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.

Pronunciation for Listeners: Making sense of connected speech

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Event date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 10:45
Venue: 
IATEFL Liverpool
Location: 
Hall 11a
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Pronunciation for Listeners: Making sense of connected speech - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-listeners-making-sense-connected-speech

Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will look at what features make connected speech difficult to follow. We will try out a series of tasks and games for raising awareness of these features. Finally, I will suggest how teachers can prepare their own micro-listening activities. Find PDF of handout below...

English as a Lingua Franca

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Robin Walker
Grzegorz Spiewak
Event date: 
Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Liverpool
Location: 
Pre Conference Event ACC Hall 14
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English as a Lingua Franca - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/english-lingua-franca

(You can find Mark's powerpoint slide show at the foot of this page, and an interview at IATEFL here) (Read a summary here) The concept of English as a Lingua Franca is not new, and research into ELF has

A Map of ELT (Plenary)

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Event date: 
Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 16:15
Venue: 
Mar 10: TESOL-SPAIN 36th Annual Convention
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Mar 10: Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Filología
Extra info: 
Includes handouts/downloads, plus Video!
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

Read a full article based on the talk on the PDF at the bottom of this page. Listen to the podcast of the talk. How does technology relate to the human touch? And what else apart from these is there in the world of ELT?

Developing the Listening Skill: Tips for Materials Design

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Event date: 
Friday, March 8, 2013 - 19:00
Venue: 
TESOL-SPAIN 36th Annual Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Filología
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

What aspects of listening, learning and listener character traits come into play when we take authentic listening texts into our classrooms and how might they relate to tasks and activities we devise? In this workshop we’ll look at the challenges authentic listening texts present for non-expert listeners around B2 level.

From Technology to the Human Touch: A Map of ELT

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Event date: 
Friday, February 15, 2013 - 20:00
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain regional event
Location: 
International School, Madrid
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

A session to present and explain a concept map of current ELT. The idea is to show how the different ideas and acronyms relate to one another, so that we can keep the big picture in mind. We need to see both the wood and the trees! See a related article here.

Hints and tips on developing listening skills using authentic materials (TESOL France)

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 16:45
Venue: 
TESOL France
Location: 
Paris
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Handouts and downloads
Annie McDonald at TESOL France

Do you want to use more authentic listening materials with your learners? Are you looking for ideas on the kind of tasks you could design that will make the listening experience doable, develop your learners’ skills and inculcate confidence - all at the same time? And what's ambiguity and risk got to do with it all? Just some of the questions to be mulled over in this session.
 

Pronunciation as a Listening Skill (TESOL France)

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 14:00
Venue: 
TESOL France
Location: 
Paris
Extra info: 
Includes handouts/downloads, plus Video!
Mark Hancock at TESOL France

Pronunciation is not only about the mouth, but also the ears. And, with English being a global language, the ears must learn to be flexible in order to make sense of all those varieties of spoken English out there. This session is about helping learners to deal with this variety.

Workshop: Designing Listening Activities

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Event date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 17:30
Venue: 
GRETA
Location: 
Granada
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Handouts and downloads
Effective Listening

In this workshop, we’ll be talking about and trying out various activities to use with authentic listening texts.
We’ll look at ways of activating different types of background knowledge, before moving on to consider the purpose and practicalities of materials design for activities which help students develop their decoding and meaning-building skills.

Motivation: The Inside Story

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Event date: 
Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 09:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Hungary
Location: 
Eger
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Motivation: The Inside Story - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/motivation-inside-story-0

Are your students inspired by your lessons or has their interest expired!? What can you do to attract their attention and generate intrinsic motivation? Are there any strategies you can use or is it just a question of inspiration? These are some of the questions we will address in this session.

Materials Design: Helping Learners Become More Effective Listeners

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 10:15
Venue: 
IATEFL Hungary
Location: 
Eger
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/focus/9

Designing a listening lesson based on authentic texts poses several challenges, not least because of the qualities of the texts themselves. However, with careful task design, we can mediate the difficulty level and ‘teach’ rather than 'test' listening.

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