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Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinars
This professional development program for English teachers includes recordings from previous webinars, corresponding downloadable presentations and additional resources.

The Shaping the Way We Teach English Webinar Course is hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This professional development program for English teachers around the globe addresses methodological topics that foster interactive, student-centered language instruction. Here you will find recordings from previous webinars that are 60-90 minutes and include corresponding downloadable presentations and additional resources.

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Add to my library  Proverbs & Quotables: Using Very Short Texts in Language LearningExpand

This webinar "Proverbs and Quotables: Using Very Short Texts in Language Learning" demonstrates why and how to use short texts in the language classroom. Proverbs  are wise and witty, they have stood the test of time, and they come from every corner of the world—sometimes bridging cultures, sometimes highlighting differences. But best of all they are short, which means they can be used for quick tasks that require few materials and little preparation time. In this webinar, teachers will discover the usefulness of proverbs and actively take part in a range of activities based on very short texts. This resource includes the online webinar recording, the downloadable presentation, and additional downloadable resources.

Author: Kevin McCaughey
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Add to my library  Out of Your Seat Grammar!Expand

This webinar "Out of Your Seat Grammar" demostrates fresh ideas for introducing and practicing  grammar as well as blending communicative activities with assigned textbooks and curriculums. In this webinar, teachers will find lessons ideas that are easy, effective, and engaging and be provided tips for creating a comfortable class environment, giving clear directions, and modifying activities to fit various themes and levels. Teachers will find strategies and inspiration they can use immediately. This recource includes an online webinar recording and the downloadable presentation.

Author: Vicky Holdridge
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Add to my library  Listen Up! Using Audio Books for English TeachingExpand

The "Listen Up! Using Audio Books for English Teaching" webinar highlights the benefits of using audio books in the classroom and beyond. Teachers will experience American English audio book resources and explore and participate in engaging activities that can be used in the classroom.  For this webinar, you will find an online webinar recording, the downloadable presentation, and additional resources. Note: a portion of this webinar (on how to download audio book resources) has been removed. The Autobiography of Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Build a Fire and Other Stories, The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories, The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories, Edgar Allan Poe Storyteller, and Raggedy Ann Stories can be found on American English.

Author: Jennifer Hodgson
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Add to my library  Art for All: Teaching Resources from the Metropolitan Museum of ArtExpand

"Art for All: Teaching Resources from the Metropolitan Museum of Art" webinar demonstrates ways experiences with works of art can support language development. This interactive session features an introduction to selections from the Met’s encyclopedic collection, strategies for engaging students with works of art, and an overview of related online resources available for teachers. For this webinar, you will find an online webinar recording, access to the MET museum website,  the downloadable presentation, and additional resources.

Author: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Education Department
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Add to my library  Unraveling the Mystery of Academic WritingExpand

This webinar "Unraveling the Mystery of Academic Writing" aims to raise awareness of the American English academic writing conventions. Discover key characteristics of the academic writing genre and explore the general structure of academic papers and articles. This session offers information and activities related to: generating and organizing ideas, writing for the reader, defining purpose, and writing the all-important introduction. For this webinar, you will find an online webinar recording, the downloadable presentation, and additional resources.

Author: Heather Benucci & Kelli Odhuu
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Add to my library  Using Evidence in Academic Writing: Avoiding Plagiarism Expand

This webinar "Using Evidence in Academic Writing: Avoiding Plagiarism" will examine cultural assumptions about the definition of plagiarism and how external sources should be used in academic writing. We will explore how and why EFL/ESL students can benefit from explicit instruction on referencing sources to avoid plagiarism. The presenter will share several practical tips and classroom activities related to teaching quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. For this webinar, you will find an online webinar recording, the downloadable presentation and additional resources.

Author: Heather Benucci
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Add to my library  Introduction to Reader's Theater for EFL ClassroomsExpand

This webinar, "Introduction to Reader's Theater for EFL Classrooms" demonstrates how to facilitate Reader's Theater and how to use Reader's Theater as an enriching and productive English language learning activity. Reader's Theater is a group read-aloud in which individuals perform level-appropriate scripts to tell a story cooperatively. For this webinar, you will find an online webinar recording, and the downloadable presentation.

Author: Karen de Caballero
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Add to my library  Teaching with Jazz ChantsExpand

This webinar "Teaching with Jazz Chants" demonstrates how to use Jazz Chants in the classroom. Jazz Chants are a unique way to teach stress and intonation in English. For this webinar, you will find an online webinar recording and the downloadable presentation.

Author: Shirley Thompson
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Add to my library  Teaching Today's Learners: Oral Error Correction and Writing Effective AssessmentsExpand

This webinar "Teaching Today's Learners: Oral Error Correction and Writing Effective Assessments" gives practical tips and strategies for how and when to  correct oral errors. This webinar also demonstrates how to write effective multiple choice questions. For this webinar, you will find an online webinar recording and the downloadable presentation and resources.

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Add to my library  50 Years of English Teaching Forum: Teachers Collaborating WorldwideExpand

This webinar "50 Years of English Teaching Forum: Teachers Collaborating Worldwide" discusses the history, features, and submission guidelines for the well-known journal, English Teaching Forum. This is a great resource both for teachers interested in using FORUM in the classroom as well as teachers interested in publishing an article.

Authors: Max Koller, Heather Benucci, Jennifer Hodgson, Tom Glass
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Add to my library  Teaching Spoken English with The Color Vowel ChartExpand

This webinar Teaching Spoken English with The Color Vowel Chart introduces teachers to a visual tool that provides teachers and learners with a common point of reference for identifying stress and vowel quality, concepts useful not only in teaching pronunciation, but also vocabulary and listening comprehension. Techniques and activities on how to use The Color Vowel Chart in the classroom will be demonstrated. For this webinar, you will find an online version of The Color Vowel Chart, the online webinar recording, and the downloadable presentation and resources

Authors: Shirley Thompson, Karen Taylor
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Add to my library  Activate: Games for Learning American EnglishExpand

This webinar "Activate: Games for Learning American English" introduces teachers to the Activate resource, demonstrates classroom management techniques for playing games in the classroom, and offers tips on how teacher's can create their own games that match their curriculum objectives. For this webinar, you will find an online webinar recording and the downloadable presentation and resources.

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Add to my library  Activate: Games for Learning American English Part 2Expand

This webinar Activate: Games for Learning American English Part 2 is the second webinar that introduces the Activate resource, demonstrates classroom management techniques for playing games in the classroom, and offers tips on how teacher's can create their own games that match their curriculum objectives. For this webinar, you will find an online webinar recording and the downloadable presentation and resources.

Author: Jennifer Hodgson & Kevin McCaughey
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Add to my library  Discovering Grammar with Consciousness-Raising TasksExpand

This webinar "Discovering Grammar with Consciousness-Raising Tasks" introduces  consciousness-raising task (CR tasks), which encourage students to notice characteristics and patterns related to form, meaning, and/or use while actively exploring the target grammar feature.  This webinar will examine this inductive approach to grammar teaching through several activities that address a variety of grammar topics and student proficiency levels. For this webinar, you will find an online webinar recording and the downloadable presentation and resources. 

Author: Heather Benucci
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Add to my library  Easy Reading Activities to Engage StudentsExpand

This webinar explores how to engage students and help them develop the skills needed to make them better readers. The presenter demonstrates how to help struggling readers delight in reading while improving their comprehension, speed, and vocabulary through interactive classroom activities and practical strategies that encourage critical and creative thinking.

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Add to my library  Oh What Fun! Learning English with O'HenryExpand

Many of us are familiar with the valuable moral of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi, but what about the other kinds of lessons that can be drawn from this treasured story? And what can be learned from some more of O. Henry’s wonderful stories?

In this webinar, participants will explore ways to help students learn language, culture -- and those important morals, too! -- through a collection of O. Henry’s most famous short stories. Using text and audio formats, participants will explore suggested classroom activities focused on reading strategies and literary devices, debate and discussion, vocabulary and cultural themes – all available for free from the U.S. State Department’s American English Website.

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Add to my library  Teachers Helping Teachers: Peer Observation for Professional DevelopmentExpand

Most EFL teachers have had the nerve-wracking experience of being observed for evaluation purposes, either during teacher training or as part of an institutional performance review. This webinar will explore how teachers can turn this stressful situation into a positive professional development opportunity by engaging in collaborative peer observations. Peer observations enable teachers to share teaching techniques, to supportively explore classroom challenges, and to mentor each other. Together we will examine how to structure and conduct peer observations, discuss how to create an environment that promotes trust and growth, and identify the benefits of being both the observer and the observed teacher. The webinar will also demonstrate features of the new Shaping the Way We Teach English: From Observation to Action video-based resource for EFL teachers.

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Add to my library  Adapting Materials to Meet Your Classroom NeedsExpand

Have you ever found an activity in a textbook or on the Internet that looked interesting but didn’t work well when you tried it in the classroom?  Many teachers want to use new activities, but due to cultural differences, student level and their specific context, they often have problems using these materials in their class.  Through a variety of examples and communicative activities in this webinar, you will learn useful techniques on how to successfully adapt materials for your classroom.

Authors: Roger Cohen, Russell Barczyk
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Add to my library  Integrating Pronunciation Across the CurriculumExpand

While it is natural to incorporate pronunciation activities into oral skills classes, many opportunities exist in reading, writing and grammar courses to introduce and reinforce pronunciation concepts as well.  In this webinar, the presenter will introduce content-based pronunciation activities that could be used in a reading, writing or grammar course.  She will give ideas about how these activities could be integrated to help students develop more clear and accurate pronunciation.

Author: Char Heitman
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Add to my library  Networking: Making Connections that LastExpand

Professional development can reinvigorate and excite us about our career, give us time to work on our craft, and allow for reflection on our past struggles and triumphs.  One important aspect of professional development is networking.  Having strong networking skills can make a huge difference in a teacher’s ability to confront many of the daily obstacles we face.  Globalization and technology has made our teaching community increasingly more connected, but even without access to more advanced forms of technology we have basic strategies to help us build our professional network.  This webinar will discuss how we can become more connected to our colleagues, both near and far, and how this can benefit us and our students in and out of the classroom.

Author: Amy Pascussi
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Add to my library  Strange Weather: Climate Change Activities for the English ClassroomExpand

One of the most pressing issues in our world is global warming, or climate change.  Is it happening?  How fast?  And what can we do?  Our presenters believe the first step toward solving a problem is knowing that there is a problem. This webinar will review key themes related to climate change and the environment and will provide relevant, thought-provoking activities and materials that teachers can easily use in their English language classes.

Authors: Kevin McCaughey, Eve Smith
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Add to my library  Practical Activities for Balanced Listening InstructionExpand

Listening is a challenging skill to explicitly teach and learn, but it is one of the most essential skills for L2 students and speakers.  Balanced listening instruction includes intensive and extensive listening, and practice with various subskills and strategies.  This webinar focuses on student-centered exploration of the listening process, rather than comprehension as a final product.  This webinar will introduce activities to develop students' listening skills in all of these areas; these activities can make your listening instruction both easier and more effective.

Author: Beth Sheppard
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Add to my library  Using Comics in the English Language ClassroomExpand

Using comics in the EFL classroom is a terrific way to incorporate the target language in a fun, engaging way. This webinar demonstrates the universality of comics for any language classroom, showing how multi-skill comic activities can be used with students of all ages and ability levels. Webinar viewers will experience several materials they can use in their own classrooms: they will learn how to use comics as an effective, real-world formative assessment measure and as a springboard for vocabulary and grammar acquisition.

Author: James Whiting
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Add to my library  Let’s Play Ball: Using Cultural Themes to Teach EnglishExpand

Using thematic units in the EFL classroom is a great way to attach interesting and relevant content to language learning. Of particular interest to many learners are themes related to the culture and society of English-speaking countries. However, because of English's unique role as the global lingua franca, teachers must remember that skills of awareness and adaptation to unfamiliar contexts are just as important as factual information. We cannot predict where, when and with whom our learners will use English. It is entirely possible that they may never use English with native speakers!

Still, all language use is related to culture in one way or another and, as such, culture must be part of what we teach. To that end, this webinar will demonstrate how teachers can use one theme in American culture and society, Baseball, to give learners a toolkit for deciphering and using messages that contain a deep cultural context, no matter their source.

Authors: John Mark King, Whitney Mirts
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Add to my library  What Happened to Listening? Practical Tips for Increasing Listening Time in Your ClassroomExpand

As teachers we often think we are doing listening tasks when we are not.  This webinar explores why listening sometimes gets short shrift in English classes and provides tips for bringing fun, low-preparation listening tasks to your lessons.

Author: Kevin McCoughey
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Add to my library  Supporting Language Learning Using Smithsonian Online Museum ResourcesExpand

The Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo span subjects from art and design to history and culture, as well as science and technology.  The webinar is presented by three Smithsonian educators who will introduce online activities and learning resources that support English language learning. During the webinar, we explore strategies for engaging students in looking at and analyzing portraits, as well as eliciting thoughtful questions about objects that help tell a story. We learn how visuals, such as collection objects, photographs, artworks and videos with experts, can serve as a springboard for rich discussions and inspire curiosity in the classroom and beyond. Our presenters will also demonstrate how to search and explore relevant Smithsonian online resources available to teachers and their students.

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Add to my library  Lesson Planning 101: Mapping Activities for a Clear Path to LearningExpand

We never go to a new place without knowing directions or having a map, so why would we enter a new learning experience with our students without knowing where we're taking them?  In this webinar, participants will learn to create "road map" classroom activities, starting with the final destination, or learning objective, in mind.  Participants will get tools and techniques for keeping themselves and their students focused on achieving goals and maximizing effort for higher levels of learning!

Author: Katie Bain
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