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Free Webinar April 6th: Managing Change

Presented by Fiona Mee as part of DELTA Publishing’s free webinar series.

In this webinar, we will explore how we can use coaching to support people through change.  No change model or programme can prepare people for feelings that they never expected to have or for situations that they never expected to face. Change is a moving dynamic. However, the job of the coach is not to take someone somewhere. In fact if you try to do that you will most likely engender greater resistance than already exists. We must let people make up their own minds and find their own ways. In the webinar, I will examine the need to recognize and validate resistance as a form of creative expression and adjustment. Finally, I will present some ideas for related activities that can be used in the training room.

Fiona Mee worked as a teacher, entrepreneur and manager in Brazil and Germany before joining York Associates in 2008. She is now a company director and Operational Manager and has been responsible for managing change over the last five years. She also delivers intercultural and leadership training. Fiona is author of Managing Change from the International Management English series by Delta Publishing.


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TESOL 2016 Baltimore, Maryland, April 5-8

This year, TESOL celebrates its 50th anniversary and in celebration current TESOL president Dr. Andy Curtis will be doing some some reflecting forwards and backwards in his keynote. We at English Central and not capable of such optical acrobatics, but are aiming to impress nevertheless.

We will be launching the American edition of Jetstream and to help us do it in style, methodology man and Jetstream co-author Jeremy Harmer will be joining us! Jeremy will be doing 4 Jetstream-related presentations (see below) as well as being on hand in our booth to answer questions and connect with teachers.

We will have a number of giveaways at our booth (number 401, right at the front doors – you can’t miss it), so be sure to vist us!


We hope you will attend one – or all! – of Jeremy’s presentations:

Truth and Lies: Authenticity and Artifice in the Coursebook Experience

April 6th 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm in room 320 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

We have tended to see authenticity as a language issue (and, as a result, argued about what constitutes its authentic use). But there are other authenticities too: authentic experience, authentic content and authentic learning. But that’s not the whole story either. Students – just like the rest of us – are entirely susceptible to fun and fiction, imagination and play. What is NOT advisable, however, is to try and mix the two. This talk will look at what authenticity can mean in a twenty-first century coursbook – and where the fiction and lies come in!


Use It or Lose It: Performance in Language Learning

April 6th 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm in room Tubman at the Hilton Baltimore.

One of the great mysteries of language learning is how students transfer things they have memorized ‘short-term’ to a more permanent automaticity (of use).

One way of making this happen is through student performance –that range of activities which provoke them into trying to combine and use the language they have been studying (and which they studied in the past) as they struggle to produce meaningful content.

This is not a new phenomenon – after all the whole communicative movement arose from a concern with student production and performance – but we know more about it now, and we have more resources at our disposal.


You First: What Students Bring to the Coursebook Experience

April 7th 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm in room 321 at the Baltimore Convention Center

The whole point of language learning is, of course, what happens to the learners. They should not be consumers of teaching (or coursebook material). They should be the main part of the equation. So what can a coursebook (or any lesson design) do to centre everything that happens on the learners’ ‘here and now’ experience and progress?

This talk looks at how to bring students into the heart of everything that happens through a variety of activities which remind them (and us) that what is happening in their heads (and hearts) is by far the most important element in the teaching-learning equation.


How Students Get Language from a Course Book

April 8th 11:30 am – 12:15 pm in room Tilghman at the Hilton Baltimore

Students get language in a variety of ways. Sometimes teachers explain grammar and have students practice it; or they introduce words and students try to use them and then those words are revised. But there are other ways too. We can have students ‘mine’ written and spoken text for useful and, let’s not pass this by, interesting language that crops up – and which they may very well remember best of all.

This talk looks at the different ways that coursebook activites can help students engage with words, lexical phrases, grammar and functions –and how to make that engagement memorable and long-lasting.


Plus, we invite you to attend some of our partners’ presentations:

David Harrington: “Choose your Own”-Style Adventures in the ELT Classroom

April 6th 10:30 pm – 11:15 am in room Tubman at the Hilton Baltimore.

YOU are the hero! Try multipath stories as part of an extensive reading program as the focus of discussion tasks, as support for writing, to target reluctant readers, and more. Appropriate from upper elementary to adult. Examples drawn from the Atama-ii Books series, but applicable to any CYOA-style story.

Dorothy Zemach: Teaching Study Skills

April 7th 4:00pm – 4:45pm – Key 12

“They should have learned study skills in high school.” Yes — but what if they didn’t? University students sometimes arrive with brain power and drive, but without the organization and habits necessary for academic success. The presenter will demonstrate useful techniques for teaching and practicing academic study skills.


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March 5: LA Regional CATESOL Conference

CATESOL LA Regional Presents: “Teach Locally, Think Globally” with Plenary Speaker Marianne Celce-Murcia.

8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768

Please come by our booth and say hi to Carrie… not only is she a great lady to talk books with, but she also has some Mind Series Board Games to hand around. Plus, she will have our 2016 catalog with her – which is hot off the press

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Teachers at the Heart Webinar on March 30th


This is the first of Macmillan Education’s new ‘teachers at the heart’ webinars focused on the professional and personal development of teachers. Ahead of major conferences including IATEFL 2016, Macmillan Education expert Kirsten Holt will present ideas and techniques to help you make the most out of your professional networking opportunities. There first session will be at 09:00 and then repeated at 14:00 (UK time). Both sessions will last around an hour with the opportunity for questions at the end. Certificates can be downloaded near the end of the webinar.

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Webinar on March 23rd: Knowing your Customers and Clients

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Richard Nicholas presents Knowing your Customers and Clients on March 23rd as part of the Delta Teacher Webinar series.

In the global business world, clients and customers come in all shapes and sizes and being able to explain in English who they are as well as being able to use the correct language to identify them can make a big difference to the way you work, think and do business. This webinar will look at issues of identity and identification as well the language that goes with it. In it, I will explain how you can give your students the tools and lexical ability to do this following a task-based approach.

Richard Nicholas teachers Business and General English at the University of Bocconi and the British Council in Milan. He has taught in Indonesia, Mexico, Taiwan and Italy and is co-author of Heads Up: Spoken English for business by Delta Publishing.

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