BESIG online conference – the best tips from the morning

ALL THESE PRESENTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR FREE UNTIL JUNE 22ND ON THE BESIG WEBSITE – THEN ONLY BESIG MEMBERS CAN ACCESS THEM! GET EM WHILE U CAN!

Ros Wright “English for Dolphin Trainers: Developing Your Own ESP Materials”

TIPS

1. If you dont have a video, add extras to your transcript as you would for a screenplay, e.g. how the person looks, if they sniff or turn away, if they smile, where and how they move, etc.
2. Learn about your learners’ gurus in their field and use their quotes in your materials
3. Use 3D role plays to give a fuller sense of what should be in the RP – how the person is feeling, if they are having a good day, what that person has just done or is about to do (before / after the RP), what type of intonation they should use (friendly, angry, etc.)

Kristen Acquaviva “Off the agenda: working spontaneously with Business English materials”

TIPS

1. Even if you go off track, ensure you have a feedback stage to show that you were listening
2. Go into class with an open mind – don’t adhere to your lesson plan or materials if it’s not what is getting them engaged
3. Structure all discussions in some way, even if they are spontaneous – turn it into a simulated meeting, give them a set of lexis they have to use within the discussion, etc.

John Hughes “How to avoid the top ten basic mistakes when writing Business English materials for publication”

SOME OF HIS TIPS – WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ALL TEN: 1. A good idea is not always a book – maybe it’s great stuff but not everything we write is of value to everyone else! 2. Lack of variety – the dullest activities are gap fills! 3. Assuming the teacher and student know what the writer means – show them the aim – navigate them through the task 4. Ask other teachers to pilot your material!

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