October 29th, 2016
9:00 am to 2:00 pm MGC 200
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Dr. Joan Kang Shinis an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to EFL teachers in over 100 countries around the world. She is a series editor for a groundbreaking 6-level primary English series for National Geographic Learning calledOur World, which won the 2014 HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Awards for Winner of Best Entry for Learners. She is also a series editor and author of the 3-level preprimary seriesWelcome to Our Worldas well as the host of a professional development video series that she designed for Our World. Her bookTeaching Young Learners English, co-authored with Jodi Crandall, received the prestigious 2013 Ben Warren International House Trust Prize.
We live in a rapidly changing world, one that is increasingly interconnected. Our 21st century learners are growing up in an exciting but also challenging world that is fast-paced and technology-driven. When teaching English as an international language, it is important to integrate specific 21st century skills to help them succeed in this technology-driven and global century. This includes digital, new media, and visual literacy skills because global communication in English is inextricably linked to these 21st century literacies. Additionally, and possibly more importantly, we should integrate the 4Cs: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. This workshop will explore the questions: What are 21st century skills and how can we be 21st century English language teachers? Participants will leave the room with new activities and ideas for integrating 21st century skills into their English language classroom.