Coming to IATEFL 2015?


…If so, we hope to see you there!

Laura will be presenting on Friday 10th April at the PronSIG Pre-Conference Event and on Monday 13th April as part of the main conference.

Here are the full abstracts for her presentations:

Friday 10th April: How to identify pronunciation priorities in the multilingual classroom

For teachers of multilingual groups, it can be tricky to identify which pronunciation features to focus on in class. Where to begin when the students all have different needs?

  • Venue: Manchester Central Conference Centre
  • Room: Cobden 2
  • Time: 10:15-11:00

Note that we’ve previously featured several blogposts on this topic here, here and here. Attendees to this workshop in Manchester will get the chance to try out the approach themselves, particularly the analysis stage, with personal guidance from Laura.

Monday 13th April: ‘The ear of the beholder’: helping learners understand different accents

The use of English as an international lingua franca means learners will be exposed to a wide variety of accents, both native and non-native. How can teachers prepare them to cope with such diversity? This workshop features practical tasks, informed by relevant theory, which participants could try out in their own classrooms.

  • Venue: Manchester Central Conference Centre
  • Room: Exchange 1
  • Time: 17:25-18:10

And the rest of the conference…

Unfortunately, there is almost no discussion of ELF in this year’s programme, and relatively few sessions about pronunciation. Here is a shortlist of the few sessions which seem potentially relevant to the issues covered on this blog (please note that we’re not endorsing/promoting anyone in particular!):

Saturday 11th April

  • 14:05-14:50: “Fun listening” (Lindsey Gutt in Cobden 2)

Sunday 12th April

  • 12:30-13:00: “Focusing on sounds – using synthetic phonics to teach listening” (Adam Scott in Exchange 4)
  • 17:10-18:15: “Forum on non-nativeness in ELT: implications, knowledge of language and credibility” (Shazia Nawaz Azan, Higor Cavalcante and Ahmed Othman in Exchange 3)

Monday 13th April

  • 10:25-10:55: “Research into practice: revisiting some ‘old-fashioned’ notions in pronunciation teaching” (Pamela Rogerson-Revell in Exchange 1)
  • 11:30-12:15: “People, pronunciation and play” (Luke Meddings in Exchange 9)
  • 14:35-15:05: “Teaching English as a lingua franca: pros and cons” (Rudy Camerer in Cobden 1)
  • 14:35-15:20: “Authentic listening: stepping from bottom-up processing to understanding” (Olga Sergeeva in Exchange 1)
  • 15:35-16:05: “Listening and connected speech: untruthful rules, unruly truths” (Richard Cauldwell in Exchange 1)
  • 16:40-17:10: “Do we still need the phonemic chart?” (Richard Benson in Exchange 1)
  • 17:25-18:10: workshop on listening to different accents, with Laura Patsko of ELFpron – details above!

Tuesday 14th April

  • 12:15-13:00: “Learning listening: the challenge of unscripted language” (Anne McDonald in Charter 1)

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