On the 6th March Macmillan Education is celebrating Women Advancing Learning with a fantastic lineup of prominent female experts from the worlds of education and ELT.

Join us as they host a series of webinars throughout the day, covering a range of topics that include breaking down barriers to learning, boosting confidence for child-child interaction in pre-school, advancing our students' learning, creating self-directed learner and teaching discourse and pragmatics.

All webinars are FREE to attend - all you require is an internet connection and plenty of enthusiasm to take part, share and advance learning.

  

 13:45 to 14:00 Introduction - Chia Suan Chong

 

14:00 to 14:45 GMT: Breaking Down Barriers To Learning - Maria Byrne

  This session is for teachers of English as a Foreign Language who are looking to support all learners in the inclusive classroom setting. We will begin with a task that invites us to examine our own unique ways of processing information, and then use this as a springboard to explore practical teaching principles and strategies, which we can use in the inclusive classroom.

 

15:00 to 15:45 Boosting confidence for child-child interaction in pre-school - Sarah Hillyard

  In this presentation, pre-school teachers will reflect on how they feel about stepping back to encourage child-to-child interaction. Routines, songs and games are great opportunities to scaffold children's language learning and boost confidence (of teachers and learners!) to encourage oral peer exchanges. We will look at some ideas that help children move from a secure and controlled place for producing the language to challenging them to interact amongst themselves with confidence and independence.

 

16:00 to 16:45 Do you know what it takes to advance your students' learning? - Anna Hasper

  How we teach in the language classroom is often based on our intuition. We often feel that some things work, and others simply don't. However, modern day research on how the brain learns has identified several ways of learning that better match our brain's learning preference, so to speak. Interestingly, very little of this science of learning has been transferred to the language classroom.  As teachers, however, we are in the business of learning, so doesn't it seem logical that we gain some insights into what makes learning happen in order to make learning more effective and helps our learners progress more effectively? This session will explore how students' learning can be enhanced through applying some of the principles of cognitive science.

 

17:00 to 17:45 Can children be self-directed learners? - Mariela Gil

  Self-direction is an important skill in becoming a successful learner. But surely this is a skill that is more suited to adults than to children who need much more structure in their learning environment. Plus, the language classroom already has so many pressures. How is it possible to teach children English while also helping them develop the skill of self-direction?

This session explores self-direction in the context of language learning and how to embed opportunities in the young learners' classroom for children to develop the skills to become more self-aware and proactive language learners.

 

18:00 to 18:30 Teaching discourse and pragmatics a.k.a. What on earth did he mean? - Chia Suan Chong

  We spend a lot of classroom time focusing on grammar and vocabulary but how often do we focus of discourse and pragmatics? What exactly are discourse and pragmatics and why should they be important to our students? In this webinar, Chia will explore the ways we don't often say what we really mean, and how culture can impact on what we choose to say, or not say. Not only will this exploration help us understand how language is used in communication but it will also open our eyes to the fascinating mechanics of communicating in context.