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Gianfranco Conti: Modern Foreign Languages

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to attend Modern Foreign Languages training with the renowned Gianfranco Conti in the East Midlands!

Where: Nottingham City Centre – Venue TBC

When: Thursday March 21st 2019

Cost:
Alliance members- £80
Non Alliance members- £125 early bird rate until January 15th , £150 after that – all rates including lunch and resources

Timetable for the day

9.30am – arrival, registration and coffee

9.45am – welcome and introductions

10.00am – Workshop 1 - Listening skills instruction: teaching listening bottom-up

12.00 – 1.00pm – lunch and networking

1..00pm – Workshop 2 - Strategies for maximising and optimising the use of curriculum time by working with human forgetting rates

3.00pm – Any questions

3.15pm – Close

This CPD course for MFL teachers will provide delegates with a deeper understanding of the cognitive mechanisms involved in language processing and acquisition and with a wide range of evidence-based instructional strategies for accelerating learning.

Workshop 1 – Listening skills instruction: teaching listening bottom-up

Listening is by far the most neglected of the four language skills. It is also the least effectively taught and the one MFL students feel the most anxious about (Vafaee, 2016). One of the reasons for this state of affairs is that listening skills instruction feels more like testing than modelling and fails to train students in the micro-skills that any listener needs to master to comprehend aural texts effectively (Rost, 2009). In this highly interactive workshop, after walking the delegates through the psycho-linguistics mechanisms underlying the listening comprehension process, the facilitator will present and demonstrate his L.A.M. (listening as modelling) approach, a methodology which purports to provide extensive practice in the bottom-up micro-skills essential to effective listening comprehension: Decoding, Lexical Retrieval and Parsing Skills (Smith and Conti, 2016).

Workshop 2 – Strategies for maximising and optimising the use of curriculum time by working with human forgetting rates

Language teaching is often a race against time: in the very little contact time available, teachers must secure the retention and automatization of a relatively wide range of vocabulary, structures and skills sets. To best tackle this challenge, MFL teachers must have at least a basic understanding of the key cognitive challenges that language teaching and learning pose to their students (Ellis, 2018). In the first (shorter) section of this workshop, the facilitator will provide a concise research-based account of how the human brain processes, retains and retrieves L2 vocabulary and grammar. In the second (longer) section, he will proceed to suggest effective ways to maximize teaching and learning time by (a) embedding ILRs (Implicit Learning Routines); (b) teaching high-surrender-value functional chunks and (c) ‘smart’ recycling.

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An applied linguistics MA and PhD graduate Gianfranco Conti has been teaching MFL for over 25 years both at primary, secondary and university levels. He has researched the impact of metacognitive strategies training and error correction on essay writing under the supervision of Oxford University Ernesto Macaro both during his PhD and a large-scale project in English comprehensive schools documented in Professor Macaro (2001)’s book. He currently has lexicogrammar acquisition, listening instruction, metacognition, error correction and learner autonomy as main research interests.

Formerly head of languages at various schools in England and abroad, he was until recently a French and Spanish teacher at an international school in South-East Asia where he has been implementing his methodological approach, Extensive Processing Instruction (EPI), for over ten years.

Dr Conti is also a renowned conference speaker and CPD provider mostly active in the UK, South-East Asia and Australia. This is what CEO of researchED and educational influencer Tom Bennet has written about one of his workshops:

“As an organiser of research conferences I am constantly looking for individuals who can do something very special- disseminate a broad field of complexity, in a way that is intelligible to practitioners but loses little in the process; simplification without reductivism. Gianfranco was wonderful in this regard: witty, literate, personable and very, very engaging, but all the while absolutely focussed on content, quality and the effective transmission of useful information and techniques. As such he was one of the most popular speakers of the day, and in my opinion one of the best presenters I have seen in the UK. I wish he was available more often, as the impact he has on his audience is palpable.”

He is well-known internationally for his teaching resources that have won him the TES Best contributor award and have been downloaded over 3,500,000 time by over 100,000 teachers around the world. His blog on MFL pedagogy, The Language Gym, has won him several international awards. The professional development group he founded, ‘Global Innovative Language Teachers’ is one of the fastest-growing communities of its genre. He is also the founder of the interactive language learning website www.language-gym.com and the co-author of the best-selling handbook for MFL professionals, ‘The Language Teacher Toolkit’. He is currently co-writing with Steve Smith his second book ‘Breaking the sound barrier: teaching listening bottom-up’ based on his own classroom research.



Feedback from teachers on Gianfranco’s courses –

Amazing ideas. This will change my way of teaching!

Fascinating and very detailed. I can’t wait to try these out.

Thank you very much. Lots of ideas. I feel very inspired/motivated. So many ideas, I’m buzzing!

Very informative and thought-provoking.

Outstanding. Very enthused and can’t wait to take back to school.

Excellent presentation, which links to real practice and feels feasible in real life!

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