The Grammar of Conversation

02/05/2021 - 20:46

Developing our students' speaking skills is a top priority for many of us. We teach them expressions and vocabulary they can use in various speaking contexts. We help them with intonation and pace. We have them socialize and give presentations. But what if the grammar we have been teaching them all this time hasn't been the grammar they need to speak the language?  

On Thursday 20 May at 19.30 CET, BELTA is hosting a webinar on
The Grammar of Conversation by Matt Done.
The webinar is free and open to all. Matt's presentation will take about 45 minutes. After that there will be 15 minutes for questions.
Matt made a video teaser for his webinar. You can watch it here.

For years, textbooks and grammars of English were based on a written model of English.
However, studies carried out in the past 20 to 30 years have shown that the grammar we use in spoken conversation is sometimes quite different from that found in written English.
With this difference in mind, and considering that many language learners are motivated by a desire to have conversations in English, it is probably useful to expose our learners to the reality of spoken grammar.
This session will examine the features of spoken grammar, discuss its value in the language classroom, and present some practical ideas on how we can present it to our learners.

Matt Done is a director of studies, teacher, and teacher trainer based in Malta.
He has been involved in ELT for 16 years and has a special interest in lexical teaching and the pedagogical application of corpora.

How to join
Please complete this short registration form or click on the red registration button below or on the top right.
You will then receive a link to the webinar a few days before 20 May.
This webinar took place on 20 May 2021.