IH London at IATEFL 2017

IHLondon_IATEFL

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

 

Marie Willoughby

Marie Willoughby

Adventures in listening: the bathtub experiment

Time: 12.00 - 13.05

Room: Barra/Jura

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.

Danny Norrington-Davies

Danny Norrington-Davies

Teaching grammar for all the right reasons

Time: 16.05 – 16.50

Room: Argyll 2

Presentation: Workshop

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

Joanna Stansfield & Karla Leal Castaneda

Addressing the Apprenticeship of Observation: ideas for pre-service training

Time: 10.55-11.25

Room: Alsh 1

Presentation: Talk

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 This often leads to trainee stress and confusion, as well as to ineffective and unengaging lessons featuring outdated practice.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.

 

Simon Dunton

Simon Dunton

What’s the effing problem? Approaching bad language in the classroom.

Time: 16.45 – 17.15

Room: Ness

Presentation: Talk

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

Richard Chinn and Melissa Lamb

Dialogues and diagrams in teacher education

Time: 10.20 – 10.50

Room: Ness

Presentation: Talk

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.