PETE SHARMA | Oxford University Press

Pete Sharma is a teacher trainer, consultant and ELT author. He works as a pre-sessional lecturer in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) at Warwick University, UK. Pete worked for many years in business English as a teacher trainer and materials writer. He is a regular conference presenter at IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) and BESIG (Business English Special Interest Group) conferences and has given plenary talks and keynote speeches at conferences around the world. Pete was a guest speaker at the 15th Britanico Teachers’ convention in San Isidro 2009. Pete is the co-author of several books on technology including Blended Learning (2007) and 400 Ideas for Interactive Whiteboards (2011) in the Macmillan ‘Books for Teachers’ series. His latest e-books as co-author are on ‘apps’ in business English (2013) and How to write for digital media (2014). His latest book is Best practices for Blended Learning (2018), Pavilion Publishing and media Ltd. Pete was the Newsletter Editor of the IATEFL CALL (Computer-aided language learning) Review (2008-2009) and has a Masters degree in Educational Technology and ELT (English Language Teaching) from Manchester University.

31 August | 9:00 a.m. | Zoom

Into the future: what will the ‘new normal’ look like?

The swift transfer to remote teaching experienced by many institutions and teachers involved a steep learning curve. The language teacher now faces a growing range of options for blending different modes, juggling platforms, materials, tools and technologies. It is a challenging time.

As the dust settles, the time has come to assess what happens next.

This plenary talk is in three parts. It will first look at recent developments including online, blended learning, virtual blended learning and hybrid learning. The speaker will provide insights into the pedagogical principles underlying these various approaches and describe how they can support effective teaching and learning.

The central, interactive part of the session will provide a range of inspiring, practical teaching ideas, all of which involve the use of learning technologies.

The last part of the talk will consider the future. We will explore some innovations including AI (artificial intelligence) and adaptive learning and look at some key principles which will equip teachers to navigate successfully through the digital landscape. The plenary will conclude with a short Question & Answer session