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Bell Teacher Academy
The Webinar Series 2020

Join this one-off event to learn from (and with) leading experts in Teacher Education and ELT Leadership and Management.
Bell Teacher Academy Webinar Series 2020


The best teachers never stop learning.

As teachers, teacher educators and educational managers – it has been a challenging year. As a result of the COVID pandemic our priorities are changing, we and our students are changing, how we teach, learn and develop is changing. Nobody has ever been in a situation like this or knows what the future will bring.

But there is one constant. The need and desire to keep learning and the importance of CPD right now.


Join our series of free, professional online learning events starting from 28 July – 27 August 2020.

Sessions will take place twice on same day to suit international time zones.

Our speakers

Learn from leading experts in Education and ELT Leadership and Management

Speakers at Bell Teacher Academy Webinar Series 2020

Our programme 

Please be advised that due to limited spaces and popularity of our teacher training webinars, we are operating a first come, first served policy, For those who can not attend the live webinar, we will email you a copy of the webinar shortly after the session is completed.


Why pronunciation teaching doesn’t work (and how to fix it)

Pronunciation teaching doesn’t work because for 50 years the approach has been essentially cognitive, which may be fine for learning grammar and vocabulary, but pronunciation is muscular, like a subtle version of learning to dance. And the mastering of such physicality does not lend itself to the written word, or to course books… neither does learning to dance.

I will outline a proprioceptive approach to awareness and the physical skill of making new sounds, and to the distribution of energy across connected speech. All this with a focus on personal expression and speaking from the heart, while taking account of the new reality of online teaching.

Adrian Underhill Adrian Underhill is a world-renowned teacher trainer and consultant, writer and speaker.

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Teaching through the lens of mediation: Mediation made simple

Perhaps, had it not been for the Coronavirus, Linguistic Mediation might be part of our everyday practice by now. Many national and international assessment bodies are now assessing mediation in their examinations, publishers are including it in their course books and materials, and teachers are increasingly teaching it.

This practical webinar will help clarify your understanding of mediation and will answer a few simple questions: What is linguistic mediation? What do mediation materials look like? How do I teach mediation? How do I assess mediation? Why all the fuss about mediation? Why is it so important?

We will look at materials through the lens of mediation to make it immediately applicable in your teaching. It will also invite you to reflect on your current practice and some of the assumptions that underpin our teaching methodology.

Vic RichardsonEducation Consultant and Teacher Trainer

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Preparing for uncertainty in online teaching and learning

Teachers have already done an amazing job of adapting to the online environment in this extraordinarily stressful year (everyone deserves a hug, not to mention a holiday and a pay rise!). Looking at the future, it seems teachers and learners should be ready to switch between F2F, online or blended classrooms as the Covid-19 situation unfolds.

In this webinar, we will look at some ways to prepare for this uncertainty. We will discuss:

  • Our outlook, mental health and stress levels
  • Planning and preparation for possible online teaching
  • Efficient routines for online/blended lessons
  • Maintaining positive relationships with learners and parents
  • Learner training to make transitions smoother
  • Handling time, space and presence when we work online

Kristina SmithTeacher Trainer

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Teaching (not testing) listening skills: a focus on decoding

In this webinar we will examine the reasons why the ‘traditional’ receptive skills lesson structure as taught on many initial teacher training courses may not be helping our students develop their listening skills.

We will then explore a range of practical ideas on how to diagnose our learners’ listening difficulties, how to adapt the traditional lesson structure to help them develop their listening skills, and how to select, design and use activities that practise their decoding skills.

Sarka PiggottLearning and Teaching Manager and Teacher Trainer

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ELT Management Training Week

11 August - 13 August 2020


Managing technological change

Language schools and programmes must constantly be aware of and considering the introduction, or updating, of technology in the way that it can support learning and teaching. This holds true for planned and thought-out change as well as for emergency response to need, such as has been necessary during the current crisis.

The intention of this talk is to bring together both theory and practice surrounding the idea of change management in the specific context of language schools and language teaching programmes, with a focus on the introduction and integration of technology.

Andy HockleyAcademic Director of Bell Teacher Academy and Teacher Trainer

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Leadership in tough times: playing to strengths or fixing weaknesses?

“When times are hard, leadership makes the greatest difference” Pendleton and Furnham (2016)

I could add, as Billy Ocean’s song goes, When the going gets tough, the tough get going, which is how many leaders and managers in our sector see their roles. We have a crisis caused by the pandemic. We have broad shoulders, let’s get to it. But maybe, switching pop-song, We don’t need another hero…

Maybe, were we to step back from the relentlessness of what we need to do right now, were we to leave our other multiple roles [administrator, plumber, cleaner and everyone’s factotum and gofer] and reflect on our leadership and management role, it might encourage us to challenge and maybe change our view of our organisation and of ourselves, impacting positively in this current crisis. Maybe the next step, especially in these tough times, is not fixing your weaknesses, it is playing to your strengths.

In this webinar we’ll take a brief look at multiplicity of management fads in the 20th and now 21st century, outline an evidence informed approach, and use the data to demonstrate that playing to your strengths has a bigger impact than fixing your weaknesses.

Vic RichardsonEducation Consultant and Teacher Trainer

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Teaching (in) English in a multilingual world

Recent developments in Multilingualism and Translanguaging have inspired new approaches which recognise that our learners live and learn in multilingual environments, and that the languages that they know and use are the most valuable resource for learning additional new languages.

English, while still a dominant global language and the current lingua franca of international communication, business and academia, is increasingly being seen as one of the languages ‘in the mix’ used by plurilingual global citizens who want and need to use their full linguistic repertoires.

(How) does this matter to you and your students? Where does this Multilingual Turn leave the traditional four-skills coursebook and assessments? How fit for purpose is the English-only methodology still used in many English language teaching schools and classrooms? What new skills do teachers need to learn and apply to their practice to support the language learning of students from diverse cultural, educational and linguistic backgrounds, many of whom are competent users of more than one language?

Silvana RichardsonSilvana Richardson is Head of Education at Bell Educational Services, Academic Director of Bell Teacher Academy, and Programme Quality Manager at the Bell Foundation.

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Project-based learning: How to plan a project for young learners

This webinar will look at the key principles behind designing a successful project for young learners and the different stages of planning. We will look at examples of real projects and participants will have the chance to start planning their own project ideas. This is a practical webinar, suitable for all teacher of young learners and teenagers who are interested in using project-based learning to make their English lessons more engaging.

Thomas BeakesAcademic Manager of Education Programmes and Teacher Trainer

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Becoming a Teacher Trainer week

25 August - 27 August 2020

Tuesday 25 August 2020 | 10am or 5pm (UK time)

Getting post-COVID itchy feet? Become a teacher trainer!

The major disruption caused by the COVID pandemic in teachers’ professional lives has led many teachers to question whether they want to go back to doing the same thing in the same way. If during the last few months you have been feeling you need a change of professional direction and wondering whether you would like to become a teacher of teachers, this interactive webinar is for you. We will explore together:

  • Career pathways for teachers who want to become teacher educators
  • How you can upskill and develop expertise in teacher education
  • How you can find out if you are ready to become a trainer

Silvana RichardsonHead of Education at Bell Educational Services, Academic Director of Bell Teacher Academy, and Programme Quality Manager at the Bell Foundation.

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Thursday 27 August 2020 | 10am or 5pm (UK time)

Conducting lesson observations

This webinar will explore the observation of teaching and learning and provide some tips on how best to go about it. We’ll start off by looking at the circumstances in which observations take place and the various rationales behind them (developmental, evaluative, both). Observation protocols will then be examined and the talk will finish with an assessment of different ways of providing teachers with feedback on an observed lesson.

Tim HazellAcademic Programme Manager for Delta

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