Students Love These Seven Tricks​

Students Love These Seven Tricks

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CHRISTIEN LEE

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The language teaching world has changed and many things that used to work are either no longer possible or no longer successful. This session will examine some of the challenges that teaching online brings, and then introduce seven practical ways – and yes, one of them is to take lessons from online “clickbait” headlines – to make online classes more engaging and interesting for students and more rewarding for instructors.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Christien Lee has worked in English Language Teaching for over 25 years. His roles have included teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, materials writer, director of studies, school owner, consultant, and author. He has wide experience in ELT, but specializes in academic English and exam preparation. He is the author of a dozen textbooks including 21st Century CommunicationPathways: Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking, and World English from National Geographic Learning.
 
 

Developing Learner Agency in Your Classroom

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DEVELOPING LEARNER AGENCY IN YOUR CLASSROOM

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CHRISTIEN LEE
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Students learn to use language more effectively when they can make choices in their learning. When instructors provide opportunities for students to exercise learner agency, they build an understanding of the what, how, and why of their educational journey. Using examples from National Geographic Learning materials, this workshop will provide tips on helping instructors deliver engaging, motivating, effective lessons through developing learner agency.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Christien Lee has worked in English Language Teaching for over 25 years. His roles have included teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, materials writer, director of studies, school owner, consultant, and author. He has wide experience in ELT, but specializes in academic English and exam preparation. He is the author of a dozen textbooks including 21st Century Communication: Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking, Pathways: Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking, and World English from National Geographic Learning.

Getting Real about Authentic Content

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GETTING REAL ABOUT AUTHENTIC CONTENT

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CHRISTIEN LEE
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A paradox of language teaching is that, in some ways, the easier a teacher or textbook is to understand, the less he, she, or it actually helps students. The reason? Carefully graded words and scripts and a sympathetic approach may not always prepare students to understand the language they will meet outside the ELT classroom, including in their academic classes. Luckily, using authentic content is a way to overcome this paradox. We will begin this workshop by looking at different kinds of authentic content and discussing their respective pros and cons. We will then discuss effective ways to introduce more authentic content into the classroom in ways that allow teachers to shine without causing students to feel like proverbial rabbits caught in headlights.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Christien Lee, who has dual Canadian and british citizenship, has worked in English Language Teaching since 1994. His roles have included teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, materials writer, director of studies, consultant, and author. He has broad experience in different aspect of ELT, but specializes in academic English and, particularly, exam preparation. Currently, his focus is on writing books and materials and developing innovative e-learning resources. He is the author of several ELT books, including titles for National Geographic Learning.

A Critical Look at Critical Thinking

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A CRITICAL LOOK AT CRITICAL THINKING

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CHRISTIEN LEE
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Critical thinking is rather like broccoli: not necessarily easy to describe (though we know it when we see it) and not to everyone’s taste, but good for us. Yet although critical thinking is a key skill for the modern world, students and teachers often find it challenging. In this workshop, we will analyze the kinds of critical thinking exercises commonly found in ELT textbooks and examine some of the typical issues that people have with critical thinking tasks. We will then discuss various solutions to these issues, including adapting techniques from “demand high teaching” and finding ways to modify textbook exercises so the barrier to entry is lower and the benefits to doing it are greater.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Christien Lee, who has dual Canadian and british citizenship, has worked in English Language Teaching since 1994. His roles have included teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, materials writer, director of studies, consultant, and author. He has broad experience in different aspect of ELT, but specializes in academic English and, particularly, exam preparation. Currently, his focus is on writing books and materials and developing innovative e-learning resources. He is the author of several ELT books, including titles for National Geographic Learning.