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.

The Complete Pronunciation Workout

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Event date: 
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:30
Venue: 
Nationaal Congres Engels
Location: 
Ede, Netherlands
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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. Participants will try out example activities and discuss them. You can download the slides below.

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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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.

A Live Lesson in Pronunciation

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Event date: 
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 19:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Elche
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Come and watch an author/teacher attempt to give series of mini pronunciation lessons in front of a live audience! In doing so, I hope to be able to demonstrate the more collaborative, negotiated, discovery-led approach which I’ve been trying in recent years. This session is suitable for teachers, and participants who wish to work on their own pronunciation – or both! Download below...

Pronunciation for Listeners

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Event date: 
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 14:00
Venue: 
University of Chester
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In this session, we look at pronunciation from the perspective of listening. Find the slides on a PDF below. Here are links to some of the materials used in the talk.

The "Lost" Rap

A song-based Mondegreen activity

Surreal soundscapes: the weird world of the learner listener

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Event date: 
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 10:45
Venue: 
Stafford House Annual Conference, opening plenary
Location: 
19 New Dover Rd, Canterbury CT1 3AH
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For the native listener, homophones, puns, misheard lyrics and the like are the occasional source of delight. For the learner listener, they belong to the surreal soundscapes they inhabit for much of the time. This talk will explore the intersection between pronunciation and listening, in order to identify what it is that makes listening so tricky and weird for the individuals in our classes.

Accent: a Manner of Speaking

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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:15
Venue: 
NILE
Location: 
INTO, Whitworth Street, Manchester
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What are accents? How do they vary from place to place? How do they vary over time? What is the connection of accent to social class? What kinds of accent variation are there? What are the implications for language teaching? These are some of the questions we will be looking at in this guest lecture at NILE Manchester.

Teaching Pronunciation - a short course

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Event date: 
Monday, July 4, 2016 (All day) to Friday, July 15, 2016 (All day)
Venue: 
NILE
Location: 
INTO, Manchester, UK
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Working on pronunciation can be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is one of the most important ways we can use face-to-face class time. This course aims to give participants an overview of the main issues in pronunciation teaching, including questions of accent, suitable models and evaluation.

Pronunciation Games for Spain

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Event date: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 (All day)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (All day)
Location: 
Murcia, Valencia, Spain
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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.

Pronunciation Games for Spain

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Event date: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 (All day)
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (All day)
Location: 
Murcia, Valencia, Spain
Extra info: 
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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks
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.

Listening in Chunks

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

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