Author Archives: Edmund Dudley

About Edmund Dudley

I am an ELT teacher and trainer based in Pécs, Hungary. I teach at PTE Babits Mihály Gyakorló Gimnázium és SZKI and do teacher training work for Oxford University Press.

VUS TESOL Conference 2018, Vietnam

Slides of my talk are available here in pdf format.

Working hard or hardly working? How attitudes and life-skills can affect language learning

English Language Teaching is increasingly looking beyond language. Recent global trends, such as 21st Century Skills and Mindsets for learning reflect the importance now being given to the role of non-linguistic skills and attitudes. What is being said specifically? The first part of the talk provides an overview. The next thing to consider will be the local context. The trends mentioned above originate in the USA; how directly relevant are their findings for teachers and students in Vietnam? The second part of the talk will address this question, and will seek to find an optimized, ‘glocalized’ approach with the strengths of local culture and educational traditions at its heart. The final part of the talk will focus on the implications for our teaching, specifically with regard to classroom management and task design. I will share a number of practical techniques ideas and which can be tried out in the classroom by teachers looking to bring the best out of their students.

Oxford Days, Vietnam

Slides from my session are available here in pdf format.

Close your books
What’s the best way to get the most out of your coursebook? Remember to close it from time to time! In this talk I will share a variety of five-minute activities which can be used to increase motivation, provide much-needed variety, and promote reflection and awareness – all without using the book.

OUP sessions, Serbia

Slides from the seminar are available below in pdf format.

Creating a positive learning environment
We will look at principles and techniques for creating a positive classroom environment – one in which all learners can make valid contributions. We will also explore how to differentiate materials and language-learning activities to make them more inclusive and accessible.

Making the most of students’ potential
Students in mixed-ability groups each have their own unique potential, but how can we make the most of it? In this session we consider simple and practical ways in which we can make the content and language of the lesson more accessible and engaging to students in the group – whatever their language level, personality and interests might be.

Oxford Day, Bulgaria

Copies of the slides of my two talks are available for download in pdf format.

Talk 1
Beyond the classroom: the real lessons of the English class
In many ways the classroom is a miniature version of the world outside. In this talk I will look at how teachers can manage language-learning materials and communicate with their students on two different levels. On the surface, teachers develop learning skills and provide controlled language practice to prepare their students for an English-speaking world beyond the classroom. At a deeper level, however, we can also use the resources and conditions of the classroom to develop students’ non-cognitive skills and emotional intelligence.

Talk 2
Discovering English together
“How can we support our child’s learning?” It can be difficult to give good advice to parents who have the best interests of their child’s learning at heart. In this talk I will look at some Do-s and Don’t-s, helping teachers to communicate effectively with parents, and offering some practical ideas and tips for out-of-class English practice with the rest of the family.

OUP tour, Lithuania

Slides of my talks available in pdf format below:

Talk 1:
Revision: let’s take another look
Repetition and practice are vital components of the learning process, but students are generally not that keen on coursebook revision activities. In this talk I will suggest practical techniques for cyclic revision and exam practice which keep students engaged and motivated while helping to consolidate their learning.

Talk 2:
Close your books
What’s the best way to get the most out of your coursebook? Remember to close it from time to time! In this talk I will share a variety of five-minute activities which can be used to increase motivation, provide much-needed variety, and promote reflection and awareness – all without using the book.