Workshop – “Creative speaking activities for effective communication” with Jon Wright

PLEASE NOTE- This is an afternoon workshop!

Communication has been at the heart of the language classroom for years, but measuring the effectiveness of speaking activities is still problematic. Speaking skills involve more than grammatical accuracy and being familiar with conversation routines and formulaic expressions. Great conversation skills also include being creative with language in a num- ber of interesting – and often surprising – ways. This session will look at some innovative practical activities that promote original thinking and boost problem-solving skills to en- courage learners of all levels to be creative when they speak. We will also explore ways of ensuring that pairwork and groupwork are both engaging and effective so learners and teachers know how to measure the success of communicative speaking activities.


Jon Wright is a teacher, teacher trainer, consultant, and examiner with over 25 years experience in teaching English in the UK and abroad. Until recently he was senior lecturer in TESOL at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he taught on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and was responsible for designing teacher training courses. He has written 17 ELT course books and resource books for publishers such as Oxford University Press, Heinle, DELTA publishing, Cornelsen and HarperCollins Cobuild.

He is particularly interested in innovative teaching methods, promoting learner independence, idioms and idiomatic language, materials design and CLIL. Jon is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops in the UK and internationally.

Date & time: 21 September 2019 from 1:30pm to 5pm
Location: GLS Sprachenzentrum, Kastanienallee 82, 10435 Berlin
Cost: Free for members; 10 Euro for non-members
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