Pre-Conference Workshops


Mark Hancock started teaching English in 1984. He’s worked in Spain, Turkey, Brazil and the UK. He has published many pronunciation books, including Pronunciation Games (CUP 1995), English Pronunciation in Use Intermediate (CUP 2012) and PronPack 1-4 (Hancock McDonald ELT 2017). He is owner of the website pronpack.com.

Teaching Tonicity

Tonicity is a speaker’s use of stress to focus a listener’s attention. It’s an aspect of pronunciation which is often neglected, but is crucial in getting meaning across. In this session we will look at ways of presenting and practicing this important skill in the language class.


Chaz Pugliese is an author, trainer and presenter working out of Paris. He’s published ‘Being Creative’ (Delta, 2010) and more recently ‘The Principled Communicative Approach’ (Helbling, 2015) and Creating Motivation (2017, Helbling).

In 2013 Chaz founded, with Alan Maley the Creativity Group.

A keen musician, Chaz likes any music that’s honest, genuine and raw.

How can I motivate my students? You need a GPS!

This session draws from a study I conducted with my university students.  I will suggest that students can be motivated if the teacher pays sufficient attention to the group processes, promoting acceptance,  creating a feeling of palpable belonging, an environment that is psychologically safe.

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Matthew Overstreet has taught English in China, Saudi Arabia and United States.  He is currently a lecturer at the New Economic School in Moscow, and a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh in the US.  He is particularly interested in combining American-style composition theory and practice—focused on student writing, and informed by English literature—with ESL instruction.

Teaching Multimedia Composing in PowerPoint via a “Workshop Model”

Though we all use Microsoft PowerPoint, few know that it can be used to combine text, sound, images and video to create engaging, stand-alone multimedia presentations.  In this workshop, the speaker will present an assignment sequence in which students create multimedia presentations in groups using PowerPoint. 

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Anna Volchanskaya got a BA degree from Moscow State Linguistic University and her MPhil degree in Education from the University of Cambridge, Homerton College. She also received her CLIL and Art History training at the University of Utrecht and Free University of Berlin. Currently she is a lecturer at the New Economic School in Moscow. Her MPhil thesis was dedicated to the issue of representing other cultures in ESP classrooms. Her particular interest is interaction between ESL teaching and instruction in art history, visual culture and intercultural communication, as well as the potentials this interaction opens for a more profound and conscious language learning.

Integrating Arts and Humanities subjects into language training

Man, to use the words of anthropologist Clifford Geertz, is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun. And language is the needle, the bobbin and the shuttle we all use on a daily basis to weave the intricate tapestry of culture we live in. The question is how does one approach the ‘weaving’ task in a second language classroom?

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