Talks by Annie McDonald

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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
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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.

Priming for Listening

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 10:45
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain National Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Complutense de Madrid
Extra info: 
Handouts and downloads
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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.

Teaching Listening with Authentic Texts

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 11:00
Venue: 
English UK
Location: 
London
Extra info: 
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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.

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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Includes handouts
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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.

Teaching Listening with Authentic Audio Texts at NATESOL

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Event date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 10:45
Venue: 
NATESOL Conference
Location: 
Salford City College
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
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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.

Teaching Listening with Authentic Audio Texts

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 16:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Liverpool
Location: 
Hall 14
Extra info: 
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.

Developing the Listening Skill: Tips for Materials Design

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Event date: 
Friday, March 8, 2013 - 19:00
Venue: 
TESOL-SPAIN 36th Annual Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Filología
Extra info: 
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.

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

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 16:45
Venue: 
TESOL France
Location: 
Paris
Extra info: 
Handouts and downloads
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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.
 

Workshop: Designing Listening Activities

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Event date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 17:30
Venue: 
GRETA
Location: 
Granada
Extra info: 
Handouts and downloads
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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.

Materials Design: Helping Learners Become More Effective Listeners

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 10:15
Venue: 
IATEFL Hungary
Location: 
Eger
Extra info: 
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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.

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