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

The webinars are generally presented by our co-founders, Hugh and Andrew, but in 2022, we’re delighted to have no fewer than four exciting guest presenters too. 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 20th August
(14:00 London time)

Assessing language lexically – Leo Selivan

The focus of this session is assessment that takes place in class during the learning process, known as formative assessment. Such classroom assessment helps the teacher monitor students’ progress and plan the next instructional steps. We will explore how grammar goals can be assessed lexically and how to ‘embed’ quick assessment opportunities into classroom tasks whose primary focus is on meaning.

Saturday 17th September
(14:00 London time)
A Dogme approach to coursebooks – Hugh Dellar

With its emphasis on conversation, emergent language and a materials light approach, Dogme has long been seen as antithetical to coursebooks. However, in this practical polemic I shall argue that it doesn’t have to be this way and that Dogme can offer sensible guidelines for the use and construction of coursebooks! Reference will be made to the Outcomes series.

Saturday 15th October
(14:00 London time)
How to make language stick – Margot van der Doelen

Do they remember anything we did in class yesterday? The ultimate frustration for the teacher is that even after presenting it in a meaningful and fun way, students forget most of the new language they see in the lesson.  Clearly, there are differences in students’ motivation, strategy and time commitment that means some students ‘learn’ faster than others, but what’s the role of the teacher.  This webinar will look at some factors to take into consideration when providing learning tasks for your students and cover some practical tips for explicit and implicit revision in the classroom.

Saturday 19th November
(14:00 London time)
Language-focused teacher development – Andrew Walkley

Many strands of ELT emphasize the importance of interaction, responding to students language needs in the moment and creating language-rich classrooms. In this talk, we argue that while these are valuable approaches in principle, in practice they demand a lot of teachers – and teacher education and development programmes may not address these problems. We will finish by suggesting some tasks for teachers to develop their language awareness on an ongoing basis.

Saturday 17th December
(14:00 London time)
Translation: Tackling the taboo – Hugh Dellar

For too long, translation has been taboo in too many classrooms. This blanket ban stems from both native speaker dominance AND a failure to appreciate the many benefits translation can offer, resulting in a deskilling of teachers – particularly non-natives. In this taboo-busting talk, I will explore the uses (and, of course, abuses) of L1 use in class.