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Grammar Foundations with Headway

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Tamas Lorincz will be presenting a webinar on Thursday 27th February at 11AM and at 2PM GMT. Here he talks about what he’ll be covering in the webinar. You can sign up now.

Many teachers and students believe that a strong grammar syllabus and a well-constructed step-by-step approach to recognising, practising and using a grammar point is the best way to become proficient users of English. Headway is the tried and tested course that follows this recipe.

In this webinar we are going to examine how grammar is presented in Headway, how teachers can help students to familiarise themselves with new grammar points and what we can do to make the grammar useful and relevant to our students.

We are going to look at activities that introduce and demonstrate new grammar in meaningful and interesting contexts, then share ideas and activities that help students practise and use the new grammar. The activities will concentrate on ways in which we can exploit the materials in the coursebook to engage students and support their learning.

In the first part of the webinar we will look at the way grammar is presented in the coursebook. We will discuss ways in which we can demonstrate grammar in meaningful and engaging contexts by incorporating new techniques and the resources presented in the course.

The second part of the session will focus on meaningful practice. We will look at platforms and activities that encourage students to use the new grammar points.

In the final part of the webinar we will share ideas about encouraging independent authentic usage.

We will look at a whole unit in the course and see how the presentation and practice of a grammar point is incorporated into the unit and we’ll discuss ways in which we can enhance the learning opportunities the materials represent.

Headway is proud to follow a grammar-based syllabus which we believe helps students understand and use English effectively in a variety of settings.

During the webinar, participants will be encouraged to share best practices and discuss areas of special interest and/or difficulty. We will also look at ways in which we can adapt the activities to offer a variety of learning and practice opportunities for classes where students are at different levels and for students with different learning needs and abilities.

We will also introduce some ways in which technology can support our students’ learning and independent practice.

If you are already an active user of Headway you will find new ways in which you can approach the material and we would love you to share your experiences, ideas and teaching tips.

For those who are new to Headway, this webinar will offer a unique window on the course and some tips, ideas and tools you can use to make the most of this popular coursebook.

Do you use Headway? Do you have a favourite grammar activity? Share it with us by leaving a comment in the ‘Leave a reply’ box at the bottom of this page. We would love to hear how you used it and why you liked it!

We hope to see you see you at the webinar on 27th February at 11AM and at 2PM GMT. Sign up now.

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2 thoughts on “Grammar Foundations with Headway

  1. Hello, I’m a teacher of English in Argentina, I’ve been using your books for many years now, the grammar based syllabus is very helpful and effective, but (there is always a ‘but’) it needs to have more ‘social and everyday English’ activities to promote speaking, I use lots of extra material to get them speaking. Students think it has too many and distracting pictures, some not at all appealing to our culture, I have a local image bank to replace them. Reading, Listening and Writing activities are very good. The website support is great, thanks. kind regards.. María Esperanza Laterza

  2. I regularly use the Headway Beginner and Elementary websites with my beginner class. Even though the exercises are a little dated they are still useful and link in so well with the material in the books to provide extra practice.

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