SATEFL Full-day event, 7th October at the University of Stirling

SATEFL returns in 2o17/18, starting the year of with our full-day event in Stirling. The event is supported by Cambridge University Press, who is providing the speaker for the day and will be present with a book stall and representative.

We are very pleased to have Olha Madylus talk at our SATEFL Day at the University of Stirling this year. Olha has lived in Greece, Hong Kong and Venezuela teaching students of all ages. As well as General English she has taught Business, ESP and Academic English. She is now based in London. She is a CELTA trainer and develops training materials for teachers and teacher trainers around the world. She is the author of “Film, TV and Music’, a book of photocopiable activities published by Cambridge University Press.

Book stalls:
  • Cambridge University Press book stall at event will include sample books to browse and read plus resources details from book representative, Ciaran.
  • SATEFL book stall at event for attendees to look at and take away to review.

10:30 – Registration, refreshments and time to browse the book display

11:00 – Developing speaking skills by Olha Madylus

If you are a teenager or adult learning a new language, there are many reasons why it can be difficult to engage in speaking tasks or even just produce more than single word utterances in any oral exchange, for example when the teacher asks if you had a good weekend as you enter the classroom. The words and phrases are there somewhere, but just can’t be found and delivered when needed. It can be frustrating and even embarrassing. It’s hard work for the student and the teacher.

Teachers need to understand the challenges students face producing spoken English and this presentation explores these and moves on to identify a number of classroom strategies which allow students to not only develop individual speaking skills, but to pull them together in tasks and feel a sense of success instead of frustration.
Tasks which focus on learning high frequency generic expressions as well as using scaffolding and simple dialogue signposting will be presented. In addition, the role of preparation and rehearsal will be explored. The session also introduces games and role plays which develop speaking skills in addition to the use of DVDs in class to support speaking.

12:00 –  Lunch, networking and browsing books and resources

13:30 – Language strategies – how can we guide our students to learn to infer linguistic and cultural meaning? by Carol Irvine

How do native-speakers (NS) handle conversational exchanges in ways that might not be obvious to overseas students or any non-native- speakers (NNS) of English who have to function in British society? What might go wrong, as a result, and what are some implications for our teaching? This short session is an awareness-raising exercise where we will look at real examples of NS and NNS spoken exchanges, examining the extent to which the intended communicative event is successful, misunderstood, obscure, or just plain awful . Although most of the examples are taken from university studies, they cover both academic exchanges (with tutors and lecturers) and the ordinary everyday situations that students engage in on campus.


This will be followed by two short workshops with hands-on strategies and tips on developing speaking skills by Clare Hayward and Eloise Bicket.

14:30 – Final questions and answer and close

Members £10 – Non-members £20 – includes lunch, payable on the day
For catering purposes, please book your place in advance with
SATEFL Secretary:

Individual £35, Student/unwaged £15, Institutional £70 (2 people), £150 (5 people)

For more information or to renew membership, find membership forms and PayPal payment options on our membership page. Alternatively, contact Claudia at

INTO building, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA
There are directions on how to get there on the university website
The New INTO building is clearly signposted on campus.

University of Stirling Campus Map

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