Dr. Ken Beatty is a teaching and language professional who has authored numerous textbooks and lectures on language teaching around the world. This year Pearson English Spring DaysIn his opening plenary session, he will examine the impact of online learning over the past twelve months and examine the challenges and benefits for teachers and learners. Here he introduces the topic of hybrid learning, one of the main topics of this year Spring days Event.

“What should I do? Some of my students don’t even have electricity in their homes.”

The email was from a teacher in rural Peru, explaining his challenge in teaching online. Although we are surrounded by myriad innovations and approaches, not everyone has access to them.

This is especially true for language teaching. Online courses helped some students keep studying, others were left behind. The first step in eliminating this imbalance is for teachers to be aware of it and find ways to adapt to their local contexts. Hybrid learning is an innovative approach.

What is hybrid learning?

Teachers are familiar with online learning: lessons are entirely via computers or other devices such as telephones. Many also have experience teaching blended learning courses that combine face-to-face teaching with online learning – separately.

And then there is hybrid learning.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many teachers have found themselves in the unexpected and challenging position of teaching hybrid classes. That is, they teach classes that bring together groups of in-person and online learners.

As a result, hybrid class teachers need to develop a new approach to class management, teaching, monitoring and student engagement. They strive to ensure that their students, whether present online or in person, have the best possible learning experience.

However, hybrid learning has been with us for a while. For example, there is also the scenario where students take face-to-face courses, do independent parts of their online learning, and then find additional opportunities to practice their language skills in their communities. These opportunities can include internships where students learn new skills while practicing English or teacher-assigned language projects.

While hybrid learning can be challenging for many, it can also be a rewarding and positive experience.

Discover the program of events for the spring days

In my upcoming spring days plenary session, I will present practical ways in which hybrid learning can work in a variety of teaching and learning situations. We’ll see how hybrid learning can improve motivation and make assessment a more personal learning tool.

A reflective teacher: How to count every lesson using the ESAP framework with Magda Kania

In this session, Magda Refer to and reflect on your own experiences over the past year. Share some practical ideas that teachers can use to organize online lessons to keep their students cognitively and emotionally involved.

speaker theme title date Time BST * Link to registration
Magda Kania Hybrid learning A Reflective Teacher: How to Count Each Lesson with the ESAP framework May 4th 14 o’clock TO REGISTER
5th of May 8 o’clock in the morning TO REGISTER

Hybrid learning – tips and tricks (to get ahead) with Kasia Janitz-de-la-Rue

Kasia will explore how teachers and students around the world are dealing with advanced hybrid learning and how we can make it easier and more effective. She will discuss topics such as engagement and motivation as well as the adaptation of methodology and processes.

speaker theme title date Time BST * Link to registration
Kasia Janitz-de-la-Rue Hybrid learning Tips & tricks (to get ahead) May 4th 3:30 p.m. TO REGISTER
May 6th 9 am TO REGISTER

Formative Assessment: The principles and practical aspects of assessing the English proficiency of young learners from a distance with Eleonora Pessina

Formative assessment is critical to learner success. However, the lack of daily contact makes effective progress monitoring a challenge. This session explores the secrets of successful distance testing for young learners and shows how a straightforward and genuinely engaging test can provide valuable insight and enable young learners, their parents and teachers to have a stress-free experience.

speaker theme title date Time BST * Link to registration
Eleonora Pessina Hybrid learning Formative assessment: the principles and practices

remotely assess young learners’ English language skills

May 4th 16.30 o’clock TO REGISTER
May 6th 10.30 a.m. TO REGISTER

From theory to practice: activities for every classroom with Mike Hogan and Chia Suan Chong

This hands-on webinar looks at activities that work well in a hybrid learning environment. Mike and Chia will share new ideas and resources for teachers that can be used in different age groups and levels. If your enthusiasm for digital learning wears off after a year of online classes, you are sure to leave this session feeling inspired and excited by the possibilities of hybrid learning.

speaker theme title date Time BST * Link to registration
Mike Hogan and Chia Suan Chong Hybrid learning From theory to practice: activities for every classroom 5th of May 13 o’clock TO REGISTER

Exams, preparation and correction in a digital world with Jane Bledsoe

In this webinar, Jane Bledsoe will explore research by English learners and teachers, focusing on their motivations and concerns to help meet their goals during times when they cannot be in the classroom. Jane will then look at examples of exam preparation resources and teacher tools to bridge the gap for a digital future. She will also explore a new approach to scoring reports that provides immediate corrective recommendations for all learning levels. Prepare for some surveys and bring your thoughts into the discussion.

speaker theme title date Time BST * Link to registration
Jane Bledsoe Hybrid learning Exams, preparation and correction in a digital world May 6th 13 o’clock TO REGISTER

The full program of the spring days 2021 is Available online, with sessions on everything from assessment to self-sufficiency. Register now so you don’t miss a thing!


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