Teacher talk in one-to-one business English training

A workshop with Gareth Humphrey

As business English trainers, we occupy a variety of roles in the classroom: from coach to referee and consultant to counselor. This has a significant impact on the language we use. At times, the language used should be as close as possible to the situations learners face in their jobs, to promote authentic interaction. At other times, the pedagogical requirements of the classroom (e.g. controlled practice; error correction) will be of primary importance.

This workshop explores the language and strategies most effective for each various different teacher roles and situations in the business English classroom. I will demonstrate a newly-developed framework and procedure that teachers can use to evaluate the language used in their classes. Using video examples from my own MA dissertation, we will discuss how this approach can be used by business English trainers to develop a more principled approach to classroom interaction, making training more authentic and effective for our learners.

Gareth Humphrey is the Director of Studies at marcus evans Linguarama in Düsseldorf, a role in which he is responsible for teacher recruitment, training and development. He has been a business English trainer for over six years, gaining extensive experience teaching groups and individuals in a range of international companies and at universities. Last year, he completed his MA in TESOL at the University of Nottingham, in which he focused on authentic materials and tasks, the impact of learner beliefs on learning and the use of video in teacher development.

This workshop will take place on Sunday, 1st of February 2015, at 3pm UK time/ 4pm CET.

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The workshop will be moderated by members of the IATEFL BESIG Online Team. 

To join this workshop:

1) Click on the link below

2) Ensure that "Enter as guest" is selected

3) Enter your name and country: Pete Rutherford (Germany)

4) Click on "Enter room"


Recording of Gareth Humphrey's Weekend Workshop

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