Upcoming Webinars

Geoff Tranter
Tuesday, 23 March, 17:00 h


The Comedy of Errors


Everybody makes mistakes, even in their first languages. But in the EFL classroom, errors should not simply be considered a sin (leading to a ‘syn-tax’?). Teachers can and should help their learners to learn from mistakes – and not only their own! Sometimes we learn even more effectively from mistakes made by other people, especially when the mistakes cause amusement. And in EFL we can also use to full advantage errors made by the so-called ‘native speakers’. We will be looking a various areas of ELT where this principle can easily be applied to everybody’s benefit and amusement! Edu-tainment pure!

Ian McMaster
Thursday, 22 April, 17:00 h


Authenticity in language and leadership: what is it and do we need it?

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Webinars archive

Katharina Palcu and Myriam Fischer
18th February at 17:00 (CET)


EUROLTA and the changes to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) focusing on Mediation – Katarina Palcu


Mediation is the latest buzzword in the teaching of languages but what exactly is mediation?

Why should I teach it? How do I teach it? How can I promote mediation and plurilingual/pluricultural competence? This webinar will focus on the changes to the 2001 published CEFR and explores the concept of mediation and its application in the language classroom. We will furthermore look at how mediation skills are integrated in the teacher-training programme EUROLTA (European Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults).

Katharina Palcu:

Katharina Palcu was born in Romania and lived there the first 30 years of her life. She studied Philology and Philosophy at the University of Temeschburg and, after coming to Germany in 1990, she started teaching English and working with adult education institutions, first as a teacher and later as the head of the English Department at the adult education centre Volkshochschule. She is a EUROLTA Trainer, a language books author and for some years she also taught Romanian at university.

Katharina Palcu is fascinated by the learning process and the instruments that modern methodology puts at our disposal in order to optimize learning.

Geoff Tranter
3rd December at 6pm (CET)

Smiles and More! – Humour as a Teaching Resource for Developing the Creative Use of Language

Humour has an important role to play in learning, especially language learning, but not simply as a way of creating an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. It can also be used proactively as a teaching resource to support many different aspects of learning. In particular, it offers many benefits in promoting creativity, including the creative use of the language students have acquired. This practical session will present for discussion a range of easy-to-prepare activities to meet the needs of learners of different age groups, levels and interests.

Elizabeth Mickiewicz
7th October, 12 pm CET

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) in language teaching

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is the term that we use at Coventry University to refer to virtual mobility experiences. These are included within the curriculum and provide an opportunity to interact with international universities and industry professionals. COIL is used to develop intercultural competences and digital skills, while working with others on subject-specific learning tasks or activities.

In our global language programme, Linguae Mundi, we have embedded COIL into our courses to enable learners to interact, engage and collaborate with native speakers of the target language in their own countries. This webinar outlines the key principles of COIL projects, with examples of successful and well-received sessions that have helped our language learners cross borders, explore cultures and languages more widely and gain a deeper understanding.

About Elizabeth
Elizabeth Mickiewicz is currently working as an Academic Manager on a global languages programme at Coventry University. She is responsible for coordinating and delivering the EUROLTA (European Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults), accredited by the ICC. She also teaches on modules that develop intercultural communication skills in professional settings and trains mainstream teachers to work with individuals for whom English is an additional language.

Rob Williams
17th September, 5 pm CET

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

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

The Business of Culture – key issues in corporate training

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.