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Free Webinar: Critical Thinking In English Language Teaching
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When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
2:00 PM
Where: United States

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What is critical thinking?
Why should it be part of language teaching and learning?
What can teachers do to develop critical thinking in their English Language students?
In this webinar, two experts in the field offer answers to these questions from their many years of experience as teachers, textbook authors, and teacher trainers. They identify and explain examples of content and activities for language learning–both published and teacher-made—that engage students in critical-thinking skills and habits of mind. The presenters also teach participants how to spot mislabeled textbook exercises and how to create effective critical thinking activities. Finally, the speakers identify specific teaching practices that support critical thinking in language students at all levels of proficiency.
Carol Numrichis a Senior Lecturer at Columbia University’s American Language Program, where she teaches intermediate and advanced levels of ESL. She recently served as the Program’s Associate Director for Faculty Search, Development and Review. In addition, she helped to develop the International Teaching Assistant Program as well as design the TESOL Certificate Program for Columbia University.

Carol’s research interests are in authentic listening, teacher education and critical thinking. She has trained teachers from the elementary to college levels in the U.S., Europe and Asia and has given numerous presentations on the importance of teaching critical thinking in ESL instruction. She has chaired and helped organize several committees for TESOL as well as co-edited a column from the TESOL Journal.

Carol is the author of Face the Issues, Consider the Issues and Raise the Issues, which are in their third and fourth editions, and Tuning In, a listening text for low-intermediate level students. She is also the co-editor for the Pearson series, NorthStar, which is now being developed for its 5th edition. Carol holds a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo, and an M.A. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Frances A. Boydhas been at Columbia University teaching language and mentoring teachers for over 30 years. She has developed and taught courses in all levels of academic English, English for Business Purposes, English for International Teaching Fellows, and graduate courses in TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy. A specialist in content-based curriculum that integrates language skills and critical thinking, she is co-editor ofNorthStar, a 10-volume academic English Language series; author ofMaking Business Decisions, a case-based business English book; co-author ofStories from Lake Wobegon, a listening/speaking book prepared in cooperation with Garrison Keillor; and, co-author ofL’italiano con l’opera, an Italian-language text based on opera.
Her current research interests include vocabulary acquisition and English Language program accreditation processes. Boyd has served in the University Senate, coordinated the ALP Intensive Language Program, and served as the ALP Curriculum Director. She is currently active on the editorial board of MexTESOL Journal. Her professional work has been recognized with the NYU Malkemes Prize for Professional Writing as well as the New York City Citation for Excellence from the Mayor’s Council on Adult Education. Her book with Garrison Keillor was cited on Page One of the Wall Street Journal for “bringing laughter” to language learning.
She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.
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