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How to Help Students Reflect and Build Background Knowledge

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Preparing students for academic study in English presents several challenges: Academic topics seeming dry and inaccessible; texts having a distinct vocabulary; and students’ lack of familiarity with core disciplines like listening to lectures and essay writing. But there’s another challenge which is often overlooked and that is students, especially very low-level students, being asked to discuss and think critically about things they have little experience of. This webinar will address this issue and how the new series Reflect helps students achieve their academic goals at all levels.


Paul Dummett is a teacher and writer based in Oxford, UK, where he ran his own school teaching English to professionals from 1996 to 2006. He currently teaches refugee children in Palestine and Jordan with The Hands Up project. His main interests are the use of images and narrative in language teaching and how these can aid deeper learning and memory. Seeking out writing projects that explore these interests he has found a natural home at National Geographic Learning, co-authoring titles such as Life and Keynote and acting as a Course Consultant for Look and Imagine. Most recently, he is the co-author for Reflect, a new six-level Academic series from National Geographic Learning.  He enjoys travel, exercise and live music/spoken word performance.
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