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FREQUENCY
The school can contact International House and select any of these talks. Each talk lasts 1hr30 minutes to two hours depending on school arrangements.

DATE & TIME
The school gives options and a convenient day & time are arranged.

COST
$U290 per talk, per person.
(Minimum 10 participants or the equivalent cost )


SCHOOL TALKS by ALASTAIR GRANT

1. Using authentic material in the EFL classroom.

It is becoming increasingly necessary for teachers to make our lessons creative, engaging and tuned to the needs and interests of our students. Using authentic materials is an effective way to bring together your course and the “real world”.

In this workshop we will give some practical ideas on how to do this at all levels, with your children, adolescent, adult and exam courses.




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2. The Bigger Picture:
Discourse analysis in the classroom.

The traditional linear-style of syllabus is the one most of us follow; but are we leaving behind language before our learners properly acquire it, and how can we help them make this language part of their use of English?

This workshop will focus on how mining texts can reveal many gems for a more holistic language-awareness and how we can do this on a class-by-class basis. We will look at motivational discourse-based activities to afford our learners a richer understanding of their whole syllabus.

3. Pronunciation.

Pronunciation has always been a “grey” area.  Some teachers avoid it altogether, presuming/hoping that their students will be able to mimic their accents. The point is, pronunciation can be tricky to bring into the classroom. This session looks at some key areas in teaching pronunciation: phonemes and drilling.  It also raises some questions about what a teacher should know and be prepared to do when it comes to pronunciation.




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4. Music and Lyrics: Anything you can do with a text you can do with a song.

Why do you think that some songs stick in your head?  Have you ever thought about the story behind a song?  Do you think you can learn and have fun at the same time?  Come and share some ideas to use English in motivating and creative ways – and for everything in the ELT classroom, from receptive to productive tasks.

5. Who's afraid of Teaching Writing? The process of a communicative writing lesson.

Learners know that they have to write: often, they don’t enjoy doing it and we are reluctant to teach it. Fortunately, this isn’t the end of the story. This workshop will begin by asking why writing is frequently relegated to a homework task and then focuses on how we can help our learners engage in an interactive and enjoyable writing process, which makes for as communicative an activity as we want would all of our classes to be.

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6. Helping our students become better readers.

Many students find reading a major stumbling block, they get distracted and demoralized if they don’t know the meaning of a word and they tend to ‘forget’ the reading skills which they apply in their own language. Consequently they read slowly, inefficiently and don’t enjoy it much at all.

In this workshop we review the basic ingredients of a reading lesson and look at activities which help students become more confident, efficient readers. We also talk about the benefits of extensive reading in making our students successful language learners.

7. Dealing with vocabulary in the classroom.

“What does xxxx mean?”  ”I don’t understand what it says here”  As any teacher can tell you, not a class goes by without someone asking you for the definition of a word.  It could be a word from the text they’re reading in class, or it could be something they saw on TV last night, or that they heard in a song they were listening to on their way to class.

The teacher knowing what the word means isn’t a problem (unless it’s some new-fangled expression which is fashionable amongst teens that particular week), the problem comes in trying to get students to spread their wings a bit more.  

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How can we make our students autonomous learners, who feel confident enough to understand without running to their dictionary (or teacher) every two minutes?  How do we, as teachers, know what vocabulary to introduce to our students? And when? This session will answer all those questions, and more.

8. Activities and Games in the EFL Classroom.

As any teacher knows it’s essential to have a bank of activities and games for your students to get stuck into language learning, be they adolescents or adults.  Requiring minimal preparation, any language seen in class can be turned into an engaging and enjoyable learning experience with these activities and games which will ensure you always have something up your sleeve for your lesson. 

9. Developing and Strengthening Interpersonal Bonds in the New Classrooms through Language Tasks.

Have you ever felt that your groups were missing something? Have you sometimes wondered how to connect to your students? How to make of your class a real group?
This session explores ways in which we can create bonds with our learners and engage them emotionally with each other, with us and with our lesson. Full of plenty of simple, varied and fun activities that will make your learners just love your lessons.   

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10. Instruction giving in the classroom.

“I told my students what to do a million times but they all misunderstood my instructions and didn’t do what they were expected to do!” How many times have you said or thought this? How many times have you blamed your students for not getting your instructions instead of thinking if they were clear enough?

The success of many activities depends on good organization and on the students knowing exactly what they have to do. A lot of time can be wasted if the teacher omits to give students vital information and confusing instructions. This workshop will analyse what makes a good instruction as well as sharing some tried and tested techniques.

11. Spelling -v- Pronunciation.

Have you ever wondered why “th” has so many different pronunciations?  Do your students ever complain that English pronunciation makes no sense?  Have you ever secretly agreed with them?

This workshop, based on one given by Dr. Antonio Recca at the Share Convention in Buenos Aires, aims to answer those questions and give you a brief overview of the English Language and how we ended up speaking the way we do.   

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12. Bringing Coursebook Texts Back To Life.

We have all had that sinking feeling when we’re planning classes, turning the page of our coursebook, only to find a topic or text that we just know will send the students to sleep.
Not anymore! Come and find out how to make sure your students are always engaged by any text they are presented with, by looking at its history, culture and background.

We will examine dynamic and challenging ways to focus your students and get them thinking and working with their coursebooks as though they’d chosen the text themselves.

13. Making Sense of Nonsense.

As teachers, we can often guarantee that there will be a field of raised hands in the classroom the moment students come across an unfamiliar word in a reading exercise.

So there you are, with your usual choice: do you explain, elicit, translate...? In any case you know that the students depend on you for definitions and they don’t seem to be able to go on without you!

In this session we will look at ways of giving the students the skills to become more independent and give you less to worry about! We will ensure that your learners have the tools to understand and decode difficult lexis for themselves, making them both more autonomous and self confident.

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14. Listening without the pain.

We all know the look of horror that can often cross the faces of students as you reach for the “play” button on the stereo. Listening exercises in all their forms can be at once daunting, stressful and de-motivating for students.

In this session, we will explore how you can really help students to make listening activities easier and more enjoyable. From discovering how to assist students with hearing the boundaries between words in a sentence, to creating tasks to deal with real colloquial English, this session will ensure that your students can face listening tasks with a smile!

15. "Two countries separated by the same language" - British English vs. US English.

Every year we teach the present perfect and words like “lift”, “motorway” etc… and THEN our students tell us they heard “Did you eat yet?” and “elevator” and “highway” on TV! So what are we to do?

Come and find out what some of the key differences are between British and US English, and how to get students exploring them inside and outside of class. This session covers grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and many other aspects of the differences between these two apparently similar languages!

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16. Constructing Better Tests.

The tests that we find in teacher’s books are often unsatisfactory and it is difficult for teachers to prepare their own tests as this is such a time consuming task.

This session aims to raise awareness of some of the flaws in tests and to help teachers construct tests that are more valid, reliable and practical.

17. Where is the “YOU” in YouTube?

How many times have you seen a video clip of a song, TV show, film or even just something funny that’s on YouTube and thought, “now... how could I use that in class...”?

We know that YouTube is out there and we all use it, but how can you really apply its often bewildering wealth of material in the classroom? Is it just for fun or can it be used for a lasting pedagogical impact?

In this session we will look at ways of delivering engaging and fruitful class activities using YouTube, as a resource that can allow your students to develop both their receptive and productive skills. From exploiting viral videos to basic editing techniques, we will ensure that you have the tools to make this invaluable, worldwide resource work for you and your students.

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