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Working and socialising in English: starting with listening…

  • 16 May 2015
  • 09:45 - 13:00
  • Gasteig, R0.111 (ground floor)

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How do we help learners to cope with the demands of a working and social life in English, to understand language which is spoken with an unfamiliar accent, and which is grammatically ‘incorrect’? What if this language does not conform to patterns of usage studied in the standard school or university classroom? How do we help our learners to communicate effectively with their global contacts?


9:45 - 11:30  Session 1 – Putting listening at the heart of language learning

In this session we will discuss the importance of using authentic listening to engage the learner and as a springboard for a wide range of language learning: vocabulary, grammar and functional language development, cultural insights and of course real listening and speaking challenges. Ian will discuss how and when we should be putting listening at the heart of language learning.

11:45 - 13:00 Session 2 – Working with authentic listening materials

In this interactive workshop we will discuss the use of authentic listening materials in the classroom and for self-study. Ian will play and comment on a number of authentic recordings of speakers from a wide range of countries and backgrounds. These will include his own ‘tailored’ recordings for specific purposes and recordings from his authentic listening materials published by Collins. We will also explore the practical aspects of making our own recordings. A chance to pool our experience of working with authentic listening materials.

Bio: Ian Badger is a partner in Business and Medical English Services (www.bmes.co.uk). He is based in Bristol, UK but travels widely as a consultant and trainer for international companies helping to improve the effectiveness of their communications. His strong view is that learning to understand English however it is spoken is a core skill in language learning.

Ian is the author of Collins English for Business: Listening which was shortlisted for a 2012 British Council ELTON award. The iPad app based on this material won the 2012 David Riley award for innovation in Business English and ESP. He is also author of the B1 and B2 levels of Collins English for Life: Listening, co-author of the four-level series, English for Business Life and author of Everyday Business English and Everyday Business Writing in the English for Work series.

This event is sponsored by Collins. This event is free of charge to both MELTA members and non-members.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, refreshments are not provided at MELTA events. There is a café on the ground floor at Gasteig, and drinks machines throughout the building.

Download the summary slides from the workshop here:

Putting_authentic_listening_at_the_heart _summary_slides.pdf

Working_with_authentic_listenng_materials_summary_slides.pdf

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