The majority of English-language interactions don’t involve a first-language user of English, and don’t take place in a country where English is an official language. This is the reality of English as it’s used today. What does this mean for 21st Century learners? What kind of accent should we encourage them to aim for? What do they need to know about culture? How can we teach them the importance of understanding their audience? This webinar discusses these questions and offers practical answers for how to address them in the classroom, using fascinating ideas from TED Talks and examples from National Geographic Learning’s Keynote and Perspectives series.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Lewis got his first taste of teaching English in Barcelona in the late 1980s. The experience inspired him to get a Master’s in TESOL, after which he taught at a university language center in Arizona and then a manufacturing company in Japan. In 1995, he took an editorial job with a major publisher in Hong Kong developing materials for Asia, and in 1997 became a freelance editor, project manager and writer in the UK. He has worked on books, videos, tests, audio materials, worksheets, apps and online materials for English learners of all ages across the world. His most recent projects are National Geographic Learning’s Keynote and Perspectives featuring TED Talks.