Past webinar

This webinar explores ways all learners can develop using diverse, inclusive, topical lesson content based around real-world news videos. They provide opportunities for meaningful, context-based learning in English language classrooms and feature positive representations and inclusive values. This connects to learners’ lived experience and the wider world, which raises learner interest, promotes critical thinking and enhances uptake and creative language use. Such context-based resources often integrate a focus on equality and intersectional perspectives, which enriches the learning experience and encourages learners to make links with their existing language knowledge and usage. However, the challenge of these texts complexity often limits use of these authentic resources to higher levels. When the content is appropriate to the level and experiences of the learner, it gives students the ability and motivation to develop their voices on issues which are important to them or of personal interest. During this webinar, we’ll consider how to approach these resources in a safe and supportive classroom environment.

This webinar covers a number of ways to work with pronunciation in the ELT classroom and feel more confident in this teaching role. It will support you in raising learners’ awareness of various phonological features, helping to enhance spoken fluency, and improve users’ ability to listen and comprehend effectively. The main focus will be on how to work on prominence and tone units in the context of skills-based lessons, which are key aspects for intelligibility. The session also offers practical ways to integrating work on word stress into classes. The session content largely aligns with preparing learners for using English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), equipping learners to speak and listen effectively with interlocutors who may or may not have English as their first language.

The use of digital technology has brought fundamental changes to teaching and learning. In this context, the 'flipped classroom' and 'blended learning' are becoming more familiar terms. This webinar explores effective approaches to blended learning which help to scaffold students develop higher-order thinking skills. In the process, we'll also consider how, and in what ways, blended learning is effective. Learners' active involvement in knowledge acquisition and construction as they participate in and evaluate their learning is a vital element of teaching. Flipping and blending support these goals by offering essential, additional time and space for students to explore, experiment, practise and analyse to deepen their understanding.

This webinar explores several easy ways to use classroom research to improve our own teaching, intuitions, and understanding of our learners. We'll focus on simple ways to guide our classroom practice with easy-to-manage research techniques, data gathering and data analysis. As teachers, we develop and rely on our intuitions, reflections and classroom monitoring to understand learners' needs and evaluate our work. However, so much happens in our classrooms that we can't notice and reflect on everything as we go.

This webinar will help teachers to support learners’ speaking development using retelling. This valuable and flexible task type provides many opportunities for learners to enhance their oral fluency. Retelling based on written, audio or visual narratives offers huge scope and rich potential – it raises learner engagement and, most significantly, enables learners to speak for considerably longer turns than we often expect. This is because the content is already provided, so the cognitive load remains manageable on the second and third iterations. During the webinar, we will explore how to use retelling effectively, experiment with the range of variables available, and examine the benefits it brings both learners and teachers.

This webinar will explore how we can help learners’ develop as effective, intercultural language users. We will see how sensitive, supportive, person-centred resources and lesson activities about cultural and religious festivals enrich learners’ language learning, translingual practices and self-expression. Festivals are part of what defines our identity and our humanity and are a wonderful opportunity to develop language, interpersonal and intercultural skills in the language learning classroom. Each religious and cultural festival is specific and unique, but people engaging in such rituals and festivals are a common feature of human society and culture. They represent a valuable part of how people interact and share connections.

The COP26 UN Climate Change Conference provides an excellent opportunity to bring sustainability and climate issues into learners’ ideas, intake and production. Through new vocabulary, analysing language, discussion, cooperative tasks, projects and in-class research activities, students connect with meaningful issues and develop their thoughts and voices. This webinar will guide you through several teaching frameworks based on task supported teaching approaches. It will include two weeks of lesson plans and resources to help you make the most of the COP26 Climate Summit in your classroom and simple ideas to build social action within your class or school. Our relationship with the environment will be an important topic long after COP26 has finished, so the resources also provide great ways to integrate environmental issues and sustainability into students’ learning in general.

Webinar Series 1: Using video in ELT

Our Using video in ELT webinar series provides teachers with high-quality advice from ELT EdTech experts. The webinar series shares engaging ideas, sound theory, and reliable strategies for using video with your learners. Each expert offers many simple ways for you to enhance learning using video resources.

Teachers can use video resources in many ways to engage learners, develop language skills and systems knowledge, build learners’ confidence, explore identity, and develop critical thinking skills.

Video resources can inspire projects, inform students’ own research and enhance their worldview, and they bring more real-world contexts into learning, but teachers often don’t receive clear guidance and support on exploiting video for learning.

Our first series of Sensations English webinars for teachers explore using video effectively in English Language Teaching. We want to help teachers feel confident and empowered using these powerful resources.

Each webinar is presented by a leading expert in video pedagogy. They share useful insights and demonstrate practical strategies to give you more confidence and develop structures for teaching using video.

  • Get expert advice on ways to add to your students’ learning using video.
  • Build your skills on how to use video in your classes.
  • Explore the impact of video news resources on engagement, intake and critical thinking.
Sensations English is passionate about providing teachers with quality resources, guidance, and support to teach inspiring lessons, and now we’re a British Council ELTons 2021 Finalist!
Get British Council ELTons award-nominated resources and timesaving teacher tools to use in class with our Sensations English Teacher’s Edition. To celebrate our place in the finals of the 2021 ELTons, we are offering you 50% off Sensations English Teacher’s Edition – just sign up today!
When you sign up, you can also join our teacher communities on LinkedIn and Facebook to get alerts about new resources and more teaching ideas. This is only available to teachers using Sensations English Teacher’s Edition.