Talks by Annie McDonald

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Workshop: Designing Listening Activities

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Event date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 17:30
Venue: 
GRETA
Location: 
Granada
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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
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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.

Helping Students Become More Effective Listeners

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Event date: 
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.

Helping Students Become More Effective Listeners

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Event date: 
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.

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.

'Marking' Speaking

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 15:30
Venue: 
TESOL Spain Annual National Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao
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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.

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

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Event date: 
Friday, March 11, 2011 - 14:15
Venue: 
34th TESOL-Spain National Convention
Location: 
Madrid
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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.

Testing Oral Skills

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Event date: 
Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 16:00
Venue: 
XXX Encuentro de profesores de inglés Universidad de Otoño
Location: 
Universidad Complutense Madrid
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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.

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

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Event date: 
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?

Using Attainment Tests to Motivate

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 17:45
Venue: 
IATEFL National Convention
Location: 
Exeter University, England
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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.

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