Our World for Young Learners of English: Engagement, Effectiveness, and Ease of Use

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OVERVIEW

Join us for a session featuring Our World Series editors Joan Kang Shin and Jodi Crandall and the publishers of Our World to learn about a recent study that explored the efficacy of Our World for young learners of English. The session will feature an overview of the best-selling series and a summary of the key findings from the perspective of students, teachers, and parents.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

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.

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 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.

Micah White is an Executive Editor who joined National Geographic Learning in 2021 and manages the development of primary and secondary ELT programs. He has an M.A. in English Language and Literature, has taught English to university students in the U.S. and to young learners in South Korea, and since 2008 has focused on the research and development of ELT materials for students and teachers around the globe. Micah lives in Beacon, New York, with his wife, two sons, three cats, and basset hound. 

Sherrise Roehr is a publisher at National Geographic Learning. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in the English language teaching field. Through her role as head of the National Geographic Learning editorial teams based in Boston, Sherrise has overseen the development of many internationally successful, best-in-class ELT titles, including the award-winning  Our Worldprogram for primary students, Imagineprogram for secondary, World Linkfor adults, and the new Reflectseries for academic students.  Sherrise is well-known for her game-changing approach to material design, creating content that leverages National Geographic resources effectively to make learning meaningful, engaging and relevant for both teachers and learners of all ages. 

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