This year we’ll be asking IATEFL Harrogate conference delegates to contribute their own Harrogate Online Roving Reporter reports.
We will be featuring accounts of sessions attended by conference delegates on each day of the event.
If you’re attending the conference and you are interested in writing session reports for the Harrogate Online website, please come to our Harrogate Online studio and we’ll explain what this involves.
Submitted by Maria Soledad L... on Thu 14 Apr, 21:00
This was a 20' presentation by David Jay, who presented a model for one-on-one tutorials that aims at promoting learning and language acquisition in Language Centres rather than proof-reading of pieces of writing. Really creative!!! It was cool to see that he quoted an article and the writer of the article was in the session audience :)
Submitted by Maria Soledad L... on Thu 14 Apr, 20:57
Anne Heaton (Coventry University) summarized the challenges of ESAP approaches and designed a model EIMS (English In My Subject) to successfully cope with them. She also suggested some dynamic activities and supported her presentation with updated literature. She was really energetic and a great presenter.
Submitted by ABDALLA YOUSIF on Thu 14 Apr, 16:53
I have just finished a presentation given by David Nunan about language learning beyond classroom. He suggested that language learning outside the classroom is complementary. Outside classroom learning are one-way in which students read extensively, listen intensively and prepare vocabulary notebook. This is known as teacher- guided activities. In two-way, which is less teacher-guided, students might work on a theme-based project or study abroad.
Submitted by Larissa Goulart... on Thu 14 Apr, 15:51
"Attending this workshop may seriously affect your teaching" Charles Hadfield shared some ideas on how to work with vocabulary in creative ways Some activity ideas to work with vocabulary - word pictures: creating an image but instead of drawing with lines and colors using the words. - Haiku: describing one scene or place. - rhymes: rhyming shopping lists for example. - creative gap: associating moods with weather, floor example. - recipes for success: explain to students the structure of a recipe and ask them to write a recipe for "a wedding", " a holiday ", " a Valentine's day ".
Submitted by Larissa Goulart... on Thu 14 Apr, 15:12
I'm here at the British council stand for the book launch
Submitted by Maria Soledad L... on Thu 14 Apr, 14:55
Great dynamic presentation by Anne Heaton from Coventry university... she supported what she said with literature and related to her findings... true!! students are the main investigators in the field!!!wide variety of activities were suggested and lots of insights!!!
Submitted by Larissa Goulart... on Thu 14 Apr, 14:39
In this talk Geraldine Mark and Anne O'Keeffe presented the English Grammar Profile http://www.englishprofile.org/english-grammar-profile
This tool allows teachers and researchers to investigate how students in different levels of the CEFR use (or not) specific grammar topics.
Submitted by Mohammed Bashir on Thu 14 Apr, 14:37
It is the second day afternoon now and I am relaxing and having lunch before attending another session. I was lucky to attend the morning forum about observation, which had three speakers from Greek, Portugal and Sudan. The forum discussed critical issues such as why it is always stressful to observe or to be observed and the areas native and non-native teachers do not feel confident about. The talk was extended to stakeholders’ involvement in the observation process and it seems that teachers are happy if no reports are given to these stakeholders when being observed.
Submitted by Larissa Goulart... on Thu 14 Apr, 14:26
Yesterday, David Crystal rapped during his plenary and I thought nothing could be better than that but I was SO wrong!
Silvana Richardson brought some people in the audience to tears discussing how NEST and NNEST are perceived by employers and students.
I was amazed by the research on Enlgisht teachers job advertisements. I would never expect for job advertisements to require teachers to be not only native speakers, but also white.
Submitted by Larissa Goulart... on Thu 14 Apr, 14:15
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you" - Maya Angelou
And with this quote Simon Mumford finished his talk about the importance of promoting teacher writing and publication
He emphasized that teachers should be able to write for publication as this allows teachers to reflect on their classroom practice and promotes active research, and don't we all want reflective teachers in the classroom?