Event update: English UK Teachers' Conference 

Celia Wigley, our Publishing Manager, was the friendly face behind the Collins stand at the English UK 2013 Teachers’ conference. Read below her thoughts and impressions of the event.

 Teachers’ Conference 2013

It was great to see so many of you at English UK 2013 Teachers’ Conference in London on Saturday 9 November.

Thank you to those of you who visited the Collins stand. It was great to meet you and to talk to you about our ELT range. Lots of you were interested in our new Academic Skills Series (6 books covering: Research, Writing, Presenting, Group Work, Lectures and Numbers) and I know many of you requested sample copies. I hope when you receive these that you think the series will help your students to do well at university.

The Lectures book authors Fiona Aish and Jo Tomlinson gave an excellent talk at the conference called ‘Developing academic listening skills’, and I for one, learned lots. I particularly liked the activity we did on rhetorical questions where we had to read rhetorical questions and identify what the lecturer’s reason behind the question was. The activity came from the Lectures book and I hope you agree that your students would learn from this kind of activity.
Download Jo and Fiona’s presentation slides

Another Collins author gave a talk too. It was Chris Flint who talked about our English for Life: Skills series, which, like the Lectures book, contains authentic materials. Chris who wrote Listening A2+ Pre-intermediate together with Jamie Flockhart, made an interesting point about how learners enjoy a shared experience listening to authentic materials. I hadn’t really thought of this before but I definitely felt empathy towards the speaker as we listened to the authentic recordings that Chris played us. Chris and Jamie’s book has been shortlisted for the 2013 English Speaking Union’s Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Awards so watch this space.
Download Chris Flint’s presentation slides

All in all it was great to spend a day with teachers sharing ideas and experiences! Thank you!

Celia