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Serious Fun: Games, Chants, and Songs for Language Learning

9:00 am

Especially for younger students, language learning often features games, chants, and songs. But, for students of all ages, these fun elements are used for various pedagogical purposes. For example, they encourage participation by lowering students’ affective (nervous) filters, promotes quick thinking and problem solving, and improves pronunciation, intonation, and stress.


Teachers can apply pedagogical principles to turn almost any content into fun activities that enhance learning, making it more effective and more memorable. In this webinar, we explore practical ways you can use games, chants, and songs to build on and enhance language learning with your students, in person, or online.

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Somewhere over the (online) rainbow

10:00 am

“Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly. Birds fly over the rainbow, why then, oh why can't I?” On remembering these words from the classic song from “The Wizard of Oz” movie, I cannot help but thinking about this new teaching context and how many teachers still find it hard to come to terms with online teaching.

They are afraid of going over the online “rainbow”. What keeps them from doing so? What if they followed “the yellow brick road”? It’s high time we all realized “we are not in Kansas anymore.” 

These metaphors are the core of my presentation. Let’s explore them together and find out what a wonderful world awaits us when we dare overcome our insecurities and fears about teaching online and using digital tools in this new context that pushes us to do so. 



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11:00 am

From every situation that we face as professionals, every negative, every positive, every new experience and opportunity comes learning, new realizations, adaptations and the development of new skills and perspectives.

Since March 2020, teachers have had to face a new reality, teaching in the virtual classroom, an environment that is not only foreign to them, but one that they were never prepared for.

In this presentation, we will share some of the lessons that we have learnt during this time and see how they can be adapted into our classes, our mentality and our methodology as we begin the process of moving back to the physical classroom.

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Rethinking Student and Teacher Roles: Planning for Voice, Choice and Agency in the Language (Virtual) Classroom

3:00 pm

Learner agency is embedded in key competencies related to the capabilities that young people need for growing, working and participating in their communities; it refers to the dispositions that empower students to contribute towards more productive and inclusive workplaces and societies.


What skills, dispositions and competencies has the pandemic proved to be critical for our students as they were removed from the classroom overnight? How have teachers had to rethink their practice as they were removed from the classroom overnight? How can rethinking roles and planning for agency turn crisis into opportunity?It is the aim of this presentation to answer these big questions with a look back as we reflect upon the challenges faced so far, and a look forward as we plan for change



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Lessons learned from the pandemic: transforming education

4:00 pm

The world has gone through unprecedented changes. Is this a turning point in education? As teachers and students around the world find themselves back in the classroom, what can we learn from our experience during the pandemic to provide an innovative change in education?


In this talk, we’ll reflect on what we have been doing differently and how we can apply this to our classroom of the future. How have we embraced technology or the idea of flipped learning? What can we apply back in the classroom? By reflecting on our successes, we can bring forth a transformation in education.



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