Teaching & Training Tracks

NATECLA Birmingham 2023

At what is normally a 2-day conference, I only managed to come up on the Saturday. For me, NATECLA events are a step outside of the ELT world with which I am more familiar, but it always a great opportunity to include ESOL teachers in using songs and lyrics in the classroom!

The morning started off with an exceptional keynote speech from Dr Kate Brierton Compassionate Cambridge who somehow knew exactly what was in my mind (or so it seemed) and I felt it was the perfect start to the day. It’s been a tough year and listening to her speak seemed to validate the things I was feeling. So that was a definite bonus!

And with the pep talk and feel good, I was ready to immerse some conference attendees with good vibrations! I think those who attended would agree that it was quite an experience with good music, ideas flowing and karaoke singing. I was told afterward that it was ‘energising’ and ‘one of the best’ so far!

If you want to see the talk, you can head over to my FB page ‘Creating’ 

Chris’s time at IATEFL 2022 & the wonderful city of Belfast
Full album here!

Teaching Tracks

A creative and ingenious approach to using songs and song lyrics in English language teaching.

Based purely on songs and their derived themes. The materials are great for language teaching /learning, raising awareness on culture and real life issues.

A set of resources that include a full set of teacher and student coursebooks, a collection of authentic materials and creative classroom materials.

All ideas and resources can be used in both an in-person or online classroom.

Additional resources as suggested by participants in Chris’s ‘Exploiting what songs have to offer in ESOL’
Natecla webinar, 9th Dec 2022

Training Tracks

Chris now offers bespoke training sessions / courses to teachers on how to use songs & themes to teach English.

These courses are crafted to suit your needs for learning how to use songs in the classroom. Training courses are available either online or in person. Online course lengths can vary depending on needs. from the typical webinar to a few weeks, with the average session taking 2 hours (with a comfort break). In person training sessions could be 4-5 hours over one or more days.

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