Friday, 23 November 2012

Workshop for English Language teachers

Registration deadline extended to 30th November 2012 for a few remaining places.........

Analysing spoken English: Resources and techniques for teachers

Workshop for English Language teachers to be held at Newcastle University, UK, on Saturday, 8 December 2012.

The workshop is hosted by the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and is organized by staff at Newcastle University, with contributions from colleagues at Queen Mary, University of London, and the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Here’s what other teachers have said about the workshops:

“fantastic value for money”

“excellent resources”

“these workshops need to be advertised more widely. Many other English teachers would come if they knew about the quality – and the price!”

9:30 – 10:00: Arrival and registration

Part 1: Discourse-pragmatic features: What are they? How do they develop? Why do we need them?  
10:00 – 10:15: Introduction: What are discourse-pragmatic features?  
10:15 – 10:45: The usage, function and spread of innit?  
10:45 – 11:15: Reporting speech: The use of quotatives in spoken language  
11:15 – 11:45: Linguistic irritants or indications of communicative competence?: Children’s use of general extenders
11:45 – 12:00: Q-A-session  

12:00 – 12:45: Lunch break

Part 2: English Language teaching: On-line databanks and resources
12:45 – 13:15: Teaching the google generation
13:15 – 13:45: Linguistics Research Digest  
13:45 – 14:00: Q-A-session  

14:00: Workshop close

To register your interest in the workshop please e-mail Melanie Birch ( who will then raise an invoice for you. Please include in your e-mail your own name, the name and full postal address of your school/institution, a contact phone number, your e-mail address and, where this is different from your own details, the name and contact details of the person you would like us to invoice for the event.

The registration fee is £48 and covers administrative costs, the costs for production of the resource booklet and a buffet-style lunch. The deadline for registration and receipt of payment is Thursday, 15 November 2012 (extended to 30th November 2012). Registration fees are non-refundable after this date, except in the unlikely event of the workshop being cancelled.

Details about the exact venue, travel etc. will be circulated in due course. However, if you have any queries in the meantime, please contact the local organiser, Dr Heike Pichler,

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