Lexical Lab offer regular webinars on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 2pm London time

The webinars are presented by our co-founders, Hugh and Andrew. All our webinars are delivered via Zoom and include time for Q&As at the end. You will also have access to the recording of the webinar for 14 days after the event.

Each webinar costs £12.

Saturday 24th April
(14:00 London time)
What have corpora ever done for us?

Corpora have provided us with countless insights into how language works. However, proponents of corpora sometimes lose sight of how relevant these insights are to teachers. In this webinar, I’ll be critiquing some of the central ideas that have emerged from corpora linguistics and exploring some ways forward for classroom practitioners who wish to be informed – but not controlled – by corpora!

Saturday 19th May
(14:00 London time)
Questions for teacher development

In this webinar, we will be looking at a number of questions that could become an ongoing checklist that shape your teacher development and shared peer-to-peer teacher observations. In each case, we will explore the principle(s) that underpin the question, what change we may need to initiate and we’ll look at one or two examples of how all of this might be done.

Saturday 19th June
(14:00 London time)
Manage your work, manage your time
Setting a good example

In this webinar, we’ll consider how we use our whiteboards (or smartboards, etc.) to record new language – and look at why some kinds of examples are far more powerful than others. We’ll consider what problems arise when the bulk of our boardwork consists of random, decontextualised, ungrammaticalised words, before moving on help you feel more confident about your ability to set good examples – in both senses of the phrase!

Saturday 17th July
(14:00 London time)
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wearing and teaching English

In this webinar, we will consider the arguments against the teaching of ‘bad’ words in English and explain that while this ultimately may be a question of personal choice, there are actually very good reasons why swearing and seemingly ‘taboo’ words should feature in material – particularly at higher levels. I’ll be sharing some ways these areas of the language could potentially be taught.

Saturday 21st August
(14:00 London time)
Lexis, Speaking and the Non-Native Speaker Teacher

It’s sometimes claimed that non-native speaker teachers (NNSTs) can never teach lexis as competently as so-called ‘natives’. Lexis is seen as more culturally-rooted than grammar, and there’s a fear that a lexical approach to language teaching will leave NNSTs in greater danger of being caught out by their students and so on. However, there are sound reasons why NNSTs have the upper hand when it comes to teaching lexically. In this webinar, we’ll discover what these might be.

Saturday 18th September
(14:00 London time)
Grammar is dead! Long Live grammar?

Grammar has dominated the English-language syllabus for many long years, although generally, this has meant only certain kinds of grammar. As a result, the material we use tends to end up being twisted to suit the needs of the grammar syllabus, rather than reflecting natural usage and the much wider variety of grammar that could help students with both their speaking and writing.

Saturday 16th October
(14:00 London time)
The curse of creativity

From the moment we first set foot in the classroom, we’re often encouraged to become more creative: to creatively adapt classroom material, and to foster creativity in our learners. In this webinar, I’ll be casting a critical eye over the way we often think about creativity in language teaching and looking at some of the problems it can cause. Finally, I’ll be exploring how we best combat this curse– and why it’s vital that we do so.

Saturday 20th November
(14:00 London time)
Taboo or not taboo: that’s in the question

English-language materials tend to avoid certain topics often summarised as PARSNIPs. These are areas which are seen as controversial areas of conversation which should be avoided in texts and speaking tasks. This results in material that is sometimes accused of being bland and not reflective of the society we live in. In this webinar, I’ll be explaining how the lack of PARSNIPs are not the only reason for this blandness, and we’ll look at some different approaches to tackling these ‘taboo’ issues in the classroom.

Saturday 18th December
(14:00 London time)
ELF – and other fairy tales

The rise of interest in English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) is partly a response to a perceived native-speaker bias within ELT materials. In this provocative talk, I shall argue not only that this bias does not exist, but also that that the construct of ELF itself is a fiction! Finally, I shall be putting forward some principles by which teachers can make informed decisions about which language to teach – and what kind of pronunciation goals are appropriate.