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.

Language as communication: an action-oriented approach

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Event date: 
Friday, September 3, 2010 - 11:30
Venue: 
Fischer Conference
Location: 
Bucharest
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Language as communication: an action-oriented approach

"I've studied English for X years but I still can't use it". Sound familiar? It's what you get when you present language as a ladder of grammar rules rather than as communicative potential. If learners want to be able to use English,  they need an action-oriented approach to language: developing communicative competences rather than just knowledge of form.

Connecting Pronunciation and Grammar

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 13:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Sevilla
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Connecting Pronunciation and Grammar

In this workshop, we will look at the pronunciation of grammar features including verb inflections, contractions, auxiliaries, part of speech and clause structure. We will see how the pronunciation of these features is particularly important for meaning, and can be easily integrated into course materials. We will look at ways of working on these areas of pronunciation.

Using Attainment Tests to Motivate

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 17:45
Venue: 
IATEFL National Convention
Location: 
Exeter University, England
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Using Attainment Tests to Motivate

ELT teachers have used attainment tests for many purposes - to evaluate, assess, or even threaten students! But they can also be a force for motivation. We will investigate how typical tests and question types (mainly testing grammar) may impact on student motivation, and look at ways to design, adapt and use them to increase their motivational value.

Cultural Awareness Revisited: Updating for the 21st Century

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Event date: 
Sunday, March 26, 2006 - 17:15
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain
Location: 
Madrid
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Cultural Awareness Revisited: Updating for the 21st Century

Cultural awareness seems to be making a re-appearance in the language teaching and learning literature. In this workshop we will focus on the ‘new look’ cultural awareness – intercultural competence (ICC). We will situate its growing importance and discuss what it entails. We will also take a look at a selection of classroom materials and briefly consider assessment of ICC.

Intercultural Competence: Changing European Classrooms

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Event date: 
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:30
Venue: 
Universidad San Pablo CEU
Location: 
Madrid
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With increased mobility in the European Higher Education Area, many teachers are now finding that they have students from different cultural backgrounds in their classrooms. Additionally, many English language teachers might be finding that they are now teaching students who are aiming to study a part of their degree, through the medium of English, in a different country.

10 Ways to Kill Speaking Skills

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Event date: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 14:30
Venue: 
TESOL Thrace-Macedonia
Location: 
Thessaloniki
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10 Ways to Kill Speaking Skills

If you want your students to be able to say ‘I can speak English’, they need speaking practice in class. But this often turns out to be difficult and messy, and many teachers avoid it. In this workshop, we will classify the practical problems of speaking practice activities into three kinds, relating to:

Making Bologna Work: The Common European Framework of Reference

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Event date: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - 10:30
Venue: 
Universidad San Pablo CEU
Location: 
Madrid
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The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is an indispensable tool for the realisation for the Bologna Process in the European Higher Education Area. It offers guidance for teaching, learning and assessment of languages for communication purposes.

How to Talk Like a Teacher

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Event date: 
Friday, April 30, 2004 - 14:45
Venue: 
APPI
Location: 
Povoa de Varzim, Portugal
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How to Talk Like a Teacher

In this talk I will highlight some patterns in English language classroom talk. I will suggest how these patterns arise, and what their implications are for language learning. I will conclude that it may be better not to talk like a teacher sometimes.

(I have also presented this talk at TEA (Canary Islands) and as a plenary at CETA (Cordoba, Spain))

Writing is Communication Too

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Event date: 
Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 15:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
Wroclaw
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Writing is Communication Too

Too often, we treat writing as mere grammar practice. But writing is communication too. In this workshop, we will look at classroom tasks which focus on meaning and content in writing, and not just form. Lot’s of imaginative and creative ideas to take away!

How to Get the Most from a Song

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Event date: 
Friday, January 29, 1999 - 19:30
Venue: 
Expolangue
Location: 
Paris
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How to Get the Most from a Song

Songs have long been popular with language teachers. They demonstrate language in a memorable, motivating way. However, all too often, the exploitation is limited to gap filling. In this workshop, we will look at other ways in which they can be used in the classroom.

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