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Some of the participants from our last SLB info session.

We would like to invite you to two events being held on Saturday, February 21st in Barcelona: an info session about our cooperative from 11.00-12.30, and a special teacher-training workshop with Geoff Jordan from 12.30-14.00. The venue is Coworking Domènech at c/Domènech 7-9, 2n 2a 08012 Barcelona (click link for map).

If you already know all this and just want more info about the Geoff Jordan session, scroll down!

How to attend
If you would like to attend either one or both events, please respond to The final deadline for applications is Wednesday, 18th February but it is advisable to get in touch as soon as possible as places are limited. Please include your name, profession and mobile number/email address, and state clearly which session(s) you would like to attend. Alternatively you can call on 93 015 3858 (SLB) or 637 147 996 (Alan).

Event 1: SLB Info Session and Q&A
Free of charge
11.15 – 12.15

This session is aimed primarily at language professionals; teachers, trainers, translators and writers who are interested in our cooperative and would like to know more. SLB will provide information regarding our objectives, how we work, our current projects and different ways to collaborate with SLB. We will also hold a short Q&A session.

12.15-12.45 – Break and chance to meet SLB members and other attendees

Geoff enjoying beer in a wine glass

Geoff enjoying beer in a wine glass

Event 2: Geoff Jordan Clinic – Task-based Learning and Learner Motivation
Free for SLB members or 5€ for all other attendees

SLB are delighted to welcome Dr Geoff Jordan, a renowned expert in teaching methodology and second language acquisition (SLA) theory, to lead our latest SLB training session. This teacher-training clinic will cover Task-Based Learning and Learner Motivation (“drop off” and “drop out”), two topics selected by SLB members as of particular relevance to their professional development. Geoff will give us an overview of current thinking on these topics and then lead a discussion, so there will be plenty of opportunity to get involved and take advantage of his considerable experience and expertise.

More about Geoff

Geoff currently teaches post-doctoral students at the Universitat Politecnica de Barcelona and works as an associate tutor on the Distance Learning MA in AL and TESOL pogramme at Leicester University. His publications include Theory Construction in SLA (2004) and a string of important research papers on topics as diverse as CALL, business English and corpus linguistics. His informative, incisive and entertaining blog aplinglink was designed primarily to help postgraduate students of applied linguistics, but has found an audience with many teachers keen to explore the whys and wherefores of classroom practice.

Some more Geoff Jordan links

An interview with Geoff by Michael Griffin on ELT Rants, Reviews and Reflections

Geoff’s review of Duolingo on ELT Jam

The open letter to Steven Krashen which sparked a heated debate on aplinglink

Geoff’s blogging philosophy on aplinglink


About the author : Neil McMillan

Current president of SLB and a freelance teacher, writer and teacher educator. Course director on the SLB TBLT course. Author and collaborating professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

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