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Talks: webinars, online events and public speaking by Jason Anderson

Webinars and online resources by Jason Anderson

"Teaching English in large classes: A sociocultural approach" 

British Council English Agenda: November 2016

This talk investigates the challenges involved in teaching English in large classes. It shows how teachers can work with local colleagues using action research to develop their solutions to the challenges they face. Slides here. References here.

"The uniqueness of gameplay"

Teaching House, London, UK: February 2017 

Recorded talk exploring the role of games in language learning, arguing that games can include an explicit focus on language while still retaining authenticity, unlike tasks from which they should be separated. Also explores the importance of games to a learning community. Related article here.

"Affordance, learning opportunities and the lesson plan pro forma"

For ELT Journal, Oxford University Press: June 2015

An introduction to the Editor's Choice article I wrote for ELT Journal, which takes a critical look into the role of lesson plan pro formas in the development of experienced teachers, making recommendations for their improvement. Read the full article here.

"Initial teacher training courses and non-native speaker teachers"

For TESOL Academic: July 2016

An introduction to the article I wrote for ELT Journal, that reports on a mainly quantitative study into the differences in background, needs and future teaching contexts of non-native and native speaker teachers on initial certification courses. Read the article here.

Public speaking events of Jason Anderson

"Context, analysis, practice: The hidden paradigm in contemporary ELT"
IATEFL Glasgow, UK: April 2017
Recent shifts towards more text-based approaches in published materials and 'communicative' classroom practices lend support to a lesson planning model involving 3 stages: Context, analysis, practice. This talk explores how it can be used to support trainees on pre-service courses, and its wider application in ELT. Resources here.

 

"Peer needs analysis: Sensitizing learners to the needs of their classmates"


Devon DOS Association, UK: March 2017 

There are a number of advantages to raising learners' awareness of the needs of their classmates. This workshop investigates how it can be done effectively, why it's a good idea and provides some useful resources for experimentation in the classroom. Resources here

 

"Sharing our intentions with the learners" 
Embassy English, London, UK: March 2017 
Exploratory workshop in which we discuss and compare how we make our intentions clear to our learners. We also look at evidence-based research on this issue, and its implications for our practice. Related article here. 

  

"The uniqueness of gameplay" 

Teaching House, London, UK: February 2017 


Exploratory the Role of gains in language learning, issues of authenticity and how games can include an explicit focus on languageWhile still retaining authenticity. Watch it on YouTube here.  Related article here.


"Playing games with younger learners"
English Teacher Training College, Austria: December 2016  
Concluding plenary talk/workshop investigating the the relative merits of cooperative and competitive gameplay for children and teens, and how we can use them to facilitate learning effectively.

 

"Peer needs analysis: Sensitizing learners to the needs of their classmates"


English UK 2016 Teachers' Conference, London, UK: November 2016 

There are a number of advantages to raising learners' awareness of the needs of their classmates. This workshop investigates how it can be done effectively, why it's a good idea and provides some useful resources for experimentation in the classroom. Resources here. 


"Using learners' mother tongues for teaching English in Egypt"
Pharos University International ELT Symposium, Egypt: September 2016 

Closing plenary exploring how Egyptian English teachers can use Arabic (and other L1s) effectively when planning, teaching and assessing their learners. Slides here. Resources here. 

 

"Why PPP won't (and shouldn't) go away"
IATEFL 2016, Birmingham, UK: April 2016 
The most enduring paradigm in recent language teacher education is communicative, 'learner-sensitive' and can no longer be argued to be incompatible with SLA research evidence. Resources here.

 

"Translingual competence and the EFL learner"
Stafford House, Cambridge, UK: March 2016 
Conference opening plenary presenting the results of experimental research on the degree to which 116 EFL learners may need translingual competence in the future, and what this means for their teachers. Resources here.

 

"Sharing our intentions with the learners"
London School of English, UK: January 2016  
Exploratory workshop in which we rationalise and compare how we do or don't share our intentions for a lesson with the learners. We also look at evidence-based research into this question, and its implications for our practice. Related article here.

 

"Translingualism and translanguaging - what do they mean for TEFL... if anything?"
International House, London, UK: June 2015  
Presentation followed by plenary discussion on the concept of translingualism and the practice of translanguaging from bilingual studies, relating them to our work as language teachers. Slides here. Handout here. 

 

"Using Learners' Mother Tongues in the ELT Classroom" May 2015 
British Council ELT Conference, Oran, Algeria Workshop investigating the advantages of using Algerian learners' L1s, and ideas for activities. Handout here. Booklet created by Algerian teachers here. 

 

"Why lying is the best policy... to get learners speaking"
IATEFL 2015, Manchester, UK: April 2015 
Workshop in which we try out a range of deception-based activities from Speaking Games. Resources here.

 

"Have I got a dragons' den for you?"
English UK Conference: London, UK November 2014  
Workshop in which we look at ELT classroom activities based on popular television and radio shows. Resources here.