Speaking globally 2022: 26-29 April 2022

Speaking globally is a week of connecting teachers around the world to the best speakers in ELT today. Join us for an exciting week of ideas and thoughts that will inspire you in so many ways, both inside and outside the classroom.

From 26-29 April 2022, we want to lay focus on supporting you - the teachers - and helping you to find the best ways to support your learners. So, the aim of DELTA Publishing, this year, is to be Supporting teachers, supporting learners. No matter whether your are new to the teaching profession, you have to deal with classes of 20 or more learners or you face the challenges of having to constantly switch from face-to-face to online teaching: All these things pose challenges for you and your learners alike – over and over again.

7 online seminars with great ELT speakers will provide you with inspiring ideas, new motivation or simply a space for exchange and discussion with other teachers from all around the world.

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Hugh Dellar > more about Hugh

Five Golden Rules

The Lexical Approach has been with us for over a decade now, but the ideas that inform it have been slow to trickle down into our classrooms. To counter this, Hugh would like to suggest Five Golden Rules which he believes lead to better - and more lexical – teaching: Use Lexical Material; Foster Linguistic Awareness; Don’t correct! Expand; Explain, Exemplify and (get students to) Expand upon new language as well as Personalise practice. Join Hugh to find out what those Five Golden Rules contain and how to incorporate them into your teaching!

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Wendy Superfine > more about Wendy
Judy West > more about Judy

Have Fun & do well in the Cambridge YLs Exams

This webinar will be an overview & discussion of the objectives and the rationale for the Delta Course books which are used as preparation for the Cambridge Young Learners exams, Starters, Movers and Flyers.
Judy West will explore what is involved in developing skills which lead to fluency.  The importance of modelling, practice, and having fun. Setting a challenge and then enjoying the facility of repetition. This will be illustrated using examples from Super Starters.
Wendy Superfine will look at the how and why there is a need for testing young learners today and how the element of fun is incorporated into Mighty Movers and Fantastic Flyers. Examples of activities which encourage children to learn by doing using this topic/ activity-based course will illustrate how the element of fun reduces the feeling of being tested in the traditional way.

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Laura Broadbent > more about Laura

How to teach inclusive classes with the Bloggers course

There are many types of learners from a wide variety of contexts and it can be hard for teachers to know how to use best practices for all of their students. In this talk, we will look at ways to create inclusive teaching environments, using a creative and task-based approach. Through examples from the dyslexia-friendly Bloggers course, Laura will show you how to make new information accessible and engaging for your classes, whilst also promoting a sense of respect and curiosity between students. This talk will be full of practical tips for you to take and start using straight away and we will finish with a short Q&A session.

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Jason Anderson > more about Jason

Changing values and priorities in English language teaching

This talk will explore recent changes influencing the practice of English language teaching in classrooms around the world, including both changes in aspects of theory that impact on teaching, and changes in our contexts and needs as teachers of English. We will touch upon a number of themes, including the multilingual turn and translanguaging theory, the rise of mediation as a social and pedagogic practice, the increasing importance of inclusion and diversity in our field (both for teachers and learners), and the overlooked gradual shift in contexts from private language school and higher education in the 20th century to secondary and primary classrooms, where most of us, as English language teachers, work today. There will be plenty of time for your opinions, ideas and questions throughout the talk, and I’ll offer some suggestions for practice, including through reference to the DELTA Publishing Ideas in Action series.

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Andreas Grundtvig > more about Andreas

English is Context - Putting Language into the Context of the 2020s

At the beginning of the 2020s, the circumstances in which we communicate - at work, while studying or socially - continue to change in a way that cannot be foreseen.  For many students, an ability to adapt to such change has not only become ‘normal’ but it is now expected of them. For teachers, beyond the constant changes in how we teach - from face to face, to restricted or virtual - the dawn of a new decade also brings a change to the context of what we teach.
Andreas takes us on a linguistic journey through the last hundred years to help us make sense of how we got to where we are today. Then by reflecting on our individual circumstances as teachers, he'll share with us engaging activities from his book English is Context that we can adapt to our own classes and enable our students to roar in the new ‘normals’ of the 2020s.

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Sandie Mourão > more about Sandie
Gail Ellis > more about Gail

Teaching English to Pre-Primary Children: Looking at learning

In this webinar, we will explore the under considered area of assessment in pre-primary English education, following the structure of the DELTA Teacher Development Series - theory, practice and professional growth. First, we will present some theory around the specificities of teaching pre-primary children and the implications this has on looking at learning. We will then present some practical activities to involve a melody of voices – the child’s, the parents’ and the pre-primary educators – to provide examples of developmentally appropriate assessment approaches. Finally, we will suggest how you can reflect on this and consider your own personal and professional growth when teaching English to pre-primary children.

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David Byrne > more about David
Mark Heffernan > more about Mark

Textploitation: Returning to Listening Texts in Coursebooks

Textploitation was born out of a shared frustration for seeing teachers supplementing coursebooks with pages and pages of extra material. Coursebooks are already full of underexploited texts both written and spoken. In this talk we’ll be focusing on spoken texts and looking at how you can return to them and dig deeper to teach both listening and speaking skills. We’ll use DELTA’s On Point series as an example.

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