Teaching pronunciation is bigger on the inside!
What to consider when teaching the pronunciation of English? How to design and run effective activities systematically to help learners achieve their learning goals as well as guarantee flexibility of the learning environment? How to maintain authenticity and relevance to the learner's phonological needs as a non-native EFL educator?
This series of workshops is designed to hand over to educators a variety of personally selected solutions, from the currently trending approaches, that will help them gain more confidence when teaching pronunciation in class, online and face-to-face. Beata will brief the various facets of teaching the pronunciation landscape, incl. speech sounds in both controlled and spontaneous speech, thought groups, word-stress, prominence and intonation, as well as offer some tried-and-tested ideas for activities, lesson plans, online and mobile tools. She will also provide some tips on where to seek online guidance on teaching pronunciation for the educators' professional development.
All the points covered in the workshops will help foster a growth mindset in the educators which will enable them to realise that teaching pronunciation is not at all as difficult as it looks. It may, in fact, be very fulfilling and improving the quality and effectiveness of one's teaching.
Current Methodology Refresher Course
This teacher development track focuses on the underlying principles of both well-established teaching practices and current methodologies. You are going to look into a few common methods and approaches to teaching skills, language and lexis in the classroom, including TBL, text-based and lexical approaches, and a couple of experimental ones. You will also try out useful techniques in dealing with lesson materials, feel and analyse their outcomes. Finally, you will see what works for you, and look at ways of integrating these methods and techniques into your teaching.
A Little Speaking and Writing (Teaching Young Learners Productive Skills)
This course looks into developing productive skills (speaking and writing) with young learners from 5 to 10. We will analyse the difference between the skills development within different age groups of young learners, try out activities, explore resources and develop lesson sequences. We will discuss how to create contexts and set up situations for speaking activities, and also how to turn daunting writing tasks into children's favourites. This short dynamic course is full of practical ideas and offers a repertoire of varied techniques for skills development in Young Learner classrooms.
Productive Skills: Beyond General English
The course aims at language instructors who are willing to go beyond teaching from the book and, what is more, learn about course design. Participants will develop and present a short (6-12 weeks) course for a specific group based on in-class guidance. By the end of this program, attendees will
- expand their teaching repertoire with a series of activities
- try a hand at designing a short course
- have substantial practice in speaking and writing.
Instructors will be glad to share with participants a list of activities used on the course and a few lesson plans. Attendees should expect some homework before and during the program with personal feedback to follow. The program focuses primarily on writing and public speaking skills.