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Workshop: Grammar in the classroom. Learning grammar structures TO KNOW them, or TO USE them?
 
 
Date: 25 January 2013 
 

Date:
January 25, 2013 (Friday)

Time:         
6 pm - 9 pm (we will use 5.30-6pm to organise the room, PowerPoint presentation etc.)

Venue: 
CPD-G.02

Name of speaker:
Dr. Carmen Hernández Alcaide
 
Title of workshop: Grammar in the classroom. Learning grammar structures TO KNOW them, or TO USE them?

Title of workshop (in Spanish): La gramática en el aula: ¿aprender las estructuras gramaticales para conocerlas o para usarlas?

Synopsis of the workshop:
This workshop is addressed to language teaching practitioners (especially Spanish language teachers) and is conducted in Spanish. Its main goal is to present a didactic proposal based on a focus-on-form methodology to work with grammar in the language classroom. The session will begin with a reflection on the role of grammar in language teaching and learning, and in particular on how students should learn grammar structures: do they need to know them or to use them in their written and oral production, in relation to the different speech events they will encounter? After having discussed all this, the debate on the type of activities and the order in which they should be presented will be addressed, always bearing in mind the fact that students should be able to put those linguistic structures in motion during the free-production tasks. Last but not least, all these questions will be applied to a range of linguistic contents and a didactic sequence will be proposed as a working model in different proficiency levels. 

Synopsis of the workshop (in Spanish):
El objetivo de este taller es presentar una propuesta basada en la atención a la forma para  trabajar la gramática en el aula. Partiremos de una reflexión sobre la enseñanza de la gramática, centrándonos en si los estudiantes deben aprender las estructuras lingüísticas para conocerlas o para usarlas en sus producciones orales o escritas en  los diferentes actos comunicativos a los que se enfrenten. A continuación trataremos el tipo de actividades que deben realizarse y el orden en el que deben presentarse para que el estudiante llegue a emplear las estructuras lingüísticas en las actividades de producción libre. Por último, aplicaremos todas estas cuestiones a determinados contenidos lingüísticos y propondremos una secuencia didáctica como modelo de trabajo en diferentes niveles.

Bio of the speaker:
Dr. Hernández Alcaide gained both her BA and PhD from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and her MA in Applied Linguistics (Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language) from Nebrija University, where she has worked since 1989. In her doctoral thesis she focused on conditional markers and proposed a didactic sequence for their teaching. At Nebrija University she is a Spanish language instructor at the Centro de Estudios Hispánicos (CEHI), where she teaches foreign students, and also a lecturer in Spanish Language and Communication in the BA in Modern Languages and the BA in Translation. In addition, she is a well-known teacher trainer in the field of Pedagogical Grammar and shares her expertise with prospective Spanish teachers in the MA in Applied Linguistics at the same institution, where she leads a course on Pedagogical Grammar and has also been responsible for the students’ classroom observation and practice teaching programme. She has conducted workshops, seminars and teacher training courses at a wide range of educational institutions in Spain and beyond, and has presented papers at several congresses and conferences on the teaching of Spanish to speakers of other languages. She has published extensively in journals related to Spanish language teaching and has co-authored several books for grammar practice and the preparation of the Instituto Cervantes’ language proficiency certificates such as the En Gramática A1-A2, B1, B2 series, published by Anaya, and Preparación al Diploma Intermedio de Español Lengua Extranjera. DELE B2, published by Edelsa.

Bio of the speaker (in Spanish):
Doctora y Licenciada en Filología Hispánica por la Universidad Complutense. Máster en Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera por la Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. Empezó su andadura profesional en 1988 y ha colaborado con diferentes centros de enseñanza. Desde 1989 trabaja en la Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. Además de impartir clases de español, es formadora de profesores y docente en el Máster Universitario en Lingüística Aplicada a la Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera, así como tutora de la asignatura Didáctica de la gramática en el programa de Aula Abierta. También ha sido coordinadora de las prácticas docentes en el Máster Oficial en Lingüística Aplicada a la enseñanza de ELE y ha impartido seminarios, cursos de formación de profesores y ponencias en congresos relacionados con el español lengua extranjera. Miembro del tribunal de los exámenes DELE del Instituto Cervantes en la Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. Tiene publicados varios artículos en revistas relacionadas con ELE y es coautora de materiales didácticos: la gramática por niveles de la editorial Anaya: Gramática A1-A2, B1 y B2 y el manual para la preparación del examen oficial del Instituto Cervantes de la editorial Edelsa: Preparación al Diploma Intermedio Español Lengua Extranjera. DELE B2. En su tesis doctoral propuso una secuenciación didáctica para la enseñanza de los conectores condicionales.

Language used:
Spanish!!!

Poster: http://www.spanish.hku.hk/events/images/20130125.pdf
 
Contact person:
Álvaro Acosta Corte (aacostac@hku.hk)

 
 
     
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