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Anglia Spring Symposium

Free CPD Online event perfect for teachers:

Thank you for everyone who attended and to those who gave feedback. The event was very well received and we look forward to putting on another event later in the year. 

The Symposium started with Rachel Caws. Rachel has been teaching at Chichester College for over 15 years and a Learning Coach for 10 years. In her presentation she explores how to best lay the path for stretch and challenge and the different opportunities for stretch and challenge both spontaneously in your lessons and in your planning. She also covered the psychological barriers there are to this for students and strategies to overcome these. 

Next, we had a lecture from Chris Kunz, President of the Ibero American Network on English as a Lingua Franca. Do you agree? Is English the language of the world? Chris is a very experienced presenter delving into the world of language in this highly interactive presentation. 

Debbie, Principal Examiner for Anglia Examinations gave the third presentation on classroom activities and games teachers could use to reinforce language and prepare for exam tasks. This was fun and informative with lots of ideas for making lessons more interesting.  

The day continued with Alice Osman, Chief Examiner reviewing candidates performance of the year. Alice is very skilled in giving workshops and this one was no exception. In this workshop Alice takes us through the exam levels and notes common issues candidates struggle with. A great session to go back to to better prepare your students and guide them through the more complex tasks. 

Following Alice, we had a wonderful presentation from Katherine Reilly. Katherine was born in Chicago, Illinios and has dedicated herself to the field of education and specifically that of English Literature. As an author, she works for an International Publisher for which she has authored multiple children's books and novels. As an educator, she works at a private school in Athens Greece, teaching English to learners of all ages and levels, while also working as an oral examiner for the majority of universities which certify candidates in the use of the English Language. Katherine's presentation goes through why children may find writing tasks a challenge and why some teachers tend to avoid dealing with it. She has many ideas to focus children's ideas and lays out brilliant activities step-by-step in an innovative response to teaching writing skills. 

Lastly Steve Bannister, Director of International and CEO of Anglia Examinations takes the podium in an inspiring conversation about the future of education. 

For those who could not attend, missed parts of sessions or just want to re-watch the presentations, all the sessions are available to view for those registered to this site as Anglia Teachers. Please click here to watch the presentations. The link will only work if you are logged in. 

The agenda is featured below for reference:

 Time   Subject  Presenter
 12:30 - 13:30

Motivating Learners in the Stretch to Challenge


Rachel Caws, Professional Learning Coach and Lecturer for CCG

 13:30 - 14:30

English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) Moving from an EFL to an ELF mindset.

Possible? Desirable? Practical?

 Chris Kunz, President of the Ibero-American Network

 14:30 - 15:00

 Interactive classroom activities and games

 Debbie Gibbs, Principal Examiner
 15:00 - 16:00

 Teaching – Candidate performance and review of the year

 Alice Osman, Chief Examiner
 16:00 - 16:30   Writing for Young Learners  Katherine Reilly, Author, Educator and ELT Teacher Trainer
 16:30 - 17:00 The future of Education, a perspective from 2030 

 Steve Bannister, Director of International and CEO of Anglia Examinations