Special Sessions of Teacher Workshops

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1st Workshop: Day 1 (July 1) 19:00 – 21:00

How Language Assessment Works – Speaking and Writing

The assessment of speaking and writing is a significant challenge for teachers, particularly those more accustomed to teaching the receptive skills of Listening and Reading. Across the world, the demand for higher levels of assessment literacy among teachers and other assessment practitioners is increasing, and the British Council’s series of workshops, How Language Assessment Works, has been created for those currently lacking the knowledge, skills and abilities required to design, develop, maintain or evaluate, large-scale standardised and/or classroom-based tests. 

The Speaking and Writing modules of How Language Assessment Works have been devised to create a launchpad from which the participants can begin to acquire the key skills and abilities needed to assess speaking and writing effectively. Knowledge of assessment literacy is crucial to this approach, so this webinar will draw participants’ attention to the principles and concepts that guide and underpin speaking and writing assessment practice. More specifically, the webinar will focus on a range of test settings and tasks, as well as an analysis of the rating scales that are used for the Cambridge FCE and IELTS tests. 

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own experience as teachers and assessors, in order to make the principles and concepts discussed in the webinar as relevant to their specific contexts as possible.

Christopher Redmond

Assessment Solutions Consultant, East Asia Assessment Solutions Team, British Council

Chris has taught in public and private institutions in Ireland, South Korea and China. He received an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester and has written articles for publications such as Modern English Teacher, English Teaching Professional and Korea TESOL Journal. In his role as an assessment solutions consultant with the British Council’s East Asia Assessment Solutions Team (EAAST), Chris provides academic support for the British Council’s Marketing teams and has delivered numerous assessment-related workshops and presentations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Japan.


2nd Workshop: Day 2 (July 2) 19:00 – 21:00 (Hosted by U.S. Embassy)


Enacting Responsive English Language Teaching in an Ever-Changing World 


This session engages teachers in exploring educational trends in English language learning in light of all we’ve learned while teaching during the pandemic. Learning English has always been influenced by the desire to expand global ties and increase intercultural communicative competence. Building on recent advances in online teaching tools and strategies, we’ll consider how to elevate opportunities for virtual exchanges and project-based learning between groups of students in different parts of the world. Responding to demands of globalization, teachers and learners have had to expand their notions of literacy beyond reading and writing to include media, digital and critical literacies. This session will also explore opportunities for classroom learning that cultivate these extended literacy practices through collaborative research projects on themes that students and teachers care about. Teachers will be invited to consider how to best engage curious learners who wish to impact change in their world. Strategies will be shared for developing students’ communication skills to convey information to a global audience through multiple modalities, such as video, podcasts, and social media. Together we’ll participate in a community of practice, each with valuable insights to share about how we moved from surviving to thriving as teachers in unprecedented times. 


Raichle “Rai” Farrelly (University of Colorado Boulder)

Raichle Farrelly, PhD, is the Director of the TESOL Program at the University of Colorado. She offers courses on language teaching, linguistics, and world language policy. Her professional interests include teacher education, reflective teaching, and leveraging learners’ cultural and linguistic capital in the classroom. Farrelly has published and presented extensively on a range of pedagogical and sociocultural topics.

3rd Workshop: Day 3 (July 3) 09:30-10:30

Instructor: Curtis J. Bonk


Where are You R2D2?: Addressing Diverse Online Learner Needs with the Read, Reflect, Display, and Do Model

English language instructors (and all instructors for that matter) around the world are frustrated trying to keep up with the never ending parade of new learning technologies. So many choices! And the COVID-19 pandemic added to the complications. Few language learning instructors were trained on how to develop highly interactive and collaborative online activities and environments, and they are told that students will quickly complain about their classes if they do not address their learning preferences or appropriately use the technologies that they have access to outside of school. Time to pull the hair out? Not yet. In this talk, Professor Bonk will share an innovative model called Read, Reflect, Display, and Do (R2D2), and detail dozens of language learning examples and many other creative ideas to use R2D2 make your use of technology more engaging, empowering, and exciting. This includes a new type of learning apprenticeship, using pedagogical innovations that extend the classroom to the world community and where instructors and peers come from different institutions and organizations. Perhaps it is time for you to taken an adventure to a new learning galaxy where you find R2D2 and begin using technology to address the diverse learners you find there.

Curt Bonk is Professor at Indiana University teaching psychology and technology courses and President of CourseShare. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. His academic interests are in online learning, MOOCs, open education, collaborative technology, informal learning, emerging learning technologies, self-directed learning, and blended learning. He has authored many widely used technology books, including The World Is Open, Empowering Online Learning, The Handbook of Blended Learning, Electronic Collaborators, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY which is free as an eBook (http://tec-variety.com/), and MOOCs and Open Education Around the World as well MOOCs and Open Education in the Global South (http://www.moocsbook.com/). Bonk has published more than 130 journal articles and 60 book chapters and given nearly 1,800 talks and presentations around the world. In 2020, he was awarded the IU President”s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Technology. Curt can be contacted at cjbonk@indiana.edu and his homepage ishttp://curtbonk.com/.