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Members register for the events by sending an email to events @elta-rhine.de or via the Doodle link on Slack.

Not a member of ELTA-Rhine? You can attend one workshop for free and any subsequent workshop for a nominal fee. Membership is €40 per year with access to over 50 workshops over 12 months. Students can apply for a reduced rate email events.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, 24th February 2021.

Grammar Q & A with Scott Thornbury When: Saturday, 13th March 2021, 11:00am to 1:00pm Where: online

The role of grammar in overall language proficiency (central or peripheral?), the best way to teach it (e.g. explicitly or implicitly?), and even its very nature (e.g. patterns, structures or constructions?) are issues that continue to engage teachers, course designers and materials writers. In this interactive webinar I invite you to pose your own questions about the teaching and learning of grammar and I will attempt to answer them.

When you register for the workshop, you will get a link to the Padlet where you can write your questions for Scott.

Scott Thornbury has taught and trained in Egypt, UK, Spain, and in his native New Zealand. Until recently he taught an online MA TESOL program for The New School in New York. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology (at least 6 with the word ‘grammar’ in the title!). He is also the series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers, and a trustee of the Hands Up Project, which promotes drama activities in English for children in under-resourced regions of the Arab world.

A workshop with Julie Moore: Put it another way: developing learners' vocabulary beyond a comfortable core When:Saturday 6th March 2021, 2pm Location:Online

Summary At lower levels, it makes sense to teach a core vocabulary based around the most frequent 2000-3000 words, but beyond that where do we go? Many students develop a core productive vocabulary that allows them to operate within their comfort zone and although their receptive vocabulary continues to grow, the range of words and phrases they actually use often stagnates.

In this session, we’ll look at some key concepts in vocabulary learning and their implications for teaching students beyond intermediate/B1 level. We’ll examine what it means to ‘learn’ a word. We’ll explore the difference between receptive and productive vocabulary. We’ll also look at teaching about features of vocabulary rather than just focusing on specific lexical items, equipping students with the tools to develop their own vocabulary in areas that are relevant to their personal needs. I’ll be introducing the principles and a bit of research, but also demonstrating plenty of practical ways to make vocabulary activities for post-intermediate students more challenging, more focused and more effective.

You can follow what she's up to and thinking about via Twitter: @lexicojules, Facebook: @ELTjuleswords or her website: www.juleswords.co.uk


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