Our Teacher Trainers in Barcelona and Valencia this weekend

Our Teacher Trainers will be involved in two conferences this Saturday 17 November which will almost certainly be of interest to you if you are in either Valencia or Barcelona.

Michael Brand will be taking part at the ACEICOVA People Teach People Conference in Valencia with two talks, both in the Salón de Actos G.  At 11.45 he will be giving the talk Making all the right noises: a closer look at B2 speaking skills, and at 14.15 you can hear To C1 and Beyond! Hitting the high notes with advanced learners.

Brian Engquist will be in Barcelona at the 6th Annual ELT Conference put on by Exams Catalunya.  His talk, Making all the right noises: a closer look at B2 speaking skills, begins at 15.45 in the auditorium.

And if you would like to see any of our materials visit our ELT Consultant Lola Martinez at our stand in Valencia and Marta Cervera in Barcelona.

Hope to see you there!

 

Assessing listening: challenges and choices

Listening: a vital skill

One of the first things new teachers learn is that simply exposing students to lots of listening will quickly increase their ability to communicate orally.  Even beginners armed with a very limited repertoire of vocabulary and grammar can often get their ideas across provided they generally understand what other people are saying to them.  In fact, Feyton is often cited as estimating that listening makes up a full 45% of what we do in a language.  So invariably the assessment of listening will be of paramount importance in the overall evaluation of our learners’ communicative ability.  And yet it remains one of the most elusive skills to reliably test.

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Team Up! shortlisted for the English Language Awards 2018

Do you know Pearson’s new Primary course Team Up!? If you don’t, check it out! Team Up has been shortlisted for an English Language Award 2018.

The English-Speaking Union (ESU) has celebrated the highest quality English language teaching material for almost 50 years. This international educational charity and membership organisation aims at providing people with communication skills, confidence and opportunities that help them exchange ideas and opinions.

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Back to school icebreakers

Welcome back teachers! I am sure you all had a very well deserved vacation. Now that your teaching power bar has been reloaded, it is time to think about the new course and get fresh ideas for the first day of class. Whether you are teaching primary, secondary or adults, below you’ll find some fun back to school icebreakers that you can adapt to the age group and level you are teaching. You can also print the following activities on cards, put them in a box and use them as warmers throughout the school year.

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Five techy tricks to practice your English over the summer

Picking up a book, writing a pen-friend or doing a language exchange in English are all tried and tested ways to keep improving and practicing your English over the summer months.  In fact I would suggest them all to my students and many of the activities below are based on them in one way or another. But with the devices and tech tools available to our learners I thought I would put a bit of a spin on the typical summer learning ideas.

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Fun exam prep ideas

You are teaching a test preparation course next semester. Students obviously need to take lots of practice tests in order to be successful. There’s no way around it. Practice makes perfect. But would you take a different approach in your teaching practice? How are these classes different from your regular classes? And how’s the atmosphere in the class? Do your students feel anxious about the exam?

Give your courses a spark by (re)using some fun activities that work in both exam preparation courses as well as in regular classes. I strongly believe that your students will really appreciate it.

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