Grade Teacher Talks: Teach for Peace by Grade University

Grade Teacher Talks 2022: Teach for Peace

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New to TEFL/TESOL, Experienced, Expert

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Your Students

Adults, Teenagers, Young learners

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Christopher Reese - Building Engagement in the Classroom 
One of the most common issues that teachers ask us about, whether it’s new employees to our company in their developmental observations, prospective teachers on courses like the CELTA, or even experienced teachers who come to us for training, is how to engage and motivate learners in the classroom. In the situation we find ourselves in now, this may be even harder than usual, as our learners are balancing their complex personal lives (and, in some cases, traumas) and trying to get back into a routine by studying English. In this practical session, we’re going to look at the key elements of motivation to study and examine key strategies to boost engagement and involvement in the primary, secondary, and adult classroom. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to get learners interested in the lesson, and how to make sure they stay engaged in learning English. 

Lidiya Simak - How to switch to English in your class and not use L1 
Speaking English is crucial in English lessons. If a teacher does not speak English, why would the learners do? Still, it's easier said than done. How can we switch into English with students who haven't even learnt anything in English yet? Well, I'll tell you how. 
In this session we will look at: - what to do to help students of any level understand you without switching to their native language; - how to help students switch into English; - basic techniques that help teach without translation.


  • Teaching YL
  • Teaching adults
  • Approaches to teaching
  • Online teaching


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Christopher Reese


DELTA Module 1, CELTA, CELT P/S Trainer, The University of Tennessee (BA in Anthropology)

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Lidiya Simak


YL DOS, CELTA, CELT-P/S Course trainer, TKT Course creator

Who is this Video for?

  • teachers who work with YL
  • teachers who work with teens and adults
  • teachers who would like to broaden their repertory of classroom management techniques

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