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.

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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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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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Includes handouts
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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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Handouts and downloads
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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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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.

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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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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
Extra info: 
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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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