Macmillan Online IN FOCUS 2022 Kids Can!

18:00 - 19:30, 04 May 2022

Key Competences for the 21st Century Learner

In this special series of online events our authors and ELT experts will explore key methodological concepts from the LOMLOE and share practical tips on how to implement them in the classroom.

What makes a good communication task in 2022?

Communication tasks are not new to EFL teachers.  Coursebooks and teachers offer a variety of carefully staged tasks that engage pupils in controlled, guided and freer communication.  However, as our understanding grows of how languages are learned and used, so the structure and emphasis of communication tasks in class have evolved.  In this session, we look at the ingredients of good communication tasks in 2022, taking into consideration mediation and plurilingualism, while always keeping in mind the language that will be most useful to our pupils beyond the classroom today. This session will include examples of communication tasks from Kids Can!



Donna Shaw: Donna is a teacher and materials writer for Primary age pupils. Committed to teaching and with a keen interest in educational issues, she is also undertaking a part-time doctorate, researching creativity in the Primary ELT classroom. Donna is the co-author of a number of ELT Primary courses for Macmillan Education, including Kids Can!New High Five!Heroes and Footprints.

Mark Ormerod: Mark is an EFL teacher specialising in Primary education. He is interested in using drama and mini dialogues to develop children’s confidence and language skills. Mark was Head of Macmillan Education’s Teacher Training Department from 2001 to 2005. He has subsequently gone on to write teaching resources for Macmillan. He is co author of the Macmillan Education Primary courses Kids Can! Find Out!, Tiger and Heroes. He has also written several of Macmillan’s Children’s Readers, as well as the holiday workbook series, Holiday World.