• Michael Carrier talks about how handheld and mobile learning technology extends the range of the teacher by extending learning beyond the physical lesson in the physical classroom.
  • English is being taught at increasingly younger ages in an expanding number of countries. So today, teenagers are no longer young learners of English. The new YL is a first grader, a pre-schooler or even a foetus!Why has this transformation...
  • ‘Creativity extends right across all age-ranges, all levels of competence, all teaching contexts and all geographical regions. And it applies equally to teachers as well as learners. Creativity is a universal, though its manifestations may be...
  • The conference was part of the English Nexus Offender Learning project, which has the aim of connecting ESOL professionals through opportunities for developing practice and knowledge-sharing. */
  • This presentation seeks to probe some of our established frameworks within the field of computer assisted language learning (CALL) and suggest an emerging alternative. The advantages of computer assisted language learning (CALL) are of course well-...
  • This talk provides an informative overview of ELT history which counteracts some common myths and raises issues for critical reflection. The following questions are considered:How can ELT be defined?  When did it begin?What predated it?What people,...
  • In this practical seminar Amy Lightfoot explores the current opportunities for learning English using mobile phones both in and out of the classroom. She debates the pros and cons of this medium and looks at a variety of content that is currently...
  • Michael Rundell explores the future of dictionaries. In this seminar he discusses the idea that dictionaries are going the same way as encyclopedias. In just a few years most activity has moved from paper to electronic media and for pedagogical...
  • This workshop presents a genre/corpus informed EAP writing programme for MA students. Following a brief overview of the theoretical and practical bases of the writing development programme Chris Tribble and Ursula Wingate share examples of the...
  • The idea of found objects derives from taking things designed for another purpose and turning them into art: Picasso’s bull’s head made from bicycle parts is a famous example. The principle for teaching is the same: find something interesting and...
  • Edward de Chazal and Sam McCarter give a brief overview of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and show how it relates to other branches of English Language Teaching. They then discuss the content and preparation of a syllabus for an EAP course,...
  • Simon Andrewes talks about English as a lingua franca, where English is used as a means of communication for work or study and where native speakers may at best be marginally involved. He also discusses the consequences of this for teachers in the...
  • Kathleen M. Bailey's session approaches the topic of learner autonomy in the contexts of conversations in the target language. In order to get input, experience interaction, and produce conversational output, second language learners need to...
  • Michael Carrier talks about the work of TIRF (The International Research Foundation for English Language Education).Click here to find out more about TIRF.
  • Sally Farley debunks several myths about Dyslexia and shows how, through the right teaching strategies, dyslexic learners can become successful language learners.   
  • Luke Meddings demonstrates a live dogme lesson with a group of intermediate level learners. He shows some core dogme tasks in action and allows us to gain a sense of the ‘flow’ within an unplugged lesson.
  • Luke Meddings answers questions from the audience about his dogme lesson.
  • Judy Kirsh explores some of the different approaches involved in teaching basic literacy to ESOL learners who have no, or very little, literacy in English or any other language. She begins with a brief overview of possible approaches and theories of...
  • Dr Philida Schellekens is an internationally recognised consultant, author, teacher and teacher trainer and wrote the best-selling Oxford University Press ESOL Handbook (2007). The aim of this session was to explore the quality of teaching and...
  • Hilary Nesi, Professor in English language at Coventry University, discusses the written genres university students are required to produce in different disciplines and at different levels of study. The presentation draws on findings from the 6.5...

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