I’ve just got back from Barcelona where I participated in the 2018 IH BCN ELT Conference. Any excuse is a good excuse to visit Barcelona, but this conference made it even more worthwhile for me. Starting on the Friday, it got off to a great start with two excellent plenaries. The same procedure got the Saturday under way, and then a series of parallel sessions took us through the day and added real value to the event.
I thought that participants would be mainly from the Barcelona area, and perhaps they were, but such is the reputation and the reach of the IH Barcelona CELTA and DELTA courses that the atmosphere was a lot more international than I’d calculated. The organisation was excellent, and this is a conference that’s going into my calendar for 2019.
In one of the parallel sessions I spoke about ID²EAS for teaching pronunciation. ID²EAS is an acronym for Imitate, Discriminate, Demonstrate, Explain, Associate, Stimulate. This is a framework I designed for using pronunciation tasks and activities strategically in the classroom, and which takes us from the glaringly obvious to the decidedly odd, but without ever losing sight of our overall goal.