Silvia Breiburd

#Reimaginingteaching; Top Generational Tips To Enhance Learning Trips

No doubt students’ collective identity has changed. This presentation session will narrow the gap between traditional teaching practices and postCovid-19 students' learning requirements. Attendees will be introduced to generationally-friendly ways of achieving more learning through less teaching and their concrete take-away will include ten top tips for better reaching their Generation Z and Alpha students both in virtual and in-person classes.


Two generations of young and very young students have been profoundly impacted by the Covid19 pandemic: Generation Z (aka gen Z, iGens, plurals or centennials) and Generation Alpha (or gen Alpha for short) and they have consequently developed marked generational learning traits. Revealing the whys behind the whats in these ELLs' collective behavior may throw light upon the way they prefer to learn and be taught a second or foreign language, saving teachers' and students' energy and time and creating enhaced learning itineraries.

Researchers around the world agree (Elmore, 2017; Stillman & Stillman, 2017; Twenge, 2017; Breiburd, 2018; Zarra III, 2018 among others) that Generation Z (aka gen Z, iGens, plurals or centennials) display a distinctive collective identity. They have never experienced a world without the internet and its socializing influence (McCrindle, 2009) and consequently developed distinct generational identities that require the implementation of differentiated ELT instruction. They are followed by Generation Alpha students (born after 2012) who have been brought up along the same lines.

This session provides teachers with tools to respond to these emerging generations’ needs. It draws from generational research (Mannheim, 1958; Edge, 2014), the 'pictorial superiority effect' (Medina, 2014), research on reading patterns (Bradley, 2015) and visible thinking theory (Richthart & Perkins. 2014) and proposes practical strategies of proven efficacy for redesigning English language lessons in a generationally-friendly way.

Along this fast-paced, brain-friendly, interactive presentation, attendees be given ten top tips for better reaching Generation Z and Alpha students. Suggested activities will be illustrated with powerful PowerPoint visuals and will range from vocabulary acquisition to essay writing and debating tasks. Participants will also partake in engaging activities that will model some of the student-proven instructional strategies suggested in this proposal and will get a clear takeaway: generational awareness matters


Silvia Breiburd is a teacher and action researcher with wide experience in primary and secondary teaching and managerial positions; teacher training and in-service professional development. A passionate educator and an international conference speaker, Silvia has written extensively on how to adjust teaching and learning in a generationally-friendly way to the changing educational paradigm both in general education and TESOL programs