Talks in 10/2018

Understanding the Spoken Word

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 14:00
Venue: 
English Language Teaching Centre, University of Sheffield
Location: 
78 Hoyle Street, Sheffield, S3 7LG
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Handouts and downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/archive/2018-10

At the beginning of the workshop, participants will do a paused transcription activity to bring the listening processes employed by expert listeners to a level of consciousness. Expert listeners usually understand what they hear with a seemingly high degree of automaticity and lack of effort.

Post-ELF Pronunciation Teaching

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 16:00
Venue: 
English Language Teaching Centre, University of Sheffield
Location: 
78 Hoyle Street, Sheffield, S3 7LG
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/archive/2018-10
In this talk, I will try to explain and illustrate the following conclusions: 1. Not all pronunciation features are of equal importance for intelligibility. 2. The more common an accent variant, the more likely it is to be understood. 3. English has become a global lingua franca: “post-ELF” pronunciation teaching assimilates this fact.

Post-ELF Pronunciation Teaching

Event date: 
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 18:00
Venue: 
7th ELT Malta Conference
Location: 
Intercontinental Malta, St George's Bay, St Julian's
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/archive/2018-10
In this talk, I will aim to make some of the following points: 1. Not all pronunciation features are of equal importance for intelligibility. 2. The more common an accent variant, the more likely it is to be understood. 3. English has become a global lingua franca: “post-ELF” pronunciation teaching assimilates this fact. 4. Mutual intelligibility does not depend on accent homogeneity.

Listening as a Constructive Process

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 14:15
Venue: 
7th-ELT-Malta-Conference
Location: 
Intercontinental Malta, St George’s Bay, St Juilan’s
Extra info: 
Handouts and downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/archive/2018-10

In this talk, we’ll see how the evidence of the ears can be influenced and thus is not as stable as we suppose. Having said that, an expert listener successfully employs a range of processes in order to understand what’s being said, but, obviously, it’s not so easy for the non-expert listener.