Practical advice and tips for your classes: Cambridge Live 2022

Between 3rd and 6th October, join us for our Cambridge Live event! Our hosts will be bringing you brand new talks packed with useful ideas and inspiration to take back to the classroom, all accessed through one link from anywhere in the world!

We’ve split the event into 4 key themes, which we’ll look at in more detail through a series of blog posts. In this first post of the series, we’re exploring the ‘How to’ area of ​​the Cambridge Live programme, focused on practical advice and tips for your classes.

Here are just some of the talks you can expect on this theme…

Ben Goldstein and Ceri Jones – How to keep it personal: highlighting the human touch in digital spaces

Online learning and digital tools are here to stay, but does this mean we are losing the human touch? In Ben and Ceri’s talk, they will look at 5 practical tips for supporting personalization both online and f2f, keeping the learning process as human as possible, while making the best use of our digital resources.

Jo Szoke – How to deal with hybrid teaching – creative ideas for hybrid learning

Although hybrid seems to be the ideal solution for the current pandemic and future cases of some students being unable to attend, Jo shows us how to be fully aware of our needs, our possibilities and the ins and outs of hybrid teaching itself to take advantage of it.

Claire Medwell – How to integrate exam preparation for young learners into your teaching practice

If you’re juggling priorities or managing primary teachers who are, then this is the exam session for you! Let’s make exam lesson planning easier so we deliver focused and fun classes through fully utilizing resources from course materials and online support. Claire provides strategies to plan any lesson quickly, with tips and lesson plans to try out in your classroom.

Dan Vincent – How to develop digital learner autonomy

In further education and at work, the rate of change for what we need to know and be able to do is accelerating all the time. This means educators of all stripes need to focus not only on imparting subject knowledge but also on developing their students’ learning skills more generally, to enable them to become better and more independent learners overall. Dan will look at how this can be done in the English language classroom, with a focus on easy, practical activities that can be done during lessons with teens.

Miranda Hamilton – How to use Integrated Learning and Assessment (ILA) in your classroom

What does Integrated Learning and Assessment (ILA) mean? Why is it useful for you and your learners? Miranda will look at how you can introduce simple assessment strategies as part of your everyday teaching, helping you to adapt your teaching to meet your learner’s needs. She will also demonstrate how ILA encourages your learners to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses so they can identify what they need to work on to improve.

Karen Elliott – Phonics in the English language classroom for reading and pronunciation: tips and tricks

Why is phonics so helpful for improving our students’ literacy and pronunciation skills and how can we teach it to our students with confidence?

In this talk, Karen provides an overview of the principles of phonics and the steps needed to provide letter sound awareness and development, as well as games and activities to consolidate phonics learning in the classroom and online.

Viviane Kirmeliene – Bringing the SDGs to life: a possible roadmap for your classes

The 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) urgently call for all countries to foster social advancements and justice, protect the environment, and achieve sustained economic growth. As educators, we can support young learners in bringing about change in the world now and in the future, and the SDGs provide an engaging framework for that. In this session, Viviane proposes a set of principles to help teachers work with these goals in class while also developing language and critical thinking skills.

Herbert Puchta – How to help your students upgrade their learning toolbox

Creative students are considered to be more flexible cognitively, a quality sought in the interview process for entry to top universities. Discover how ‘small steps – fast pace’ activities unlock teenagers’ creative potential. Explore creative problem solving and learn how ‘percolation’ can be used to help teenagers fight procrastination in creative writing.

Olha Madylus – How to use creative writing and storyboards in the classroom

This talk will explore the reasons to include creative writing in the classroom and look at a variety of activities for all levels that will engage students in writing with purpose, imagination and fun, while having the opportunity to produce language they have learned authentically.

Laura Moulton – How to develop creative and critical thinking skills with the Cambridge Life Competencies Framework and activity cards

In this session, Laura will look at the importance of developing our learners’ creative and critical thinking skills and explore a variety of practical activities that can help you do this while they have fun learning English. We’ll take a close look at the new activity cards packs for our Cambridge Life Competencies Framework, which has been developed so that you can easily and integrate these crucial life competencies into your lessons, at any stage, with minimum planning and maximum !

Anne Robinson and Tetiana Shelepko – How to make classes accessible to everyone

Thanks to technology, classes can reach more students, who may be joining via different platforms, using a variety of more sophisticated and more basic devices. Inevitably, some classrooms will also vary in terms of the resources that are available, and some students may miss classes. How can we go about addressing these situations and make classes as accessible as possible to everyone, both students and teachers? Anne will draw on the experiences of several educators, including Tetiana Shelepko.

These are just some of the talks on practical advice and tips for your classes that you’ll see at Cambridge Live 2022. Check out the full program and register for the online event now. Keep an eye out for the next blog post on the Cambridge Live theme of ‘a look to the future of English language teaching and assessment’, coming next week.

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