NATESOL Manchester

It was a great conference in Salford yesterday! I really enjoyed the three elective sessions I attended.

RICHARD GRESSWELL  showed us some impressive  videos made by his ESOL students. He spoke about his new video-sharing site:

http://web2literacy.com/2011/05/10/a-video-sharing-community-web2english/

JESSICA FRYE showed a couple of brilliant short films, both silent, to use with learners

Both are avilable on YouTube. One ‘split screen’ – ‘The wrong side of the bed’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR_PzFZgsHU

The other the award-winning ‘Black Hole’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5_Msrdg3Hk

PHIL BIRD and  MIKE HARRSION,  in their session on differentiated learning showed some interesting tools and sites for students, including:

Telescopic texts http://www.telescopictext.org/

Animoto http://animoto.com/

A big thanks to everyone who came to my session.

Here is the lite-version of the Power Point:

practical_ideas-lite

Here is the answer to the Vocabulary frequency exercise

Using the star system as outlined in the Macmillan English Dictionary:

nod (verb) is red, three star; rob is red, two star; nomination is red, one star; fracture is the black word

frame as noun is two star; as a verb it is one star

It was great meeting professional acquaintances – some from way back – and catching up! I won’t mention the food – brilliant: a huge thumbs up the caterers……:-)