Back to School Training Day – 7 September 2023

Back to School Training Day - 7th of September 2023

Are you looking to future-proof your teaching?
Join our teacher trainers and language experts in this series of four live webinars, to find out how to use the latest trends in language learning to motivate and guide your students to learn.

You can now watch the sessions below or on our YouTube Page

Session 1
‘WHAT MAKES YOU SAY THAT?’ TEACHING TEENS CRITICAL THINKING AND READING – with David Spencer & Macmillan Education (for Secondary School Teachers)
Session 2
CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH EXAM-PRACTICE MATERIALS | B1–C2 – with Tom O’Reilly & Prosperity Education (for Secondary School Teachers)
Session 3
(for Primary School Teachers)
Session 4
GRAMMAR IN GAMES – with Vladka Skopcova & Macmillan Education
(for Primary & Secondary School Teachers)

Read about each session and meet the speakers:

David Spencer

12:00 – 13:00 ‘WHAT MAKES YOU SAY THAT?’ TEACHING TEENS CRITICAL THINKING AND READING – with David Spencer (Macmillan Education)
*For Secondary School Teachers

Nowadays our teenage students have a great variety of texts and information sources just a click away. However, it’s clear to see that unlimited access to information brings risks, too. That’s why today’s teens need to be able to evaluate what they read and hear in a rational and open-minded way. In this session I will give practical classroom tips on how to get our students into the habit of thinking systematically and making balanced judgements about the texts that they are exposed to.

After studying languages at Oxford University, David Spencer trained to be a Secondary School teacher. He then moved to Spain where he has been living and teaching ever since. He continues to teach teenage students every day in a school near Madrid, or online from his home 😉. Dave began writing Secondary courses for Macmillan in 1994 and is the author of the best-selling Gateway & Gateway to the World series. Dave has given talks to teachers in twenty-eight countries. He is active on social media at .

Tom O’Reilly

13:00 – 14:00 CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH EXAM-PRACTICE MATERIALS | B1–C2 – with Tom O’Reilly (Prosperity Education)
*For Secondary School Teachers

An overview of Prosperity Education’s exam-preparation resources for the Cambridge English exams: Reading, Use of English, Listening, Speaking and Writing.
Includes tutorial: Cambridge Writing Masterclass: How to utilise the Cambridge mark scheme in the classroom, by Margaret Cooze.
Margaret Cooze holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and an MSc in ELT Management, and has worked in senior-examiner roles at Cambridge Assessment and CAIE. She is the author of Approaches to Learning and Teaching English as a Second Language (Cambridge University Press).

Tom O’Reilly is the director of Prosperity Education, a publisher of digital and print educational materials, and the founder of ORP Cambridge, an established supplier of comprehensive project-management and editorial services to educational publishers, schools and authors. Tom is a qualified Agile project management practitioner with rounded Academic and Educational publishing experience. He has worked for the Tribune Media Group, Cambridge University Press and Cambridge-Hitachi, and as an independent contractor for clients including Pearson Education, Hodder Education, Cambridge International Examinations, Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press.

Silvana Serbanescu

*For Primary School Teachers

Quite often in the classroom we need ideas to create time and space for independent creation of texts that allow children to experiment with emergent writing skills without adult support.
In this webinar you will get cross-curricula ideas that provoke and stimulate children’s interest in writing. Stepping in the shoes of the students will help you get the most of the suggested activities and adapt them to suit the needs of your students. Learn how to use visual and oral prompts to support children’s thinking skills in structuring their phonics knowledge.

Silvana Șerbănescu, UK Jolly Phonics professional Trainer, is an experienced ESL teacher and manager of the independent educational company Jolly Star Learning Centre. She conducted tens of workshops across Romania and the Republic of Moldova on developing children’s reading and writing skills using Jolly Phonics, a fantastic synthetic phonics programme trusted by teachers and loved by children across the world which has been validated by the British Department for Education as an effective systematic programme. She also provided the teacher training in the pilot programme conducted by the Ministry of Education and Jolly Learning UK in various counties across Romania.

Vladka Skopcova

13:00 – 16:00 GRAMMAR IN GAMES – with Vladka Skopcova (Macmillan Education)
*For All Levels
, both Primary and Secondary

Have you got a dilemma on how to present grammar to your pupils in an enjoyable way so that they would have fun and not feel frustrated?
Let’s see how to find an interesting context and a playful way to present grammar to help pupils visualize the structure and acquire the rules quickly and easily. You will also get many ideas for practical activities and games.

Vlaďka has 20 years’ experience of teaching both young learners and adults in a range of situations. Having completed her CELTA and DELTA, she started working as a DOS. Vlaďka currently divides her time between teaching and teacher training. She has been working for Macmillan Education since 2014.

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