The Global Teachers’ Festival is returning this February to bring the wonderful ELT community a series of 20 teacher training sessions over 2 weeks from 13th to 24th February 2023. With practical teaching advice at its core, we will be delving into such topics as international Englishes, inclusion, befriending distractions, the science of learning, exploring cultures, social and emotional learning, self-reflection and so much more!

World-class Trainers

A roster of some of the best ELT professionals from around the world.

 

Flexible Programme

All sessions run 3 times per day so you can see the sessions that are important to you.

 

Free Resources

A huge range of free teaching resources are offered to all those who register.

 

Wide Range of Subjects

No matter your experience as a teacher, there is something for everyone to benefit from.

 

Advance your teaching at the ELT teacher development event of the year!


Festival Programme

Download the full programme pdf

Week One

  • Past and Future of Teaching: A Science of Learning Perspective
    (for teachers all ages)

    10am, 2pm & 9:30pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    Humans have been teaching and learning since the dawn of humanity. Teaching has evolved from instinct and mythology to reason and, most recently, to science. This session will analyse this evolution from a Science of Learning perspective and offer a glimpse into the future.


    What Our Brain Does When Learning, and Why it Matters
    (for teachers all ages)

    10:50am, 2:50pm & 10:20pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    A colleague of mine said: “Without an understanding of human cognitive architecture, instruction is blind”. This session will begin to lift the veil on how our brain works when we learn and how teachers can take advantage of this.

  • ELF - English in International Working Environments
    (For teachers of adults)

    10am, 2pm & 10:20pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    In this interactive webinar, Rhona Snelling explores communication skills and language that will help teachers prepare adult learners for working in international environments. We will cover techniques and points to remember, as well as practical classroom activities and ideas.


    Which English Will Give our Students the Best Mileage?
    (For teachers of adults)

    10:50am, 2:50pm & 9:30pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    Today’s learners will find themselves using English predominantly in interactions with other non-native users. We examine whether ‘Standard English’ is the optimal target of instruction, discussing implications for language pedagogy, and conclude with a practical example of selection and gradation of language content for international communication.

    You will also have the chance to see a showcase of our course for adults, Speak Your Mind.

     

  • Mastering the Five Competencies of Social Emotional Learning
    (For teachers of young learners)

    10am, 2pm & 9:30pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    Nowadays, everybody is talking about the importance of developing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom to help students learn better. But how? In this webinar you will learn about what SEL is, what the five SEL competencies are, and also practical tips and activities to develop each one of them. Don't miss it!


    Stress-busting Meditations for Busy Teachers
    (For teachers of young learners)

    10:50am, 2:50pm & 10:20pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    In this practical session, Mindfulness expert Emma Reynolds will take you through some easy meditations that you can bring into your busy day to help lower stress and anxiety, and bring more balance to your life.

    You will also have the chance to see a showcase of our course for young learners, Learning Well.

  • Promoting Positive Washback
    (for teachers of adults)

    10am, 2pm & 9:30pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    Washback refers to the effects that language tests have on language teaching and learning. This practical talk will provide you with various activities and strategies for ensuring that exams exert a positive, rather than negative, influence on your adult and secondary courses.


     

    Ben and David Crystal

    Finding Lifelines of Reflection in Shakespeare
    (for teachers of adults)

    10:50am, 2:50pm & 10:20pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    People know the famous bits, such as 'To be or not to be', but the lesser-known bits offer innumerable thoughts that can help personal development and stimulate classroom discussion. Pandemics? The weather? Diversity? Equality? He was there first. We present a selection.

    You will also have the chance to see a showcase of our exam course, Ready for.

  • Opening Teenagers’ Hearts and Minds to the World
    (for teachers of teenagers)

    10am, 2pm & 9:30pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    In this webinar we will examine different ways in which real-world texts and videos can be used to raise teenage students’ awareness and appreciation of the richness of the world. By doing this, we can provide our students with valuable cultural information to navigate the world whilst also developing empathy.


    Using Images to Explore Culture
    (for teachers of teenagers)

    10:50am, 2:50pm & 10:20pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    As well as making learning more engaging and memorable, images can provide a rich stimulus for exploring and understanding the world. This session will explore how we can make the most of images to explore different cultures and develop cross-cultural understanding in the teenage classroom.

    You will also have the chance to see a showcase of our course of teenagers, Gateway to the World.

Week Two

  • Motivation Begins with How We Feel
    (for teachers of teenagers)

    10am, 2pm & 9:30pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    If we want our students to stay motivated, we need to make sure they’re in an environment that is psychologically safe. In this session we will see why getting the students to pay attention to their emotional state can help them sustain their motivation.


    The Passage to Adulthood
    (for teachers of teenagers and adults)

    10:50am, 2:50pm & 10:20pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    In this webinar you will learn how to support and assist teenagers in the difficult time of transitioning to adulthood. With so much rapid-fire change in the world, the teacher’s job of preparing young people for the future has become increasingly daunting and demanding . In the session we will discuss how to build meaningful connections with your students, support their autonomy and explore how to develop a deeper understanding of themselves.

    You will also have the chance to see a showcase of our course of teenagers, Get Involved.

  • Overcoming Learner Fatigue through Creativity
    (for teachers of adults)

    10am, 2pm & 9:30pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    Many intermediate learners reach a wall in their language development. As a remedy to this I propose to share a number of creative thinking exercises and activities that can be applied to course books and used in the classroom.


    Reflections on Leading a Global Network of Language Schools in Uncertain Times
    (for teachers of adults)

    10:50am, 2:50pm & 10:20pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – a description that many language schools’ owners and managers may relate to when reflecting on their experience of running a language school in recent years. In this session, I will share some approaches learned through the experience of navigating this challenging period and more recently through my studies in Organisational Psychology. I will also discuss recent shifts in English language learning and the implications for language schools.

    You will also have the chance to see a showcase of our course of adults, Language Hub.

  • Every Child Matters
    (for teachers of young learners)

    10am, 2pm & 9:30pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    An inclusive classroom is not a “special” classroom. Inclusion is a philosophy and a practice where you can teach children with different learning styles or different abilities. It is that place where everybody is accepted, included and is valued and treated with respect. This session will show you how to create that very classroom.


    Children's writing: Pictures, words, sentences and beyond!
    (for teachers of young learners)

    10:50am, 2:50pm & 10:20pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    In this webinar you will learn how to strenghten your primary student’s writing skills, getting them excited and motivated to experiment creatively with content and structure. When we lower anxiety levels and personalise writing tasks, we empower children to really make their mark!

    You will also have the chance to see a showcase of our courses for young learners: Doodle Town 2nd edition and Global Stage.

  • Befriending Distractions in the Young Learner Classroom
    (for teachers of young learners)

    10am, 2pm & 9:30pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    Do you find your learners get distracted easily? No classroom is immune to distractions, with so much stimuli besides the teacher competing for the students’ attention. In this session, we will explore effective ways to reduce distractions, battle them and get students back on task. Or, when distractions occur, should we make friends with the situation and turn it into a teachable moment?


    What Makes Young People Tick These Days?
    (for teachers of young learners)

    10:50am, 2:50pm & 10:20pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    In this webinar you will learn what makes post-covid young learners tick and will experience a set of practical, multisensory activities that you can use immediately in the classroom to get them hooked on learning.

    You will also have the chance to see a showcase of our course of young learners, Share it!.

  • Promoting interculturality in ELT through cultural diversity
    (for teachers all ages)

    10am, 2pm & 9:30pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    Representing the world’s cultural diversity in materials is a first step to creating a space for intercultural learning in the classroom. By reviewing how cultures and identities have been portrayed in ELT in the past few years, this talk sheds a new light on practical ways teachers and material writers can promote interculturality by addressing inequity in representing cultural diversity.


    Changing the World, One Step at a Time
    (for teachers of all ages)

    10:50am, 2:50pm & 10:20pm
    (All UK Time Zone)

    Brand new for 2023 is the exciting global initiative, Change Makers, which invites students of all ages to share their hopes, dreams and actions for a better future. Join Harry Waters as he journeys through Change Makers World and find out how you and your students can make a difference.

If that wasn’t enough, all attendees will benefit from:

Personalised certificates

Macmillan Education course showcases

FREE GOODIE BAGS EVERY DAY

Did you miss last year's Global Teachers' Festival? You can still catch the talks here.


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