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.

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
Extra info: 
Handouts and downloads
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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!
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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
Extra info: 
Handouts and downloads
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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.

Creating Motivation

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Event date: 
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 18:30
Venue: 
Colegio de Doctores y Licenciados
Location: 
Complutense, Madrid
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

In the first part of the talk, we will see how motivation leads to attention which in turn leads to learning. We will look at the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and how the first leads to a better quality of attention. We will then look at strategies for creating intrinsic motivation in the classroom.

Pronunciation as a listening skill: understanding authentic English (Poland)

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Event date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 11:45
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
Wroclaw
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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.

Helping Students Become More Effective Listeners

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 10:15
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
Wroclaw
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

Nowadays, the internet gives us easy access to audio (and audio-visual) recordings, and, naturally, many learners of English will want / need / try to listen to some of what’s available. However, and despite the amount of time spent ‘doing’ listening in the language classroom, they will often feel frustrated when they try to follow such recordings.

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