What is a webinar?
A webinar is like a seminar presentation or workshop, but via video online. Everyone is in the comfort of their own homes listening to and watching the speaker. Just like in a live seminar, participants can ask questions if they wish.
Does that mean I need a camera and a microphone?
Not at all! All you need is an internet connection. No one will see or hear you during the webinar, and you will only see and listen to the speaker, not other participants. It’s like a YouTube video that you are watching, only that the speaker is sitting in front of the camera in real time.
Wouldn’t it be easier if the speaker just made a video and posted it on YouTube?
It probably would for the speaker but then you could not ask questions that the speaker can answer right away.
How do I communicate with the speaker if I don’t use a microphone?
There is be a chat box on the right where you can ask questions or make a comment by typing them.
Why do we need a webinar if there are ELT conferences?
Because those happen just once or twice a year! And there is so much interesting stuff to share with each other that it’d be a pity not to use the possibilities that the online world provides.
SKA Winter Webinar with Lýdia Machová: Letting our students do the learning…because they love it! (on autonomous learning – more info HERE)
When: 3-4pm (CET), Saturday, 30 January, 2016
Where: online, hosted by Webinars Guru
Who for: those teaching teens and adults, as well as teachers looking for ideas to improve their own language skills.
REGISTER HERE: http://app.webinarjam.net/register/18477/2059623a6b
Recording: available to registered participants and SKA members only
- Facebook group where webinar info is posted and updated almost daily: Webinars for English Teachers
- Macmillan ELT‘s Upcoming Webinars (instructions in Slovak here)
- List of all IATEFL and SIG webinars and links to them
- List of British Council videos of seminars and links to them
- Cambridge English Teacher’s Upcoming Webinars and also here.
- OUP’s Upcoming Webinars
- CEFR Web Conference, 28-29 March 2014: http://cefrwebconference.com/summary-and-recordings/
- Reform Symposium Worldwide e-conference (hours of recordings by dozens of speakers – check the strands link in the right-hand menu to find ‘language learners’ and the sessions that apply to language teaching)
- IATEFL BEsig (business English) archives (always available free for 10 days after live event) and on YouTube
- Oxford English Language Teaching archives (registration required)
- Macmillan Interactive webinar archive – 3 years of webinars.
- Macmillan on YouTube (scroll down for workshops, hangouts & webinars – including Adrian Underhill’s on pronunciation)
- Cambridge on YouTube (a variety of helpful videos)
- Oxford English Language Teaching (registration required)
- International House’s ’10 Best’ series on YouTube
- The Consultants-E on YouTube (scroll down for webinars and seminars)
- American English – Materials for Teaching (includes lesson plans and such)
- “Unraveling the Mystery of Academic Writing” [includes downloadable presentation, and additional resources]
Do you teach in a bilingual program, IB or university English? Or maybe you just need to know more about academic writing in English for yourself.