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Saturday, 12 June 2021 to Thursday, 27 January 2022

What are the 'Ask Hala' webinars

The 'Ask Hala' webinars series is part of the Teacher Networking Initiative and designed to help English language teachers acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding to deliver effective and engaging lessons for learners of English. The webinars are delivered by Hala Ahmed, Academic Manger at the British Council in Cairo, and are drawn from Hala’s substantial experience in supporting teachers and teacher educators in the Middle East and North Africa region. 

In its first series of eight webinars, Hala focussed specifically on online teaching skills. If you missed any of the previous webinars or you are new to the Teacher Networking Initiative, you can read more about them and watch their recordings through this page.

In this next series of webinars, Hala will focus on both online and blended delivery.

The programme

We have a very exciting programme for you, based on suggestions from our participating network of teachers from across the Middle East and North Africa. Webinars take place on the last Thursday of every month at 4:00 PM (Cairo time). Registration is easy – just fill in our  registration form, and we will send you joining instructions, log in details and our interactive activities 48 hours ahead of each session.

Date Topic Key learning outcomes
24 June 2021 Helping learners who can’t get online Barriers to accessing online/digital learning.
    Digital accessibility analysis.
    Techniques to teach in a digitally low resource context.  
29 July 2021 Teaching young learners remotely  - How do young learners (YLs) learn differently from adults? Implications for teaching approaches and methods. 
    Practical techniques for teaching YLs remotely. 
    Considerations while teaching YLs remotely. 
26 August 2021 How to integrate remote and F2F teaching  - What returning to school might look like. Why integrate remote and F2F teaching.
    Practical examples of integration.
    Key considerations when integrating F2F and remote teaching.
30 September 2021 Online learning and students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) What SEND means, what it involves for teachers and types of SEND.
    What the differences are for SEND students when learning online.
    Strategies for identifying and creating and effective learning environment for SEND students online.
28 October 2021 Watching other teachers teach and how to get the most out of it What are the benefits of watching peers in action?
    What should you be looking for? Takeaways?
    Different approaches of giving and responding to feedback.
25 November 2021 Pathways and planning for professional development Self-assessment and why self-assess?
    How to decide on where to go to next in the new era.
    Tools and resources to help you plan for your career.
27 January 2022 How to teach communicatively and still teach to the exam Benefits of communicative teaching.
    Benefits of exam focused teaching.
    Understanding the difference and getting the right balance.
    Practical classroom examples.