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Teaching Lower Versus Higher Levels: Challenges and Opportunities

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Do you dread teaching beginners? Do you feel more comfortable with intermediate level learners and above? If so, you’re not alone! Teaching lower level learners can seem daunting at first: what if they don’t understand a word of what I’m saying? What if they can’t say anything? This session is not about ‘what if’s…’, it is about ‘how’.

Together, we will look at how to set up tasks for low and higher level learners, how we can grade our language up or down, how we can work towards developing fluency even with beginner-level learners, and how we can use functional language to teach higher-level language to lower-level learners.

We will also discuss the role of authentic materials for low and higher level learners and finally, we will focus on correction and language upgrading techniques, and we will talk about how they can be adapted to different level learners.

This workshop will offer practical ideas and classroom activities that can be used in the low and higher level classrooms. We will refer to both face to face and online teaching.

Presented by Sophie CocaultCELTA/CELT-P/CELT-S Trainer, EAL & ESOL Specialist.

This Workshop is included with PRO Membership.

Preparing for the Workshop

Our Masterclass workshops are typically delivered in 90 mins.

At Gallery Teachers, we endorse the philosophy of building on your previous knowledge and experience as opposed to just imparting knowledge on you. 

Therefore, in order to prepare you for the webinar and help you activate what you already know about the topic, we will suggest two to four reflective questions for you to consider before you join the event.

You will also be given the opportunity to post your reflections, along with any questions you may already have at the pre-watching stage, to the discussion forum. 

The reflective questions, as well as ideas and shared experiences posted to the forum by attendees, will be used in the real-time Q&A session in order to generate an engaging and meaningful discussion, involving the presenter and teachers from around the world. 

After the event, the forum discussion will take on a life of its own and teachers will be encouraged to continue posting their experiences, reflections and questions related to the topic of the webinar. So, if you feel strongly about the topic, we will make it possible for you to take the discussion beyond the scheduled workshop and continue sharing your ideas with like-minded teachers and teacher trainers from other countries


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Teaching Lower Versus Higher Levels: Challenges and Opportunities

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Teaching lower levels

Rated 5 out of 5
10th September 2021

Excelllent topic, I was waiting for a webinar like this. It’s challenging teaching lower levels and this webinar has given me useful tips to improve my teaching and engage my students. Thanks Sophie!

Katia Quintero

Teaching Lower Versus Higher Levels: Challenges and Opportunities

Rated 5 out of 5
9th September 2021

A most useful and practical workshop on how to face the challenges of teaching lower students versus higher level students. Great and encouraging ideas and a most enjoyable masterclass. I highly recommend it. Many thanks Sophie!

Maria Josepa Pujol Toda-Twinam