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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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Out of Your Seat Grammar!

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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