National Geographic - Learning

English Learning

Panel Discussion
The Evolving World of English Learning: A School’s-Eye View




Today’s multilingual learners are beginning their English language learning education younger, with an expectation they will need to do more in English – in the academic classroom, in the workplace, and in their personal lives. This is a growing audience that includes international schools, bilingual schools, and other types of institutions teaching an international or national curriculum – and sometimes both. To support these goals, schools must focus on the learning outcomes they wish to achieve in English, as well as the skills, competencies, and mindset they need to equip students with to reach them. In this session, we’ve invited educators from schools grappling with these challenges to share their experiences, including how they are preparing learners with the English they need to access the curriculum.



Marisa Monroe is an Instructional Coach and Curriculum Coordinator at Global Educational Excellence, a district with 14 campuses across Michigan and Ohio and two schools in Saudi Arabia.  Her area of concentration is literacy.  Their schools across the globe host students of varying degrees of English proficiency so supporting language development in a highly globalized setting has become her “happy place”!

Sergio Morales is the IB DP and MYP Coordinator at a private school in Mexico called Colegio Ciudad de México.  He is a psychologist, an Industrial Designer, and an English teacher certified by Cambridge’s TKT training and exams.
Johan Mells is the Secondary English Coordinator at one of Shanghai’s fastest-growing schools, Shanghai HD.  He is a licensed high school English teacher, retired semi-professional rugby player in Japan, published poet, and avid amateur paleontologist.


Mahmoud Salman has a record of fruitful teaching for the past 15 years. He is the head of the English department at Global Bilingual Academy in Kuwait.
Andrew McNally works at the American International School of Kuwait. He is an English Teacher there and an Assistant Examiner for International Baccalaureate Language and Literature. Previously he has taught at high schools and universities in the United States and China.

Renata Prado Zambrim has been an English teacher and coordinator in schools for more than 20 years. She is currently the head bilingual coordinator for Alfa Rede de Ensino, a network of schools in the South of Brazil.

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