Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an English as a lingua franca (ELF) context
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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 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
About the speakers
Creating a climate for innovation in language learning, evening event
Wednesday 11 March 2015, 1800 - 2100
London and LIVE ONLINE
Think differently! Try something new! Creating a climate for innovation in language learning.
More than ever the world needs young people who are internationally-minded and able to participate positively in an interconnected and interdependent world. This means promoting a step change in our approach to multilingualism and cultural awareness.
We would like to invite you to participate in a think tank and workshop to explore what we might do to promote new ideas in language learning.
ESOL Offender Learning Conference
Friday 13 March 2015, 1200 - 1830
Birmingham + LIVE ONLINE
The British Council and The Bell Foundation warmly invite you to a half-day continuing professional development conference in Birmingham for ESOL tutors, teachers and practitioners working in prison settings, as well as those involved in managing or leading provision of offender education across the UK.