We are very excited to announce that Macmillan ELT Upgrade Day 2019 will start its tour in Vietnam in May! Each year, we are dedicated to bring the upgraded event to teachers. This time, we bring the Macmillan ELT Upgrade Day back with a brand-new theme – Advancing Learning. Please do join us and advance learning together!
Advancing learning in four cities (For more information about the events please see below)
- Hanoi, Vietnam – May 27th
- Da Nang, Vietnam – May 28th
- Can Tho, Vietnam – May 29th
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – May 31st
Advancing learning with Smart Talk Plenaries and Workshops on a variety of topics for teachers of young learners to adults
- Advancing the whole child – presented by Lucy Crichton in Hanoi, Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City
How can we balance the child’s cognitive learning together with their emotional well-being, their inner feelings and their emerging ability to deal with the world around them? Do we really see the children we teach? Do we understand their development on a deeper level? New questions must be raised about our school culture, the curriculum and the instructional strategies we apply. Most importantly, the need for family engagement must be redesigned, if we want true progress in education.
- Advancing the 21st century classroom – presented by David Bohkle in Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City
Critical thinking has become something of a buzzword lately. Most people agree that it’s important as it’s often cited as a goal in education. But what is it exactly, and what should we as educators being doing to promote its development in our learners? We will first explore what critical thinking is. We will then look at a framework for identifying or creating critical thinking tasks. Finally, we will look at practical ways to foster its development in our classrooms.
- Advancing classroom management – presented by Del Spafford in Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City
In order to engage learners and ensure maximum participation in English we must have good classroom management skills. This session will encourage participants to try different techniques to provide for effective, cooperative learning and maintain control of the class. We will address classes that are too noisy as well as those that may need more support in reducing L1. We will also look at giving instructions and how this can help to maintain a positive atmosphere. Finally we will examine some tried and tested techniques for dealing with fast finishers.
- Advancing spoken production – presented by John Cruft in Hanoi, Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City
How can we create a motivating, enjoyable and fun environment for our learners to improve their speaking skills? In this session, participants will revisit key principles for spoken production and explore creative ways to help teenage and young adult learners use key language through personalized and meaningful contexts. The session will focus on spoken production and will support teachers in designing, setting-up and managing speaking activities successfully.
- Advancing YLs through stories language and laughter – presented by Lucy Crichton in Hanoi, Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City
This workshop seeks to excite the teacher into a rich and personal journey of storytelling. As we expand our capacities for imagination, inspiration and creativity, we will step deeper into the young student’s universe. Participants will learn how to use personal biographies, objects, pieces of cloth, musical sound to weave some wonderful tales. Using the ancient craft of storytelling and simplicity as our motto, perhaps through English, we can also teach patience, intuition and relaxation.
- Advancing learners through creative practices – presented by David Bohkle in Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City
According to a recent poll, creativity was identified as the #1 trait for leaders of the future. Yet another poll found that only a third of us believe we are living up to our creative potential. How creative are we as teachers? And are we doing enough to foster its development in our learners? We explore these questions with the aim of tapping into our own creativity. We will look at fun and creative ideas that are easy to implement in any classroom.
Advancing learning with four ELT experts
Graduated in Drama, Design and Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Lucy is a teacher, teacher trainer and storyteller who has given lectures and workshops around the world. She has been writing for the Primary classroom with Macmillan since 2008 and has been involved in projects in Brazil, Argentina, the UK, and the USA. Lucy is the founder of The Secret Garden English School in Florianopolis, where she teaches children and teenagers using, music, art, drama, gardening and cooking. She has been living and teaching in Brazil since 1992.
David Bohlke (MA TESOL) has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, teacher trainer, program director, editor, publishing manager, and materials writer. He has lived and worked in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Singapore, Morocco, and the United States, and has conducted multiple teacher-training workshops in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. David has written, contributed to, or edited some of the world’s most popular ELT materials. He is an author of Macmillan Education’s Skillful series, now in its second edition. His professional interests include collaborative learning, the teaching of oral skills, and materials design.
John Cruft (MA Education, Dip TESOL) is the Regional Professional Development Manager for Macmillan Education, Asia. He has been working in Asia for over 16 years as both a teacher and teacher trainer. John has taught in both the public and private sectors. He has also designed and delivered professional development workshops across the Asian region in many different contexts, including government INSETT projects in Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
Derek Spafford – (MA TESOL; Dip.TESOL) is the regional teacher trainer and academic consultant for Macmillan Education. He has been working in ELT for over 20 years. His experience includes 11 years with the British Council in Thailand, where he has planned and delivered teacher professional development in a variety of contexts including both private and public schools. He is a passionate educator and publisher and thrives on integrating research-based methods and ideas into courses and supporting teachers to implement effective learning strategies in the classroom