I wrote most of these articles and conference reports while I was doing my M.Ed.(CI). Originally put up on the website TeachAsiaOnline.com (defunct since 2009), I have decided to archive them here as I think most of the information is still relevant and useful for others. (2012) I'm now picking up where I left off to write about more recent seminars I attended.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Five Ideas for Engaging Low-level Business English Students

Speaker: Mr. Allen Davenport
Organised by: CUP, Bangkok
Date: 27 January 2015
Location: Windsor Suites, Bangkok
Promoting: Business Plus course book series

In his second lecture of the day Mr. Davenport explores some ideas for teaching learners with little or no experience in the workplace ("pre-intermediate", "pre-work").

He started with a brief explanation of the so-called "Three Circles of English"

Three Keys to Success with your Learners in EAP (English for Academic Purposes)

Speaker: Mr. Allen Davenport
Organised by: CUP, Bangkok
Date: 27 January 2015
Location: Windsor Suites, Bangkok
Promoting: Unlock course book series

In his first lecture of the day Mr. Davenport explored three areas to help learners of EAP.

1. Critical Thinking
Mr. Davenport assumed that most of the audience was already familiar Bloom's Taxonomy, but

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bringing Real Conversation Skills to the Classroom

Speaker: Em. Prof. Michael McCarthy
Organised by: CUP, Bangkok
Date: 27 January 2015
Location: Windsor Suites, Bangkok
Promoting: Touchstone / Viewpoint course book series, From Corpus to Classroom

In his second lecture of the day Prof. McCarthy explained how to apply the corpus of English in the classroom. 

Based on analysis of corpus sample conversations, key features of a real conversation are

Teaching the Vocabulary of Conversation

Speaker: Em. Prof. Michael McCarthy
Organised by: CUP, Bangkok
Date: 27 January 2015
Location: Windsor Suites, Bangkok
Promoting: Touchstone / Viewpoint course book series

In his first lecture of the day Prof. McCarthy introduced the corpus of English and its importance for teaching English.

The global corpus is a collection of 2 billion words and phrases (“chunks”) of English, of which 4.7 million are used in conversation.

Prof. McCarthy assumed that Thailand is interested in American English, so he used the American English corpus in his lectures. High frequency words and phrases in this corpus are for example