The course book of the future is not a static text, but is instead a dynamic process that enables the seamless integration of ongoing dialogue/class discussion, learner-generated content, quality-assured published activities, and teacher created tasks based. In this workshop, we will look at how the English360 platform can be used to facilitate the development of this type of dynamic course book.
The session will allow participants to see tools / features / functionality and give practical examples that can be used in other contexts. We will demonstrate how Cambridge University Press content can be supplemented with materials you create specifically for your learners and teaching context. Using a suite of digital tools, you can easily publish materials which enable you to provide greater personalisation and make course content more engaging. Learn how to incorporate a range of resources such as video/audio content created by or with your learners, or activities based on authentic resources provided by an employer. We will also look at how to encourage learner to learner interaction with the discussion forums.
Valentina Dodge, Learning Manager
Valentina is Learning Manager for English360 where she oversees content, pedagogy, teaching, and academic matters for English360. She works closely with educators and school owners on a global scale to help them provide personalised English learning programmes to meet their student and customer needs. She collaborates with and supports English language teachers all over the world to help them publish and share lesson and courses for blended or online delivery. She organises training sessions and support forums on instructional design and blended course organisation to allow educators to combine their own materials and lesson plans with high quality course material from Cambridge University Press. She is based in Salerno, Italy.
Emma Watson, Community Support
Emma provides online support and face-to-face training for members of the English360 community. She joined the English360 team after 18 years of teaching ESOL in the UK and Europe (holding the Trinity Diploma in TESOL) and 12 years as a teacher of French, Spanish and Italian. With further experience in editing and publishing roles, and an avid interest in harnessing technology to aid language-learning and make it more learner-centred, she loves helping educators to help their learners to help themselves.
Mary Gillespie, Content Copy Editor
Mary has been teaching English to learners of all levels since 1993. She has a CELTA and her MEd in English Language Education is from the University of British Columbia. Mary started her teaching career in workplace training, and has been involved in teaching training and curriculum design.