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.

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
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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
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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
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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

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Event date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 10:15
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
Wroclaw
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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.

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

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Event date: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 11:00 to Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 11:15
Location: 
Sweden (Gothenburg & Stockholm)
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Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we looked at how to help learners to understand authentic English by focusing on pronunciation. Specifically, we looked at features of connected speech and accent. You can download the slides and handout for the talk below.

Helping Students Become More Effective Listeners

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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 15:30
Venue: 
BRAZ-TESOL 2012
Location: 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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In this workshop, we’ll analyse some of the challenges language learners face when listening to authentic texts. Then we’ll take a walk through a listening lesson, trying out and discussing the different types of tasks which ‘teach’ listening, and help learners aspiring to B2 level become more effective, confident and autonomous listeners.

Silent Stories: using pictures in ELT

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 13:30
Venue: 
Braz-TESOL, room 803
Location: 
Rio de Janeiro
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Pictures are like silent stories. Silent because they are non-verbal. Stories, because they are pregnant with content to talk about. For these two reasons alone, they are extremely useful in English language teaching. In this talk, we explain these and more advantages of pictures, as well as demonstrating different activity types for use in the classroom.

Pronunciation Games for Brazil

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 09:30
Venue: 
Braz-tesol
Location: 
Rio de Janeiro
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In this workshop, we present a syllabus of 8 features of English pronunciation of relevance for Brazlian learners. Each of the 8 points are explained and illustrated with a pronunciation game. You can download the handout and the slide show for the talk below. The full instructions for most of the games can be found in the materials section of this site.

Pronunciation as a listening skill: understanding authentic English

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 17:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain Annual National Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao
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There is a video of this lecture recorded at TESOL Spain, Bilbao below. Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will see how to help learners to understand authentic English by focusing on pronunciation. Specifically, we will look at features of connected speech, intonation, and accent.

'Marking' Speaking

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 15:30
Venue: 
TESOL Spain Annual National Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

How can we 'mark' students’ oral production? In this session, we will look at suitable tasks for classroom assessment. We will then look at criteria with which both teacher and students can evaluate speaking. You will leave the session with strategies for creating ‘marking menus’ which are balanced and appropriate for different tasks and levels.

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