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Unfortunately, due to unforseen circumstances, we have had to cancel our January webinar but we do have two SIG webinars due to take place:
21 January, 5pm GMT - PronSIG webinar with Sinem Sonsaat, 'The role teacher's manuals play in pronunciation teaching: an answer key or a complete guide?'
26 January, 5pm GMT - Research SIG with Christina Gkonou - 'Using questionnaires in research into emotions in ELT'
Head over to the SIG webinars page for more details
|Agnes Orosz - 'Practical ideas for teaching mixed level groups'|
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A few years ago I was teaching in a private high school in Ecuador. In my Year 9 group, I had 25 students; most of them in the lower intermediate range, but I also had five complete beginners as well as three or four upper intermediate students and one native speaker; a boy who had lived all of his 13 years in Miami and had just returned to his family’s country of origin. It was a challenge to say the least. I often felt like a large proportion of the class had learned very little if anything; either because the material was too difficult or because they already knew it all and were bored during the lesson. To make matters worse, both these groups of students displayed disruptive behaviour which in turn affected even those students’ learning for whom the material was roughly of the right level.
This experience got me thinking about how I could improve my teaching so that more students would make progress in my lessons. In most schools, students get lumped together by age rather than stage for their English lessons. This means that my experience is probably typical of many classrooms around the world. Even when we are lucky enough to teach in an establishment where students are streamed according to level, there will still usually be a wide range of ability among the class.
This webinar will explore the advantages and disadvantages of various solutions to this problem by going through a number of practical ideas and activities for EFL teachers to try in their own classrooms.
Agnes Orosz is a Cambridge Delta qualified English teacher, teacher trainer and researcher currently teaching at the National University for Education in Ecuador. She has also worked and volunteered in Haiti, Malaysia, Greece and the UK.
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Agi Orosz - 'Practical ideas for teaching mixed level groups'
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The recordings of the webinars below and the slides used during their presentations can be found in the members' area of the IATEFL website. Please log in using your membership ID and password to access them.
Daniel Xerri - 'A Myriad Views on Creativity' (3 December 2016)
British Council and focus on Language for Resilience (5 November 2016) - read the associated report on Language for Resilience
Anne Margaret Smith - 'Including dyslexic language learners' (10 September 2016)
David Little - 'Learner autonomy and its implications for the discourse of language teaching and learning' (20 August 2016)
Nick Bilbrough -'The (second language) play's the thing' (2 July 2016)
Valéria França - 'How challenging is it to promote change in the classroom?' (11 June 2016)
Divya Madhavan Brochier - 'Ten truths (and a lie) about EMI' (14 May 2016)
Mariel Amez - 'An online journey of self awareness (2 April 2016)
Sinéad Laffan - 'The Cult of Schwa' (20 February 2016)
Vicki Hollett and Christina Rebuffet-Broadus - 'How to get started making YouTube videos for your students' (23 January 2016)
Hugh Dellar - 'Following the patterns: colligation and the necessity of a bottom-up approach to grammar' (26 September 2015)
Nellie Muller Deutsch - 'Action research to improve instruction and learning' (29 August 2015)
Andrew Cohen - 'Learner strategies for performing intercultural pragmatics' (18 July 2015)
Dorothy Zemach - Self-publishing ELT materials' (27 June 2015)
Charles Hadfield - 'Creative Grammar' (30 May 2015)
Rebecca Oxford - 'Positive Psychology in Language Learning: The Role of Hope, Optimism, and Resilience in Learners' Stories' (18 April 2015)
Jamie Keddie - 'Storytelling in the classroom' (14 March 2015)
Shelly Sanchez Terrell - 'Get Them Speaking & Learning with Digital Icebreakers' (28 February 2015)
Leo Selivan - 'Quizlet: more than just flashcards' (24 January 2015)
Nik Peachey - 'Getting the most out of online video resources' (31 August 2014)
Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto - 'The Lives of English Language Teachers', (19 July 2014)
Jill Hadfield - 'Motivation, Imagination and L2 Identity' (31 May 2014)
Sugata Mitra - ' Questions and answers with Sugata Mitra' (19 April 2014)
Penny Ur - ‘Using higher order thinking skills’ (22 June 2013)
|You can also find the following recordings on the IATEFL YouTube channel, IATEFLtalks|
Fiona Dunlop - 'Accessing CPD' (30 November 2014)
Susan Hillyard - 'Challenging ELT: Challenging Methodology to Reach Challenging English Language Learners' (27 September 2014)
Lindsay Clandfield - 'What's hot, and what's not in coursebooks?' (21 June 2014)
Professor Ron Carter - 'Internet English: the changing English language and its implications for teaching' (26 April 2014)
Felicity O'Dell - 'Onesies and selfies: keeping up-to-date with new English words and expressions' (22 March 2014)
Mike McCarthy - 'Spoken Fluency Revisited' (22 February 2014) The link to Mike McCarthy's article published in the English Profile Journal can be found here
Tessa Woodward - ‘Enjoying personal and professional creativity’ (31 January 2014)
Scott Thornbury - ''Fossilization: Is it terminal?' (30 November 2013)
Vicki Hollett - 'Learning to speak 'merican (19 October 2013)
Vicki was kind enough to answer on her blog some of the questions that came in during her session. The link to these can be found here: http://www.merican.vickihollett.com/iatefl-webinar-questions/
Adrian Underhill - 'The Jazz of Teaching and Learning' (14 September 2013)
Claudia Ferradas PhD - 'Reading across cultures: literature for intercultural awareness' (31 August 2013)
Jeremy Harmer - 'Yes, but why do we need teachers at all' (27 July 2013)
Professor David Crystal - ‘Questions about language with David Crystal’ (25 May 2013)
Professor Crystal also kindly answered questions on his blog which came in during the session.
You can find those here: http://david-crystal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/26-iatefl-correspondents-ask.html