Talks, presentations and workshops

We often present at ELT conferences and events. Just select the title below if you're looking for the handout or download from a talk or workshop you have attended.

Pronunciation: Be a teacher, not a preacher

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 18:00
Venue: 
GRETA
Location: 
Granada
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Pronunciation work can be the most enjoyable part of a lesson but for this to happen, we need to move beyond ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, and instead explore language together with our students in a spirit of collaborative discovery. In this session, I will demonstrate examples of how I think this can be done.

Pronunciation for Iconoclasts

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 13:45
Venue: 
Joint PronSIG / GI SIG event
Location: 
Africa Centre, London
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Calendar of events by day - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2016-03-12

Pronunciation teaching is sometimes held back by an unhelpful insistence on the phonetic detail of target models. Some features, such as the schwa for example, seem to almost acquire the status of icons. What happens if we knock these icons off their pedestals?

Pronunciation: Fresh Angles

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Event date: 
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 16:00
Venue: 
The Language Show, TEFL stage
Location: 
London
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Calendar of events by day - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2016-03-12

Pronunciation teaching can be a joy, but we need to get away from listen-and-repeat routines and approach it from fresh angles. In this lively presentation, we will try out a variety of activities, from puzzles and games to workouts and raps

The Vowel Hexagon

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Event date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:30
Venue: 
Universidad Nacional de la Plata, V Jornadas Internacionales de Fonetica y Fonologia
Location: 
Buenos Aires
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Calendar of events by day - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2016-03-12

In this talk, I will present a pedagogical chart of English vowels set in a hexagon figure. I will explain the rationale behind the design, which is based on a system of rings and spokes, with the long vowels in the outer ring, the short vowels in the inner ring and the schwa at the centre.

Zoom Webinar

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Event date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 14:00
Venue: 
Zoom Room, 14:00 Argentina time
Location: 
Buenos Aires
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Zoom Webinar - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/zoom-webinar

This webinar has been organized by Stella Palavecino of the IES en Lenguas Vivas Juan Ramon Fernandez and hosted by Veronica Pintos of the British Council, both in Buenos Aires. Here's a summary of the main argument. You'll find the slides on a pdf below, and an MP3 of the rap, and a second karaoke version.

Accent: are we bovvered?

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Event date: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 10:15
Venue: 
IATEFL Glasgow
Location: 
Boisdale 1, Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW
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Accent: are we bovvered? - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/accent-are-we-bovvered

There is a write-up of this talk here. Accent can be a problem in English teaching. Which accent do we take as a model? Must it be a native-speaker accent? Must it be a prestige accent?

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

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Event date: 
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:30
Venue: 
Nationaal Congres Engels
Location: 
Ede, Netherlands
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Mark Hancock The Complete Pronunciation Workout Ede

Sometimes pronunciation deserves more than a passing correction or one-off task. In this workshop, we will see how pronunciation points can be worked on from various different angles, in coherent and enjoyable task sequences. Participants will try out example activities and discuss them. You can download the slides below.

Listening as a Creative Process

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 10:45
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain 40th Annual Convention
Location: 
Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Elche
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Listening as a Creative Process
Findings of research into children’s processing of spoken language illustrate the creative nature of listening. What do we mean by ‘listening as a creative process’ and how can we use this when teaching listening to adults? In this workshop, we’ll look at some techniques which help learners develop transferrable skills and strategies and take them beyond a ‘one-off’ listening experience.

A Live Lesson in Pronunciation

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Event date: 
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 19:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Elche
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A Live Lesson in Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/live-lesson-pronunciation

Come and watch an author/teacher attempt to give series of mini pronunciation lessons in front of a live audience! In doing so, I hope to be able to demonstrate the more collaborative, negotiated, discovery-led approach which I’ve been trying in recent years. This session is suitable for teachers, and participants who wish to work on their own pronunciation – or both! Download below...

Pronunciation for Listeners

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Event date: 
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 14:00
Venue: 
University of Chester
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Pronunciation for Listeners - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-listeners-1

In this session, we look at pronunciation from the perspective of listening. Find the slides on a PDF below. Here are links to some of the materials used in the talk.

The "Lost" Rap

A song-based Mondegreen activity

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