Gail Ellis MBE
Teaching our learners how to learn
Learning to learn is an important aim of most curricula throughout the world but often tends to remain at the more abstract level in official documents. One of the main reasons for this is a lack of practical guidelines and training for teachers.
I will discuss the theoretical and methodological concepts of learning to learn and demonstrate how the ‘plan do review’ routine provides both the teacher and students with a framework which combines both metacognitive and cognitive strategy development. In this way, students are guided to reflect on what and how they learn, as well as self-assess their performance and gradually take on more responsibility for their own learning.
Gail Ellis MBE is Adviser Young Learners and Quality for the EU region and is based at the British Council, Paris. She has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, teacher trainer and manager. Her publications include Learning to Learn English, The Primary English Teacher’s Guide and Tell It Again!, republished in its third edition in 2014 by the British Council and, most recently, Teaching children how to learn which won an award in the 2016 English Speaking Union English Language Awards in the category, Resources for Teachers. She is an advocate for children’s language learning rights and her main interests include children’s literature, young learner ELT management and inclusive education.
The Global Scale of English: a data-driven framework to inform teaching
The CEFR has become a standard framework of reference for teachers, learners and content creators around the world – moving beyond its European roots. The Global Scale of English (GSE) project takes the original CEFR research and Can Do statements and extends the set of learning objectives to address the needs of more learners. This presentation introduces the GSE and the online resources that are freely available to teachers and offers suggestions for the practical application of GSE Learning Objectives in your institution.
Mike Mayor is Director, Global Scale of English at Pearson. In this role, Mike heads up research into creating audience-specific learning objectives aligned to the Global Scale of English, working with Content teams to ensure that these learning objectives underpin all new products and services. On leaving university, Mike worked as a teacher of English in France before entering the world of publishing as a lexicographer. Mike joined Pearson in 2003 and headed up the dictionaries list until his move to the Global Scale of English in 2013.
Luciana C. de Oliveira, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, Florida. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching English language learners (ELLs) at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas and teacher education, advocacy and social justice. Currently, Dr. de Oliveira’s research examines scaffolding practices and the teaching of writing to bilingual students in elementary classrooms. Dr. de Oliveira has over 20 years of teaching experience in the field of TESOL. She was an elected board member (2013-2016) and will be installed as President (2018-19) of TESOL International Association in March 2018.
de Oliveira, L. C., & Silva, T. (2016). Second language writing in elementary classrooms: Instructional issues, content-area writing, and teacher education. Palgrave Macmillan.
de Oliveira, L. C. (2016) (Ed). The Common Core State Standards for literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects for English language learners. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
26th Annual HUPE Conference Valamar, Poreč 20- 22 April, 2018
Anna Martinović is currently head of the Sub-Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at the Department of English at the University of Zadar. She has over 15 years of experience working as an ELT teacher and is presently working as an assistant professor at the Department of English in the Teacher Education Graduate Programme at the University of Zadar. Her research interests include: Second language motivation, Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Teaching English as a second/ foreign language. She was an active member of HUPE for several years and was HUPE president from 2005-2007.
Once upon a time there lived a language teacher ...
The role of language teachers has changed throughout the modern history of language teaching. This plenary will take its audience back through time to review the diverse ro les of language teachers in the past as well as current ones. The story of language teachers is as varied as the methods and techniques which mark language teaching. Today teachers face many challenges both within and outside of the classroom. How do teachers see themselves today? What motivates teachers to be 'good' language teachers? What resources can teachers use to help them in their profession? As the story of language teachers unfolds, colleagues will be encouraged to reflect on their own teaching experiences in an effort to encourage both professional and personal growth.