The UK seminar programme
The seminar series aims to bring ELT professionals together to discuss the latest developments in ELT. Events are held twice a month, up and down the UK. The series combines informal networking with more formal workshops and presentations. You can sign up here for these events.
In our Previous seminars section you can view recordings by past speakers, including Mario Rinvolucri, Michael Swan, Catherine Walter, Ken Wilson, Luke Meddings, Jamie Keddie, Jeremy Harmer & Steve Bingham.
A focus on materials development
Tuesday 11 March 2014,1730 - 2030
Corpora in the classroom (without scaring the students)
Where dictionaries disappoint learners, corpora can step in. Following a potted history, explore the spectrum between corpus and the dictionary, and the points which work well in the classroom. For example, getting learners to create their own.
More than just a worksheet: How to write effective classroom materials
Consider how your beliefs about language learning can (and should) impact on your materials. Then take a simple recipe for producing complete lessons. Attend for do’s and don’ts, a materials-writing checklist and (hopefully) increased confidence.
UNESCO English language day: English, speech and society
Tuesday 22 April 2014, 1830 - 2030
Is English coming to mark an identity which cuts across other factors such as age, gender, social class and ethnicity? Based on Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) funded research, attend to debate the relationship between the English language and identity.
Lessons from ESOL which can be used in EFL
Tuesday 13 May, 17:30 - 20:30
'It's not about language, it's about people': Do ESOL learners benefit from engagement with museums?
This seminar will focus on the results of the presenter’s MA dissertation, which tested the hypothesis that visits to museums do benefit ESOL learners. The results show that trips to museums are about improving the life skills of the learners as well as their language skills.
Creative ESOL: The power of participatory arts in English language learning
This seminar will explore Rewrite’s pioneering Creative ESOL model of practice. Creative ESOL is a participatory arts approach to language learning, currently being delivered for newly arrived young migrants and refugees aged 11 to 16, both in and out of secondary school settings.
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
Tuesday 20 May 2014, 17:30 - 20:00
Is it time for educators to reclaim the technology debate?
A focus on mobile and social learning to support language and literacy development within a CLIL context.
How are new technologies changing the relationship between student and teacher?
An intriguing look at anonymous feedback from teachers and students on how the relationship between the two is changing, and at the technologies which are either forging or breaking traditional bonds.
Does learning a foreign language make you smarter? What should we teach about language learning?
Tuesday 3 June 2014, 1730 - 2030
Focus on global English
Tuesday 10 June 2014, 1730 - 2030
Accent and identity, prejudice and insecurity
What accents do you like and why? Do you insist, in teaching, on correct pronunciation? If so, which accent?
Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an ELF context (English as a lingua franca)
This seminar explores practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening based on the presenters’ classroom experiences in Dubai and London, respectively.
Katy Davies & Laura Patsko
We are producing a series of DVDs that feature content from the website (no internet connection needed) and specially-commissioned materials. These DVDs, on various topics including ESOL, IELTS, Dickens, Using Literature and Poetry, will be available at our UK seminar events.
We will also be sending the DVDs to a number of countries, via our global networks, with the aim of supporting teacher training sessions on relevant topics.