One of the main goals of the ISE exam is to assess the candidate’s ability to speak well. With so much communication now online, being able to do this is more important than ever. In this webinar we’ll look briefly at what lies behind speaking well, then go on to explore activities that we can do with our learners both online and off in order to help them get better at this valued and valuable English language skill.
Reading is a part of the ISE exam because it is such a critical 21st-century skill, with the current health crisis means that we’ll be doing a lot more reading from now on. In this webinar we’ll be briefly reviewing what efficient reading involves and why it is anything other than a ‘passive’ skill. The bulk of the webinar will be activities that we can use to improve our learners’ reading skills, both when we are online and off.
Independent listening, one of the skills tested in Trinity’s ISE exam, is about real-life listening as well, such as with podcasts, the radio, classes or lectures. On the surface, then, this is a skill that should be easy to practise online. But life is never that simple, and so in this webinar we will explore some of the resources currently available for practising listening online, before taking a look at how to adapt the teaching of independent listening to online teaching. We will then think about ways of working online that can help our students to become better independent listeners.
Writing well is not easy, and writing in another language constitutes a huge challenge. So writing alone when you are confined to your home is the Everest of challenges for our learners. Because of this, we’ll start this webinar by exploring how we can turn the problems of writing online to our advantage, and at how we can use existing technologies to teach our learners to write better. Then, in the second part of the webinar we will take a look at how to break writing down into separate, teachable sub-skills, and at how to use different techniques to ask and answer a number of key questions in order to select the best content for a given task and organise this content to best effect.