ELTons webinars: 2015 winner of the ELTon award for Innovation in Teacher Resources

We are pleased to bring you a series of webinars showcasing ideas from the 2015 ELTons winning innovations. Here we present the 2015 winner of the ELTon award for Innovation in Teacher Resources.
Date: Thursday 3 March, 2016
Time: 16.00 UK time. Find out the time where you are.
Theme: All teachers want their students to be successful but are we including thinking skills, that will become life skills, with the four skills we are most comfortable teaching? This workshop will give ideas for helping students feel more confident in their English skills and get them thinking more about the information they are presented with, what that information is aiming to convey and ideas on how they become analytical in considering what they see and hear. These skills are not just essential in the classroom but are becoming a key to success – either in employment or Higher Education.

About the speaker - Carol Higho

I have been working within English Language teaching for over 20 years. I started as a Primary school teacher in the UK, had eleven amazing years working in Asia, have been a development editor, materials writer and now Head of Product marketing at Macmillan. I’m very fortunate to have seen EFL teaching from both the classroom and the office. I’m looking forward to this webinar and sharing the delights of Thinking Skills are Life Skills with you.
Visit the Macmillan Life Skills web pages to find out more.

Watch the webinar recording!

Here are the links to the videos in the webinar:

  • Video created by EF Explore America, posted by EF Explore America on YouTube.
  • The Guardian advert, 1986
  • Gateway 2nd edition life skills clip
  • Open Mind trailer

The presentation slides can be downloaded in pdf format.



The movement is clearly very worthwhile for children. At the same time, perhaps a better strategy for introducing it to schools is needed. To some degree, in every subject, philosophy silently takes a seat in the classroom, waiting for acknowledgement. For example, in English classes many philosophical themes arise. Passing through primary and secondary school, students become competent in literary analysis. But they remain without the tools for more extended philosophical analysis.  In Europe, generally speaking, there are two ways to approach philosophy in the secondary school. The first, found in Italy and Germany, is an historical approach, giving an overview of the development of philosophy. The second, found in France, is more thematic, introducing notions, concepts, and representative thinkers from the history of philosophy (with some preference for French thinkers, in that nation). The second approach, it seems to me, puts more emphasis on rigorous thinking with basic philosophical concepts. The annual philosophy baccalaureate exam has questions such as "Can one be happy without being free?" Yet another approach is taken by the International Baccalaureate program, whose Theory of Knowledge class explores different facets of the creation of knowledge. Originally drafted by a prominent French philosophy teacher (Dina Dreyfus), it has a French approach but has been reshaped for the educational aims of the IB.  In 2007 UNESCO published an interesting overview of philosophy in schools entitled Philosophy, A School for Freedom. Very worthwhile reading. It is found here: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001541/154173e.pdf For philosophy to have a greater role in American education, it needs to be explicitly placed in the curriculum. A great first step would be the creation of an Advanced Placement class. Personally, I think the French approach would yield the best results. Akemi Tatsakura,expert writer in education sciencehttp://writepaperforme.org/https://www.freelancer.com/