Refresh your speaking and writing




The productive skills of speaking and writing always present a challenge for teachers. In these sessions we will take a new look at each of these skills, and how we can teach them. We will look at traditional and new ways of organising lessons and activities for each skill and how, in fact, it may be that some activities can be used for either skill. Think about how much we are all writing now (emails, social media, whatsapp) and how that writing is becoming more and more like speaking. Are we looking at a fifth skill?
These sessions will have lots and lots of practical tips and activities for teachers to take away and use immediately in their classes. 


• to examine features of spoken and written English and how some of these features are crossing over
• to look at a range of activities for practising spoken and written English, from accuracy-based to fluency-based activities
• to look at the role and place of speaking and writing in the syllabus
• to explore tools and techniques that draw on new technologies to help teach speaking and writing to secondary students 



• An introduction to speaking skills: what speakers do and what they know
• Warmers and icebreakers
• Speaking in a foreign language: speaking and approaches to language learning
• Awareness raising activities
• Restricted activities: Drills and dialogues
• Writing skills - how they are taught traditionally
• The importance of linkers in writing - across all levels
• New approaches to writing: how writing is becoming more like speaking
• Autonomy and automaticity in speaking and writing
• Criteria for tasks
• Free activities: Conversations and chat, Drama and role play
• Use of forums and instant messaging services for fluency writing


 This course is a very hands-on course, each session being characterised by lots of practical activities. We will be taking a task-based and reflective approach to the skills work involved. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on current and future practice, as well as evaluate critically the activities presented during the sessions.



Lindsay Clandfield is an award-winning writer, teacher, teacher trainer and international speaker in the field of English language teaching. He has written more than ten coursebooks for language learners and is the co-author of various methodology books for teachers.
You can find out more about him at his website



Salón de actos, CEP de Cantabria. La Albericia, Santander.

27, 28 y 29 de abril.


HORARIO: 18:00 a 21:00.


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