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.

Learning Listening: The Challenges of Unscripted Langauge

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 14:45
Venue: 
English UK North Academic Conference 2015, Liverpool
Location: 
LILA, New Barrett House, 47 North John Street
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Learning Listening in Liverpool

Many students studying English want (or even need) to be able to understand the spontaneous, unscripted speech they find themselves immersed in as people chat away around them. For students schooled on a diet of scripted ELT material the challenge is truly daunting; for teachers wishing to help, the unruly nature of conversational spoken English makes it difficult to know where to start.

Pronunciation Teaching up North

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 12:15
Venue: 
English UK North Academic Conference
Location: 
LILA, New Barratt House, 47 North John Street, Liverpool L2 6SG
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Mark Hancock's talk Pronunciation Teaching up North

Do you speak and teach in a standard RP accent? How bad is it if you don’t? In this session, we will look at a phonemic chart and how it is organised.  We will then consider some of the ways the sounds are different in the North of England.

Practical Pronunciation

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Event date: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 14:00
Venue: 
NILE Guest Lecture
Location: 
INTO, Bridgewater House, Manchester
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Practical Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/practical-pronunciation-0

The slides from the talk can be found below. Also, check out the 'Materials' section of this website to see full downloads, including audio in some cases, and lesson plans for some of the activities demonstrated in the talk.

French teacher's course in Manchester

Event date: 
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 09:15 to Friday, July 17, 2015 - 16:30
Venue: 
NILE / INTO
Location: 
Bridgewater House, Manchester
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 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/focus/68

Doing things with Sounds: practical pronunciation activities for EFL classrooms

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Event date: 
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 11:15
Venue: 
English Pronunciation Issues & Practices 4
Location: 
Prague
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Mark Hancock talk at EPIP in Prague

This event is the 4th International Conference on English Pronunciation: Issues and Practices. See a review of the conference here.

In this talk, we'll be looking at individual sounds and things we and our students can do with them. These will include:

Learning Listening: The challenge of unscripted language

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Event date: 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:15
Venue: 
IATEFL 2015
Location: 
Manchester Central
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Learning Listening

On the surface of it, unscripted language is a total mess, and it's a wonder that anybody can understand any of it. It stops and starts, interrupts and stumbles, slows and accelerates, and generally breaks all the grammar rules you’ve ever learnt. So, how can we help learners to make sense of it?

Pronunciation to go: learning to learn from the dictionary

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Event date: 
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 13:30
Venue: 
IATEFL
Location: 
Manchester; Exchange 9
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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

(pdf of slides below) Proverbial wisdom tells us that if you give someone a fish, they can eat for a day, but if you teach someone to fish, they can eat for a lifetime. It’s a message about the long-term value of learning new skills and becoming independent. A similar thing could be said about pronunciation and dictionaries.

Practical Pronunciation

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Event date: 
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:00 to Friday, March 20, 2015 - 17:15
Venue: 
Presenting Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary 9
Location: 
Italy
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Practical Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/practical-pronunciation

The slide show of this talk can be found on the PDF below. In this talk, we will focus on pronunciation at three levels – 1 sounds, 2 words, and 3 phrases. For each of these, we will look at some of the typical problems for Italian learners, and try out some fun activities for raising awareness of these.

Learning Listening: The challenge of unscripted language

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:45
Venue: 
Universidad de Salamanca, Facultad de Filologia
Location: 
Salamanca, Spain
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Learning Listening with Unscripted Language

It’s nearly time for the 38th TESOL-Spain National Convention, where this year, as well as catching up with friends, I’ll be presenting on Learning Listening: The challenge of unscripted language.

Doing things with Sounds: practical pronunciation activities for EFL classrooms

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Event date: 
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 19:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Salamanca
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Doing things with sounds by Mark Hancock

I'm delighted to be presenting at TESOL Spain this year on the topic of pronunciation. This year, we'll be looking at individual sounds and things we and our students can do with them, including experimenting and imagining, representing and exploring, and playing and communicating.

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