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.

Doing things with Sounds: practical pronunciation activities for EFL classrooms

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Event date: 
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:30
Venue: 
Accentuate (Pronsig/NATECLA)
Location: 
British Council, Spring Gardens, London
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Mark Hancock at accentuate
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/month/2015-02

See a video of this talk here. Each language has a repertoire of sounds which are used to make meaningful distinctions. When teaching the sounds of English, we need to keep that practical purpose in mind.

Putting Motivation on the Map

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 16:15
Venue: 
TESOL France Colloquium
Location: 
Paris
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Calendar of events by day - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2014-06-27

What is motivation and what can we do in class to nurture it? In answer to the first question, I will present the various facets of motivation on a map with the four main corners being content, aspirations, learning and classroom. In answer to the second, we will try out some specific classroom ideas relating to each of the four corners.

Priming for Listening

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 13:45
Venue: 
TESOL France Colloquium
Location: 
Paris
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
Calendar of events by day - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2014-06-27

None of us throw our class into a listening unprepared, do we? It would be unfair - after all, in real life, we're normally listening with certain expectations. But often in ELT, our pre-listening activities are limited to a bit of discussion of the topic and maybe some pre-teaching of new vocabulary.

Pronunciation for Listeners Webinar

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Event date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 16:00
Venue: 
Delta Webinar
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Pronunciation for listeners webinar

Think you heard it all? Think again! Expert listeners don't hear it all. They hear what's needed and disregard the 'noise'. But L2 listeners have to learn what counts as 'noise' in the target language. It’s not the ‘difficult’ words that present the biggest problem; it’s the ‘easy’ ones that are pronounced in unexpected ways.

Teaching with Songs: nine of the best activities

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Event date: 
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:45
Venue: 
Serbia Summer Seminar
Location: 
Borsko Jezero
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Mark Hancock talk - Teaching with Songs: nine of the best activities

Songs are a particularly useful resource for ELT. They have language, motivational appeal and great mnemonic power. In this presentation, we will look at different ways in which we can unlock their potential. We will try out a series of activities to use before, during and after the song.

Motivation Island

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Event date: 
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 09:30
Venue: 
Serbia Summer Seminar
Location: 
Borsko Jezero
Extra info: 
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TESOL France - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/topic/tesol-france

You have to pay attention to learn. So what kinds of classroom materials and activities motivate learners to pay attention? In this presentation, we will see motivation theory in the form of a map of an island with four main regions – subject, aspiration, learning and classroom. We will explore these regions and try out some classroom activities which illustrate them.

Silent Stories: using pictures in ELT

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Event date: 
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:45
Venue: 
Serbia Summer Seminar
Location: 
Borsko Jezero
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Silent Stories: using pictures in ELT

Pictures are like silent stories. Silent because they are non-verbal. Stories, because they are pregnant with content to talk about. For these two reasons alone, they are extremely useful in English language teaching. In this talk, we explain these and more advantages of pictures, as well as demonstrating different activity types for use in the classroom.

Pronunciation Play

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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:45
Venue: 
Serbia Summer Seminar
Location: 
Borsko Jezero
Extra info: 
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 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2014-07-02

Spoiler alert! Read no further if you´re going to attend this talk and rather like surprises! In this talk, we will take a playful approach to the teaching of pronunciation. We will see how the playfulness may lie one the one hand in the materials we use, as in the case of word-play, rhymes, chants and so on, and on the other hand, in the tasks we set up, as in the case of games and puzzles.

Pronouncing Meaning: rhythm and stress games

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 14:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Harrogate
Location: 
Harrogate International Conference Centre, Queen's 5 (sesssion2.4)
Extra info: 
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Calendar of events by day - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2015-03-17

This workshop is part of the IATEFL pronSIG day, session 2.4 (14:05 - 14:50). Rhythm and sentence stress are vital in creating meaning, yet they can be daunting and confusing for both teachers and students.

Priming for Listening

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Event date: 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:30
Venue: 
IATEFL Harrogate
Location: 
Harrogate UK
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
Background knowledge?

None of us throw our class into a listening unprepared, do we? It would be unfair - after all, in real life, we're normally listening with certain expectations. But often in ELT, our pre-listening activities are limited to a bit of discussion of the topic and maybe some pre-teaching of new vocabulary.

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