British Council E-Session
Using learning technologies to support the teaching & learning of English in face-to-face and/or online classrooms
This e-session is part of the cooperation programme of the Pedagogical Institute of Rhineland-Palatinate and the British Council. Participants will be invited to attend a presentation of easy-to-use learning technologies and suitable media for teaching English at CEFR levels from A1 to C1. The talk will be given by Joshua Underwood from the British Council, and will be delivered using the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will also be able to interact through of the Learning Community English moodle@RP.
This session will focus on some challenges commonly faced by school language teachers, for example:
- How can we engage and motivate diverse individuals?
- How can we provide meaningful opportunities to practice and particularly speak the target language?
- How can we differentiate and vary levels of challenge and support as appropriate to an individual student's needs?
- How can we provide feedback that helps students progress?
- How can we help students take control of their learning?
I will describe some strategies and activities we can use to help address these challenges and demonstrate how learning technologies can support us in enacting these both in face-to-face and online classes. The session will encourage participants to try activities out and to share suggestions.
Joshua Underwood has been involved in ELT and educational technology for more than 25 years. He has been involved in teacher training, both face-to-face and online, for many years and specialises in uses of technology to support language learning and teaching. He recently co-designed and is an educator on the British Council's new futurelearn course which helps teachers transition to Teaching Young Learners Online. He still teaches primary and secondary age learners, both face-to-face and online, at British Council, Bilbao.
Josh also worked for more than 10 years as an educational technology researcher, largely at the IOE, London. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers; presented at numerous international conferences, most recently the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG event; occasionally reviews for journals like Computers in Education and ReCALL; and is a co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Design in Educational Technology.