14 May 2014

Seminar/Webinar: Focus on global English

Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (BST)

Venue: British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN, London, UK

Speakers: Richard Cauldwell, Katy Davies & Laura Patsko


Accent and identity, prejudice and insecurity

In this presentation, Richard will track the history of his prejudices and find evidence of it in other people. He will also give a quick survey of the accents of the British Isles, including those of non-native speakers who live in England. He will conclude by suggesting that three factors (the requirement to be mutually intelligible, the desire to assert or preserve one's identity, and the durability of prejudices about accents) influence one's sense of self- worth as an individual.

Richard Cauldwell has taught English to speakers of other languages for over thirty years. Since 2001 he has been designing and publishing electronic materials for the study of listening and pronunciation. Two of his publications have won British Council Innovations prizes: Streaming Speech (2004) and Cool Speech (2013). 

Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an ELF context (English as a lingua franca)

This seminar explores practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening based on the presenters' experiences in Dubai and London, respectively. 

Katy Davies teaches full-time at the British Council in Dubai and recently completed her MA in English Language. She is particularly interested in the use of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) in the UAE, and designing materials to support teachers whose students need to communicate in an ELF context.

Laura Patsko works at St. George International in London as a senior teacher and teacher trainer on the Trinity CertTESOL and DipTESOL courses.  She completed her MA in ELT & Applied Linguistics in September 2013.  She is particularly interested in teaching pronunciation and investigating the practical applications of linguistic research.

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