Tuesday 26 November 2013
1730 - 2030 | Trades Hall of Glasgow, 85 Glassford Street, G1 1UH
Unfortunately not available via live-stream or webcast.
A film from the event will be made available a few weeks after the event on EnglishAgenda.
A diagrammatic approach to the teaching of grammar to the visually orientated learner
'A great deal of modern thought about the teaching of English to non-native speakers centres around
a ‘communicative approach’. This is as it should be as most students retain for longer and it is
generally considered to be a more suitable method considering the purposes for which a modern
learner requires another language.
It may seem reductive then, to consider how students learn grammar (and often vocabulary)
orphaned from all the other aspects of the language. However, there are groups of students for whom
the communicative approach doesn’t work. Students from very traditional learning backgrounds don’t
like all the ‘soft’ skills and don’t see the point of all the chatter, they want facts; students focusing on
exams such as IELTS often prefer a more efficient system or, like the presenter, some are ‘visual’
learners. Mr Lezemore sees patterns and structure, even when a grammar point has more
exceptions than rules, he learns with charts and tables and flowcharts, he likes clear graphics.
The purpose of the seminar is for educators to reflect on strategies for assisting the above type of
learner. We will look at examples and create others. The presenter will discuss ideas of how to turn
explanations for the spoken or written word into diagrams and visuals. These can then be taken back
to the classroom, experimented with, expanded and used as another teaching tool.
Rupert Lezemore is an independent business advisor and language consultant to the EFL
industry. Rupert began his career as a teacher and trainer in Japan, moving on to become
Director of of Studies, based in Singapore. Following a stint as a Foundation Programme
Manager, Rupert spent six years as Principal of Regent Language School, Edinburgh.
Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an ELF context (English as a lingua franca)
Katy Davies and Laura Patsko
This seminar explores practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening based on Katy and
Laura’s classroom experiences in Dubai and London, respectively. With almost 200 nationalities,
Dubai is a true melting pot, and London is "widely recognised as the most multilingual city in the
world" (Graddol, 2006:28). One of the main implications for the classroom is with regards to
pronunciation (the priority is not to assimilate, but to be intelligible), and listening (the challenge of
dealing with a myriad of unfamiliar accents).
In this seminar the presenters will make practical suggestions for:
- prioritising areas for pronunciation work in a multilingual class
- adapting pronunciation activities from standard coursebooks for ELF purposes
- exploiting authentic materials
- raising students’ awareness of the responsibilities of the listener
- dealing with students’ misconceptions/negative perceptions of ELF
Katy Davies teaches full-time at the British Council in Dubai and recently completed her MA in
English Language. She is particularly interested in the use of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) in the
UAE, and designing materials to support teachers whose students need to communicate in an ELF
Laura Patsko works at St. George International in London as a senior teacher and teacher trainer on
the Trinity CertTESOL and DipTESOL courses. She completed her MA in ELT & Applied Linguistics
in September 2013. She is particularly interested in teaching pronunciation and investigating the
practical applications of linguistic research.
Who is this for?
Teachers of English to non-native speakers and IELTS teachers
1730 – 1800 Welcome and refreshments
1800 – 1855 A diagrammatic approach to the teaching of grammar to the visually orientated
learner with Rupert Lezemore
1855 – 1905 Short break
1905 – 2000 Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an ELF context
(English as a lingua franca) with Katy Davies and Laura Patsko
2000 – 2030 Networking reception
Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss global job opportunities with
the British Council.
Every seminar is free of charge, however places are limited.
The British Council Seminar Series takes place across the UK, including once a month in London. The seminars are intended to provoke debate and discussion on current issues in English Language teaching and can contribute to the continuing professional development of English Language teachers based in, or visiting, the United Kingdom.
Every seminar is free of charge and includes the opportunity to network with fellow ELT practitioners.
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