Teaching ORAL British English

Mario Rinvolucri
Start time
Friday 7 June, 09:00
End time
Friday 7 June, 12:00
The Place

In the late days of the last century Carter and McCarthy, backed by CUP, assembled a LARGE Oral corpus and discovered many new facts about spoken as opposed to written British English. An example:
“ She was telling me that ……” implies that the reporting speaker has a familiar relationship with the person they are quoting. If the reporter says: “ she told me that….”there is no suggestion of such familiarity.
This workshop will alert you to these oral-only constructions and suggest you create practical exercises to teach them. This methodological task does not seem to have been tackled though nearly twenty years have passed since the linguistic discoveries were made. Professor Ron Carter has died.
Our workshop will look at the work already done by Simon Mountford from Izmir who has published some oral language exercises in HUMANISING LANGUAGE TEACHING 1999 to 2008
If you are looking for a new field to plough here is a fruitful one.

About Mario Rinvolucri

Mario Rinvolucri is a founding member of Pilgrims and has worked with them as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer since 1974.  He is the co-author of  many books about methodology of ELT. Some of his well known books are Grammar games, Once upon a time, Vocabulary, Creative writing, Humanising your course book and many others. He is currently learning advanced level French C1-2, Albanian at a cheerful  A1 level both languages with private tutors. For German Mario goes to a group of old pensioners and wobbles along at a wobbly B1 level, sharing the group’s joy at having no teacher.  Ohne Lehrer kann man viel besser atmen!  He also helps a neighbour to practice her A2/B1 conversational  Italian.

Earlier in his life he was involved in writing 20 ELF  and DaF Teacher Resource Books , mostly  co-authoring with a wide spread of Pilgrims Teachers and Trainers.

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Looking forward to seeing you
all in Bratislava

7th-8th June 2019