Tuesday, May 28, 2013


22 June 2013, 3pm BST

Penny Ur -  ‘Using higher order thinking skills’

It is important for ELT teaching to include tasks based on both lower- and higher-order thinking skills. In this session I shall define what 'higher-order thinking skills' are, and suggest various ways in which they can be integrated into English teaching at various levels.


Penny Ur has thirty-five years’ experience as an English teacher in primary and secondary schools in Israel. Now retired, she has taught B.A. and M.A. courses at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University, and has presented papers at TESOL, IATEFL and other English teachers’ conferences worldwide.  She was recently awarded the OBE.
She was for ten years the editor of the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachersseries.  Her books include Discussions that work (1981), Five minute activities (co authored with Andrew Wright) (1992), Grammar practice activities (2nd Edition) (2009), Vocabulary activities (2012), and A course in English language teaching (2012), all published by Cambridge University Press.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

[ELTeCS_PERU] Live online tomorrow! Should we all sound the same? Thurs 16 May, 1800 - 2000 BST

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This is a reminder for the live-streamed event on UK regional accents, which is taking place tomorrow (Thursday 16 May) 1800 - 2030 BST:


with Helen Ashton and Sarah Shepherd


"It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him", George Bernard Shaw famously wrote in the preface to Pygmalion. One hundred years on, the accents in question have certainly changed, but have the sentiments? In 2013 Britain, the clipped vowels of the 'Queen's English' may no longer rule the radio waves (in fact, even the Queen herself has brought her accent up to date) but accents still shape the ways we think about other people and ourselves. What are the current attitudes shaping our linguistic landscape?

Accent & Dialect coaches and authors of Collins' Work on Your Accent, Sarah Shepherd and Helen Ashton will give you the chance to learn some of the techniques they use to help actors change their accent for a role. And will show you that the course of your life can be shaped not only by the way that you speak, but also by the way that you listen.

Register to attend the live-streamtomorrow evening.

Which accent should you teach to learners of English?
Read the blog post and watch the video from Jon Green
teacher at British Council Warsaw.

Is there just one 'standard' English? What do you think? Join the debate on Twitter #EnglishEffect.


1815 - 1830 Broadcast begins
1830 - 2000 It's not what you say, it's the way that you say it
2000 - 2010 Launch of research into UK regional accents

Click here to find out the time of the event where you are.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter #EnglishEffect
Visit the English Effect website.

With many thanks and kind regards,

The British Council English Effect Team

© 2013 British Council
The United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.
A registered charity: 209131 (England and Wales) SCO37733 (Scotland)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Online Seminars - High Five with Pearson

Barra Pearson Elt
We would like to invite you to join these online seminars

What is high five with Pearson?

It is a series of practical webinars presented by our ELT experts to provide you with five useful techniques on different topics, which you can use in your classrooms right away.  Do not miss the chance to boost your teaching with Pearson's high five!
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                                  María del Carmen Zuleta               
Sandra Garvich

Teaching structures, use and meaning of grammar to young learners can be a hard task. Can grammar be fun? Yes! In this workshop you will be provided with 5 ideas on how to present grammar in a memorable and fun way.

Vocabulary is the key to students' understanding of what they hear and read. How vocabulary is taught can greatly influence the way learners build up their store of words. Use this 5 techniques  to present vocabulary in class and make sure your students learn it successfully!

Engaging students in reading books may sound old-fashioned to them, but reading is the best way to learn. Try these engaging pre-reading activities and motivate your students to immerse into the fascinating world of written words.

Discover and apply 5 useful activities to get your students to speak spontaneously. Try these five techniques for a more memorable and enjoyable speaking lessons.

                                               Date         May 16th
                                               Time         : 04:30 - 05:15pm
                                               Repetition: May17th
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

[Webinar for English Teachers] American Culture Series: Teaching Freedom of Expression. May 15.

American Culture Webinars
    For English Teachers
    with Melissa Schumi Jones

Join American Cultural Affairs Officer Melissa Schumi Jones and Regional English Language Officer David Fay for a webchat on freedom of expression. This program is part of a series of English language teaching programs designed to provide teachers with language and cultural resources for their classrooms. This webinar will discuss the historical framework of freedom of speech in the United States and how this concept, plus freedom of the press and Internet freedom, all impact our society today.
What:     Teaching Freedom of Expression
               Webinar on American Culture, organized by the Regional English
               Language Office for the Andean Region at the U.S. Embassy in Lima.

Who:      Melissa Schumi Jones, Cultural Affairs Officer
               Ms. Schumi Jones is a Cultural Affairs Officer at the Embassy of the
               United States of America in Lima, Peru. Prior to her arriving in Peru in
               October 2011, she served as Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta,
               Indonesia. Ms. Schumi Jones joined the U.S. Department of State in 2002
               and spent six years at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Ms. Schumi
               Jones holds a Bachelor's degree from Smith College in Northampton, MA
               and a Master's degree in International Affairs from the George Washington
               University in Washington, D.C.  She speaks Spanish, Italian, and

               David Fay, Senior English Language Fellow
               Mr. Fay is the Regional English Language Officer for Andean countries
               based in Lima, Peru. He has an M.Ed in English Language Teaching and
               is in the midst of doctoral studies in U.S. Literature. His main interests in
               the field are in models that integrate culture and language studies, with an
               emphasis on U.S. language, history and culture, and the application of
               information technology to the teaching and learning experience, with an
               emphasis on social networking. He is particularly interested in the
               evolution of English as a global lingua franca and the significance of this
               change for the classroom teacher. He has educated students and
               teachers in Costa Rica, Spain, Turkey, Russia, the Middle East and
               Central Asia.
When:    Wednesday, May 15th at 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Peru Time).
Where:   Join us from a computer with audio and Internet access
               at https://conx.state.gov/peru. Sign in using your Facebook or Twitter
               account, or choose the option "Guest" and sign in using your name and
               city. (For example: Marcela - Lima)

This webinar is free. Previous registration is not required.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ciclo de cine

Buenas noches estimado socio, esta cordialmente invitado a participar en la programación de películas del Ciclo de "COMICS EN LA PANTALLA GRANDE" que bridarán durante el 07 al 10 de mayo en la Biblioteca de San Miguel.

[ELTeCS_PERU] IATEFL Webinar 25th May‏

Dear all ELT Community,

Save the date! 
25 May 2013 at 3PM BST

IATEFL is launching a series of webinars with leading professionals in the field of ELT.  This series will start off with a webinar by the patron of IATEFL, Professor David Crystal, on Saturday 25 May 2013 at 3 pm British Summer Time (BST). This kick-off event is titled ‘Questions about language with David Crystal’. We are hoping to see many of you there and hope that you make use of the opportunity to take part in this landmark event. As a lead-up to the event we are collecting questions about language and will endeavor to answer as many as possible at the webinar. If you have a question, please forward it to me at Marjorie.Rosenberg@besig.org  or write them into the comment box following the post on the IATEFL Facebook page.
This opportunity to participate is open to both members and non-members, however, members will have the chance to view the recording at their leisure as it will be archived on the IATEFL website.
For further details on the webinar, please see http://www.iatefl.org/membership-information/iatefl-webinars. You can also check this link for instructions on joining the webinar closer to the date.
Best wishes and enjoy the webinar,
Marjorie Rosenberg
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Friday, May 3, 2013

[Webinar for English Teachers] Teaching Through Emotions. May 8th, 4pm.

Webinar for English Teachers:
  Teaching Through Emotions

This webinar for English teachers will demonstrate the direct and practical ways to use cognitive, metacognitive, and socio-affective teaching principles in order to connect with students in the classroom. These principles offer a different way to help build student self-esteem, make language concepts simple, and guide students by creating artistic interpretations of the English language. Katie Bain and Carlota Charry will explain how they've successfully used these teaching techniques and show English teachers how to use and adapt these strategies themselves. The speakers will also present the theoretical framework of a program that has been successfully implemented in Barranquilla, Colombia. 
What:     Teaching Through Emotions: Connecting With Students
               To Achieve High Standards

               Webinar on English teaching, organized by the Regional English
               Language Office for the Andean Region at the U.S. Embassy in Lima.

Who:      Katie Bain, English Language Fellow.
               Katie is an English Language Fellow and teacher trainer in Barranquilla,
               Colombia. She has been an English teacher for 10 years. Katie received
               her Bachelor’s degree in ESL Education from Northwestern College and
               her Master’s degree in Reading Education from Towson University in

               Carlota Charry, English Language Teacher.
               Carlota has been an English teacher in Barranquilla, Colombia, for 11
               years, and holds a Degree in Modern Languages. She has designed
               her own teaching method, entitled "Zone 7" to build student English
               proficiency through motivational strategies.
When:    Wednesday, May 8th at 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Peru Time).
Where:   Join us from a computer with audio and internet access
               at https://conx.state.gov/peru. Sign in using your Facebook or Twitter
               account, or choose the option "Guest" and sign in using your name and
               city. (For example: Marcela - Lima)

This webinar is free. Previous registration is not required.