Devon DOS Association, Torquay 2019
In this workshop we explored issues with comprehension questions, rule discovery activities and controlled practice exercises, and explored creative alternatives. We then looked at ways in which teachers could develop their abilities to notice and work with the language that emerges. The workshop participants then used their own materials to design their own lessons. The PPT and texts from the session can be found below.
IP exhibition Thessaloniki and Athens September 2018
In September 2018 I ran two 3-hour workshops at the International Publisher’s Exhibition in Thessalonki and Athens. In this workshop we explored issues with comprehension questions, rule discovery activities and controlled practice exercises, and explored creative alternatives. The workshop participants then used a series of texts to design their own lessons. These can be found below.
The slides and materials for the workshop can be found below.
A short article to accompany the talks can be found here.
In September 2017 I was fortunate to be invited to run a workshop in Moscow organised by Irina Malinina. To read more about what she does check out her blog here.
The day started with a workshop on the value of exploring reasons rather than rules. This was similar to the session I ran at IATEFL 2017 but included a focus on translation and an extensive discussion on the value of exploring reasons rather than rules in the local teachers’ contexts. The second workshop focused on how teachers can create or adapt materials so that there are more opportunities for genuine interaction and meaningful language use in their classes. The participants in the workshop then had some time to design or adapt their own materials, which I hope we will be able to share here in the future.
The slides from the workshop can be found below