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 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.