Talks in 07/2020

Video: A classroom demonstration

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You Tube
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Filmed at English in Chester
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In this You Tube Video, Mark demonstrates a series of different classroom activities for presenting and practising the contrast between the vowel sounds in live and leave.

Pronunciation Games for Spain

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GRETA
Location: 
Granada
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We looked at 8 features of pronunciation which are of particular relevance for Spanish speaking learners of English. These included vowels, spelling of vowels, consonants, consonant clusters, word stress, phrase stress patterns, tonic syllables and connected speech. Each feature was explained, contrasted with Spanish and demonstrated with an example game.

How to Get the Most from a Song

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Friday, January 29, 1999 - 19:30
Venue: 
Expolangue
Location: 
Paris
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How to Get the Most from a Song

Songs have long been popular with language teachers. They demonstrate language in a memorable, motivating way. However, all too often, the exploitation is limited to gap filling. In this workshop, we will look at other ways in which they can be used in the classroom.

Writing is Communication Too

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Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 15:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
Wroclaw
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Writing is Communication Too

Too often, we treat writing as mere grammar practice. But writing is communication too. In this workshop, we will look at classroom tasks which focus on meaning and content in writing, and not just form. Lot’s of imaginative and creative ideas to take away!

How to Talk Like a Teacher

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Friday, April 30, 2004 - 14:45
Venue: 
APPI
Location: 
Povoa de Varzim, Portugal
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How to Talk Like a Teacher

In this talk I will highlight some patterns in English language classroom talk. I will suggest how these patterns arise, and what their implications are for language learning. I will conclude that it may be better not to talk like a teacher sometimes.

(I have also presented this talk at TEA (Canary Islands) and as a plenary at CETA (Cordoba, Spain))

Making Bologna Work: The Common European Framework of Reference

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Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - 10:30
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Universidad San Pablo CEU
Location: 
Madrid
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The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is an indispensable tool for the realisation for the Bologna Process in the European Higher Education Area. It offers guidance for teaching, learning and assessment of languages for communication purposes.

10 Ways to Kill Speaking Skills

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 14:30
Venue: 
TESOL Thrace-Macedonia
Location: 
Thessaloniki
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10 Ways to Kill Speaking Skills

If you want your students to be able to say ‘I can speak English’, they need speaking practice in class. But this often turns out to be difficult and messy, and many teachers avoid it. In this workshop, we will classify the practical problems of speaking practice activities into three kinds, relating to:

Intercultural Competence: Changing European Classrooms

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:30
Venue: 
Universidad San Pablo CEU
Location: 
Madrid
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With increased mobility in the European Higher Education Area, many teachers are now finding that they have students from different cultural backgrounds in their classrooms. Additionally, many English language teachers might be finding that they are now teaching students who are aiming to study a part of their degree, through the medium of English, in a different country.

Cultural Awareness Revisited: Updating for the 21st Century

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Sunday, March 26, 2006 - 17:15
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TESOL-Spain
Location: 
Madrid
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Cultural Awareness Revisited: Updating for the 21st Century

Cultural awareness seems to be making a re-appearance in the language teaching and learning literature. In this workshop we will focus on the ‘new look’ cultural awareness – intercultural competence (ICC). We will situate its growing importance and discuss what it entails. We will also take a look at a selection of classroom materials and briefly consider assessment of ICC.

Using Attainment Tests to Motivate

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Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 17:45
Venue: 
IATEFL National Convention
Location: 
Exeter University, England
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Using Attainment Tests to Motivate

ELT teachers have used attainment tests for many purposes - to evaluate, assess, or even threaten students! But they can also be a force for motivation. We will investigate how typical tests and question types (mainly testing grammar) may impact on student motivation, and look at ways to design, adapt and use them to increase their motivational value.

Connecting Pronunciation and Grammar

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Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 13:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Sevilla
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Connecting Pronunciation and Grammar

In this workshop, we will look at the pronunciation of grammar features including verb inflections, contractions, auxiliaries, part of speech and clause structure. We will see how the pronunciation of these features is particularly important for meaning, and can be easily integrated into course materials. We will look at ways of working on these areas of pronunciation.

Language as communication: an action-oriented approach

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Friday, September 3, 2010 - 11:30
Venue: 
Fischer Conference
Location: 
Bucharest
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Language as communication: an action-oriented approach

"I've studied English for X years but I still can't use it". Sound familiar? It's what you get when you present language as a ladder of grammar rules rather than as communicative potential. If learners want to be able to use English,  they need an action-oriented approach to language: developing communicative competences rather than just knowledge of form.

Responding to Students' Written Work: What are the options?

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Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:30
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Providing feedback is one of the most commonly conceived functions of a teacher, yet, according to Nunan (1991), the ultimate effect of feedback is often doubtful. How do we tend to respond to students' written work? What messages are we sending to our students as a result? Is the ultimate effect really, as Nunan suggests, doubtful? What are the implications for our teaching?

Testing Oral Skills

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Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 16:00
Venue: 
XXX Encuentro de profesores de inglés Universidad de Otoño
Location: 
Universidad Complutense Madrid
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Testing Oral Skills

Many learners of English are now required to take an end-of-course speaking test, which teachers have to design, administer and assess. In this presentation, we’ll examine characteristics of practice tests which provide useful pointers for in-house test design.

Motivation: the inside story

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Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 11:15
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APAC
Location: 
Barcelona
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Motivation: the inside story

In this presentation, we will look at intrinsic motivation in the ELT classroom. I will suggest that for a lesson to generate intrinsic motivation, it should appeal not also to the student-as-learner but also the student-as-person.

Increasing Motivation and Inspiring Effective Learning: Two birds, one stone

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Friday, March 11, 2011 - 14:15
Venue: 
34th TESOL-Spain National Convention
Location: 
Madrid
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Motivated students?

If you’re motivated to do something you value what you’re doing, and if you value what you’re doing you’re motivated – you’ll attend to the task at hand and be more likely to achieve success. In this presentation, we’ll briefly examine the nature of motivation alongside different aspects of courses we teach.

Politeness: more than just please and thank you

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Monday, April 18, 2011 - 17:45
Venue: 
IATEFL conference
Location: 
Brighton
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Politeness: more than just please and thank you

In this workshop, we will look at how politeness works in English. We will see that there is more than one kind of politeness, and it varies according to the relationship of speaker to listener. We will consider the problems this may present for learners and try out some classroom activities for raising awareness of this aspect of language.

Pronunciation Games for Spain

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Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 16:15
Venue: 
ACEIA
Location: 
Sevilla
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Pronunciation Games for Spain

We will look at 8 features of pronunciation which are of particular relevance for Spanish speaking learners of English. These will include vowels, spelling of vowels, consonants, clusters, word stress, stress patterns, tonic syllables and joined up speech. Each feature will be explained, contrasted with Spanish and demonstrated with an example game.

'Marking' Speaking

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Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 15:30
Venue: 
TESOL Spain Annual National Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao
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'Marking' Speaking

How can we 'mark' students’ oral production? In this session, we will look at suitable tasks for classroom assessment. We will then look at criteria with which both teacher and students can evaluate speaking. You will leave the session with strategies for creating ‘marking menus’ which are balanced and appropriate for different tasks and levels.

Pronunciation as a listening skill: understanding authentic English

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Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 17:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain Annual National Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao
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Pronunciation as a listening skill

There is a video of this lecture recorded at TESOL Spain, Bilbao below. Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will see how to help learners to understand authentic English by focusing on pronunciation. Specifically, we will look at features of connected speech, intonation, and accent.

Pronunciation Games for Brazil

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 09:30
Venue: 
Braz-tesol
Location: 
Rio de Janeiro
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In this workshop, we present a syllabus of 8 features of English pronunciation of relevance for Brazlian learners. Each of the 8 points are explained and illustrated with a pronunciation game. You can download the handout and the slide show for the talk below. The full instructions for most of the games can be found in the materials section of this site.

Silent Stories: using pictures in ELT

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 13:30
Venue: 
Braz-TESOL, room 803
Location: 
Rio de Janeiro
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Silent Stories: using pictures in ELT - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/silent-stories-using-pictures-elt

Pictures are like silent stories. Silent because they are non-verbal. Stories, because they are pregnant with content to talk about. For these two reasons alone, they are extremely useful in English language teaching. In this talk, we explain these and more advantages of pictures, as well as demonstrating different activity types for use in the classroom.

Helping Students Become More Effective Listeners

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 15:30
Venue: 
BRAZ-TESOL 2012
Location: 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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In this workshop, we’ll analyse some of the challenges language learners face when listening to authentic texts. Then we’ll take a walk through a listening lesson, trying out and discussing the different types of tasks which ‘teach’ listening, and help learners aspiring to B2 level become more effective, confident and autonomous listeners.

Pronunciation as a listening skill: understanding authentic English (Sweden)

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 11:00 to Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 11:15
Location: 
Sweden (Gothenburg & Stockholm)
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Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we looked at how to help learners to understand authentic English by focusing on pronunciation. Specifically, we looked at features of connected speech and accent. You can download the slides and handout for the talk below.

Helping Students Become More Effective Listeners

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Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 10:15
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
Wroclaw
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Nowadays, the internet gives us easy access to audio (and audio-visual) recordings, and, naturally, many learners of English will want / need / try to listen to some of what’s available. However, and despite the amount of time spent ‘doing’ listening in the language classroom, they will often feel frustrated when they try to follow such recordings.

Pronunciation as a listening skill: understanding authentic English (Poland)

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Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 11:45
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
Wroclaw
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Mark Hancock

Pronunciation is not only about the mouth, but also the ears. And, with English being a global language, the ears must learn to be flexible in order to make sense of all those varieties of spoken English out there. This session is about helping learners to deal with this variety.

Creating Motivation

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Monday, September 17, 2012 - 18:30
Venue: 
Colegio de Doctores y Licenciados
Location: 
Complutense, Madrid
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In the first part of the talk, we will see how motivation leads to attention which in turn leads to learning. We will look at the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and how the first leads to a better quality of attention. We will then look at strategies for creating intrinsic motivation in the classroom.

Materials Design: Helping Learners Become More Effective Listeners

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Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 10:15
Venue: 
IATEFL Hungary
Location: 
Eger
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Designing a listening lesson based on authentic texts poses several challenges, not least because of the qualities of the texts themselves. However, with careful task design, we can mediate the difficulty level and ‘teach’ rather than 'test' listening.

Motivation: The Inside Story

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Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 09:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Hungary
Location: 
Eger
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Are your students inspired by your lessons or has their interest expired!? What can you do to attract their attention and generate intrinsic motivation? Are there any strategies you can use or is it just a question of inspiration? These are some of the questions we will address in this session.

Workshop: Designing Listening Activities

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Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 17:30
Venue: 
GRETA
Location: 
Granada
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Effective Listening

In this workshop, we’ll be talking about and trying out various activities to use with authentic listening texts.
We’ll look at ways of activating different types of background knowledge, before moving on to consider the purpose and practicalities of materials design for activities which help students develop their decoding and meaning-building skills.

Pronunciation as a Listening Skill (TESOL France)

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 14:00
Venue: 
TESOL France
Location: 
Paris
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Includes handouts/downloads, plus Video!
Mark Hancock at TESOL France

Pronunciation is not only about the mouth, but also the ears. And, with English being a global language, the ears must learn to be flexible in order to make sense of all those varieties of spoken English out there. This session is about helping learners to deal with this variety.

Hints and tips on developing listening skills using authentic materials (TESOL France)

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 16:45
Venue: 
TESOL France
Location: 
Paris
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Annie McDonald at TESOL France

Do you want to use more authentic listening materials with your learners? Are you looking for ideas on the kind of tasks you could design that will make the listening experience doable, develop your learners’ skills and inculcate confidence - all at the same time? And what's ambiguity and risk got to do with it all? Just some of the questions to be mulled over in this session.
 

From Technology to the Human Touch: A Map of ELT

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Friday, February 15, 2013 - 20:00
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain regional event
Location: 
International School, Madrid
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A session to present and explain a concept map of current ELT. The idea is to show how the different ideas and acronyms relate to one another, so that we can keep the big picture in mind. We need to see both the wood and the trees! See a related article here.

Developing the Listening Skill: Tips for Materials Design

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Friday, March 8, 2013 - 19:00
Venue: 
TESOL-SPAIN 36th Annual Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Filología
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Includes handouts
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What aspects of listening, learning and listener character traits come into play when we take authentic listening texts into our classrooms and how might they relate to tasks and activities we devise? In this workshop we’ll look at the challenges authentic listening texts present for non-expert listeners around B2 level.

A Map of ELT (Plenary)

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Event date: 
Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 16:15
Venue: 
Mar 10: TESOL-SPAIN 36th Annual Convention
Location: 
Mar 10: Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Filología
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Includes handouts/downloads, plus Video!
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Read a full article based on the talk on the PDF at the bottom of this page. Listen to the podcast of the talk. How does technology relate to the human touch? And what else apart from these is there in the world of ELT?

English as a Lingua Franca

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Speaker: 
Robin Walker
Grzegorz Spiewak
Event date: 
Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Liverpool
Location: 
Pre Conference Event ACC Hall 14
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(You can find Mark's powerpoint slide show at the foot of this page, and an interview at IATEFL here) (Read a summary here) The concept of English as a Lingua Franca is not new, and research into ELF has

Pronunciation for Listeners: Making sense of connected speech

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 10:45
Venue: 
IATEFL Liverpool
Location: 
Hall 11a
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Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will look at what features make connected speech difficult to follow. We will try out a series of tasks and games for raising awareness of these features. Finally, I will suggest how teachers can prepare their own micro-listening activities. Find PDF of handout below...

Teaching Listening with Authentic Audio Texts

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 16:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Liverpool
Location: 
Hall 14
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Includes handouts
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It is often said that we test rather than teach listening. In this workshop, we consider the characteristics of classroom listening tasks and activities we can use with authentic audio materials. They have been designed to develop the listening skill, and simultaneously help non-native listeners become more effective, confident and autonomous.

Pron 4 Spain

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Friday, April 19, 2013 - 11:00
Venue: 
EOI Orihuela
Location: 
Murcia
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Includes handouts
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We will look at 8 features of pronunciation which are of particular relevance for Spanish speaking learners of English. These will include vowels, spelling of vowels, consonants, clusters, word stress, stress patterns, tonic syllables and joined up speech. Each feature will be explained, contrasted with Spanish and demonstrated with an example game.

Teaching Listening with Authentic Audio Texts at NATESOL

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Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 10:45
Venue: 
NATESOL Conference
Location: 
Salford City College
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Learners of English living in an English speaking environment have rich exposure to the spoken language, yet, at the same time, they regularly experience frustration at not being able to understand what people say. In this workshop, we’ll look at and try out tasks which can be used with different texts to help boost confidence and develop a learner's listening skill.

Pronunciation as a Listening Skill at NATESOL

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Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 11:45
Venue: 
Salford City College
Location: 
Worsley, Greater Manchester
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Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will look at what features make connected speech difficult to follow. We will try out a series of tasks and games for raising awareness of these features. Finally, I will suggest how teachers can prepare their own micro-listening activities. Find PDF of handout below...

A Map of Motivation at NILE

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 14:00
Venue: 
NILE
Location: 
Norwich, UK
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There's more than one way to motivate. In this talk, we take a tour of the Map of Motivation, from aspirations through subject matter, classroom conditions and effective learning. The main slides from the talk and the handout can be found below. There's also a ten minute video tour of the map.

Pronunciation Play

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Event date: 
Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 13:30
Venue: 
IATEFL Pron SIG / Teachitworld "Ways of Pronunciation Teaching"
Location: 
Bath, UK
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This talk was part of a day of pronunciation talks organized by the IATEFL PronSig in collaboration with the ELT website Teachitworld. In my talk, we took a playful approach to the teaching of pronunciation.

Feedback on Classroom Speaking Tasks – What are the Options?

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 12:30
Venue: 
EnglishUK North
Location: 
Leeds
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It’s notoriously difficult to give meaningful feedback to learners after they have ‘done’ a speaking activity – but is this the end of the story? In this session, we’ll consider an approach which will help us generate appropriate feedback for a variety of classroom speaking tasks and for learners at different levels.

A Map of ELT

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 15:45
Venue: 
English UK North academic conference
Location: 
Leeds, UK
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Includes handouts
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What’s your ELT footprint? This is one of the questions we will look into in “A Map of ELT” at the English UK North academic conference in Leeds on Saturday Oct 8th. After looking at the map and how it is organized, we’ll consider how it may be used for teacher reflection, critical awareness and for a ‘bigger picture’ perspective on topical issues in ELT.

Pronunciation as a Listening Skill

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Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:15
Venue: 
English UK
Location: 
London
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Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/focus/pronunciation

Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will look at what features make connected speech difficult to follow. We will try out a series of tasks and games for raising awareness of these features. Finally, I will suggest how teachers can prepare their own micro-listening activities.

Teaching Listening with Authentic Texts

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Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 11:00
Venue: 
English UK
Location: 
London
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In this talk we'll take a look at a variety of activities which could be used with a 51 second text to help learners become better listeners. See powerpoint slides below.

Pronunciation One to One

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Event date: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 14:30
Venue: 
Living Learning English
Location: 
Bristol
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Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/focus/pronunciation

In one-to-one pronunciation teaching, we must assess what the individual student needs and find the best way of providing it. We can’t use a pre-determined syllabus or ‘set-piece’ pronunciation materials. Instead, we need to be flexible enough to negotiate and adapt both syllabus and methods.  For this, we need to keep three questions in mind:

Priming for Listening

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Event date: 
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 10:45
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain National Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Complutense de Madrid
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None of us throw our class into a listening unprepared, do we? It would be unfair - after all, in real life, we're normally listening with certain expectations. But often in ELT, our pre-listening activities are limited to a bit of discussion of the topic and maybe some pre-teaching of new vocabulary.

Pronunciation in Practice

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Speaker: 
Martin Hewings
Event date: 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 08:45
Venue: 
TESOL Arabia pre-conference event
Location: 
Dubai, UAE
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Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/focus/pronunciation

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Means, Methods, Motivation

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Event date: 
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 10:00
Venue: 
20th TESOL Arabia International Conference
Location: 
Dubai, UAE
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Means, Methods, Motivation - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/means-methods-motivation

Perhaps the most important part of effective teaching is the ability to motivate our learners. Part of this ability lies in the personal style of the teacher. But motivation can also be boosted by well-selected and well-prepared methods and means.

Pronunciation as a Listening Skill: understanding connected speech

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 13:00
Venue: 
20th TESOL Arabia International Conference
Location: 
Dubai, UAE
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Search - hancockmcdonald.com/search/node/connected%20speech

Thank you for coming to my talk on Pronunciation as a Listening Skill. As a follow up, I'd like to provide links to all the material mentioned in the session. First of all, the authentic listening about Facebook comes from Unit 50 of this book.

Priming for Listening

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Event date: 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:30
Venue: 
IATEFL Harrogate
Location: 
Harrogate UK
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
Background knowledge?

None of us throw our class into a listening unprepared, do we? It would be unfair - after all, in real life, we're normally listening with certain expectations. But often in ELT, our pre-listening activities are limited to a bit of discussion of the topic and maybe some pre-teaching of new vocabulary.

Pronouncing Meaning: rhythm and stress games

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 14:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Harrogate
Location: 
Harrogate International Conference Centre, Queen's 5 (sesssion2.4)
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This workshop is part of the IATEFL pronSIG day, session 2.4 (14:05 - 14:50). Rhythm and sentence stress are vital in creating meaning, yet they can be daunting and confusing for both teachers and students.

Pronunciation Play

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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:45
Venue: 
Serbia Summer Seminar
Location: 
Borsko Jezero
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Spoiler alert! Read no further if you´re going to attend this talk and rather like surprises! In this talk, we will take a playful approach to the teaching of pronunciation. We will see how the playfulness may lie one the one hand in the materials we use, as in the case of word-play, rhymes, chants and so on, and on the other hand, in the tasks we set up, as in the case of games and puzzles.

Silent Stories: using pictures in ELT

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Event date: 
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:45
Venue: 
Serbia Summer Seminar
Location: 
Borsko Jezero
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Silent Stories: using pictures in ELT

Pictures are like silent stories. Silent because they are non-verbal. Stories, because they are pregnant with content to talk about. For these two reasons alone, they are extremely useful in English language teaching. In this talk, we explain these and more advantages of pictures, as well as demonstrating different activity types for use in the classroom.

Motivation Island

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Event date: 
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 09:30
Venue: 
Serbia Summer Seminar
Location: 
Borsko Jezero
Extra info: 
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You have to pay attention to learn. So what kinds of classroom materials and activities motivate learners to pay attention? In this presentation, we will see motivation theory in the form of a map of an island with four main regions – subject, aspiration, learning and classroom. We will explore these regions and try out some classroom activities which illustrate them.

Teaching with Songs: nine of the best activities

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:45
Venue: 
Serbia Summer Seminar
Location: 
Borsko Jezero
Extra info: 
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Mark Hancock talk - Teaching with Songs: nine of the best activities

Songs are a particularly useful resource for ELT. They have language, motivational appeal and great mnemonic power. In this presentation, we will look at different ways in which we can unlock their potential. We will try out a series of activities to use before, during and after the song.

Pronunciation for Listeners Webinar

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Event date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 16:00
Venue: 
Delta Webinar
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Pronunciation for listeners webinar

Think you heard it all? Think again! Expert listeners don't hear it all. They hear what's needed and disregard the 'noise'. But L2 listeners have to learn what counts as 'noise' in the target language. It’s not the ‘difficult’ words that present the biggest problem; it’s the ‘easy’ ones that are pronounced in unexpected ways.

Priming for Listening

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 13:45
Venue: 
TESOL France Colloquium
Location: 
Paris
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

None of us throw our class into a listening unprepared, do we? It would be unfair - after all, in real life, we're normally listening with certain expectations. But often in ELT, our pre-listening activities are limited to a bit of discussion of the topic and maybe some pre-teaching of new vocabulary.

Putting Motivation on the Map

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 16:15
Venue: 
TESOL France Colloquium
Location: 
Paris
Extra info: 
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Putting Motivation on the Map - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/putting-motivation-map

What is motivation and what can we do in class to nurture it? In answer to the first question, I will present the various facets of motivation on a map with the four main corners being content, aspirations, learning and classroom. In answer to the second, we will try out some specific classroom ideas relating to each of the four corners.

Doing things with Sounds: practical pronunciation activities for EFL classrooms

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:30
Venue: 
Accentuate (Pronsig/NATECLA)
Location: 
British Council, Spring Gardens, London
Extra info: 
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Mark Hancock at accentuate
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

See a video of this talk here. Each language has a repertoire of sounds which are used to make meaningful distinctions. When teaching the sounds of English, we need to keep that practical purpose in mind.

Doing things with Sounds: practical pronunciation activities for EFL classrooms

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 19:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Salamanca
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
Doing things with sounds by Mark Hancock

I'm delighted to be presenting at TESOL Spain this year on the topic of pronunciation. This year, we'll be looking at individual sounds and things we and our students can do with them, including experimenting and imagining, representing and exploring, and playing and communicating.

Learning Listening: The challenge of unscripted language

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:45
Venue: 
Universidad de Salamanca, Facultad de Filologia
Location: 
Salamanca, Spain
Extra info: 
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Learning Listening with Unscripted Language

It’s nearly time for the 38th TESOL-Spain National Convention, where this year, as well as catching up with friends, I’ll be presenting on Learning Listening: The challenge of unscripted language.

Practical Pronunciation

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:00 to Friday, March 20, 2015 - 17:15
Venue: 
Presenting Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary 9
Location: 
Italy
Extra info: 
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Practical Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/practical-pronunciation

The slide show of this talk can be found on the PDF below. In this talk, we will focus on pronunciation at three levels – 1 sounds, 2 words, and 3 phrases. For each of these, we will look at some of the typical problems for Italian learners, and try out some fun activities for raising awareness of these.

Pronunciation to go: learning to learn from the dictionary

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Event date: 
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 13:30
Venue: 
IATEFL
Location: 
Manchester; Exchange 9
Extra info: 
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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

(pdf of slides below) Proverbial wisdom tells us that if you give someone a fish, they can eat for a day, but if you teach someone to fish, they can eat for a lifetime. It’s a message about the long-term value of learning new skills and becoming independent. A similar thing could be said about pronunciation and dictionaries.

Learning Listening: The challenge of unscripted language

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Event date: 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:15
Venue: 
IATEFL 2015
Location: 
Manchester Central
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Learning Listening

On the surface of it, unscripted language is a total mess, and it's a wonder that anybody can understand any of it. It stops and starts, interrupts and stumbles, slows and accelerates, and generally breaks all the grammar rules you’ve ever learnt. So, how can we help learners to make sense of it?

Doing things with Sounds: practical pronunciation activities for EFL classrooms

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Event date: 
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 11:15
Venue: 
English Pronunciation Issues & Practices 4
Location: 
Prague
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Mark Hancock talk at EPIP in Prague

This event is the 4th International Conference on English Pronunciation: Issues and Practices. See a review of the conference here.

In this talk, we'll be looking at individual sounds and things we and our students can do with them. These will include:

French teacher's course in Manchester

Event date: 
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 09:15 to Friday, July 17, 2015 - 16:30
Venue: 
NILE / INTO
Location: 
Bridgewater House, Manchester
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
General - hancockmcdonald.com/taxonomy/term/68/feed

Practical Pronunciation

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Event date: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 14:00
Venue: 
NILE Guest Lecture
Location: 
INTO, Bridgewater House, Manchester
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Practical Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/practical-pronunciation-0

The slides from the talk can be found below. Also, check out the 'Materials' section of this website to see full downloads, including audio in some cases, and lesson plans for some of the activities demonstrated in the talk.

Pronunciation Teaching up North

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 12:15
Venue: 
English UK North Academic Conference
Location: 
LILA, New Barratt House, 47 North John Street, Liverpool L2 6SG
Extra info: 
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Mark Hancock's talk Pronunciation Teaching up North

Do you speak and teach in a standard RP accent? How bad is it if you don’t? In this session, we will look at a phonemic chart and how it is organised.  We will then consider some of the ways the sounds are different in the North of England.

Learning Listening: The Challenges of Unscripted Langauge

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 14:45
Venue: 
English UK North Academic Conference 2015, Liverpool
Location: 
LILA, New Barrett House, 47 North John Street
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Learning Listening in Liverpool

Many students studying English want (or even need) to be able to understand the spontaneous, unscripted speech they find themselves immersed in as people chat away around them. For students schooled on a diet of scripted ELT material the challenge is truly daunting; for teachers wishing to help, the unruly nature of conversational spoken English makes it difficult to know where to start.

Pronunciation Games for Spanish Speakers

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 12:30
Venue: 
IV Arenas Teaching Symposium
Location: 
Colegios Arenas, Facultad Filologia, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Extra info: 
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Pronunciation for Spanish Speakers - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-spanish-speakers

Pronunciation lessons can be both fun and focussed. In this session, we will look at 8 features of English pronunciation which are of particular relevance for Spanish speaking learners of English. These will include vowels, spelling of vowels, consonants, clusters, word stress, stress patterns, tonic syllables and joined up speech.

Priming for Listening

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 15:00
Venue: 
IV Arenas Sur Symposium
Location: 
Colegio Arenas Sur, Las Palmas
Extra info: 
Handouts and downloads
Priming for Listening - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/priming-listening-2

Before we get our students to listen, we prime them for what they are about to hear. However, the types of tasks we use tend to use are similar to (if not exactly the same as) those we use to prepare students before they read a text.

Pronunciation Teaching in the UK

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 12:30
Venue: 
English UK Teacher's Conference 2015
Location: 
Prospero House, London
Extra info: 
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Pronunciation Teaching in the UK - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-teaching-uk

In this session, I will deal with the question of how pronunciation teaching can be flexible  enough to accommodate different varieties of English. We will focus on individual sounds, and I will begin by presenting a new phonemic chart and explain how it is organized. We will then look at areas of the sound  system which are particularly prone to variation across different UK accents.

Pronunciation Games for France

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 14:00
Venue: 
TESOL France Colloquium 2015
Location: 
Telecom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris, France
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/speaker/1

We will look at features of pronunciation which are relevant for French learners of English. These will include vowels, consonants, spelling patterns, word stress, rhythm, tonic stress and connected speech. Each feature will be explained and demonstrated with an example game. Get the sound charts and other classroom material here.

The Challenges of Unscripted Language

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 16:45
Venue: 
TESOL France
Location: 
Telecom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris, France
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
The Challenges of Unscripted Language - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/challenges-unscripted-language

Unscripted language is usually very different to the spoken language students encounter when doing listening activities in a general English course. Consequently, when students come to listen to spontaneous chat or discussion they are faced with many difficulties. What might these be and what can we teachers do about it?

How to Talk Like a Teacher

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 11:15
Venue: 
TESOL France Closing Plenary
Location: 
Telecom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris, France
Extra info: 
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How to Talk Like a Teacher - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/how-talk-teacher-0

We teachers have a characteristic way of talking which we can easily identify, even out of context. So what are the features that make it so distinctive? In this session we will look, with the help of a little comedy, at some aspects of teacher talk and classroom interaction.

Doing Things with Sounds (in Holland)

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Event date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (All day)
Venue: 
Driestar
Location: 
Netherlands
Extra info: 
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Doing Things with Sounds (in Holland) - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/doing-things-sounds-holland

In this talk, we will look at ways of exploring sounds in class, in a way which is both meaningful and fun. The slide show for the talk can be downloaded below. Various versions of the sound chart can be downloaded from here.

Pronunciation for Listeners

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 14:00
Venue: 
Driestar conference
Location: 
Houten, Netherlands
Extra info: 
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Pronunciation for Listeners - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-listeners-0

Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will look at what features make connected speech difficult to follow. We will try out a series of tasks and games for raising awareness of these features. Finally, I will suggest how teachers can prepare their own micro-listening activities.

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 17:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Vitoria-Gasteiz
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
The Complete Pronunciation Workout - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/complete-pronunciation-workout-0

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. The handout, slides and audio tracks used in the talk can be downloaded below. The raps are taken from my new book 'PronPack', which is coming soon! Keep checking back!

Making Listening Memorable: Listening in chunks

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 10:15
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain
Location: 
Vitoria-Gasteiz
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Listening in chunks

When it comes to ‘doing’ listening, many students feel they are starting from scratch rather than building on what they have already mastered. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the notion of ‘verbal stickiness’, and consider how we could exploit this phenomenon by focusing on various language patterns and using different activities to help students become more efficient and fluent listeners.

Creating Pronunciation Materials

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 10:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Pronsig Pre-Conference Event
Location: 
Birmingham
Extra info: 
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IATEFL pronsig pre conference event 2016 Mark Hancock

This year’s PCE is an extended workshop with the very practical goal of giving you the tools you need to make your own pronunciation materials. The rationale is that the amount and variety of material available does not match the huge interest in pronunciation.

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 10:30
Venue: 
50th IATEFL conference
Location: 
The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA (Hall 9)
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Mark Hancock Pronunciation Workout at hancockmcdonald.com

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.

Listening in Chunks

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Event date: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:15
Location: 
The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA, (Hall 9)
Extra info: 
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Listening in Chunks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/listening-chunks

In the IATEFL Forum on Creating Listening Materials, I'll be presenting 'Listening in Chunks' and a technique called 'accoustic drilling'. Students find this useful as it increases their automaticity when decoding clusters of words which frequently occur together. It also impacts positively on their listening fluency and confidence.

Pronunciation Games for Spain

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 (All day)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (All day)
Location: 
Murcia, Valencia, Spain
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
hancockmcdonald.com
Pronunciation lessons can be both fun and focussed. In this session, we will look at 8 features of English pronunciation which are of particular relevance for Spanish speaking learners of English. These will include vowels, spelling of vowels, consonants, clusters, word stress, stress patterns, tonic syllables and joined up speech.

Pronunciation Games for Spain

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 (All day)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (All day)
Location: 
Murcia, Valencia, Spain
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
hancockmcdonald.com
Pronunciation lessons can be both fun and focussed. In this session, we will look at 8 features of English pronunciation which are of particular relevance for Spanish speaking learners of English. These will include vowels, spelling of vowels, consonants, clusters, word stress, stress patterns, tonic syllables and joined up speech.

Teaching Pronunciation - a short course

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Monday, July 4, 2016 (All day) to Friday, July 15, 2016 (All day)
Venue: 
NILE
Location: 
INTO, Manchester, UK
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Teaching Pronunciation with Mark Hancock at NILE

Working on pronunciation can be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is one of the most important ways we can use face-to-face class time. This course aims to give participants an overview of the main issues in pronunciation teaching, including questions of accent, suitable models and evaluation.

Accent: a Manner of Speaking

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:15
Venue: 
NILE
Location: 
INTO, Whitworth Street, Manchester
Extra info: 
Handouts/downloads to be added after event
Accent: a Manner of Speaking - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/accent-manner-speaking

What are accents? How do they vary from place to place? How do they vary over time? What is the connection of accent to social class? What kinds of accent variation are there? What are the implications for language teaching? These are some of the questions we will be looking at in this guest lecture at NILE Manchester.

Surreal soundscapes: the weird world of the learner listener

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 10:45
Venue: 
Stafford House Annual Conference, opening plenary
Location: 
19 New Dover Rd, Canterbury CT1 3AH
Extra info: 
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Surreal soundscapes: the weird world of the learner listener - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/surreal-soundscapes-weird-world-learner-listener

For the native listener, homophones, puns, misheard lyrics and the like are the occasional source of delight. For the learner listener, they belong to the surreal soundscapes they inhabit for much of the time. This talk will explore the intersection between pronunciation and listening, in order to identify what it is that makes listening so tricky and weird for the individuals in our classes.

Pronunciation for Listeners

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Event date: 
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 14:00
Venue: 
University of Chester
Extra info: 
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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

A Live Lesson in Pronunciation

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 19:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Elche
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
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...

Listening as a Creative Process

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 10:45
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain 40th Annual Convention
Location: 
Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Elche
Extra info: 
Handouts and downloads
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.

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:30
Venue: 
Nationaal Congres Engels
Location: 
Ede, Netherlands
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
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.

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
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
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?

Zoom Webinar

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Event date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 14:00
Venue: 
Zoom Room, 14:00 Argentina time
Location: 
Buenos Aires
Extra info: 
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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.

The Vowel Hexagon

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:30
Venue: 
Universidad Nacional de la Plata, V Jornadas Internacionales de Fonetica y Fonologia
Location: 
Buenos Aires
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
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.

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 16:00
Venue: 
The Language Show, TEFL stage
Location: 
London
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
The Complete Pronunciation Workout - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/complete-pronunciation-workout-2

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. There's a PDF of the slides below, as well as the backing rhythm used in the rap. Thanks to Sergio Juan Gomez for the photo!

Pronunciation for Iconoclasts

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00
Venue: 
Joint PronSIG / GI SIG event
Location: 
Africa Centre, London
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Pronunciation for Iconoclasts - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-iconoclasts

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? This presentation will start a day of talks brought together by IATEFL's Pronunciation SIG and Global Issues SIG.

Pronunciation: be a teacher, not a preacher

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 16:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
St Louis University, Madrid campus
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Pronunciation: be a teacher, not a preacher - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-be-teacher-not-preacher-0

 

 

 

 

 

Pronunciation: Be a teacher, not a preacher

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 18:00
Venue: 
GRETA
Location: 
Granada
Extra info: 
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 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2017-10-21

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.

Making Listening Memorable: Listening in Chunks

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:00
Venue: 
CEP de Granada
Location: 
Granada, Spain
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Making Listening Memorable
When it comes to ‘doing’ listening, many students feel they are starting from scratch rather than building on what they have already mastered. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the notion of ‘verbal stickiness’, and consider how we could exploit this phenomenon by focusing on various language patterns and using different activities to help students become more efficient and fluent listeners.

Pronunciation: be a teacher, not a preacher

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 14:00
Venue: 
Polo Ditattico, Piazza Oderico da Pordenone 3
Location: 
Rome, Italy
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/month/2017-11

Pronunciation teaching can be fun, but in a world where English is a lingua franca, we need to take a flexible approach. We can’t simply preach a single ideal target model, instead, we must teach learners to be adaptable, both receptively and productively. In this session, I will demonstrate this. Download the slides from the talk below.

Making Listening Memorable: Listening in Chunks

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 09:30
Venue: 
Polo Ditattico
Location: 
Plazza Oderico da Pordenone 3
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
TESOL Italy 2017

When students listen to a text, many feel they are starting from scratch rather than building on what they have already mastered. Nowadays, technology enables teachers to create content and design effective activities which help learners make real listening progress. Come along and try out a selection of these activities!

Teaching Tonicity

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 13:00
Venue: 
4th International Conference on ESP/EAP/EMI
Location: 
4, Leninskiy avenue Moscow, Russian Federation
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Teaching Tonicity - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/teaching-tonicity

Tonicity is a speaker’s use of stress to focus a listener’s attention. It’s an aspect of pronunciation which is often neglected, but is crucial in getting meaning across. In this session we will look at ways of presenting and practicing this important skill in the language class. The slides can be downloaded below. See more about Mark's books here.

Pronunciation Teaching in a Lingua Franca Context

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 12:00
Venue: 
4th International Conference on ESP/EAP/EMI
Location: 
4, Leninskiy avenue Moscow, Russian Federation
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/month/2017-11

Moderator: IATEFL Pronunciation SIG Co-ordinator Wayne Rimmer

Presenters: Robin Walker, Heather Hansen, Mark Hancock

Listening in Chunks

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 14:45
Venue: 
IATEFL Pron SIG
Location: 
University of Chester Parkgate Campus
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Listening in Chunks

Listening lessons often encourage students to use strategies to guess meaning, without developing their ability to decode spoken English itself. Could focusing on language chunks be a missing link which helps students improve their listening skills? In this talk we’ll take a look at activities which might just do that.

Tonic Stress Made Simple

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Event date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 16:00
Venue: 
Pronunciation: The Missing Link
Location: 
University of Chester, Parkgate Campus
Extra info: 
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Tonic Stress Made Simple - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/tonic-stress-made-simple

Tonic stress is a speaker’s use of emphasis to focus a listener’s attention. It’s an aspect of the speaking skill which is often neglected, but is crucial signalling the connections between ideas in both monologues and dialogues. Here’s a quick example:

To be // or not to be

BRELT Pronunciation Week Webinar

Event date: 
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 14:00
Venue: 
Brazil's English Language Teachers
Location: 
Webinar
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
BRELT Pronunciation Week Webinar - hancockmcdonald.com/node/560/edit

Find the downloads for this webinar by following this link and going to the bottom of the page. The You Tube video of the webinar is here.

The title is "Pronunciation Teaching: going beyond listen and repeat", and here's a summary of the content, in prose form...

Towards a Pedagogic Phonology

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 15:30
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Madrid,
Extra info: 
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Towards a Pedagogic Phonology - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/towards-pedagogic-phonology

"If it weren't for the hands, the clock would be useless" (Polish proverb). A detailed description of the phonology of English is of no use in pronunciation teaching if it is not combined with a consideration of learners' needs, especially in a world where English is a global lingua franca. In this talk, we will explore the implications of this idea. Download the slides below - 2 PDF files.

Understanding the Spoken Word

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Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 18:45
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Madrid
Location: 
Universidad Complutense Madrid, Facultad de Educaccion
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Understanding the Spoken English Word

What exactly are we doing when we’re listening? In this session, we’ll try a little transcription experiment to find out. We’ll see that listening is not quite as passive, automatic or effortless as it may appear. We’ll then consider the difficulties of listening to speech in a non-native language before reflecting on the implications of our observations for classroom teaching.

Towards a Pedagogic Phonology Post-ELF

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Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 09:15
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IATEFL 2018
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Brighton, Room: 'Dukes'
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Pedagogic Phonology

Do you remember the millennium bug? We were all warned that on new year’s day of 2000, our computers would cease to function properly. Didn’t happen. What DID happen around that time however was a quiet but seismic shift in assumptions about the goals of pronunciation teaching.

Listening as a Constructive Process

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Friday, April 13, 2018 - 09:15
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Brighton Conference Centre
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Conference Centre, Room Hall 4, Brighton
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Findings of research into the processing of spoken language point to the constructive nature of listening. In this talk, we’ll look at how L1 listening comprehension is influenced by various elements and compare this to the L2 listening endeavour. We’ll also exchange ideas on how we could possibly exploit this information when teaching listening to adults.

The Soundchart Workshop

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Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00
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Webinar
Location: 
TESOL Spain
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The Soundchart Workshop - hancockmcdonald.com/node/572/edit

The video below is Mark Hancock's webinar for TESOL Spain, explaining the Sound Chart and how to teach with it. The topics and minute-counter references are given below, so you can pick and watch the sections which interest you most.

Post-ELF at BrELT on the Road

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Friday, September 7, 2018 - 08:00
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BrELT on the Road 2018
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Colégio Emilie De Villeneuve, São Paulo
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Mark says: BrELT is "A Global ELT Community Made by Brazilians", and apart from energetically connecting teachers in online chats and sharing forums, they organise "On the Road" events, which people can attend in person. This year's edition is in São Paulo and I have been invited to be the first speaker on the day. This is what I plan to speak about:

BrELT Pron Workout

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Friday, September 7, 2018 - 15:15
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BrELT
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Calendar of events by day - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2018-04-09
Hi everybody - download the materials for the workshop below!

Post-ELF Pronunciation Teaching Poland

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Friday, September 21, 2018 - 14:45
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IATEFL Poland
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27th IATEFL Poland Conference Wrocław
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Post-ELF Pronunciation Teaching - hancockmcdonald.com/node/578/edit

What does pronunciation teaching look like, once we assimilate the basic fact that English is a global lingua franca? In this presentation, we will explore that question. We will look at which aspects of pronunciation are essential for intelligibility and which aspects are more optional. We will look in more detail at how this distinction manifests itself on a phonemic chart.

Listening as a Constructive Process

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Event date: 
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 16:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
27th IATEFL Poland Conference Wrocław
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Listening as a Constructive Process

Findings of research into the processing of spoken language point to the constructive nature of listening. In this talk, we’ll look at how L1 listening comprehension is influenced by various elements and compare this to the L2 listening endeavour. We’ll also exchange ideas on how we could possibly exploit this information when teaching listening to adults.

Understanding the Spoken Word

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Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 14:00
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English Language Teaching Centre, University of Sheffield
Location: 
78 Hoyle Street, Sheffield, S3 7LG
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Understanding the Spoken Word - hancockmcdonald.com/node/583/edit

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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Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 16:00
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English Language Teaching Centre, University of Sheffield
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78 Hoyle Street, Sheffield, S3 7LG
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 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/month/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

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Friday, October 12, 2018 - 18:00
Venue: 
7th ELT Malta Conference
Location: 
Intercontinental Malta, St George's Bay, St Julian's
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 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2018-10-12
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
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Intercontinental Malta, St George’s Bay, St Juilan’s
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ELT Malta Conference

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.

Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 16:00
Venue: 
British Council Webinar
Location: 
Online
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Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory - hancockmcdonald.com/node/587/edit

FREE WEBINAR!: Watch a recording here! Pronunciation is multi-faceted on account of its unique position on the boundary of language and skill, and the fact that it is both productive and receptive.

Listening as a Constructive Process

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Annie McDonald
Event date: 
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 11:45
Venue: 
Universidad Pompei Fabra
Location: 
Barcelona
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Listening as a Constructive Process

In this session we’ll be trying out several listening activities. They all serve to help raise our awareness to the listening processes we employ and, simultaneously, demonstrate ways we can make the fruits of listening activities available for classroom inspection and reflection.

Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory

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Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 12:45
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APAC
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Barcelona
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Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory - hancockmcdonald.com/node/589/edit

Download slides and other materials at the bottom of this page! Pronunciation crosses two domains: it is part language - like grammar or vocabulary, and part skill - like speaking or listening. This unique position makes pronunciation teaching interestingly varied – and potentially very enjoyable too.

Mazes, maps, rhymes and raps

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Event date: 
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:00
Venue: 
Cultura Inglesa Teacher's Colloquium
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Online
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Download the materials for the IP Athens workshop at the bottom of the page. Find lots more materials here. Find a video of Mark teaching with these materials here.

Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory

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Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 09:30
Venue: 
English UK Scotland
Location: 
Mackenzie School of English 71 Constitution Street Edinburgh EH6 7AF
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English UK Scotland Conference

The slides for this presentation, as well as some Do-It-Yourself templates, can be downloaded below. See here for more about the PronPack books. Pronunciation straddles two domains: it is part language - like grammar or vocabulary, and part skill - like speaking or listening.

Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory

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Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 16:30
Venue: 
International Publishers Exhibition
Location: 
The MET Hotel, 48, 26th Oktovriou Str Thessaloniki, Greece
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Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory - hancockmcdonald.com/node/594/edit

THESSALONIKI: Pronunciation crosses two domains: it is part language - like grammar or vocabulary, and part skill - like speaking or listening. This makes pronunciation teaching very interesting, and great fun too. Come and see how! Download the slides and audio below!

Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 16:00
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International Publishers Exhibition
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Divani Caravel Hotel, as. Alexandrou Ave. 2 Athens, Greece
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Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory - hancockmcdonald.com/node/595/edit

ATHENS: Find the slides in the PDF download below! See more about PronPack here. See video of Mark teaching a pronunciation class here. Also follow these links for some of the materials used in the talk:

Lost in Transcription

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 10:45
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IATEFL Annual Conference & Exhibition - Liverpool
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Room 7, Echo Arena, Liverpool
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Listening: lost in Translation

Students’ transcriptions of listening texts are a rich source of information, revealing the listening processes each individual has used to understand what has been said. In this workshop, we’ll look at various examples of ‘mishearings’ and identify possible causes. Finally, we’ll exchange ideas on how such insights could help us develop students’ listening skills.

Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory

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Event date: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 14:45
Venue: 
IATEFL Annual Conference & Exhibition – Liverpool, April 2019
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Room 3a, Echo Arena, Liverpool
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Pronunciation: muscle, mind, meaning, memory - hancockmcdonald.com/node/596/edit

Liverpool: Pronunciation is part language and part skill, part productive and part receptive. This means that we must vary the way we teach it. In this talk, I will explain how we can approach pronunciation teaching from four angles, labelled muscle, mind, meaning and memory. I will demonstrate activities for each of these from the ELTons-award winning books PronPack 1-4.

Pronunciation that Works

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Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:30
Venue: 
BELTA Day 2019
Location: 
Erasmushogeschool, Brussels
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Pronunciation that Works - hancockmcdonald.com/node/601/edit

In this workshop, we will consider what counts as success in pronunciation, especially in the light of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). We will then try out some activities which I have found to be successful over 30 years of writing pronunciation materials, and discuss how these can be used in a way which enhances the learner’s communicative success.

Lost in Transcription

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Event date: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 13:45
Venue: 
BELTA
Location: 
Brussels
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Lost in Transcription - hancockmcdonald.com/node/603/edit
The slides from the presentation can be downloaded below...

Pronunciation Teaching Post-ELF

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Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 11:00
Venue: 
SATEFL 40th Anniversary Celebration
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The Albert Hall, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, Scotland
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Pronunciation Teaching Post-ELF - hancockmcdonald.com/node/608/edit

What is to become of pronunciation teachng in these post-ELF times? Thanks for coming to this talk. The slides can be downloaded below. The pronunciation errors diagnosis game can be found here.

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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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?

Mazes, Maps, Rhymes & Raps: Pronunciation Made Practical

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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.

Practical Pronunciation Teaching

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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.

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.

Pronunciation Teaching Post-ELF

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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.

Mazes, Maps, Rhymes & Raps: Pronunciation Made Practical

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Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 12:45
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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.

IPA: Symbols of Power?

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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.

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.