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iTDi Advanced Course

Revisiting Fluency and Accuracy in Vocabulary and Grammar Teaching with Scott Thornbury and Penny Ur

Live online sessions will be held in the iTDi virtual classroom on Sundays in June.

Live sessions (registered participants only)

  • June 1st – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • June 8th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • June 15th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • June 22nd – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 14:00 - 15:00 GMT

Enroll in the entire course for only US $49

Course + Evaluation + Certificate of Accomplishment US $75

Questions? Contact support@itdi.pro

With Penny and Scott you will explore two of the key issues in language learning: accuracy and fluency.

It’s generally accepted that the Communicative Approach was instrumental in shifting the emphasis away from accuracy and onto fluency. But many teachers (and learners) still feel that we haven’t yet found the balance we’re looking for between teaching for fluency and teaching for accuracy.

In this course we will address the following questions (although not necessarily in this order)

  • What do we mean, in practice, by the terms "fluency" and "accuracy?"
  • Which is more important? Which should come first?
  • What is "accurate" language use? Who decides the standards of "accuracy?"
  • What is the place of the learning of grammar in achieving fluency? of the learning of vocabulary?
  • What are some useful practical procedures that can increase both fluency and accuracy in the teaching of grammar? Of vocabulary?

Scott Thornbury

Scott Thornbury is a teacher and teacher educator, with over 30 years' experience in English language teaching. He is currently Associate Professor of English Language Studies at the New School in New York, teaching on an on-line MATESOL program. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and his native New Zealand. Scott's writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology including The A-Z of ELT, How to Teach Grammar and Teaching Unplugged. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP) and was also the co-founder of the dogme ELT group. Scott’s thought-provoking blog,  An A-Z of ELT, is a popular site for many teachers and has been adapted as an e-book,  Big Questions in ELT.

Penny Ur

Penny Ur has thirty-five years’ experience as an English teacher in elementary, middle and high schools in Israel. Now retired, she has taught B.A. and M.A. courses at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University. She has presented papers at TESOL, IATEFL and other English teachers’ conferences worldwide. She was for ten years the editor of the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series. Her books include Discussions that work (1981), Five minute activities (co authored with Andrew Wright) (1992), Grammar practice activities (2nd Edition) (2009), Vocabulary activities (2012), and A course in English language teaching (2012), all published by Cambridge University Press. A new book, Discussions and more, is scheduled for release in 2015.