2021 Conference Schedule — At a Glance

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All Times in Mountain Standard Time

Wed 3/3

Make Lasting Connections

Thu 3/4

Seize the Opportunity

Fri 3/5

Co-Create the Future

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Opening General Session

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Breakout Sessions

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Networking Activities

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Breakout Session

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
General Session

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Additional Networking

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
VIP Networking Event

9:00 am - 10:00 am
General Session

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Breakout Sessions

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tech and Edtech Presentations

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Networking Activities

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
General Session

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Additional Networking

9:00 am - 10:00 am
General Session

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Breakout Sessions

11:00 am - 11:45 am
General Session

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Challenge on Hallo - Prize

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
General Session

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Closing General Session

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Additional Networking

Detailed Schedule (all times in MST)

Wed 3/3

9:00
Welcome to Day 1 of the Language Summit: Make Lasting Connections
An overview of the online conference and an introduction to the InEvent platform
Ashley Whitesides, Partnerships Manager at Hallo and Director of the Language Summit
9:05
Keynote: “Connecting Online: We Must Maslow Before We Can Bloom"
Long before COVID, Neuroscientists and Social Scientists agreed there was a crisis of trust and empathy in our culture, particularly among the young. What happens to a culture when trust and empathy decline? What does it mean for schools as they deliver more and more teaching and learning online? In this session, Jim Warford will draw on his new book, The Chemistry of Culture, which brings brain research on culture out of the lab and into our schools. You will learn why we should not fear the future, and how we can personalize online learning to build better relationships. You will be able apply and the content of this, and other sessions, in a closing Action Planning breakout session.
Jim Warford, Program Director at the Peter R. Marsh Foundation
9:35
Keynote: "Harnessing the Power of One"
Founder and Director of the charity Rising Star Outreach, Becky Douglas will be sharing her incredible journey of how she came to help empower leprosy colonies in India. Listen to her story to learn about the power that one individual or one choice can make in the lives of countless others. We each can be that one.
Becky Douglas, Founder and Director of Rising Star Outreach
10:00
Breakout Session: “Democratize Now: AI powered language assessments enable equity”
To close the global communication gap, there are long-standing inequities in language assessment and instruction that need to be corrected. These barriers include restricted access, rising costs and even content bias that perpetuate imbalances in who benefits from language ability. Judson Hart will survey how AI technologies can correct these inequities and open doors of opportunity for language education and employment wider than ever before. It will also offer ways in which conference participants can join in a democratic digital transformation of language assessment.
Judson Hart, Director of Language Assessment at Emmersion
10:00
Breakout Session: “Teaching English in English – what does it mean to empower teachers with confidence in their own speaking?”
The landscape of English-language teaching looks vastly different today than it did just a few short years ago. Many students are often opting, by choice or necessity, to learn English in their own countries. The days of seeking only native-speaking teachers are fading away, and with that has come the emergence of more and more non-native English teachers. How can we empower those educators to teach English with confidence? ESL teacher and Bridge-teacher trainer Leah Donelson will explore this question and discuss the importance of teaching in English while still communicating across cultures.
Leah Donelson, Bridge TEFL Tutor, Curriculum Developer, & Online English Teacher
10:00
Breakout Session: “Remote Performance Anxiety: Simple Fixes From Behavioral Science”
The pressure to meet goals while working remotely creates high anxiety for many professionals. Dealing with tech issues and coordinating calendars is one thing. Keeping people motivated and relationships healthy at a distance can be quite another. The good news is that many organizations have been operating with remote teams for many years—and a lot of the people leading those teams are pretty good at it. Dr. Hurley has researched and worked with quite a few of them. In this session, he presents three essential behaviors that reduce friction, decrease stress and lead to peak performance in remote groups.
Jeb Hurley, Co-Founder and CEO of Xmetryx and Brainware Founding Partner
10:00
Breakout Session: “English Immersion Online Crowd Learning”
Mariana Makoon-Singh will implement a number of online activities that encourage the production of the spoken language. She will also demonstrate ways to cohesively bring together a class of 50 or more students from around the world. The presentation is a two-part design: 1. Highlight the benefits of live instruction that engages students; 2. Empower students by giving them the tools to use their English beyond the classroom and become part of the global community.
Mariana Makoon-Singh, English/Spanish Linguist, Ph.D. Candidate Applied Socio-Linguistics
10:00
Breakout Session: "How to find joy in your work as a Language Professional: Loving the English language"
Mohammed Kurdi Slivany, Security Supervisor, Interpreter, and Translator at the British Army
10:00
Breakout Session: "The Developers Behind the Future of Language Learning: How to Build an Educational Platform with over 1M users"
The software engineers at Hallo will cover lessons learned and obstacles hurdled, as well as answer questions related to the development and history of Hallo. Take a look into what it’s like to build, test, fix and deploy an online marketplace for language learning.
Dean Packard, Mustafa Ali, and Andrew Hale—software engineers at Hallo
11:00
General Networking Session Topic 1: Challenges & Opportunities of Connecting Across Cultures
Discussion Topics: 1. Challenges & opportunities of international teams 2. Challenges & opportunities of international classrooms 3. Living abroad 4. When learning a new language 5. Differences in beliefs even in your own culture
Discussion Leaders: Joon Beh and Mustafa Ali
11:00
General Networking Session Topic 2: How to Handle Anxiety During the COVID Era
Discussion Topics: 1. Overcoming social anxiety when interacting in-person 2. Overcoming social anxiety when communicating or teaching over technology (e.g. video calls) 3. Coping with uncertainty during the COVID era: learning healthy coping skills
Discussion Leaders: Ashley Whitesides and Dani Moraga
12:00
Breakout Session: “Formative Assessment“
Formative assessment can dramatically improve student learning. This session is not about how to assess only. It's about changing our approach to teaching. This action-ready workshop will provide you with the right tools to promote student engagement and autonomy in learning.
Laura Lewin, Internationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant
12:00
Breakout Session: “The World Turned Upside Down – The Shift from F2F (Face to Face) to Online English Teaching”
This session will address the new reality of English teaching opportunities for those in the TESOL community with the shift to online learning opportunities. It will cover the best practice updates to the International TEFL Academy's curriculum as well as our TEFL certificate to address the changing needs of trainees with respect to soliciting and landing jobs in the online teaching sphere. The session is designed to be interactive and uses many of the principles for engaging online class sessions. Come join the conversation!
Sarah Kalert, Director of Studies at International TEFL Academy
12:00
Breakout Session: “The secret ingredient to online language learning success: human interaction”
Methods for language learning continually adapt to technological change – from traditional in-person tutoring to cassette tape dialogues, to online gamification and practices, and then to AI-enabled adaptive learning. The next breakthrough in improved student outcomes is being driven by the reintegration of human instructors empowered with technology tools to allow for more effective and personalized instruction.  This session will describe case studies and best practices for how online language learning is being reimagined around interactive experiences (voice and video) with live instructors and students,  resulting in better learning outcomes and new commercial opportunities.
Lance Huang, Education Lead at Agora
12:00
Breakout Session: “Optimizing Vocabulary Acquisition for ESL Learners: The Power of Binomial Expressions”
Vocabulary lessons for learners of ESL frequently draw from words that are included on the Academic Word List (Coxhead 2000). While this is an important first step, the teaching of discrete words overlooks the fact that language often consists of expressions and bundles. In this presentation, I will present the results of an eight-week in-class intervention, during which binomial expressions comprised of academic vocabulary (results and conclusions, facts and circumstances) were presented to intermediate-level learners of English.
Dr. Theresa Antes, Associate Professor of French & Linguistics at University of Florida
1:00
General Session Panel: "Find Unique Solutions Through Partnerships: Forge Connections"
In 2019, a government and edtech company came together to meet the needs of a nation and together they found a better way to help Costa Rica’s youth learn English. The Alliance for Bilingualism in Costa Rica partnered with Alegra Learning, an edtech company based out of the US to integrate their program Joy School English into Costa Rica’s primary schools. When pandemic struck in 2020, Costa Rica’s private schools continued to use Alegra Learning’s program at home as distributed by EduTech C.A., and the public schools were able to quickly follow suit. This enormous success was fueled by teachers, who in a heroic effort, took the initiative to reach out to families and sign students up for the program one by one. One month later, in August 2020, the number of students climbed from 5,000 to 58,000+. As Manuel Rojas-Mata, the National Coordinator of the Alliance for Bilingualism said, “Alegra Learning appeared in the right moment” and “fit perfectly”.  Watch this general session panel live to learn from the leaders themselves about how this partnership was formed, what has come from it, and principles they would like to share with others who are seeking for similar solutions during this time of crisis. 
Manuel Rojas-Mata, Noah Eyre, Karol Villalobos Ovares, and Josue Montero
1:35
Closing Keynote: “Cultural Competence in a Digital Age”
Dr. Kathleen Schnier, Vice Provost of University of Phoenix
2:00
Additional Networking
3:00
VIP Networking Session: Resilience in Leadership
This past year has presented new challenges for everyone. As leaders and decision makers around the world in the edtech, tech, education, and language learning industries, others look to us to know how they themselves should respond to these challenges. What principles and practices can you strengthen or adopt as a leader in your school, business, or community to better weather the storm and help others do the same? Join us for an exclusive VIP session to learn from other leaders on how to be resilient as a language expert and/or as a business leader. Then take the time to share your own experiences and perspectives to benefit other leaders in this VIP session.
Andrea Guthrie, Co-Founder at Gyde & Seek, Board Director

Thurs 3/4

9:00
Welcome to Day 2: Seize the Opportunity
Welcome to day 2 of the Language Summit. Highlights from Day 1 and overview of Day 2
Ashley T. Whitesides, Partnerships Manager at Hallo and Director of the Language Summit
9:10
Keynote: "Learning 2025: Preparing Students for Their Future, NOT Our Past"
Equity, social justice, Social-Emotional Learning, mental health, and a rigorous and relevant instructional program for all students are recent but critical issues that schools today are required to address. Meanwhile, the demands of the past have not gone away. The brick-and-mortar school model of the last century with the bell schedule, boundaries, rules, regulations, certifications, tenures, contracts, and a hyper-focus on meeting proficiency on high-stakes tests continue to demand attention. While the demands continue to compound, a silver lining is emerging through the hardships brought on by COVID. It has created a tipping point for many educators, policy makers, business leaders, and parents around the immediate need to transform our education system. The pandemic has also taught us that change is possible in the ways we had not imagined even one year ago. Dr. Bill Daggett will share emerging solutions to these challenges. He is co-chairing a National Commission named “Learning 2025: National Commission on Student- centered, Equity-focused Education” with AASA, in cooperation with several other national organizations including NSBA, CCSSO, NASSP, and NESPA. The National Commission’s charge will be to identify and document the cognitive and non-cognitive skills, knowledge, behaviors, and dispositions that high school graduates will need to master to prepare for the digital age workplace as citizens of a global community.
Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder and Chairman at International Center for Leadership in Education
9:35
Keynote: “25 Years of Social Impact Investing: What Creates Winning teams and products”
Jeramy Lund, Managing Director, Impact Investing - Sorenson Impact
10:00
Breakout Session: “Pivoting to Online Teaching”
The presenter will discuss how to design and prepare to pivot from face to face to an online environment. She will discuss tools that can be used for different purposes and ways in which online language classes can be kept dynamic and engaging.
Dr. Lou Tolosa-Casadont, World Language Program Coordinator, University of Georgia
10:00
Breakout Session: “How to make the best investments in business and in the classroom: Principles for making the best product/team investments”
Whether you’re an educator or in the business of education, you are trusted to make crucial investments that will affect the future of the children you serve. Come to this session to learn 3 key decisions you can make to dramatically move the needle.
Derrin Hill, Founder and CEO of Business Incubator RevRoad
10:00
Breakout Session: “How to become a successful Teacherpreneur with the power of self-marketing”
Gabby Torregiani, Founder and Director TCLS, Bridge TEFL Trainer and Consultant
10:00
Breakout Session: “Unanticipated Directions in Linguistic Application: Creating a Software for Brainstorming Wordplays”
It is widely known that the field of linguistics has made substantial contributions to the applied areas of language acquisition, language pedagogy, and speech therapy. It is also well known that linguistic knowledge can be usefully integrated into computer applications, not just those involving language instruction, but also those in such technological areas as speech recognition and machine translation. It might be surprising to some people, however, to learn that linguistics can also be usefully applied with computers in creatively fashioning wordplays. In this presentation we will look at how linguistic knowledge and awareness were used in preparing one such product, the PhraseWorthy software, which brainstorms wordplays for possible use in humor, advertising, and marketing.
Dr. Dallin D. Oaks, Linguistics Professor at Brigham Young University
10:00
Breakout Session: “Lo–Fi Language Learning: The Dopest Descriptivist Approach“
Hip-hop is one the top 5 growing music genres globally. Not only does it have a rich origin but wherever hip-hop spreads it incorporates a part of that region’s culture and identity. This malleability of hip-hop allows for people across the world to form their own personal connection to the genre of music. Hip-hop is more than an art form. Hip-hop more than entertainment. Our presentation will show how hip-hop can be used effectively as a tool to teach english to nonnative speakers. We will break down 5 pillars of hip-hop and how each pillar correlates with a strong foundation for teaching and learning english as a foreign language. The Lo–Fi Language Learning approach to EFL provides an immersive and interactive experience for our learners while growing their confidence and capacity in the language.
Miles Iton and Donovan Brown
11:00
Tech and Edtech Presentations (Sponsor Booths)
12:00
General Networking Session Topic 1: Challenges and Opportunities of Changing Careers
Discussion Topics: 1. Deciding on the right education (in and outside of formal education) when you’re young or old 2. How to choose the right career(s) 3. The advantages and disadvantages of changing careers 4. Facing rejection and how to keep trying (when should you give up?) 5. Tips for getting hired
Discussion Leaders: Joon Beh and Andrew Hale
12:00
General Networking Session Topic 2: Trying New Experiences (Including New Curriculum & Products)
Discussion Topics: 1. How to become comfortable with being uncomfortable 2. Finding a balance between flexibility and structure in the classroom and the workplace 3. How to be humble enough to admit you are wrong and to try something else 4. Why is it important to keep trying new things?
Discussion Leaders: Ashley Whitesides and Dean Packard
1:00
Breakout Session: “Soul-tiplication: How Learning Another Language Makes Us More Human and Increases Empathy”
Charlemagne said “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” While we know that a person’s language can communicate their worldview, few realize how much a person’s language shapes their worldview. Research shows that knowing more than one language increases one’s empathy. And in today’s climate of division, mistrust, and fear, empathy is exactly what we need to overcome those challenges. Educators and social scientists are beginning to harness the powerful technologies of today to teach empathy, as well as other languages, to younger and younger learners.
Dr. Tonya Tripp and Carter Durham
1:00
Breakout Session: “Empowering English learners for classroom success: Strategies for Academic Conversations and Classroom Collaboration”
One way to ensure a high quality, personalized literacy program for English language learners is to use the learners’ own lives and experiences as curriculum. Creating spaces for students to compose and share stories results in a strong sense of community, facilitates the development of authentic literacy skills and increases student motivation and achievement. In this session, participants will learn about how an ESL teacher and a co-teacher used a personal narrative project to help students develop necessary literacy skills through building community while fostering empowerment in their cultural identity.
Dr. Sandra Quiñones-Hemphill, ELD Specialist for Harrisburg School District
1:00
Breakout Session: “Amplifying Multilingual Student Voice through Poetry”
In this presentation, the speakers will reflect on how they collaborated to craft a process for the publication of their students’ multilingual voices by using poetry to elevate the voice of linguistically and culturally diverse students. By centering the idea that students have the ability and power to tell their own stories, the speakers were able to facilitate an anthology that resulted in almost 1,000 copies purchased worldwide and both local and international notoriety. Session participants will leave with a better understanding of why and how to support their students’ multilingualism. In addition, they will learn how the process of student self-publication can be applied to their own classrooms.
Norman Sales and Elianna Kantar
1:00
1:00
Breakout Session: “Persistence and Retention in the Online Classroom”
Terry McLean, IDELT Instructor at Bridge
2:00
General Session Panel: "How Diversity Fuels Innovation"
At the language summit we’ve made it our goal to democratize the language learning space by inviting everyone in the industry to join the conversation of what the future of language learning and education should look like. Learning from multiple perspectives helps us to know what changes we ought to make to strengthen and improve our current systems and also helps prompt us to reinvent some systems altogether. We’ve selected some outstanding representatives who have flourished when working with very diverse teams from all around the world and who are leaders that know the value of diversity in both the workplace and in the classroom. Prepare to learn from those who represent some of the under-heard voices in the industry and listen to their experiences and wisdom. Leave this session with a better understanding of how to introduce more diversity to your team to help your company grow, innovate, and find more competitive edges in the market.
Virginia Liu, Jay Veal, Andrea Guthrie, and Venice Irving
2:40
Closing Keynote: "No Matter Your Past, You Can Always Change Your Future"
Ashley T. Whitesides, Partnerships Manager at Hallo and Director of the Language Summit
3:00
Additional Networking

Fri 3/5

9:00
Welcome to Day 3: Co-Create the Future
Welcome to the final day of the Language Summit 2021. Overview of Day 3 including challenges and prizes.
Ashley T. Whitesides, Partnerships Manager at Hallo and Director of the Language Summit
9:10
Keynote: “The Rise of the Global English Teacher”
Despite all the advances in technology and the growth and popularity of language apps, English teachers continue to play the prominent role in the delivery of English language training . Today, teacher marketplaces and the adoption of online learning in the global ELT sector are creating new opportunities for teachers as teacherpreneurs, as digital nomads, and as active participants in a global gig economy. These opportunities, when combined with increasing investment in English language teacher professional development set the stage for the increased professionalization of the industry, while also providing access for new teachers to enter the sector for the first time.
Jean-Marc Alberola, Founder and President of Bridge Education Group
9:35
Keynote: “Global English Learner”
Joon Beh, Cofounder and CEO at Hallo
10:00
Breakout Session: “Teacher cognition and classroom-based assessment: A study into the impact of teachers’ beliefs on their classroom assessment practices“
The impact of teachers’ beliefs on their educational practices has been widely acknowledged by previous research especially in the field of ESL. Indeed, reviewing the literature on teachers’ belief and formative assessment has revealed that much of the research conducted in formative assessment (FA) has focused on how it should be understood and used, with very little emphasis on how teachers actually understand it and what types of beliefs they hold about it. The current study therefore was conducted to explore the impact of teachers’ beliefs on their FA practices in a tertiary EFL context.
Dr. Rashid Al Maamari, English Curriculum Consultant at Sultan Qaboos University
10:00
Breakout Session: “Learning How to Own Your Digital Classroom With One of VIPKID’s Top Online English Teachers”
This breakout group will focus on honing and owning your digital classroom – from the basics like proper body spacing in relation to the camera, to advanced techniques such as working with augmented reality to transform your online class.
Robert Zappa Jr., Senior Admissions Advisor at International TEFL Academy
10:00
Breakout Session: “What do Business English students expect from their teacher and class?”
Business English students expect their classes to be accurate. This accuracy comes from the personalized study program they receive at the beginning of their language course. The Needs Analysis we use at Bridge English is a simple but powerful tool that helps us evaluate the student and thus create the most suitable syllabus possible. Apart from that Business English students appreciate the flexibility of their teacher. We let them know that if they have to do a presentation; write a report; send emails in English, we can adjust the classes and help them out/practice with them. They want the reassurance that the syllabus/classes are flexible, adjustable, and designed for them. They also require up-to-date materials and textbooks. Modern professionals would know if a textbook provides outdated information. In childhood education, we often say that teachers should follow the child. It turns out that this principle is true for adults as well. Business English students know what they are looking for.
Vesela Koeva, Certified EFL Instructor at Bridge in Santiago de Chile
10:00
Breakout Session: “The power of teaching English online to fuel teacher mobility”
With the accelerated rise in online learning and teaching, it’s easier than ever for ESL educators to work from anywhere in the world. How has teaching English online helped educators become more location-independent, especially in the midst of a global pandemic? How can aspiring online English teachers join this growing field? Experienced online teacher and BridgeUniverse writer, Krzl Nunes, answers these questions and gives you actionable tips for kickstarting your freelance online teaching career so you can enjoy the freedom it provides to travel and explore the world!
Krzl Nunes, Online English Teacher and Blog Content Writer
10:00
Breakout Session: “My Journey of Learning English Outside of School”
Have you ever experienced getting good grades in English at school, yet found yourself tongue-tied when you actually have to speak? It is not a secret that many learners improve their English skills better when they are in a relaxed atmosphere and have the learning materials tailored to their interests.
Vidia Hawaria, Regulatory Affairs Coordinator at Rohto Laboratories Indonesia
10:00
Breakout Session: “Action Planning”
In this session your group will begin the process of creating an Action Plan to apply the content of selected conference sessions. You may use the Action Plan Handout template or create your own. Your plan should prioritize specific strategies and actions your group believes are needed to achieve specific goals.
Jim Warford, Program Director at the Peter R. Marsh Foundation
11:00
General Session Panel: How the Innovators Build their Products
In this panel you will get a glimpse into the world of some of the product leaders who are creating the future of language learning and assessment. Learn where they get their inspiration from and what processes they go through to create new state-of-the-art technology. You will walk away from this panel understanding how important teamwork and choosing the right team members are. In addition, you’ll learn how frequent, clear communication with consumers is integral for innovating and creating lasting products that will continue to disrupt the market. Leave inspired and with greater knowledge about what really goes on behind some of your favorite products and some of your favorite products-to-be.
Jacob Burdis, Daniel Falabella, Nicholas Jenkins, Peter Thomas, and Michael Romrell
11:45
Hallo App Teaching Challenge with Prizes
For this year's Language Summit edtech challenge, test out your newly-acquired online teaching skills on the language learning online marketplace, Hallo. With over 1 million students from around the world, this is the place where you can truly teach international live classes like nowhere else. Streaming for free as Hallo students, the Language Summit attendees who teach the best 25-minute live classes during this challenge will be awarded various prizes to help them continue in their journeys as online ESL teachers.
The Competition: Rules and Prizes
12:15
General Session Panel: "How to Choose the Best Products for the Greatest Student Learning Outcomes"
Learn from key decision makers when it comes to language learning products: an edtech leader who oversees a state-of-the-art language assessment tool utilizing machine learning, a university professor who helps his students choose the best products, and an end-user herself. What principles do they follow to choose the best products in their individual roles and how can you learn from their experiences to choose the best products to 1) build your own product, 2) help others in your team or classroom use the best products, and 3) choose the best language learning products for yourself.
Brigham Tomco, Dr. Rashid Al Maamari, and Vidia Hawaria
1:00
Breakout Session: “What is English as a global language and how can teachers prepare students for the 21st century language learning space through using it in the classroom”
Venice Irving, Chief Executive Officer of Happy Teachers
1:00
Breakout Session: “How will BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) students thrive via education support during and after the pandemic?”
I will be discussing 2 solutions for educational support in tutoring that has been a great impact for BIPOC students nationwide. I developed a 360 degree holistic tutoring approach that leads with relationships first, includes stakeholders, mentoring, and support to accelerate students to a 95% success rate of students earning As and Bs in over 50 subjects. Why does this work for the #1 AA owned private education/tutoring company in the nation? I also created a filter reactive edtech nonprofit that on the front end is a marketplace for black owned tutoring companies to offer their services at large and on the back end is a 6 program nonprofit. We will talk about why this is important and key during/after the pandemic.
Jay Veal, Founder & CEO at INC Education and Black Tutors of Social Media
1:00
Breakout Session: "What's Keeping You From Getting Hired and What To Do in the Meantime"
Learn strategies current hiring managers at Hallo use to determine who to hire and principles you can follow to become more hire-able in the edtech and language learning industries. We will also discuss ways you can continue your education and build up your resume while you are still looking for a job. There are always new opportunities for growth and learning. Don’t become discouraged just because one door closes. There are always more doors opening every day.
Ashley T. Whitesides, Partnerships Manager at Hallo and Director of the Language Summit
1:00
Breakout Session: “The Potential of Interest-Based Niches in ESL”
This session covers the academic and financial potential of interest-based niches in the ESL market. As the industry grows and matures, instructors are discovering their specific fit in its vast ecosystem. But with previous niches such as TOEFL/IELTS, Business English and Accent Reduction becoming mainstream, what’s the next step?
Shawn Chattin, Head English Coach at Project Beisbol
2:10
Keynote: “Leadership“
Leadership means you will have to recognize and develop the potential in people, but leading people who simply do not follow you is impossible. Leadership is influence- nothing more, nothing else. The good news: good leadership can be taught! But in order to learn how to do things right, you will have to unlearn a lot! Ready to lead mindfully? Step up into courageous leadership!
Laura Lewin, Internationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant
2:35
Closing Fireside Chat: "The Future of Digital Education"
Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner at GSV Ventures, Cofounder at ASU+GSV Summit
3:00
Closing Remarks
Final Prizes Announced and closing remarks
Ashley T. Whitesides, Partnerships Manager at Hallo and Director of the Language Summit
3:15
Final General Networking Session Topic: What's Next?
Discussion Topics: 1. How to start implementing changes in the classroom 2. How to start implementing changes in the workplace 3. Final questions for the Language Summit/Hallo team 4. Feedback on how the Language Summit went well and how to improve it for next year
Discussion Leaders: Joon Beh and Ashley T. Whitesides