English Language Teaching Event



  • Speaker:
    Harry Cunningham, Colin Finnerty, Ed Dudley, Fiona Mauchline
  • Date and Time:
    27th February 2020, 10:00-15:00 GMT/UTC

For this session there will be a variety of talks from four of our experts! The abstracts from Harry Cunningham, Colin Finnerty, Ed Dudley and Fiona Mauchline can be found below.



10:00 - 11:00 Harry Cunningham: The Basics of Edtech Products - AR and VR

Do you know the difference between virtual reality and augmented reality? Ever wondered what artificial intelligence actually is? And how can smart speakers help students learn English? Join Harry Cunningham, Partnerships and Innovation Manager at Oxford University Press, to explore the basics of Edtech and products you can use it with. Don’t forget to submit your questions before the session!

11:00 - 12:00 Colin Finnerty: Adaptive Testing

One of the earliest recorded instances of language testing dates back over 3000 years. Sworn enemies of the Ephramites, the Giledite tribe would sort friend from foe with a simple test: to say the word ‘Shibboleth’. The Ephraimites, with no sh’ sound in their language, would fail the test. The consequences (in what could reasonably be called a high stakes test) were fatal. Language assessment has come a long way since those early days and in this session we’ll be looking at how computer-based adaptive testing has revolutionised language testing.

13:00 - 14:00 Ed Dudley: Critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity

The so-called Four Cs are as relevant and important as ever. Communication and collaboration are familiar features of English classes; in this talk I will suggest innovative ways to incorporate them into language activities. I will also share simple techniques for applying open-ended questions to topics and texts as a way of promoting creativity and critical thinking.

14:00 - 15:00 Fiona Mauchline: Making it Stick: The Brain and Vocabulary

Thanks to recent research, the mysteries of the human brain are gradually being revealed. We know how the parts responsible for memory storage and recall connect with language-switching, and what triggers them, so you could say it’s a ‘no-brainer’ to apply this knowledge to vocabulary teaching. In this practical webinar we’ll look at some brain-science and try out some engaging, adaptable activities to build a rich vocabulary and make it stick.

Date and Times

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27th February 2020

  • UK (GMT/UTC) 10:00 - 15:00
  • UAE (GST) 14:00 - 19:00
  • Japan (JST) 19:00 - 00:00 (+1 day)
  • Brazil (BRT) 07:00 - 12:00
  • New York (EST) 05:00 - 10:00


To have a look at our speaker abstracts please visit www.oup.com/elt/eltoc

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