One of our missions as English teachers is not only to help our students learn English, but also to develop as good local and global 21st century citizens. We can help them to better understand the world in which they live and make the world they will inherit a better place. Integrating values instruction into our language lessons is one way we can accomplish this. Often, when learners are very young, we remind them to ‘respect their elders’ or ‘share their toys,’ but for our learners to truly develop the values of respect, friendship, or caring, they need opportunities to think critically about those values, to communicate their thoughts to their classmates, and to express themselves creatively through meaningful, values-focused activities. In this webinar, we’ll explore how values can be integrated into English language learning lessons and activities (including some that can be done in online teaching) and tips for making them meaningful to young learners.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
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.