Alex Warren

Connect 4 – The importance of connections in language learning

Audience focus: All


We will explore how, using National Geographic Learning Voices series, teachers can be more effective in facilitating learning and help students to make the connections they need to be successful language learners by promoting four types of connections: to their prior learning, to themselves, to the real world and with each other in the classroom environment.

Language learning is all about connections. To be effective it needs to be both comprehensible and meaningful for the learners. This topic is thought-provoking and promotes student-centred learning.
Participants will take away a greater understanding of the types of connection we need to make in the language classroom to make language learning as meaningful and memorable as possible for our learners, with plenty of ideas on how to do so.


Alex is a DELTA trained teacher trainer with over 15 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, academic director and teacher trainer. Prior to his experiences in ELT, Alex worked as a journalist before a chance encounter in the Indonesian jungle began him on the path which has led him to working with National Geographic Learning.

This talk is sponsored by National Geographic Learning.