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Join author Katherine Stannett and Publisher Rachael Gibbon to find out about New Close-Up, an updated edition of National Geographic Learning’s popular series that prepares teenage learners for success in the classroom, in exams, and in life. Rachael will share how user feedback directly informed the new edition, which includes new digital resources for teachers and learners and fully updated assessment support to reflect the latest exam formats. Katherine will then talk about the use of authentic material throughout the series and the new focus on student wellbeing in the ‘Live Well, Study Well’ lessons. Whether you teach with Close-up currently or are interested in learning about a new series for teens, we hope you join us! Audience questions and participation are encouraged.


Katherine Stannett is an author with over twenty years of experience. She spent two years in Japan in the 1990s, teaching English to a wide variety of students in many different settings. She is the co-author of the several successful secondary series and has also written articles, songs and raps for many popular EFL magazines. Most recently, she has written two levels of the new National Geographic Middle School series, Impact, one level of the new National Geographic Primary series, Look, and is a co-author of New Close Up. She has given presentations and run workshops in many countries around the world and also conducts webinars from her home office in the UK. 

Rachael Gibbon is Global Publisher for ELT at National Geographic Learning. She holds an MA in Educational Research with a focus on Education and Social Justice from Lancaster University. Following several years teaching teenagers and adults in Italy, she’s worked in educational publishing for 15 years in the UK and Turkey, overseeing the publication of a number of flagship titles. Her favourite part of every project is still getting back into the classroom with teachers and learners to understand their challenges and aspirations so she can better support their achievements with learning materials that motivate and inspire.

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