You can find the list of upcoming Eaquals webinar series below:
Peter Lahiff: Project-based Learning – Easier Said than Done
Thu, 26th Mar 2020, 17:00 – 18:00 (+03)
Projects are something are usually no more than an add-on to language courses. They are a way to get learners on summer courses to explore cultural difference, or to practice presentation skills by investigation on topics of interest. These add-on do not amount to project-based learning. This webinar will explore that it means to adopt a project-based approach, what the challenges are to adopting it across a whole-school and why it is worth working to overcome them.
Chris Farrell: Using the EPG for Collaborative Reflection
Tue, 28th Apr 2020, 16:30 – 17:30 (+03)
The EPG is a fantastic tool for reflection on the fundamental aspects of teacher competence. It can give the user a clear path towards further development and make them aware of areas of their teaching which they may need to focus on.
Unfortunately it can seem a little intimidating for teachers to use, especially when considering the practical aspect of each of the stated competencies.
In CES we have engaged in what we call Group Learning Walks in order to encourage Collaborative Reflection. This is essentially when a group of five teachers take a day each to observe the other four and every day we all meet and reflect upon the observations. The whole project is rooted in a supported reflection and completion of the EPG for each individual teacher and the feedback sessions are done with reference to different aspects of the EPG.
The main aim of this is not only to encourage an ethos of reflective vulnerability among the teachers and to give them some new ideas to work with, but it also to negotiate and reflect upon what certain teacher competencies look like ‘in action’.
Katie Greig & Rachel Dowling: Using your local environment to build a PBL approach
Thu, 28th May 2020, 16:00 – 17:00 (+03)
Project Based Learning is a growing educational trend, due to the promotion of critical thinking skills and recognition of the value of learner autonomy and is now becoming seen as a useful tool in the language classroom. Projects can be used to exploit key language areas and encourages learners to work with the language inside and outside the classroom. The
emergence of technology in the classroom has made it possible for learners to research and present final products to a highstandard, yet using local resources and the local environment seems largely ignored as a source of engaging and enriching content.
In this session, we aim to explore ways to exploit a local environment in order to create a project which is placed, purposeful, pervasive and passion-led .Concrete examples of real world projects are shown based on our local environment of Dublin city centre and participants will be invited to plan and scaffold a real-world project and reflect on how their local environment can lend itself to interesting, engaging projects in the classroom and beyond.