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OUP launches new programme of digital events for English language teachers
21 September 2020
We have launched ELT Together—a month-long programme of digital events for English language teachers.
As with so many aspects of our lives, it has been a year of disruption for English teaching and learning. As Covid-19 began to prevent mass gatherings, many in-person events for teachers were forced to switch to a virtual format at short notice. Using this experience and several years of running OUP’s own virtual English Language Teaching Online Conference (ELTOC), we have compiled a programme of events that aim to support English languages teachers in navigating the new and ever-changing landscape of teaching.
With more than 53,000 registrations so far, a suite of speakers from across the English language teaching world will come together to focus directly on some of the challenges faced by the teaching community as a result of the pandemic. Topics such as Picking up the pieces: Assessment for Learning and managing mixed abilities in the ‘new normal’ classroom and The immediate future of teaching languages: What are the takeaways from the Covid-19 switch to teaching online? will offer an opportunity to tackle some of the most pressing subjects facing the English language teaching community. In addition, all attendees will receive free professional development resources and a certificate of attendance for each session.
Peter Marshall, Managing Director of OUP’s English Language Teaching division, said: ‘I’m really excited about the launch of ELT Together. Covid-19 has been a truly challenging time for people across the world and I want to make sure that, despite everything, we can keep supporting our English language teaching community to adapt, develop and support their students, even in the most difficult of circumstances.’
The ELT community has already proven it can come together digitally to share their knowledge, expertise, and emotional support. Following this year’s ELTOC, one of the largest ELT industry online conference, one attendee said: ‘After a tiring and packed week of teaching, I spent my precious free Saturday at ELTOC and I enjoyed it tremendously: a jog through a forest of various teaching experiences, a walk through different fields of language, breathing in some fresh ideas and approaches… Enjoying it all from the comfort and privacy of my home while, simultaneously, being in the company of multitudes. I LOVE this side of the digital world.’
ELT Together runs from 21 September to 16 October 2020.