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Integrate improvisational theatre activities in the business classroom

Christina Rebuffet-Broadus:

Thanks a lot to the technical team of IATEFL Hungary for the great filming work. I thoroughly enjoyed myself in this one, and I hope it gives you some ideas to use the classroom!

Originally posted on IATEFL-Hungary blog:

“Yes, and…”: Improv theatre techniques for creativity and speaking skills

Full e-session by Christina Rebuffet-Broadus


Streamed live and recorded at the 24th IATEFL-Hungary annual conference on 4 October 2014

This talk explores the benefits of integrating improvisational theatre activities in the business classroom. This talk will touch on reasons for including improvisational activities in language training, demonstrate practical ready-to-use ideas, and address ways of handling trainees who hesitate or refuse to participate.

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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

ELF7 interview: getting started with ELF

Christina Rebuffet-Broadus:

Great ideas here and some resources worth exploring. I’m becoming more and more interested in pronunciation (for both speaking and comprehension) and the issue of ELF is one that cannot be ignored. Good stuff here. Thanks Katy and Laura!

Originally posted on ELF Pronunciation:

ELF Pron recently had the pleasure of attending and presenting at ELF7, the 7th annual international conference of English as a Lingua Franca, which was held from 4-6 September 2014 in Athens, Greece.

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During the conference, we were fortunate enough to get four great people together, all key names in the fields of ELF (English as a lingua franca) and teacher education.  We asked them three questions:

1. How did you become interested in ELF?

2. Why do you think it’s important for teachers to be aware of ELF?

3. What advice would you give to teachers who are interested in learning more about ELF but don’t really know where to start?

You can read the full interview below.  The interviewees introduce themselves briefly at the start, but you can also find out more about them (and the people, concepts, literature and resources they mention) by clicking on the highlighted words in the text.

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Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

11 learning tips from 11 terrific teachers at the 2014 IATEFL Hungary conference

Last week I had the honor of attending and presenting at the 24th annual IATEFL Hungary conference in Veszprém. One of the many excellent talks I attended was Mark Andrews’ “The Danube, the Bridges of Budapest, and Making the Familiar Strange.” Mark made some great points about getting students out of the classroom and into the real world to cultivate their curiosity and develop their English. In other words, to create bridges between the world around them and their own inner growth.

With this idea of building bridges in mind, some of my kind colleague-friends offered to share their own advice for learning English with my trainees in the video below.

Although my trainees all live in France and mainly only see me for their English training, I thought this would be a neat opportunity to create a virtual bridge between some wonderful teachers from different countries and my trainees in France.

Feel free to share these tips with your own students and to continue building bridges. And why not share the link back to this blog with your own colleagues, wherever they may be.

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7 Tools for Truly Effective Training Courses

Here you can download the resource documents presented in my talk “7 Tools for Truly Effective Training Courses.” You’ll find tools that can help you better organize your business English courses. They allow you to keep track of material covered (even if it just “emerges”), make sure you and your trainees know what you’re working towards, and ensure that your clients stay happy.

These tools have all proven effective in my own business courses. They help save time and energy and help you build coherent and effective courses. And if you’re wondering why the title of the talk claims there are 7 tools, but you only see 6 downloads, wonder no more! The 7th tool is a technique, not a document, but you’ll have to see the talk to find out what it is!

1. “Zero session” interviews

2. Needs discussion questions

3. Program storyboard

4. Lesson record

5. “The module that was”

6. Course log

In my talk at the 2014 TESOL France Annual Colloquium, I’ll explain how the documents work and how they’ve helped me to stay on top of the training courses I manage. In the meantime, feel free to post a question in the comments section and I’ll happily respond!

And of course, if you have any suggestions for improving any of the documents, please share it! We work better when we work together!

 

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IATEFL 2014: Linguistic landscapes, lexical sets, and recording students

The next series of sketchnotes from the 2014 IATEFL conference in Harrogate is in fact a set of 3 different talks: “Linguistic landscapes” by Stephen Greene, “Lexical sets, texts, and vocabulary choice” by Andrew Walkley, and “Recording students to raise awareness of pronunciation strengths and weaknesses” by Lesley Curnick. All of the talks provided practical ideas: ways to get students noticing and questioning language around them in the real world, ways to help them manage and acquire vocabulary in texts, and techniques to help learners become aware of their own issues in pronunciation.

Linguistic landscapes by Stephen Greene

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Lexical sets, texts, and vocabulary choice by Andrew Walkley

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Recording students to raise awareness of pronunciation strengths and weaknesses by Lesley Curnick

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If you’re interested in materials writing, you may find the notes from the IATEFL Materials Writing SIG pre-conference event useful:

And if you want to try your hand at sketchnoting (and who doesn’t??), the post “For those of you wondering about sketchnotes at IATEFL 2014…” may help you get started! Have fun!

 
 

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IATEFL Harrogate and MaWSIG PCE: Laurie Harrison’s “Writers in the digital age”

This is the third and final set of notes from the MaWSIG PCE event at IATEFL 2014. Laurie Harrison, in his talk “Writers in the digital age”,  shared lots of practical tips and things to keep in mind when being (or becoming) a writer in the digital age. The three main aspects he focused on were digital trends that writers need to be aware of, the skills sets that we as digital writers need to develop, and the sticky question of fees vs. royalties. Laurie gave us a talk chock full of practical information and insights–have a look for yourself!

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And if you’re interested in some of the other talks at the MaWSIG PCE 2014, you may also enjoy:

If you want to try out sketchnoting for yourself (and yes, you can draw!), you may want to check out “For those of you wondering about sketchnotes at IATEFL 2014…” It got a few tips and resources on how you too can start creating your own sketchnotes, if you want ;)

 

 
 

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Drawing challenge

Christina Rebuffet-Broadus:

Join in the fun with Sandy Millin’s Drawing Challenge!!

Originally posted on Sandy Millin:

At IATEFL Harrogate 2014, many of us were very impressed by the artistic endeavours of Christina Rebuffet-Broadus, who introduced us to the idea of sketchnoting.

I have to admit that her beautiful, and beautifully-organised, notebook made me a bit jealous, since my artistic skills are somewhat lacking. Carol Goodey and James Taylor seconded this, and I thought it would be fun to make us all feel a bit better by setting a drawing challenge, and proving we can all make our artwork understandable! Maybe it will be the first step towards out own sketchnoting at future webinars and conferences ;)

The rules

1. Choose four things you often have to draw in the classroom, or that you’ve had bad experiences drawing in the past (!). I suggest a person doing a particular action or job, an animal, a vehicle, and a miscellanous object, but you can draw whatever…

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