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.

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.

Pronunciation Games for Spain

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Venue: 
GRETA
Location: 
Granada
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Pronunciation Games for Spain - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/pronunciation-games-spain-0

We looked at 8 features of pronunciation which are of particular relevance for Spanish speaking learners of English. These included vowels, spelling of vowels, consonants, consonant clusters, word stress, phrase stress patterns, tonic syllables and connected speech. Each feature was explained, contrasted with Spanish and demonstrated with an example game.

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