IH London at IATEFL 2017
IATEFL is International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language and this year is holding its 51st conference in Glasgow from 4 – 7 April 2017. It is a conference packed with interesting forums, workshops and roundtables and a fantastic chance to be inspired by experts in current practice.
IH London is pleased to be represented by our teachers and trainers again at the IATEFL conference. You can see our speakers below.
The International House World Organisation is representing all of the schools within the network at the event and you can find them at stand 110.
Tuesday 4 April
Adventures in listening: the bathtub experiment
Time: 12.00 - 13.05
Presentation: Forum on listening
Developing and setting up extensive reading projects with learners across a series of lessons using the same text is common practice, but how would this work with listening? This talk explores ideas on how to implement extensive yet also intensive listening projects, looking at different texts, tasks and techniques to develop learners’ listening skills in the classroom and outside.
Teaching grammar for all the right reasons
Time: 16.05 – 16.50
Room: Argyll 2
In this workshop we will look at some issues with pedagogic grammar rules and using material from my book, ‘Teaching grammar: from rules to reasons’, we will explore the value of working with learner-generated descriptions of language instead. We will then discuss why these ‘reasons’ are more appropriate, usable and memorable for L2 learners than the existing rules.
Thursday 6 April
Joanna Stansfield & Karla Leal Castaneda
Addressing the Apprenticeship of Observation: ideas for pre-service training
Room: Alsh 1
One of the biggest difficulties of pre-service training is the unpicking of the years of exposure to teacher-fronted instruction experienced throughout trainees’ formative education across many disciplines. This often leads to trainee stress and confusion, as well as to ineffective and unengaging lessons featuring outdated practice. This talk presents ways in which we and colleagues have attempted to combat this.
What’s the effing problem? Approaching bad language in the classroom.
Time: 16.45 – 17.15
Swearing, blasphemy or “bad” words, are rarely found in course-books, yet experience and research shows they are used by students, often inappropriately and potentially offensively. In this talk, we will consider the boundaries between acceptable and unacceptable language, and consider why, when and how such words might be appropriately explored in the lang
Thursday 7 April
Richard Chinn and Melissa Lamb
Dialogues and diagrams in teacher education
Time: 10.20 – 10.50
Developing teachers, while satisfying, has constraints, difficulties and challenges as we endeavour to create an environment of trust. This talk examines teacher and teacher educator discourse, investigating how we can foster a more equal dialogue and work with teachers at their point of need. We will discuss tools that we have used to facilitate this in consultation with teachers.