IATEFL: Introducing Antonia Clare and the Intermediate B1 Plateau

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With IATEFL just around the corner we thought we’d introduce you to some of the talks we are most looking forward to.

The IATEFL Annual Conference will see around 3,000 English Language Teaching professionals from over 100 countries get together for four days of engaging talks, hands-on workshops and lively social events.

This year’s event will take place from 10th-13th April in Brighton, UK and we can’t wait to see you there.

The first talk we’d like to draw to your attention to is from award-winning materials writer, international conference speaker, teacher trainer and Speakout co-author, Antonia Clare.

Taking off from the intermediate plateau

During her session Antonia will address a problem that many teachers and learners face – the intermediate plateau.

This learning plateau typically occurs after the rapid progression students often experience as beginners. When they reach B1 or intermediate level, progress can become less obvious and students tend to feel frustrated.

In the workshop Antonia will explore the significance of learning plateaus and what causes them.  She will discuss some of the problems learners often face at this level, such as gaps between their receptive and their productive abilities, language which is not sufficiently complex, fossilized errors and unnatural sounding speech.

Antonia will then suggest strategies and activities needed to help learners overcome a learning plateau, focusing on student motivation, English outside the classroom, creative language use, language noticing, building collocational competence and using contrasting word clouds to emphasize progress. She will also show you some of the authentic video materials from Speakout Intermediate Plus, which can be extremely engaging for students, and used to help them focus on natural-sounding language.

This workshop will be interactive and participative so expect to share your ideas and get involved in the activities.  

It will take place on Thursday 12th April at 14:20–15:05 in Hall 4. Be sure to check our IATEFL page for more information, as well as the conference app.

If you are interested in finding out more about how English progress changes as you get more advanced, read this blog post by Ian Wood.

Real English in your classroom

Antonia Clare is a co-author on our hugely popular Speakout series. Speakout brings real English to your classroom, keeping learners interested with authentic video content from the BBC. The new eight-level course which follows a balanced approach to topics, language development and skills work, systematically develops the four core skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening throughout.

Download a sample or order a copy from your local sales representative today!

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