Are you a 21st Century educator? Exploring strategies for motivating learners in the 21st century

26 October


We live in a rapidly changing world, one that is increasingly interconnected. While this century is an exciting one because of its fast-paced, technology-driven nature, it is also a challenging one. Our students who are young global citizens need to learn values and skills that will enable them to successfully communicate and collaborate across borders and cultures. As English teachers, we are building skills for global communication, which includes digital, new media, and visual literacy because communication in English is inextricably linked to these 21st century literacies.

Join two experts in the field of English language teaching, Drs. Joan Kang Shin and Jodi Crandall, as they outline trends and strategies for fostering 21st century skills in young learners of English using examples from the best-selling Our World and Welcome to Our World series.

In this session, they will cover:
-Lessons around hybrid and remote learning
-Why social-emotional learning (SEL) is more important now than ever
-Ways to integrate specific 21st century skills to help our young learners succeed in this technology-driven and global century


Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to EFL teachers in over 100 countries around the world. She is a Series Editor of National Geographic Learning’s young learner programs Welcome to Our WorldOur World, and Explore Our World, as well as the teen program Impact, and an author of the professional development title Teaching Young Learners English.

Connect with Dr. Shin: Google Site

Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall is Professor Emerita and former Director of the Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. Program, and Co-Director of the MA TESOL Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has worked in all areas of ESL/EFL including teaching, curriculum and materials development, standards development, and teacher training. She is a Series Editor of National Geographic Learning’s young learner programs Welcome to Our World, Our World, and Explore Our World, as well as the teen program Impact, and an author of the professional development title Teaching Young Learners English.

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