IH BCN ELT Conference 2018 Almost, but not quite a month has passed since the IH Barcelona 2018 conference – time enough for various work and life priorities to bump this talk write-up further down the to-do list. As in … Continue reading Stop, Collaborate & Listen.
I was lucky enough to catch up with John Field the other week following his plenary talk at the IH Barcelona Conference. He kindly agreed to spare a few minutes to talk about skills development, and listening in particular. We … Continue reading An Interview with John Field
…to be preparing end-of-term assessments?…to be writing reports?…to be casting around for ideas on how to suitably round off the calendar year with your class? That’s how my season feels. And in an attempt to get into the spirit of … Continue reading ‘Tis the season
Focus on the quality, rather than the amount of teacher talk in the classroom. Continue reading We need to talk about Teacher Talk
Shaun Sweeney “The strongest of all warriors are these two – Time and Patience.” Leo Tolstoy I thought I’d start this post with a quote from War and Peace. Just to impress you with how literary I am. I’ve not read the book, but I highly recommend it – if you have the time. And patience. Using transcription and paying close attention to the speech stream requires a good deal of time and patience. Testing our listening proforma (nothing more complicated than a blank page and a grid) we chose to listen to a section from a short documentary about … Continue reading Motivation, Time and Patience
Shaun Sweeney Kicking off with a story of a misunderstanding based on mishearing, we looked at why the decoding gap and blur gap are important and deserve more attention in our listening lessons. Richard Caudwell’s metaphor of jungle listening served … Continue reading IH Barcelona ELT Conference 2017
IATEFL Birmingham 2016 Developing Listening Skills: Lessons From Learning Shaun Sweeney It was a challenge to get through much in 20 minutes, as there were three of us squeezed into a forum on listening skills materials. I was chuffed, though, to be in a forum with someone like Annie McDonald, whose work I admire a good deal. She opened proceedings with a great talk on techniques and materials to use to develop listening skills. Her kitten earworm is still very much in my ears – as I’m sure it is yours if you were in attendance. ‘I know a little bit … Continue reading IATEFL Birmingham 2016