2011 Macmillan Education Online Conference

The first ever Macmillan Online Conference is designed to bring you all your continuing professional development needs across two afternoons of online seminars - all within the comfort of your own home!

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The Macmillan Online Conference 2011 sessions

Tuesday 8th November 2011

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12.30 - 13.30

Lindsay Clandfield: 10 mlearning activities for language teachers

This session focuses on one of the newest developments in technology and language education: mlearning. We will look at (at least) 10 practical ways that teachers can help students make the most of handheld devices (such as mobile phones, smartphones, netbooks and tablet computers) to improve their English inside and outside the classroom.

Lindsay Clandfield is the lead author of Global, Macmillan's new award-winning course for adult learners of English. He has spoken about mlearning in many countries and is currently writing a series of sessions on the topic at www.macmillanglobal.com. Lindsay works and lives in Spain.

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13.45 - 14.45

Pete Sharma: "If you've got it, use it!": four approaches to using your IWB

This session is based on the latest book in the Macmillan Books for Teachers series: '400 Ideas for using Interactive Whiteboards'. It looks at four approaches to teaching with an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB): using the board to run PowerPoint, the Internet, and regular EFL programs such as CD-ROMs in class; using the vast range of software which comes with the board, from maps and timelines to pictures and video; using 'whiteboardable' material, the new generation of 'courseware' such as Global Digital; and of course, creating your own materials. It will show that, as teachers become familiar with using the IWB, they begin to marry the use of the hardware and software with their own pedagogical know-how in new and exciting ways. The session is aimed at experienced IWB users and those new to the technology. Many of the practical ideas in this presentation can be used with a simple lap-top and data projector.

Pete Sharma is a Director of Pete Sharma Associates Ltd. He worked for many years in business English and is currently working as a lecturer in EAP (English for Academic Purposes). He is a regular conference presenter. As an author, Pete has co-written books on technology in language teaching, including: Blended Learning (Macmillan 2007) as well as multimedia content for Macmillan’s In Company and The Business series. Pete is a committee member of the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG. Pete's latest book as co-author is: 400 Ideas for Interactive Whiteboards, Macmillan (April 2011).

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15.00 - 16.00

Malcolm Mann: Metaphorically speaking: how widespread is the use of metaphor in English?

In this online workshop, we'll examine what we mean by the term 'metaphor', and ask how important it is for students to recognise when language is being used metaphorically. We'll also look at some simple and easy ways to introduce the concept of metaphor into vocabulary lessons.

Malcolm Mann is an English language teacher and materials writer. He is the author of numerous ELT books and courses, including the Laser and Destination series (both co-authored with Steve Taylore-Knowles, and published by Macmillan). Malcolm lives and works in Greece, where he holds joint responsibility for the production of the twice-yearly L.A.A.S. English language exams. He is a former Chairperson of TESOL Greece.


Wednesday 9th November 2011

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12.30 - 13.30

Ceri Jones: Getting the reading habit

Extensive reading is so valuable in so many different ways and at so many different levels and supporting and mentoring students as they become confident, happy readers can be both challenging and immensely gratifying. In this practical workshop we’ll look at reading from a number of different perspectives and explore a range of different activities, both classroom based and not, that can help us guide our students to discover the pleasure of reading in English.

Ceri Jones has been working in ELT since 1986. She has worked as a teacher, trainer and manager in Italy, Hungary, Spain and the UK and has been involved in both initial and INSET training for both the private and public sectors and in ongoing teacher development as DOS at a large IH school in Spain. She has been involved in several coursebook series (Inside Out, Framework and Straightforward) as well as writing support materials for graded readers and authentic literary texts.


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13.45 - 14.45

Dave Spencer: How to teach secondary classes (without losing your sanity in the process)

This session will offer tips and practical activities for teachers of teenagers. Areas examined will include ‘How to encourage students to speak in English’, ‘How to remain calm, sane and happy when students don’t speak in English’ and ‘How to correct grammar exercises without students falling asleep in the process’. Also, since Dave is by no means perfect, there will almost certainly be occasional involuntary demonstrations of how not to do things.

Dave Spencer began writing ELT courses for Macmillan in 1994. His latest series is Gateway, a multi-level course designed to prepare teenage students for school-leaving/university entrance exams.


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15.00 - 16.00

Vaughan Jones: 'Class Scribe' and other ways of recycling vocabulary

Off-the-cuff vocabulary explanations for unexpected language that tends to come up in lessons are very much the English teacher's stock-in-trade. Words and expressions are hastily scribbled on the board and then wiped off at the end of the lesson. However, without systematic recording and recycling this input rarely becomes intake. As the research into SLA shows, it is the quality and quantity of exposure to new language that is the single most important factor in our students’ progress. This session will focus on one idea to record this classroom ephemera and various ideas on what to do with it once recorded.