Alex is a teacher trainer with over 13 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer and academic director. Prior to his experiences in ELT, Alex worked as a journalist before a chance encounter in the Indonesian jungle began him on the path which has led him to working with National Geographic Learning. Travelling to countries throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Alex enjoys working with innovative materials and presenting on a wide range of ELT-related topics, all the while driven by his passion of helping to develop teachers on a global scale.
16 March - Passport to Advanced Exam Success
Abstract: What do students need to pass an exam? The right level of English, a course book that gives them plenty of practice in the exam questions and also develops specific exam skills. But is that all they need? While rigorous preparation is no doubt a vital component in students achieving success, it is by no means the only component. In this session we’ll explore other factors that can influence learners’ exam success; including the impact of the materials that are used and how we approach teaching exam classes can help give students the added motivation they need to be successful.
Anders Bylund is a Product Marketing Manager with National Geographic Learning, and is based in Boston, MA. Anders provides international support for a variety of English Language Teaching materials, including secondary and academic skills programs, as well as US curriculum programs for reading, science, and social studies courses.
30 March - The Power of TED in the 21st Century Communication Classroom
Abstract: National Geographic Learning and TED are now partners in English Language Teaching! Using examples from the new 21st Century Communication – Listening and Speaking program, attendees of this session see how TED Talks are used to develop essential 21st century skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, and visual literacy. Presenters show how speaking, pronunciation, and presentation skills, inspired by TED speakers, prepare learners to deliver successful presentations of their own – and demonstrate the power of TED in the language learning classroom!