Connect, Grow, Thrive

2019 AGM Workshops Session C

Saturday, 14.15-15.15

Marjorie Rosenberg

Spicing up the Business English Classroom

Communication skills are vital for Business English learners at work and with business partners around the world. Although they may be experts in their own fields, they are often not as confident when they need to speak spontaneously. The supplementary activities in Communicative Business English Activities (Express Publishing) have been designed to spice up your business English lessons as they are relevant, engaging and encourage learners to speak. Come along to this interactive workshop to find out how to liven up your lessons and get your learners communicating.

Geoff Tranter

Dealing with Cultural Misunderstandings in the EFL Classroom

In view of the negative social trends in many countries nowadays, the issue of nationality, citizenship, prejudice, bias and cultural misunderstandings is a topic that lends itself to being incorporated into the English language classroom where the communicative approach can perhaps make a contribution towards increased awareness. In this workshop I will be presenting a range of materials and methods that I have used in a number of classes and which have proved themselves suitable for approaching the subject. The practical workshop will also allow time for a discussion on how these ideas can be implemented.

Athena Blatsioti

Teaching Writing Successfully

Despite the technological aids to writing that are now freely available, good writing is still an art. It is also a communicative skill that learners are required to master. In this session we will look at ways in which we can help our learners communicate effectively through the written word.

Katrina Ward

English File 4th edition gets you talking

English File is loved by teachers worldwide for getting students talking. In a recent Impact Study (2018), 90% of English File teachers who participated perceived that the series improves students’ speaking skills and 84% think that it helps students speak English more confidently. With relevant, lively lessons and its renowned communicative approach, English File 4th edition gets students talking more than ever before. Come to this workshop for a first look at content from the 4th edition and find out why it is so popular with teachers and students.

Neil McCutcheon

Task-Based Learning Remastered

In this workshop, I aim to introduce briefly the task-based approach for teachers who are not familiar with it, and to review the advantages of adopting an analytic task-based syllabus (where possible) or simply of introducing more task-based procedures into general English lessons. I will recap briefly the history of TBLT, and define what a task is; and show how TBLT is supported by key principles from SLA theory. The audience will be involved in at least one of the tasks from my forthcoming book so that they can have some direct experience of the approach.

Olaf Lenders

Writing Tasks for B2/C1 students

Although students at upper-intermediate and advanced (B2 / C1) level have developed a wide range of vocabulary, they often lack the practice and experience to write appropriately across different genres and registers.  In this workshop, we will look at and discuss example tasks suitable for this level of students. These tasks include: 1. conducting and writing up a cross-cultural interview; 2. writing reviews of books and technical gadgets; 3. writing a travel blog.  Participants will be provided with a handout.

Carol Waites

Supplementing your coursebook intelligently with C1 learners

Overusing a coursebook can hold learners’ progress back.  At this level, they need to become autonomous. How can we achieve this? My students need to improve their level and prepare for an official exam. The textbook can help with exam techniques. But to pass the exam they need to prove they can work independently in English. They need to deal with grammar analytically and efficiently, and master authentic listening and reading materials.  Students must play a central role in the process. The talk will present concrete examples of how to help students achieve these goals.

Beth Sollberger and Beverley Todeschini

Virtual 'bulletin' boards in your English class

Using online virtual “bulletin” boards in and out of the classroom. Padlet allows students and teachers to collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. We’ll demonstrate concrete examples. Participants will initially experience this tool as students before creating their own virtual boards as teachers for their own classes. A hands-on workshop, please bring a digital device.