Life Skills for Teachers

Macmillan Education Online Conference 2014

Who is it for?

The Macmillan Education Online Conference 2014 is open to all teachers and professionals working in ELT and is completely FREE to attend!


Part of the Life Skills session at the Macmillan Education Online Conference 2014, this webinar will help teachers to better understand the different life skills they need as teachers.

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Webinar details

Life Skills for Teachers with Emma-Sue Prince

Monday 10th November 2014: 11.00-11.45 (GMT)

The  importance of life skills is gaining more and more recognition in the education  sector. These skills represent the psycho-social skills that determine valued behaviour in the workplace and in life. They range from reflective  skills like problem-solving and critical thinking, to personal skills such as  self-awareness and interpersonal skills.

It is now widely understood  that a degree and qualifications alone aren’t sufficient to enable a person to be effective in the workplace and  there is currently a big global skills gap.

This interactive session will provide practical examples,  tips, ideas and illustrations of how teachers can enhance their own professional skills and develop the life skills they need to fill that gap.

By the end of this webinar you will:

  • develop a stronger understanding of key competences that underlie effective life skills such as optimism and resilience
  • understand that these kinds of skills can be  developed in others
  • gain confidence in your ability to deliver life skills and help others develop
  • understand the global skills gap that is currently emerging
  • understand the role teachers play in plugging this gap

About the speaker: Emma-Sue  Prince

Emma-Sue Prince is a qualified teacher and management development  trainer, author and business consultant. Her expertise lies in soft skills,  trainer training, materials design, qualification development and management  development. She provides employability, soft skills and education consultancy  in emerging economies all over the world and is currently working on  large-scale projects in Tanzania and in Bangladesh in partnership with the  Department of International Development and the British Council.

Emma-Sue is director of Unimenta, a free membership site for teachers  and practitioners who deliver soft skills and personal development. Tweet Emma @Unimenta or follow Unimenta on  Facebook for more information.

Here, Emma tell us more about her background and work with Macmillan Education:  

What  inspired and continues to inspire you to work in ELT?

I think ELT is evolving and changing and that  there are lots of opportunities to combine language teaching with other skills  – this is what interests me and inspires me to stay connected with teachers of English, even though a lot of my professional work allows me to interact with  all kinds of teachers and trainers in different disciplines. I enjoy working  and interacting with teachers and trainers around the world.

If  you could have written one book what would it be?

I have already written my book The Advantage which redefines soft  skills as personal competences we can each develop – l loved doing the research  into the book and discovering that through experiential learning these types of  qualities and competences can indeed be developed and that none of these skills  are static. After I wrote the book I immediately developed 2-day workshops to  enable people to develop awareness of these skills.

The next book I would like to write is one  for teachers with lots of tips, ideas, exercises and tools to enable them to  deliver soft skills and life skills. But it would have to be more than a book –  I would also want to include online resources and training workshops.

Tell  us about your latest projects with Macmillan Education?

I currently produce regular e-learning materials on life skills for Macmillan and we are working now on new e-learning materials for 2015 which will be much more focused at the teacher. We are also  in discussions about producing materials for professional development. I  wouldn’t mind writing said book for them too!

Emma's top teaching tip

To never stop learning and developing and to stay connected to your passion for teaching. It’s easy to get overloaded and  overwhelmed with the administrative work, preparation and long hours involved  in teaching and to forget about the difference and impact a teacher makes on  students.