Gordon Lewis is Vice President, Languages for Laureate Higher Education, based in Princeton, NJ, USA. He earned a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and an M.S. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California. From 1991-1999 he ran a language school for children in Berlin, Germany. From 2001 to 2004 he was Director of Instructor Training and Development for Berlitz Kids in Princeton, New Jersey. From 2004-2008 he was Academic Director of Kaplan English Programs, based in New York City. Gordon has served on the committee of the IATEFL Young Learners Special Interest Group and served as an editorial board member of ELT Journal. He is co-author of Games for Children and Grammar for Young Learners and author of The Internet and Young Learners, Teenagers, Making the Most of Technology, and most recently, Learner Technologies, all published by Oxford University Press.

29 September | 12:15 a.m. | Zoom

The challenge of teaching young learners in an unstable world: Lessons learned in the pandemic

It was not that long ago that we watched with excitement as technology promised a new world with open access to information and educational equality for underserved populations. Today things look quite different.

Fake news, the rise of authoritarianism, climate crisis, and of course, the global pandemic have disrupted lives across the globe and changed our views on technology’s impact on teaching and learning, especially for young learners.

The Covid crisis has forced us to confront our approaches to teaching and learning in real time. We had no choice, but choices had to be made. Our responses demonstrate our resilience and offer a path forward into a brighter future.

Every problem offers a solution. We just need to find it. In this talk we will explore which paths we can take to have impact in teaching YL ELT.