Saturday, 1st April 2017 Muelle 21 • Avda. Santiago Montoto, s/n • 41012 Sevilla
10:00 • 10:30 Registration
10:30 • 11:30 10 Strategies to Keep Learners Learning. JJ Wilson
11:30 • 12:00 Coffee
12:00 • 13:00 Writing part 2: The agony of choice!. Michael Brand
13:00 Closure & iPad Mini raffle
10 Strategies to Keep Learners Learning
Some students are naturally good language learners. They take risks; they are organized and motivated. Many others hope the teacher will magically open up a hole in their head and pour the English language into their brain. If you have ever taught any of the latter, then this workshop is for you. We will first look at several areas of language learning, such as recording new language, remembering vocabulary, dealing with communication breakdowns and getting ideas. We will then examine a number of corresponding tasks and strategies to get students working independently and effectively. This practical and enjoyable workshop uses examples from Speakout 2nd edition.
JJ Wilson has lived and worked in Egypt, Lesotho, Colombia, the UK, Italy and the US, where he is currently the Writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University. He teaches classes in Linguistics, ESL Methods, and Writing. His publications include Language to Go, Total English, Postcards 2nd edition, Active Listening, How to Teach Listening, and Speakout (all Pearson), the last two of which saw him honoured at Buckingham Palace for winning English Speaking Union awards. Under the name JJ Amaworo Wilson, he also writes fiction. His award-winning novel, Damnificados, was published by PM Press in 2016. He blogs at blog. reallyenglish.com and jjawilson.wordpress.com.
Writing part 2: The agony of choice!
During a stressful exam a bit of certainty can be a true comfort. In part 1 of their First writing paper our students know they will be confronted with an essay. Part 2, however, requires our students to select from three of four possible task types. Will they choose wisely? Indeed, how should students make this choice? Should they develop a favourite genre? Does it all depend on how comfortable they are with the topic in question or how much vocabulary they think they know related to it? This session will look at what we teachers can do to make sure our students are as prepared as possible to tackle Part 2 successfully.
Michael Brand is a Teacher Trainer for Pearson. A passionate linguist, he studied French and German at Durham University, followed by a PGCE in Modern Languages. He has taught in England and Spain and has experience in the public and private sectors and across the primary and secondary school spectrum as well as adults. He now spends his time training teachers on all things ELT in schools, private language academies and official language schools as well as giving talks at conferences across Spain.