Tuesday 20 May 2014
1730 - 2030 | British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN, London, UK
London + LIVE ONLINE
Is it time for educators to reclaim the technology debate? A focus on mobile and social learning to support language and literacy development within a CLIL context
Technology has shared a long history within education. With each new invention came assurances
that teaching and learning would never be the same again. However, during each innovation
pedagogy has been noticeable mostly by its absence, and decisions about which types of
technology to use have been informed increasingly by behaviour patterns in the consumer space.
Before the session teachers can download the Keywords English app from the iTunes store (free)
and browse through a set of images and worksheets in English and other languages designed to
support content teachers and students with language and literacy development within a science
By the end of the session, teachers will have a better understanding of what mobile learning is and
also how to assess and evaluate its impact on teaching and learning. The session will also provide
teachers with an opportunity to explore alternative pathways around their own professional
development and possibly consider education technology as a viable alternative.
Joanna Norton is an educator with deep domain expertise teaching in today’s diverse, multilingual
learning environments. A multimedia author and editor, her experience of using mobile phones for
teaching and learning led to the creation of Keywords English. Keywords English is an app designed
to support young language and literacy learners with the academic vocabulary of science, in both
their first and second languages.
How are new technologies changing the relationship between student and teacher?
An intriguing look at anonymous feedback from teachers and students on how the relationship
between the two is changing, and at the technologies which are either forging or breaking traditional
Who is this for?
All English Language teachers - EFL, ESOL, EAL, EAP - from newly qualified to experienced.
Karen Wilkins currently works as the Director of Studies for IH Intuition Languages, a global network
of homestay tutors. Karen has been teaching since 2004 and has worked in Spain, Japan and
the UK. Karen has an MA TESOL, where her interest was in extensive reading. She is currently
a part-time PhD student researching the effect that new technologies have on our relationships.
1800 – 1815 Welcome and refreshments
1815 – 1900 It's time for educators to reclaim the technology debate with Joanna Norton
1900 – 1915 Comfort break and refreshments
1915 – 2000 How are new technologies changing the relationship between student and teacher?
with Karen Wilkins
2000 – 2030 Networking reception
Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss global job opportunities with
the British Council.
Every seminar is free of charge, however places are limited.
The British Council Seminar Series takes place across the UK, including once a month in London. The seminars are intended to provoke debate and discussion on current issues in English Language teaching and can contribute to the continuing professional development of English Language teachers based in, or visiting, the United Kingdom.
Every seminar is free of charge and includes the opportunity to network with fellow ELT practitioners.
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