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 as a Listening Skill

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:15
Venue: 
English UK
Location: 
London
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/speaker/1

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.

A Map of ELT

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 15:45
Venue: 
English UK North academic conference
Location: 
Leeds, UK
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/focus/68

What’s your ELT footprint? This is one of the questions we will look into in “A Map of ELT” at the English UK North academic conference in Leeds on Saturday Oct 8th. After looking at the map and how it is organized, we’ll consider how it may be used for teacher reflection, critical awareness and for a ‘bigger picture’ perspective on topical issues in ELT.

Feedback on Classroom Speaking Tasks – What are the Options?

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 12:30
Venue: 
EnglishUK North
Location: 
Leeds
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
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It’s notoriously difficult to give meaningful feedback to learners after they have ‘done’ a speaking activity – but is this the end of the story? In this session, we’ll consider an approach which will help us generate appropriate feedback for a variety of classroom speaking tasks and for learners at different levels.

Pronunciation Play

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Event date: 
Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 13:30
Venue: 
IATEFL Pron SIG / Teachitworld "Ways of Pronunciation Teaching"
Location: 
Bath, UK
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/speaker/1

This talk was part of a day of pronunciation talks organized by the IATEFL PronSig in collaboration with the ELT website Teachitworld. In my talk, we took a playful approach to the teaching of pronunciation.

A Map of Motivation at NILE

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Event date: 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 14:00
Venue: 
NILE
Location: 
Norwich, UK
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/speaker/1

There's more than one way to motivate. In this talk, we take a tour of the Map of Motivation, from aspirations through subject matter, classroom conditions and effective learning. The main slides from the talk and the handout can be found below. There's also a ten minute video tour of the map.

Pronunciation as a Listening Skill at NATESOL

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Event date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 11:45
Venue: 
Salford City College
Location: 
Worsley, Greater Manchester
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/speaker/1

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...

Teaching Listening with Authentic Audio Texts at NATESOL

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Event date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 10:45
Venue: 
NATESOL Conference
Location: 
Salford City College
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/archive/all

Learners of English living in an English speaking environment have rich exposure to the spoken language, yet, at the same time, they regularly experience frustration at not being able to understand what people say. In this workshop, we’ll look at and try out tasks which can be used with different texts to help boost confidence and develop a learner's listening skill.

Pron 4 Spain

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Event date: 
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 11:00
Venue: 
EOI Orihuela
Location: 
Murcia
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/speaker/1

We will look at 8 features of 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. Each feature will be explained, contrasted with Spanish and demonstrated with an example game.

Teaching Listening with Authentic Audio Texts

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 16:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Liverpool
Location: 
Hall 14
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/focus/9

It is often said that we test rather than teach listening. In this workshop, we consider the characteristics of classroom listening tasks and activities we can use with authentic audio materials. They have been designed to develop the listening skill, and simultaneously help non-native listeners become more effective, confident and autonomous.

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
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/speaker/1

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...

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