Workshops for English language teaching
schools and centres
Why do employers like people who can speak another language?
Target audience: anyone who speaks more than one language; students of English as a Foreign Language; Year 10 and Year 11 school pupils who are considering studying a language at A Level.
“The only job you can do with languages is teacher or translator”. This commonly held misconception affects how many people choose to study a language in the UK, yet many UK businesses feel that their international business and exports are being held back because of a lack of language skills. Although teaching and translating can be very satisfying careers choices (I’ve personally done both of them), this interactive workshop will highlight all the qualities and skills which speakers of more than one language can offer in the workplace. You have so much more to offer an employer than your language skills. A little knowledge of another language can go a long way.
The characteristics of the Good Language Learner
Target audience: Anyone currently learning or interested in learning another language, including students of English as a Foreign Language
Do good language learners have certain characteristics in common? If so, which? How might knowledge about such characteristics help us to become better language learners?
Based on my own and others’ experience and strategies as a language learner, this interactive workshop offers practical tips to help you to learn another language as quickly, easily and efficiently as possible. You may be surprised at how much difference a few language learning strategies can make to your ability to communicate in another language!
How to become a Centre of Excellence in your British Council inspection
Target audience: Directors of Studies, Heads and staff of university or Further Education college English Language Teaching centres planning a British Council (re)accreditation inspection
How and when should you start preparing for a British Council (re)accreditation inspection? What are the key elements of successful preparation? How can you best prepare for the actual inspection visit itself? These are some of the questions which will be answered in this interactive workshop for any English language school, university or Further Education college English language centre intending to become accredited or re-accredited by the British Council.
The workshop will give practical advice and support based on my experiences of leading Leeds Beckett University’s English Language Teaching department through two very successful inspections. In 2011 the University gained 8 points of excellence, placing it top in the UK regarding the quality of the student experience (EL Gazette), and in 2015 it achieved an outstanding 10 strengths. We will look at various aspects of the one-year preparation process including the documentation preparation and collation and the active involvement of all relevant staff within the context of your specific organisation.
Pronunciation of English for native speakers of Spanish
Target audience: Native speakers of Spanish who are learning English
This interactive workshop investigates some of the aspects of the English language which can make listening to it and pronouncing it challenging for the native speaker of Spanish. What specific pronunciation difficulties do native speakers of Spanish tend to have when they speak English? How does having Spanish as their first language affect their spoken communication in English?
Through the use of some very practical exercises, you will become aware of some of the ways in which Spanish may affect your pronunciation and listening in English and gain first-hand tips which you can immediately practise both inside and outside the classroom to improve your communication in English.
Other bespoke pronunciation workshops for native speakers of other languages can be arranged on request – please contact Dawn to discuss your needs further.
Why employers like people who speak more than one language
Characteristics of the good language learner
British Council inspection preparation
English language learners
Learners of any language