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.

APIBA: Top 6 pronunciation issues for Spanish-speaking learners

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Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 15:00
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APIBA Webinar
Location: 
Buenos Aires
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Top 6 pronunciation issues for Spanish-speaking learners - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/top-6-pronunciation-issues-spanish-speaking-learners

In this practical webinar, we look at some of the most important pronunciation issues for Spanish-speaking learners of English. A PDF of the slides can be downloaded below. The presentation contains example activities taken from the recently publishd PronPack 6: Pronunciation of English for Spanish Speakers.

Pronunciation: Muscle, Mind, Meaning, Memory

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Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 13:00
Venue: 
TESOL SPLIS Webinar
Location: 
TESOL International
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Pronunciation: Muscle, Mind, Meaning, Memory - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-muscle-mind-meaning-memory-5

This webinar looks at four kinds of classroom activities and materials for teaching pronunciation. Here are links to the resources mentioned in the talk:

The chart

A maze

Lost in Transcription

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 11:15
Venue: 
TESOL-SPAIN 43rd Annual National Convention, 6-8 March
Location: 
Universidad de Salamanca, Facultad de Filologia, Salamanca
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Lost in Transcription - hancockmcdonald.com/node/622/edit

The results of a short dictation, a simple and easily set up classroom activity, can offer teachers a wealth of information regarding learners’ listening needs. It also brings listening into the classroom in such a way that it’s open to inspection by the learners and teachers together.

IPA: Symbols of Power?

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Salamanca. via video link
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IPA: Symbols of Power? - hancockmcdonald.com/node/618/edit

Phonemic symbols – we love them or hate them, but often for the wrong reasons. For some, they are symbols of an elite accent which is not our own. But there is an alternative way of viewing them which is less prescriptive and more tolerant of accent variation. From this angle, they can be symbols of empowerment.

Mazes, Maps, Rhymes & Raps: Pronunciation Made Practical

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Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 12:45
Venue: 
IH Barcelona
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Mazes, Maps, Rhymes & Raps: Pronunciation Made Practical - hancockmcdonald.com/node/620/edit

Pronunciation teaching can be a joy – it doesn’t have to be all complicated theory and difficult symbols. With a playful and experimental approach, it can be a part of the lesson that your students look forward to most. In this session, we will take a look at some example activities designed to practise some of the pronunciation features that Spanish learners need to focus on.

Pronunciation Teaching Post-ELF

Event date: 
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 18:00
Venue: 
IH Barcelona
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Mark Hancock at #ihbcnelt

 Most learners today need English to communicate in a lingua franca (ELF) environment. The recognition of this fact has disrupted pronunciation teaching. What model can learners aspire to if not a ‘native speaker’ model? What can be considered ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’? In this talk, we will look at what is to become of pronunciation teaching these post-ELF times.

Lost in Transcription: Insights from students' mishearings

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 15:30
Venue: 
English UK South West Conference 2019
Location: 
Millfield School, Butleigh Road, Street, Somerset BA 16 OYD
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Collecting information about students' listening abilities and needs is a relatively easy thing to do, and access to such information can be used to inform and guide classroom practice. In this talk, we'll examine some classroom listening data, and share ideas on what it suggests for an emergent classroom listening syllabus.

Practical Pronunciation Teaching

Event date: 
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 14:00
Venue: 
English UK South West Conference 2019
Location: 
Millfield School, Butleigh Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0YD
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Practical Pronunciation Teaching - hancockmcdonald.com/node/611/edit

In this practical session, I present simple tips on how to give more weight to pronunciation by exploiting the book more thoroughly and supplementing where necessary. The Pasta rap activity is here. The handout, slides and game can be downloaded below.

Mazes, Maps, Rhymes & Raps: Pronunciation Made Practical

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Event date: 
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 11:30
Venue: 
International House Milan Annual Conference
Location: 
Centro Congressi FAST
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Mazes, Maps, Rhymes & Raps: Pronunciation Made Practical - hancockmcdonald.com/node/609/edit

Thanks for coming to this talk! The empty worksheet templates and slides from the talk are downloadable at the bottom of this page. The worksheets and audio for the raps are here: The Brothers and Pasta.

Lost in Transcription

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 13:00
Venue: 
SATEFL 40th Anniversary
Location: 
The Alberta Hall, Dunbarton Road, Stirling, Scotland
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Includes handouts
Lost in Transcription - hancockmcdonald.com/node/610/edit

Novice listeners often have a long way to go before they can enjoy the ability and agility of the expert listener. What problems do they experience and how can we nudge them in the right direction?

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