December 1, 2013
The London Branch of the Association for Language Learning hosted another Greg Horton Special yesterday, inviting Greg to speak about his inspirational and award winning project for getting pupils to use the target language spontaneously and in an authentic way – Group Talk.
Following his previous visit about 18 months ago I got together with our lovely Hanban teacher and put together the following presentation to teach pupils the key phrases for introducing the first stage of Group Talk to the my Year 12 learners. They responded incredibly well and with great enthusiasm; they were able to see how the core phrases could be used across a range of topics.
To begin with we gave them the following sheet of these core Group Talk phrases laminated for reference on the desk, but as they grew more familiar with them the support became less necessary. What is particularly gratifying is the fact that they will now come out with some of the core phrases at an appropriate moment during the normal course of a lesson. For example, I might make a statement about something and they comment with 真的吗?！ (really?!) or 我不同意 (I don’t agree) off their own bat.
March 12, 2012
It was great to see so many people give up their Saturday morning to hear Greg give us the follow up session to his talk at the ALL London January event. A report of the event has been posted on the ALL London website together with photos and the progression chart he showed us.
February 29, 2012
Those of you who came to the ALL London branch January event will have heard Greg Horton talk about his amazing project Group Talk. He has agreed to come back and give us part 2 of his talk which goes more into the nuts and bolts of delivering Group Talk on the morning of Saturday March 10th at Westminster Academy (near Royal Oak tube station).
He will deliver Part 1 of his talk again first, for anyone who missed it in January or who wants a refresher, and then do the second part.
Full details of the event and a booking form are available on the ALL London blog.
January 5, 2012
The ALL London branch January event is now just over 2 weeks away! Saturday 21st January at the French Institute from 9.30 – 1.00pm. As always there are some great speakers lined up and two of them were recipients of a German Teacher Award in 2011:
- The ever popular Sara Sullivan (SSAT Lead practitioner, AST and Assistant Head in charge of Teaching and Learning at the Woodlands School in Essex) is coming back and will be sharing her practical MFL teaching tips under the title ‘USE IT TOMORROW..100 IDEAS FOR THE MFL CLASSROOM – which involve little or no preparation!’
- Greg Horton, (SSAT lead practitioner and AST from Wildern school in Hampshire – winner of the 2008 Mary Glasgow Award) will be talking about Facilitating spontaneity and debate in the languages classroom and his successful methodology in achieving this.
- Joe Dale (Independent consultant and ICT guru – check out his blog) will be introducing No brainer blogging for beginners
The ALL London branch AGM will follow on immediately after this from 1 – 1.30 pm during which time there is also a job application clinic for PGCE students run by Nick Mair (Head of MFL, Dulwich College).
Full details of the event and an application form (£10 members, £25 non members) can be found on the ALL London branch site.
July 10, 2011
I had a wonderful time at Language World yesterday – good to meet old friends and to make new ones. Thank you to all those of you who came to my session.
The slides for my talk about strategies for using authentic resources in the classroom are on this page and the notes that I handed out with all the web references can be downloaded here.
There are many more examples that I could have shared and talked about so I hope to elaborate on these a bit more in the coming weeks and months.
July 1, 2011
Language world is now just a week away. This is the Association for Language Learning’s annual conference and is one of the major events of the year for language teachers in the UK. This year it is being held in London, at Imperial College from the evening of Thursday 7th July – Saturday 9th July. It offers a fantastic programme of speakers, workshops and other events, including the exhibition which is free and open to all. Full details are on the ALL website.
May 12, 2011
The ALL London summer event takes place this year on June 11th at the French Institute from 9.30 a.m. This is just a month before Language World and will give you an opportunity to hear Rachel Hawkes speak. She will be sharing some of her strategies to engage language learners of all ages and abilities.
Neil Jones will also be speaking and he will be focusing on how to develop students’ speaking, listening, writing, knowledge about language, language learning strategies and cultural awareness.
Finally Mark Reid, Head of Education at the British Film Institute will introduce us to some great ideas for using film to bring ‘the
authentic’ into the classroom of all age groups.
Full details are available on ALL June 2011 invitation which has a form for you to register for the event.