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IATEFL Poland: Hugh Dellar's "Live Lesson"

IATEFL Poland: Hugh Dellar's "Live Lesson" - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/iatefl-poland-hugh-dellars-live-lesson

In this live lesson, Hugh taught a class of 11 intermediate students using a unit from Outcomes (Heinle Cengage Learning). During the lesson, students were given the opportunity to describe different dishes and ways of cooking food, and to explain their own cuisine to foreigners.

IATEFL Poland: Piotr Steinbrich's "live lesson"

IATEFL Poland: Piotr Steinbrich's "live lesson" - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/iatefl-poland-piotr-steinbrichs-live-lesson

In this ‘live lesson’ Piotr taught a class of 10 secondary students at advanced level using Speakout Advanced (Pearson). During the lesson, students were presented with vocabulary connected with a courtroom scene in order to prepare them for a BBC video clip from the final Black Adder series, Black Adder Goes Forth.

IATEFL Poland: David Evans on new literacies

IATEFL Poland: David Evans on new literacies - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/iatefl-poland-david-evans-new-literacies

English & The New Literacies (Plenary session, sponsored by National Geographic Learning). David Evans argued that the job of a teacher nowadays is to teach more than words and their meanings. He explained that, given the way that information is presented is central to literacy and literacy is about gaining knowledge, it behoves us to incorporate new literacies into our teaching.

IATEFL Poland: Elzbieta Gajek and Agnieszka Szarkowska on using video interactively

Blog - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/1

Clipflair is a European Commission sponsored, Europe-wide project to provide video materials for language learning and practice for 15 different languages. The platform for the project is currently under construction, but Elzbieta and Agnieska (of the University of Warsaw) came to IATEFL to give us a preview of what it’s all about.

IATEFL Poland: Hanna Kryszewska on Gardner's "5 Minds for the Future"

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Hanna Kryszewska, who works with Pilgrims on the Humanising Language Teaching magazine, has found in Howard Gardner’s ‘Five minds for the future’ (2006), a new organizing principle for humanising approaches. ‘Five minds…’ is Gardner’s ‘new baby’, replacing his notorious ‘Multiple Intelligences’ theory.

IATEFL Poland: Mark Andrews' "Live Lesson"

IATEFL Poland: Mark Andrews' "Live Lesson" - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/iatefl-poland-mark-andrews-live-lesson

Mark Andrews presented the first of the innovative ‘Live Lesson’ sessions, in which a teacher (himself, in this case) taught a group of students (7) who had never met each other before. Generally, the session leaders were free to organise their sessions as they wished, and Mark framed the event as a teacher observation session.

IATEFL Poland: Lucyna Wilinkiewicz-Gorniak on 21st Century Skills

Blog - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/1

These changing times require educationalists to be constantly evolving. We need to embrace change and enjoy being flexible. In the classroom, this will almost inevitably mean a certain switch in power relations, since the students are likely to be in some ways more technology-savvy than the teacher, and so the flow of information will be opposite to what we normally suppose to be the case.

IATEFL Poland: Maria Heizer on learning from English in packaging, ads and slogans

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Can pedigree lion pamper kitekats? In adverts, brand names, slogans, strap lines – English is all around us in Poland, but we barely notice it or question what it means. Maria Heizner makes the point that this is a very rich resource, and that by focusing on it, learners can discover that they already know many English words without even realising it.

IATEFL Poland: Patrycja Grudzien-Dubiel on online reading and listening skills

IATEFL Poland: Patrycja Grudzien-Dubiel on online reading and listening skills - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/iatefl-poland-patrycja-grudzien-dubiel-online-reading-and-listening-skills

Patrycja Grudzien-Dubiel, who is studying for her PHD at the University of Warsaw, is researching  the effectiveness of online reading and listening activities as compared to their traditional equivalents.  This session described her experiences so far, including the results of a smaller pilot study.

IATEFL Poland: Creative teaching, creative learning by Carol Read (Plenary)

Blog - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/2

Is Picasso’s version of the Velazquez painting “Las Meninas” merely a copy? No, it’s a creative reinvention! This is how Carol Read made her first point of the presentation: creativity never comes from thin air. So for Picasso, “Las Meninas” was an inspiration.

GRETA Granada

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Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 08:30 to Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 15:30
Mark and Annie are presenting at the GRETA conference in Granada, Spain: XXVI Curso Anual para la Enseñanza del Inglés "Tips of the Trade for Challenges ahead in ELT and Bilingualism" Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Granada, 18, 19 y 20 de octubre de 2012.

Dangerous dictation no.5

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What basic information question has been misunderstood in this picture? Answer = "What's your address?". Surprisingly, for many speakers, these two sentences are perfectly identical in sound. The S in "what's" and the Y in "your" combine to make an SH sound. This in turn joins the T in "What" to create the CH sound. That makes "Watch". The "Your" minus that first Y sound becomes "or".

Dangerous Dictation no.3

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The sign should of course read "No dogs allowed". But since what's actually on the sign is a perfect phrasal homophone, a transcriber is perfectly entitled to write it either way. Notice what this shows us about the pronunciation of "are" as nothing more than a schwa.

Review: 13th BRAZ-TESOL National Convention "Proud to be"

Braz-tesol - hancockmcdonald.com/taxonomy/term/124/feed

BRAZ-TESOL holds a national conference every two years, and in July 2012, the event was held in Rio de Janeiro. It was truly a national event, with delegates coming from all over the country - and it's a big country, with some internal flights being several hours long.

Mark in Sweden

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Mark's talking about pronunciation as a listening skill at two events in Sweden in August, organized by the book distributor Utbildningsstaden. Details here.

TESOL France

Event date: 
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 14:00 to 16:45
Blog - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/130
We are presenting at TESOL France on Nov 17. Mark will speak at 14:00 on receptive pronunciation, Annie at 16:45 on authentic listening.

IATEFL Hungary

Event date: 
Friday, October 5, 2012 - 14:00 to Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 13:30
Blog - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/130

We are presenting at IATEFL Hungary in October. Here are the details:
Annie McDonald - Helping students become more effective listeners
Mark Hancock - Motivation: the inside story


Blog - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/130

We will be presenting at IATEFL Poland in September. Here are the details:
Annie McDonald - Helping students become more effective listeners - Sept 8, 10:15
Mark Hancock - Pronunciation as a listening skill: understanding authentic English - Sept 8, 11:45

BRAZ-TESOL: a talk on ESP course design

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“English for Beach Entrepreneurs: Reflecting upon an ESP course” (Patricia Elizabeth Perez Martins, Claudia Rebello dos Santos Santos)

Patricia began by taking us through the standard stages of ESP course design for this 25 hour course, and then Claudia described course implementation, adaptation and learning results.

Bye bye Brazil

Bye bye Brazil - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/bye-bye-brazil

We're busy adding material following the BRAZ-TESOL conference.The talks "Pronunciation games for Brazil" and "Silent Stories: using pictures in ELT" now include videos from audio files recorded at the event, and we are busily writing up summaries of various wor


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