Two major free BUSINESS ELT events online
We are very pleased to announce the introduction of a series of online professional development workshops that will take place on the first Sunday of each month throughout 2011.
The workshops take place in the IATEFL web conferencing room and many leading business English professionals have agreed to share their expertise and experience with us over the coming months. The line up includes Andrew Wright with a fascinating workshop on ‘Storytelling in business contexts’ scheduled for 6 March, Mark Powell, who follows with a session on ‘Negotiations’ on 3 April, and a host of other leading language teaching expert.
Workshop: Networking in English
This interactive, online workshop will document Pete Sharma and Barney Barrett's voyage of discovery by presenting eight critical factors which make an intermediate student a good socialiser and communicator. It will mention some of the unique features of Networking in English (Macmillan 2010),including the individual Social Planner, and offer a number of practical teaching ideas drawn from the nine modules of the book.
Participants will have the chance to ask questions and contribute thoughts and ideas on building business contacts through effective socialising.
A downloadable worksheet will be made available for participants
This workshop takes place on Sunday, 6 February 2011 at 16.00 (CET). You can check your local time by clicking here: <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?day=6&month=2&year=2011&hour=16&min=0&sec=0&p1=37
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Webinar: What’s ELF and BELF and does it matter?
The role English plays as an international business lingua franca has attracted the interest of some of the world’s top researchers in linguistics. How is successful communication achieved when many or all of the people involved aren’t native English speakers? And what implications does this have for the kind of English we should be teaching in our business English classes?
In the next of BESIG’s successful series of webinars, the world’s top authorities on ELF will be meeting ‘virtually’ to hammer it out. In this online discussion you can come and find out what they’re thinking and join in the debate.
Jennifer Jenkins, who set everyone talking with her ground breaking research into ELF phonology will be a panelist, along with Mark Powell, our favourite author and ‘lean English’ ELF skeptic. Internet willing, Barbara Seidlhofer, leader of the VOICE (Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English) project and the world’s foremost authority on the lexico-grammar of ELF, will also be there in a discussion chaired by Vicki Hollett. And other key figures will be stopping by, such as Almut Koester,Susanne Ehrenreich, Jeremy Comfort, Ian McMaster, Robin Walker and many more.
On Monday, 7 February 2011 at 14:00 (CET) you can join us online, find out what they’re thinking and join in the debate. Click here to check your local time: <http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?day=7&month=2&year=2011&hour=14&min=0&sec=0&p1=37
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For information on how to join <http://www.besig.org/events/Webinars/index4.htm
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