Talks by Annie McDonald

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Listening as a Constructive Process

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Event date: 
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:15
Venue: 
Brighton Conference Centre
Location: 
Conference Centre, Room Hall 4, Brighton
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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, March 10, 2018 - 18:45
Venue: 
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.

Listening in Chunks

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Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 14:45
Venue: 
IATEFL Pron SIG
Location: 
University of Chester Parkgate Campus
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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.

Making Listening Memorable: Listening in Chunks

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Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 09:30
Venue: 
Polo Ditattico
Location: 
Plazza Oderico da Pordenone 3
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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!

Making Listening Memorable: Listening in Chunks

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Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:00
Venue: 
CEP de Granada
Location: 
Granada, Spain
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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.

Listening as a Creative Process

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

Listening in Chunks

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Friday, April 15, 2016 -
14:00 to 15:15
Location: 
The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA, (Hall 9)
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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.

Making Listening Memorable: Listening in chunks

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Event date: 
Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 10:15
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain
Location: 
Vitoria-Gasteiz
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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.

The Challenges of Unscripted Language

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 16:45
Venue: 
TESOL France
Location: 
Telecom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris, France
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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?

Priming for Listening

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 15:00
Venue: 
IV Arenas Sur Symposium
Location: 
Colegio Arenas Sur, Las Palmas
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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.

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