Africa and Middle East) in 2000.