AGM and talk by Diana Hopkins – Edinburgh, 3rd December 2016

‘Teaching your grandma to suck eggs or teaching your grammar to success? Integrating grammar into the IELTS writing syllabus.’

We are very pleased to have Diana Hopkins talk at our SATEFL event at Edinburgh School of English. Diana Hopkins has been working in the area of English Language Teaching for over 30 years.  She has worked in the UK, China, Japan, Turkey, Bangladesh and Malaysia teaching students from a range of backgrounds and levels.  For the past eighteen years she has worked at the University of Bath as a teacher trainer, teaching Cambridge CELTA and Delta courses, as well as lecturing on the MA TESOL programme, and her current role is to manage the programme that offers discipline-specific lectures on Academic Writing to all first year students.  She also tutored on the Open University MA in Applied Linguistics for ten years.  Her publications include: Passport to IELTS, Developing Grammar in Context, and Cambridge Grammar for IELTS.  She has provided training presentations at a variety of conferences and organisations.

Returning this year: Tried and Tested! We would like to revive this once popular feature where SATEFL members share their favourite activities.

10:00 – Registration, refreshments and time to browse the book display

10:30 – SATEFL AGM

11:00 –  Diana Hopkins talk and discussion

IELTS is not just a hoop for students to jump through on their way to Higher Education.  Success in IELTS should provide students with the skills and language knowledge that can be built on when they reach an academic environment.  When most students think about the grammar they need for IELTS, they probably think of tenses and perhaps articles and discourse markers.  This talk will demonstrate that, as teachers of IELTS, there are other key grammatical areas that need our attention in order to develop students’ accuracy in academic discourse.

12:15  – Returning this year: ‘Tried and Tested!’ We would like to revive this once popular feature where SATEFL members share their favourite classroom activities

12:45 – Coffee and biscuits

13:00 – Close

Members: free – Non-members: £10, payable on the day

Individual £35, Student/unwaged £15, Institutional £75 (2 people), £150 (5 people)

For more information or to renew membership, please contact

Edinburgh School of English, 271 Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ