Workshop with Hugh Dellar on 11 & 12 May 2019 – Teaching Better Outcomes – with a Lexical Approach

Who: Hugh Dellar (Co-author of Outcomes, Teaching Lexically and Innovations)

When: 11/12 May 2019. 9am – 5pm (incl. 1 hour lunch break)

Location: GLS Language School – Kastanienallee 82, 10435 Berlin

A word from Hugh:

“Over two days of intensely practical talks and workshops, I’ll be sharing some top tips and showing you how a lexical approach to language impacts on my everyday teaching – and how you can be more language focused in your outlook whatever material you’re using in class. We’ll be looking at what we do when we teach vocabulary, grammar, listening, and speaking; there’ll be live lessons and plenty of time to explore how my ideas connect to your own realities. Hope to see you there.”

Workshop content in detail:


Morning: Better vocabulary outcomes – We’ll be looking at how best to go through answers to vocabulary exercises, the problems with pre-teaching and why meaning is only a small part of the problem. We’ll explore how to explain, exemplify and expand. We’ll look at why some questions are better than others and we’ll consider how to help students shoulder the burden of memory. After all of that, there’ll be a live Advanced-level language class based on the study and practice of some vocabulary.

Afternoon: Better grammar outcomes – In the afternoon session, we’ll look at how to avoid death by grammar lecture, why shorter is (sometimes) better, how to correct in a way that avoids digging holes, and what we do when going through grammar exercises. We’ll workshop ways we can go deeper into what we get in the grammar sections in our books and we’ll also be considering how teaching vocabulary better leads to better grammar outcomes too. The day will finish with a live Advanced-level language class based on the study and practice of some grammar.


Morning: Better listening outcomes – Today we think about how hearing problems can make listening more difficult for learners – and explore different ways we can help students hear better. We look at how we can use the usual structure of a listening lesson in a way that focuses more on the actual language contained within the texts – and we explore the links between pronunciation and listening better.

Afternoon: Better speaking outcomes – In the afternoon session, we’ll look at what we can do to help students get better at speaking – apart from just giving them opportunities to speak. We’ll discuss why some kinds of speaking go further than others, why working from what our students try to say means more grammar, not less – and what we can do as teachers before, during and after student speaking slots. The day will finish with a live Advanced-level language class based on speaking.

About Hugh:
Hugh Dellar has over twenty-five years’ experience in the field and is the co-founder of Lexical Lab. He has co-authored two five-level General English series, Outcomes and Innovations, both published by National Geographic Learning, as well as one level of the high-school series Perspectives. His first methodology book, Teaching Lexically, came out via Delta Publishing in 2016.

Registration fee:
ELTABB members pay €150 before 2 April, €175 after
Non-ELTABB members pay €200 before 2 April, €225 after

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ELTABB SCHOLARSHIP:  There will be one scholarship for this event given away to one lucky ELTABB member! Keep your eyes peeled for more information about how to apply.