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.

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...

English as a Lingua Franca

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Speaker: 
Robin Walker
Grzegorz Spiewak
Event date: 
Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Liverpool
Location: 
Pre Conference Event ACC Hall 14
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/speaker/1

(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
Location: 
Mar 10: Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Filología
Extra info: 
Includes handouts/downloads, plus Video!
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/focus/68

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
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/focus/9

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
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/focus/68

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.

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