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.

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
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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)
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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
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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.

Pronunciation as a Listening Skill: understanding connected speech

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 13:00
Venue: 
20th TESOL Arabia International Conference
Location: 
Dubai, UAE
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 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2014-03-15

Thank you for coming to my talk on Pronunciation as a Listening Skill. As a follow up, I'd like to provide links to all the material mentioned in the session. First of all, the authentic listening about Facebook comes from Unit 50 of this book.

Means, Methods, Motivation

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Event date: 
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 10:00
Venue: 
20th TESOL Arabia International Conference
Location: 
Dubai, UAE
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 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2014-03-14

Perhaps the most important part of effective teaching is the ability to motivate our learners. Part of this ability lies in the personal style of the teacher. But motivation can also be boosted by well-selected and well-prepared methods and means.

Pronunciation in Practice

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Speaker: 
Martin Hewings
Event date: 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 08:45
Venue: 
TESOL Arabia pre-conference event
Location: 
Dubai, UAE
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 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/speaker/1

General overview

Priming for Listening

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Event date: 
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 10:45
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain National Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Complutense de Madrid
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Handouts and downloads
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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 One to One

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Event date: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 14:30
Venue: 
Living Learning English
Location: 
Bristol
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Calendar of events by day - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/calendar/day/2014-12-22

In one-to-one pronunciation teaching, we must assess what the individual student needs and find the best way of providing it. We can’t use a pre-determined syllabus or ‘set-piece’ pronunciation materials. Instead, we need to be flexible enough to negotiate and adapt both syllabus and methods.  For this, we need to keep three questions in mind:

Teaching Listening with Authentic Texts

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 11:00
Venue: 
English UK
Location: 
London
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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

In this talk we'll take a look at a variety of activities which could be used with a 51 second text to help learners become better listeners. See powerpoint slides below.

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