Oxford Seminar on Primary and Secondary Education: New Challenges, New Techniques in Palma de Mallorca
The event took place on 17th and 24th March 2010
In these interactive workshops our experts shared their knowledge and experience, providing us with tools, techniques and strategies for the classroom. By revealing their methodology and carrying out some practical activities, they showed the teachers present what can work in the classroom, and left them brimming with ideas for their next lesson…
Encouraging Children to Communicate - Vanessa Reilly
This practical workshop aimed at getting teachers to think about creating opportunities for their Pre-primary and Primary age children to communicate and use the English they are learning. In this session we looked at fun and fruitful activities to provide optimal conditions for pre-school and lower primary children to start speaking.
Dictation in Secondary - Angela McClenaghan
In the past dictation suffered from a bad reputation as “boring” but it is an activity that when it is used with a little bit of creativity can provide a change of focus in class. In this session we looked at activities that require little or no preparation, and ideas to exploit dictation in our classroom.
Pronunciation with Primary - Angela McClenaghan
In this practical session we looked at ways to raise young learner's awareness of pronunciation of the English language, at every level: sound, word and sentence.
Word Wise - Robert Quinn
Words are the basic building blocks of any language - without them, communication is impossible. In this session, we discussed the importance of vocabulary breadth and depth in language learning, and looked at some practical classroom techniques for helping students to become more word wise.
ICT: Changes in the Primary School Classroom - Nina Lauder
ICT is changing today's classrooms and, as teachers, it is important for us to keep up to date on modern advances and to take advantage of them to improve our lessons. In the session we talked about easy and practical ways to bring the digital world into the Primary school classrooms without having to be computer experts!
Ready to Write - Robert Quinn
Why do ESO students have problems with writing tasks? Quite often it's because we ask them to write before they are really ready, and then they try to work on everything all at once: vocabulary, grammar, word order, spelling and punctuation...not to mention the content! In this talk, we looked at some strategies for getting students ready to write, with practical suggestions for making writing tasks more manageable and more enjoyable for students.
Considering Culture in the Primary Classroom - Vanessa Reilly
All learners need to be introduced to the target culture no matter how young or early on in their language learning experience in order to provide them with the optimum conditions for success. Here explored bringing cultural awareness to young learners through festivals that are important to children in English speaking countries. In this very practical session we looked at stories, songs, games and other mysterious things to celebrate in our classrooms.
ICT: Changes in the Secondary School Classroom - Nina Lauder
ICT is changing today's classrooms and, as teachers, it is important for us to keep up to date on modern advances and to take advantage of them to improve our lessons. In the session we talked about easy and practical ways to bring the digital world into the Secondary school classrooms without having to be computer experts!
Nina Lauder has been teaching at all levels since 1990 and for the past nine years has been involved in educational consulting and teacher training. She is a materials writer for ELT and CLIL books and has published several articles. She currently works as a freelance author, teacher trainer and educational consultant.
Angela McClenaghan has been teaching in Spain since 2000. Angela is also an ELT materials writer for both young learners and teenagers. She is a teacher trainer for Oxford University Press and has given workshops at the ELT conference at International House Barcelona. She is a Cambridge ESOL oral examiner.
Robert Quinn is a freelance materials writer, teacher and teacher-trainer. His most recent publications include levels 1 and 2 of Switch, a new Secondary course from OUP, and several non-fiction titles for the new Oxford Read and Discover series of graded readers.
Vanessa Reilly, a teacher, author and teacher trainer, has been working in Spain for 20 years. She has an M.A. in English Language Teaching specializing in very young learners. She currently runs courses for Primary teachers all over Spain and from around the world, and works at two Primary schools in Seville. She is also the author of the Primary course books Surprise 1, 2 & 5 (OUP) and Three in a Tree A & B (OUP).