Bringing Life Skills to Life! - Things today’s teenagers need to know

The basic concept of teaching Life Skills is simple – that our responsibility as educators is not only to help our students to learn English but also to prepare them for the challenges of life and work in the 21 st Century. This talk will look at why the teaching of Life Skills is so important for teenagers, which life skills our students really need in the 21 st Century, and, arguably the most important question and the one that concerns teachers the most, how we, as English teachers, can actually incorporate the teaching of Life Skills into our day-to-day classes. To this end, the talk will include a variety of practical activities, approaches and teaching materials, including examples from ‘Gateway 2 nd Edition.’


After studying languages at Oxford University, David Spencer trained to be a Secondary School teacher. He then moved to Spain where he has been living and teaching ever since. He continues to teach teenage students every day in a school near Madrid. Dave has been writing courses for Macmillan since 1994 including the highly successful Gateway series.