Talking about vocabulary: IATEFL 2018 & a webinar

IATEFL 2018: Spring seems to be finally on its way – if rather intermittently in terms of the UK weather – and I’m starting to look forward to the annual IATEFL conference, which is by the seaside in Brighton this year. As ever, it’ll be a great chance to catch up with all my ELT friends and colleagues, to see what the current ELT buzz is about and to arrange a few meetings with publishing contacts to chat about possible new work. I’m also going to be doing a session – independent of any publishers this year – on the Wednesday afternoon (11 Apr) as part of the MaWSIG showcase of sessions related to materials development. My session is entitled Vocabulary lists: snog, marry, avoid? I’ll be talking about the kind of standardized wordlists that have become increasingly popular amongst ELT publishers to inform the vocabulary strand of their materials. I’ve put together a short video below to introduce my session:

OUP webinar: Hot on the heels of IATEFL, I’ll be giving a webinar the following week, 19 April, for OUP entitled: Academic Vocabulary: what do students need to know about a word? I’ll be looking at why it’s especially important for students who are studying English for academic purposes (EAP) to work on understanding key vocabulary in depth rather than just adding words to their stock of lexis on a rather superficial level. I’ll be talking about some of the features of academic vocabulary that a student needs to get to grips with in order to use words accurately and appropriately in their own academic writing. You can find out more and register for the webinar here.

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