Grasping The Nettle

IATEFL Glasgow 2017 It was a good conference for listening and phonology, this. Standout sessions from John Field, Sheila Thorn, Richard Cauldwell, Mark Hancock. Sandy Millin’s given a great roundup over here, as ever. I was pleased to have a good audience for the final session on Friday – including some of the very people who inspired me to get more into listening and receptive phonology in the first place. As usual, the original ideas in the talk were rarely my own. Even the title – it’s lifted from an article by Richard Cauldwell. After a run through the background literature, and … Continue reading Grasping The Nettle

IATEFL Birmingham 2016

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