Upcoming ICC webinars

Elizabeth Mickiewicz
7th October, 12 pm CET

Theme: Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) in language teaching

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Rob Williams
17th September, 5 pm CET

Theme: Teaching discourse management in the language classroom – artificial models vs real language?

Summary

All too often as second language users we find ourselves left out of conversations not because we have nothing to say, but because we are a split second behind the general flow of the discussion. Sometimes we don’t have the confidence to interject. Other times we feel we might have missed something important and don’t want to hold up proceedings. This can be both in social and professional contexts. And it can become a question of power, where the native speaker holds sway by virtue of being the native speaker. Teaching materials often offer lists of expressions for interruption, asking for clarification, etc. But are these really the tools people use to manage a conversation? And what role does understanding different cultural discourse patterns play? This webinar examines discrepancies between what is often presented in teaching materials and what second language users really need to do. It looks at a number of classroom activities that can hopefully give learners tools to interact with greater confidence. All attendees are more than welcome to share their own classroom practice in the discussion.

About Rob

Rob Williams is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where he is course leader of an MA in International Liaison and Communication as well as teaching intercultural communication and current developments in methodology on the MA TESOL.

Barry Tomalin
27th August, 5 pm CET

Theme: The Business of Culture – key issues in corporate training

Summary

Language training is not like corporate cultural training. Its requirements, its culture and its rewards are different and need to be understood to ensure successful training. In this webinar Barry Tomalin, ICC Board member and leading international language and cultural trainer presents SEVEN KEY PRINCIPLES he has found to be essential in corporate cultural training.

About Barry

Barry has worked with corporations, government organisations and institutions from all over the world and has trained in over 60 countries. He is co-author of World Business Cultures-a Handbook, Cross-Cultural Communication; Theory and Practice and Cultural Awareness.