Cambridge English Secondary Day (Utrecht)
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PROGRAMME - WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER
10:00-10:30 Registration with coffee and tea
10:30-10:45 General introduction
10:45-12:15 Helping Teens to Think beyond Language by Herbert Puchta
Latest studies into the teenage brain reveal why adolescents are prone to risk-taking, but at the same time have amazing potential for change and social adaptability. For educators, this offers excellent opportunities to build strong language skills while at the same time challenging their teenage students to think beyond language, with an emphasis on critical thinking, values and self-esteem – ensuring academic and lifelong success. In this session, Herbert will use examples from his new course book, Think, co-written with Jeff Stranks and Peter Lewis-Jones, in order to demonstrate how language learning for teenagers can be made more memorable by engaging students in real-life thinking tasks aimed at developing their self-esteem and critical thinking skills. You will also see examples of how you can maximize teaching time and track students’ progress with the help of Think and the Cambridge Learning Management System.
12:15-13:00 Complimentary Lunch
13:00-14:00 Discovering the World through English by Annabel Marriott
We know that student engagement and an enjoyable class environment are crucial to successful learning. But it’s also true that in our increasingly competitive world and intense focus on targets and exam scores it’s not easy to create engaging, motivating lessons that also thoroughly prepare teenagers to achieve good results. So how can we achieve this balance and start to reignite our students natural curiosity and love of learning? At the same time, how can we encourage them to broaden their minds and learn more about the world around them through English? In this session you will see examples of material from our new Secondary course, Eyes Open, with a particular focus on how video can be exploited for enjoyable lessons that are also easy to prepare
14:00-15:00 How to motivate your A2 to B1 students? by Miles Niemeijer
Find out how with Cambridge English: Key and Preliminary exams for Schools. The seminar will cover the level, format, teacher and learner preparation materials for Cambridge English: Key and Preliminary for Schools, particularly appropriate for VMBO students. We will talk about how these exams can help your A2 and B1 students to gain motivation to improve their English, build their confidence step by step and also give them greater opportunities for further study and work. We will also have a look at samples from Dutch students and share ideas for classroom practice.
Herbert Puchta holds a Ph.D. in ELT Pedagogy. For several years, he was Professor of English at the Teacher Training University in Graz, Austrai. He has been a plenary speaker at numerous international converences and has conducted workshops and given seminars in more than 50 countries. He was also President at IATEFL (the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language). For almost three decades, Herbert has done research into the practical application of findings from cognitive psychology and brain research to the teaching of English as a foreign language. Herbert has co-authored numerous course books as well as articles and resource books. His latest books are Super Minds, More! 2nd edition, and Think.
Annabel Marriott is a Publisher at Cambridge University Press. She has over 14 year's experience of developping successful ELT courses, including the first edition of English in Mind. She has commissioned and developed several Cambridge Exam preparation titles, and most recently Eyes Open, a new four-level lower secondary course. Prior to her career in Cambridge, Annabel worked for a number of years as a teacher and teacher trainer in the UK, Japan, Spain and the Czech Republic.
Miles Niemeijer works as consultant for Cambridge English Language Assessment in the Netherlands. He visits schools providing support and expertise to meet the needs of learners, teachers and educational institutions across the country. He is also a teacher and prepares students for Cambridge English exams.
Intertaal will also provide discount on all Cambridge University Press books on the day.
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