Virginia Parker

Biography

Prof. Parker has been involved in English Language Teaching for over 20 years. She has taught, trained teachers, published practical and academic materials, and consulted on teaching and assessment materials in a variety of educational settings. Over the years, Prof. Parker has worked in several different countries, including China, Myanmar (Burma), the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, South Korea, Thailand and, of course, her native Canada. As a promoter of best practice, she has delivered conference presentations and in-service training alongside professional development workshops and webinars, and has also published in teaching reference books, practical teaching publications, and professional websites.

Selected Publications/scholarly and creative work

Academic Publications

Parker, V. & Valente, D. (2018) Syllabus development in early English language teaching. In Copland, F. & Garton, S. (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners. Abingdon: Routledge.

 

Parker, V. (2015) Teenagers: Why are they like that? What can we do about it? In Pinto, M. & Shaffer, D. (Eds.) KOTESOL Proceedings 2015: Transitions in Education, Transitions in ELT. Korea TESOL. pp 3-12.

 

Practical Teaching Publications

Parker, V. (2019) From Learning Objective to Lesson Outcome. TEYLT Worldwide, Issue 1, 2019.

 

Parker, V. (2017) Preventing Plagiarism in Secondary ELT: A Case for Learner Training. IATEFL Young Learner and Teens Special Interest Group, Invited Guest Blog. Available at: https://yltsig.iatefl.org/2017/06/01/preventing-plagiarism-in-secondary-elt-a-case-for-learner-training/

 

Parker, V. (2016) Teenagers: Why are they like that? What can we do?

TEYLT Worldwide, Issue 1, 2016.

 

Parker, V. (2016) We Give the Knowledge, You Learn. ELT Consultants, Invited Guest Blog. Available at: http://www.elt-consultants.com/blog/we-give-the-knowledge-you-learn

 

Parker, V. (2015) Book Review: Teaching Young Learners English: From Theory to Practice. IATEFL C&TS Digital, Issue 2, 2015.

 

Parker, V. (2015) Digital Natives in the Lower Secondary English Language Classroom. IATEFL C&TS Digital, Issue 1, 2015.

 

International Conference Presentations

Parker, V. (2019) Bridging the Gap: Learning Objectives in private and mainstream ELT. Sponsored presentation on writing effective learning objectives with the Pearson Global Scale of English. 53rd International IATEFL Conference, Liverpool, England.

 

Parker, V. (2019) Beyond Decoding: Guided reading on a national scale. Presentation on the challenges of a guided reading project in Brunei. 53rd International IATEFL Conference, Liverpool, England.

 

Parker, V. (2017) Plagiarism in ELT. Presentation / workshop on detecting and preventing plagiarism. 18th Annual ELT Conference, Yangon, Myanmar.

 

Parker, V. (2017) I want my students to… Workshop leading on classroom management. 18th Annual ELT Conference, Yangon, Myanmar.

 

Parker, V. (2017) Plagiarism in ELT: How to identify it, how to react, how to avoid it. Practical webinar on detecting and preventing plagiarism by students. IATEFL YL&T 30 Pearls of Wisdom Webinar, online presentation.

 

Parker, V. (2015) Classroom management with Young Learners. Pre-conference presentation / workshop. 2015 KOTESOL International Conference, Seoul, South Korea.

 

Parker, V. (2015) Working with Young Learners. Expert panel speaker, sponsored by IATEFL Young Learner and Teens Special Interest Group. 2015 KOTESOL International Conference, Seoul, South Korea.

 

Parker, V. (2015) Teenagers: Why are they like that? What can we do about it? Presentation on adolescent brain development and its implications in the language classroom. 2015 KOTESOL International Conference, Seoul, South Korea.

 

Parker, V. (2013) Active Reading and Listening Strategies. Workshop on learner-centered receptive skills teaching. The Second ELT Conference for Teachers, Mandalay, Myanmar

 

Parker, V. (2011) Making a Music Video with Teens. Presentation on using Project-based learning with adolescent learners. The 12th Annual ELT Conference, Yangon, Myanmar