Materials design

Silent Stories: using pictures in ELT

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 13:30
Venue: 
Braz-TESOL, room 803
Location: 
Rio de Janeiro
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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.

Language as communication: an action-oriented approach

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Event date: 
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.

How to Get the Most from a Song

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Event date: 
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.

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