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: 
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 Complete Pronunciation Workout

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 17:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Vitoria-Gasteiz
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The Complete Pronunciation Workout - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/complete-pronunciation-workout-0

Sometimes pronunciation deserves more than a passing correction or one-off task. In this workshop, we will see how pronunciation points can be worked on from various different angles, in coherent and enjoyable task sequences. The handout, slides and audio tracks used in the talk can be downloaded below. The raps are taken from my new book 'PronPack', which is coming soon! Keep checking back!

Pronunciation for Listeners

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Event date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 14:00
Venue: 
Driestar conference
Location: 
Houten, Netherlands
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Pronunciation for Listeners - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-listeners-0

Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will look at what features make connected speech difficult to follow. We will try out a series of tasks and games for raising awareness of these features. Finally, I will suggest how teachers can prepare their own micro-listening activities.

Doing Things with Sounds (in Holland)

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Event date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (All day)
Venue: 
Driestar
Location: 
Netherlands
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Doing Things with Sounds (in Holland) - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/doing-things-sounds-holland

In this talk, we will look at ways of exploring sounds in class, in a way which is both meaningful and fun. The slide show for the talk can be downloaded below. Various versions of the sound chart can be downloaded from here.

How to Talk Like a Teacher

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Event date: 
Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 11:15
Venue: 
TESOL France Closing Plenary
Location: 
Telecom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris, France
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How to Talk Like a Teacher - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/how-talk-teacher-0

We teachers have a characteristic way of talking which we can easily identify, even out of context. So what are the features that make it so distinctive? In this session we will look, with the help of a little comedy, at some aspects of teacher talk and classroom interaction.

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?

Pronunciation Games for France

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 14:00
Venue: 
TESOL France Colloquium 2015
Location: 
Telecom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris, France
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We will look at features of pronunciation which are relevant for French learners of English. These will include vowels, consonants, spelling patterns, word stress, rhythm, tonic stress and connected speech. Each feature will be explained and demonstrated with an example game. Get the sound charts and other classroom material here.

Pronunciation Teaching in the UK

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 12:30
Venue: 
English UK Teacher's Conference 2015
Location: 
Prospero House, London
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Pronunciation Teaching in the UK - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-teaching-uk

In this session, I will deal with the question of how pronunciation teaching can be flexible  enough to accommodate different varieties of English. We will focus on individual sounds, and I will begin by presenting a new phonemic chart and explain how it is organized. We will then look at areas of the sound  system which are particularly prone to variation across different UK accents.

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.

Pronunciation Games for Spanish Speakers

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 12:30
Venue: 
IV Arenas Teaching Symposium
Location: 
Colegios Arenas, Facultad Filologia, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
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Pronunciation for Spanish Speakers - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-spanish-speakers

Pronunciation lessons can be both fun and focussed. In this session, we will look at 8 features of English pronunciation which are of particular relevance for Spanish speaking learners of English. These will include vowels, spelling of vowels, consonants, clusters, word stress, stress patterns, tonic syllables and joined up speech.

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