Talks, presentations and workshops

We often present at ELT conferences and events. Just select the title below if you're looking for the handout or download from a talk or workshop you have attended.

Making Listening Memorable: Listening in Chunks

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

Pronunciation: be a teacher, not a preacher

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Event date: 
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 14:00
Venue: 
Polo Ditattico, Piazza Oderico da Pordenone 3
Location: 
Rome, Italy
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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

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

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 18:00
Venue: 
GRETA
Location: 
Granada
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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.

Pronunciation: be a teacher, not a preacher

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Event date: 
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 16:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
St Louis University, Madrid campus
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Pronunciation for Iconoclasts

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00
Venue: 
Joint PronSIG / GI SIG event
Location: 
Africa Centre, London
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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.

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

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Event date: 
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 16:00
Venue: 
The Language Show, TEFL stage
Location: 
London
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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!

The Vowel Hexagon

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

Zoom Webinar

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

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
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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?

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