Events in Grenoble

30 June 2018

ZOOMing in on Different Views

with Maria Carmela Rubio-Torset & Catherine Ledresseur

Time: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Speakers: Maria Carmela Rubio-Torset & Catherine Ledresseur
Venue: IUT2 Grenoble / 2, place Doyen Gosse, 38000 Grenoble
Venue directions here

Please register by clicking here.

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About the Workshop

Sharing ideas, experiences and viewpoints for effective teaching
  • Personal and professional perspectives of English teaching in China
  • A guide to the Zoom application 
  • Making the most of Quizlet 
  • World Café conversations
  • FabLab projects

Two Filipinas who are making their marks in France will be sharing their experiences of teaching languages in other countries and online. This will include discussing how English is taught across the world, looking at similarities and differences for the teacher and in the classroom.
Furthermore, they will be sharing technologies that we could try to integrate into our own work, including Quizlet and a detailed look at the Zoom application and its suitability for use in online teaching. How does it work? What are the advantages? Why is it different to other teaching applications?
Then there will be a live demonstration of how the World Café type of activity can offer an effective opportunity for students and teachers alike. Let’s zoom in on your perspectives on teaching languages and bring your experiences and teaching methods to share with the group.
As a bonus, we will also be briefly viewing the insides of a FabLab and a co-working space in Pays de Gex.

About the Speakers

Maria Carmela Rubio-Torset teaches English to Young Learners. She is passionate about linking new technology to education, adopting new technology in the classroom and being open to innovative ideas. She is also co-founder of Pangloss Labs, a non-profit 1901 association based in Ferney-Voltaire, which promotes educational uses for science and technology. She is based in Marseille and is presently with Language Connexions teaching in private schools and online with clients from Asia and Europe.
Catherine Ledresseur was a Philippine secondary school teacher who also taught English in China for over 4 years. She has helped develop a special needs division in a secondary school run by the Philippine Department of Education and has recently moved to France to be with her husband. She is tutoring privately in her neighbourhood in La Ciotât, PACA Region.

This event is FREE to TESOL France members. 

Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.
If you like, joining TESOL France, or renewing your membership for €53  (€29 reduced rate for students, retired persons and unemployed), the payment will be possible on the day.

IMPORTANT: Before you join, or renew please be sure to fill out the Members Registration Form on our website before you come to the workshop. If you have renewed or intiatied your membership on the wesite and have selected the „pay cash or cheque onsite” payment option, we can finalise your payment at the workshop. If you are entitled for a reduced rate, please bring a certificate of your status (students card, unemplyed certificate, ID)

You can join or renew your membership here.
QUESTIONS? Contact: or your regional coordinator via the Contact From by selecting "Regions - Grenoble" in the drop down menu.



17 March 2018

Inclusive Practices: The What, Why and How of developing
IP in the ELT classroom

with Rachael Harris


Time: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Speaker: Rachael Harris
Venue: IUT2 Grenoble / 2, place Doyen Gosse, 38000 Grenoble
Watch a recording of the workshop on TESOL France Facebook page.
Special thanks to workshop attendee, Soad Louissi, for live streaming the event on Facebook!

About the Workshop
  • What exactly is IP and what is the difference between IP, SEN, differentiation?
  • Why should we integrate IP into our teaching?
  • How can we know how to help different students with different learning needs?
  • Tips and tweaks to develop IP in your lessons
  • The IP collaborative clinic
Despite the best intentions it can be very confusing for teachers who have received no or little training to know how best to support learners with learning difficulties in an ELT class. Sometimes these learners have not been officially assessed; we are not trained to do this so how can we help?
Inclusive Practices is the idea that with a little extra reflection it is possible to plan lessons that both support and challenge all learners, whatever their individual needs, and Rachael will be sharing tips and ideas on how you can easily incorporate IP into your lesson plans.
However the most practically useful part of this workshop may well be the IP collaborative clinic. At the start of the morning participants will be encouraged to hand in their questions concerning their own personal experiences or worries, “I have a student who….” “What should I do with a learner who….?”  The whole group will work on providing the best answers possible for these anonymous questions, so start thinking now about what YOU want to find out during this seminar that promises to be full of exchange and learning.

Participants will come away with a better idea concerning the jargon, but more importantly with practical ideas, helpful solutions and a network of support to help them implement IP in their classes.

About the Speaker
Rachael has taught English for almost twenty years and she now teaches ELT and literature in a combined primary and secondary school, where she has produced the SEN policy. She holds an M.A. TESOL and is presently studying for a National SENCo award with Leeds university. She is Teens & YL SIG coordinator for ETAS (Switzerland) and newsletter editor for Inclusive Practices & SEN, the most recent IATEFL Special Interest Groupcombined primary and secondary school, where she has produced the SEN policy. 


This event is FREE to TESOL France members. Please bring your membership card with you. Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change. If you like, joining TESOL France, or renewing your membership will be possible on the day for the regular fee of €53 or the reduced rate of €29 for students, retired or unemployed.


Before you join or renew,  please be sure to fill out the Members Registration Form on our website, before you come to the workshop.  If you have renewed your membership or signed up as a new member recently and have selected the “Pay by cheque or cash onsite” payment option on the website, we can process your payment and validate your membership at the workshop.

Questions? Write to 'Regions Grenoble' through the Contact form on our website. The regional coordinator will reply to your email.



13 January 2018 


Nudge nudge, wink wink:

Classroom activities introducing indirectness strategies

Time: 9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Speaker: Andreas Grundtvig
Venue: IUT2 Grenoble / 2, place Doyen Gosse, 38000 Grenoble
Great workshop with Andreas Grundtvig!


About the Workshop

  • Developing receptive skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Pronunciation and intonation
  • Pragmatic competence (indirectness & implicature)

Traditionally, language learning has paid little attention to the difference between what we say and what we mean. Many teachers already recognise the need for a more pragmatic approach to language teaching but practical ideas for the classroom remain few and far between. The workshop begins with a look at mutual cooperation in communicating our ideas and identifies the strategies of indirectness (such as (im)politeness theory) that we use to save face. Participants will be actively encouraged to discuss and reflect on personal examples of where they or their students have failed to understand what was communicated because of the speaker’s implied meaning. They will go away with a collection of new resources aimed at preparing their students for a number of contexts, from everyday social settings to business meetings and rounds of negotiations.

About the Speaker

Andreas is a teacher, teacher-trainer, author, coursbook advisor and delivers regular workshops and traing days (often on behalf  of Pilgrims). Based in Hamburg, Germany, Andreas works full-time at  the  BMK  (Media  and  Communication) School and manages the local Cambridge Assessment Examinations Centre. Beginning his teaching career in Spain in the 1990s, he has since worked in Portugal, France, Switzerland and Lithuania. He is passionate  about  pragmatics  and travels extensively, observing and recording the language of the linguistic landscape.



22 September 2017: The "eyes" have it!

Great workshop with Gerard McLoughlin, Vice-President of TESOL Spain, our sister association. It was wonderful to see many new faces!
*Event organized in collaboration with the Language Department of Grenoble INP
This workshop was organised in collaboration with the
Language Department Grenoble INP

Time: 2 pm- 5pm
Theme: The "eyes" have it!

Presenter: Gerard McLoughlin (IH Barcelona and TESOL Spain)
Venue: Grenoble INP, Bâtiment Pluriel, 701, rue de la Piscine, Domaine universitaire, Grenoble

About the Workhop

How can we help our higher level students interact and learn from online resources? Can we really get them to see things through different "eyes"? We look at areas of disability, mental health issues, women’s roles and bullying. In this workshop we'll explore different and varied online resources and look at ways to exploit them for both content and language. This is aimed at teaching intermediate and above. 
At the end of the session you should have lots of new ideas and be able to use them in your classes the following week.

 About the Speaker

Gerard has taught English in Italy, the U.K., Serbia, Egypt and Spain and was a teacher trainer in the U.K., New Zealand, Mexico and Spain. He has a DipTEFLA and an MA in English Language Teaching. He is a CELTA and DELTA trainer at IH Barcelona and a CELTA assessor. He is a co-author of Next Generation, a Bachillerato coursebook. He has also written several teacher books for McGraw Hill (Platform) and Heinle (Outcomes). He is the Vice-President of TESOL-SPAIN. He is also an ambassador for the Disabled Access Friendly campaign.



13 May 2017
9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Venue address will be provided once you have registered.

Swap Shop
Theme: Challenges and Solutions in My Classes


About the Swap Shop

We all face challenges in our daily teaching and we all find individual solutions. This Swap Shop will offer you the opportunity to share experiences and support each other with finding solutions to successful learning. What worked for you, might work for another teacher. What you are looking for to lighten the burden of class preparation, another teacher might have the solutuion for.

Suggested themes:
1. Projects that worked for you
2. Technology tools that you like using
3. Creative activity that promotes group dynamics
4. Listening activities
5. Writing activities
6. Speaking activities
7. Extensive reading
8. Any other activity

Rule: Please bring one activity in exchange of many other activities that you will learn from fellow teachers.
The Swap Shop will have a dynamic scenario where everyone will have a chance to contribute.

This event is FREE to TESOL France members.
Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.
If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day.
IMPORTANT: Before you join, or renew please be sure to fill out the Members Registration Form on our website, before you come to the workshop.
To join or renew membership, please click here.

Questions? Contact: Write to 'Regions Grenoble' through the Contact form on our website. The regional coordinator will reply to your email.

11 March 2017

9.00 am - 12.00 pm
Workshop: Teaching English to adults in France - specific problems
Speaker: Elsien Gale

About the workshop:
This workshop is about how to apply principles and ideas I have developed over the last ten years to the teaching of English to adults, specifically French mother-tongue speakers, in groups and individually, face-to-face, by Skype or by telephone.I propose that we concentrate on difficulties of (adults, including University students) French learners of English in general, and I'll provide interactive activities. If there is time, we'll do some work on Skype/telephone lessons, with activities too!

About the speaker:
I have been teaching English (and French, but that's a long time ago!) for many years, to all kinds of students: teenagers, a few children, adults of all levels or nationalities, different backgrounds, in different types of settings and a few different countries, like China, the Pacific, Britain, France, Belgium, Nepal …
From this hotch-potch of teaching experience I have retained a lot of varied experiences and a few firm principles and ideas: From teacher-led I have become much more student-centred and have become a supporter of student autonomy over the years. I have now been teaching francophone students for more than 10 years and I think I am getting a good idea of what specific problems they (and their teachers!) struggle with …

This event is FREE to TESOL France members.
Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.
If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day.
IMPORTANT: Before you join, or renew please be sure to fill out the Members Registration Form on our website, before you come to the workshop. You can join or renew membership HERE.


21 January 2017
9 am - 12 pm

Workshop:  English as a Lingua Franca and the ‘native speaker’ debate: practical classroom ideas for English teachers
With: Marek Kiczkowiak

About the workshop:
It is taken for granted that students prefer 'native speaker' teachers. It is also taken for granted that students prefer and should aspire to learn ‘native-like’ English. As a result, the ‘native speaker’ is seen as not only a better language model, but also a better teacher. However, does this really reflect our students’ language goals and needs?
We won't know until we ask them.
So in this 3-hour session we will discuss:
  1. English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and why it is important for ELT;
  2. Raising students’ awareness of the global nature of English;
  3. The myths concerning 'native' and 'non-native speaker’ teachers;
  4. Recruitment policies in ELT vs. the qualities and skills of effective teachers;
  5. Teaching pronunciation and how we can help learners be more intelligible in international settings;
  6. Using non-native speakers as valid models of the English language;
  7. Adapting your course book to suit the ELF perspective
By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of ELF and its practical implications for ELT. You will learn how to help learners improve their pronunciation and why ‘non-native speakers’ can also be good models of the English language. You will also walk away with an array of ideas and classroom activities aiming to move towards a more lingua franca and international view of the English language. 

About the speaker:
Marek has taught English in 7 countries and currently works as an EAP lecturer in KU Leuven, Belgium. He holds a BA in English, CELTA, DELTA and is currently doing a PhD in TESOL. He co-authors ELT podcasts at and advocates professional equality between ‘native’ and ‘non-native speakers’ at He frequently presents at international conferences and gives teacher training sessions focusing on ELF and native speakerism. Apart from face-to-face sessions, he also delivers online courses at

This event is FREE to TESOL France members.
Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.
If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day.
IMPORTANT: Before you join, or renew please be sure to fill out the Members Registration Form on our website, before you come to the workshop. You can join or renew membership HERE


24 September 2016
9 am - 12 pm
Workshop:  Apply This! An Educational Technology workshop
with Jeremy Levin

Technology will not replace teachers, but teachers who use technology will replace those who do not.  The latter may be debatable, but when done right, technology can make teacher’s lives easier and liven up the classroom. 
This workshop will demonstrate various PowerPoint games, applications, and other favorite ed-tech tools and websites. Some say getting information off the internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.  It is in my hopes that after this interactive workshop participants will walk away will a full glass.  This will be a BYOD (bring your own device) session.  Come ready with a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Jeremy Levin
With an American father and French mother, Jeremy has been split between two cultures and two languages his entire life.  Born and raised on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Jeremy moved to Lille, France in 2003.  With a Bachelor’s in French-English language studies, it made sense for him to start his career in translation, but he soon realized that something was missing, and it was that he’d rather work with people than sit behind a computer screen all day.  2006 marks the beginning of his teaching career and it has become his passion ever since.  Jeremy specializes in grammar games and educational technology.  He loves finding ways of making subjects that people typically think are boring into something fun.  When he’s not teaching you may find him working on his electronic music mixes, his second passion in life.

This event is FREE to TESOL France members.
Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.
If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day.
IMPORTANT: Before you join, or renew please be sure to fill out the Members Registration Form on our website, before you come to the workshop. You can join or renew membership HERE


18 June 2016
Workshop:  How to make your voice live
with Peter Dyer
9 am - 12 pm

How many times have we heard not only our students but teachers and voices of authority delivering a speech or talking in a classroom situation which completely numbs us senseless? We may be just as guilty of the same sin, sending our students off into a space far enough away to linger and survive until the end of the session. Hey? How many people do you know socially who just bore you to tears because of the way they communicate?
There are many little devises we can use to make our speech and that of our students more interesting and this workshop aims in the short time we have to examine just a few of these, particularly delivering lively text. Voice and body work are for another session.
The areas we look at relate to text but this is just as applicable to delivering our own speech. We will examine authentic voice texts used in the media, examining the type of text, ways to make delivery more interesting and then adding character to the voice of the speaker. We will then look at how we can use our voices to colour words, to make them more alive and to show our attitude towards certain words. The techniques also combine with the reason we say what we say. What is behind our delivery?   We will look at one or two famous speeches and see how we can deliver them with the same passion and life in which they were first spoken.
Rarely do students of English, in fact native English speakers learn the importance of effective delivery, it just isn’t covered.  There is no real mystery to learning how to be more effective and persuasive speakers. This workshop will be so useful to improve the way trainers work but useful to all students and in particular to the business clients we teach.
Peter Dyer, has been a drama practitioner for over 40 years. He began his career as an actor in Australia working on TV, radio, film and his great love, theatre. Peter has tutored and continues to coach actors in theatre skills and has worked extensively on theatre of the grotesque. He is a trained drama teacher and has worked in a number of primary and secondary schools in Australia and England. Peter is an English language teacher who is currently working in Paris with large French corporations using drama and improvisation techniques to run workshops. He also specialises in effective speaking and voice work and presentation skills. He manages to work in Australia teacher training and working with students preparing to enter Australian universities. He has worked for the Pilgrims organisation since 1993 and has taught Drama and English to young adults, adults and now specialises in teacher training. He continues to work with young actors in Paris and is currently writing a book on the use of Drama and Improvisation in the language classroom and corporate coaching.
This event is FREE to TESOL France members.
Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.
If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day.

IMPORTANT: Before you join, or renew please be sure to fill out the Members Registration Form on our website, before you come to the workshop.

28 May 2016

Workshop:  Beeing a freelance teacher in France
with Dobrina Ramphort

9 am - 12 pm

We are very pleased to welcome Dobrina Ramphort from Toulouse who will be running a workshop on various key topics in the interest of freelance teachers in France. She will tackle issues such as the difference between the statuses of auto-entrepreneur, indépendant, etc; best choice according to individual situations; payment during the summer; the advantages of having a ‘numéro de formateur’; income tax déductions for teachers; juggling with parallel statuses when working for different employers and recent legal and administrative changes independant teachers should be aware of.
Dobrina Ramphort is a French lawyer specialized in implementing companies abroad. She is also an Associate Professor in Law at various business schools (TBS, ICD, IDRAC...)and Bachelor Programme Manager for ICD Business School. Having worked for many years as an independent lecturer in France and abroad she fully understands the challenges and constraints, the questions and fears which many English teachers have when setting up as teachers/lecturers/trainers/coaches... in France. Her objective is to enable you to choose what is best for you through simple, synthesized and clear updated information.

This event is FREE to TESOL France members.
Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.
If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day.
IMPORTANT: Before you join, or renew please be sure to fill out the Members Registration Form on our website, before you come to the workshop. The link to join or renew membership is:


2 April 2016

Workshop: Developing your teaching skills from home; a taste of online conferencing

IATEFL Webinar session on “Colligation & the need for a bottom-up approach grammar“ with Hugh Dellar
Saturday, 2 April 2016, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Have you ever heard your students say that “I understand each word, but I don’t know what this sentence means“? How many times have you corrected your students when they said “I am agree“? Have you thought about finding ways to bridge your students L1 and L2?
Hugh Dellar puts forward the notion of “colligation“, which describes the grammatical patterns that frequently occur with individual words, gives examples of a new way of teaching vocabulary with focus on what he calls “micro-grammar“ and reframes the use of translation in language teaching. His hands-on ideas, based on the link between vocabulary and grammar can easily be adapted to all kinds of teaching contexts at all levels and will answer how to handle “I am agree“ type of errors.
We will use the one-hour webinar as a stimulus to exchange our own ideas, practices of teaching vocabulary and grammar and you will leave with further resources to develop your teaching skills thanks to online conferencing.
Hugh Dellar, NILE training consultant is a London-based teacher and teacher trainer with over twenty years experience in the field. He has taught all ages and levels, both in the UK and also in Indonesia, where he lived for four years. He worked for University of Westminster for 18 years, but is now the co-founder of Lexical Lab and has recently co-written the methodology book Teaching Lexically for Delta Publishing. He is the co-author of two five-level General English series, Innovations and Outcomes, both published by National Geographic Learning, as well as numerous papers and articles for many ELT publications.
Hugh has given teacher training and development sessions in over twenty countries including Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Spain, Russia, Italy, Japan and Thailand. He has spoken on such wide-ranging topics as the nature of English as a Lingua Franca, the uses and abuses of corpora, approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary, as well as many others.
Bio retrieved from NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education)
This event is FREE to TESOL France members.
Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.
If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day.
IMPORTANT: Before you join, or renew please be sure to fill out the Members Registration Form on our website, before you come to the workshop. The link to join or renew membership is:

For more information please contact Csilla Jaray-Benn through our contact page (look for "Regions - Grenoble" in the list).


Workshop in Grenoble with Katie Cóspito, Black Cat Publishing

Saturday, 16 January 2016, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Reading is key! The key to Reading!
Exploiting Films and Video Clips in your English Classes

A short video on the workshop can be viewed here.

Reading is key! The Key to Reading!
Whether you are already using readers in your English classes, would like to, but haven't yet had the opportunity, or believe readers have no place in your curriculum, everyone can benefit from Black Cat's innovative expansive reading approach. Expansive reading uses the text and activities as springboards for students to better understand and explore the world around them, all while improving their language skills. We are not only expanding their horizons, but also expanding the range of activities you can do with your students. Come learn about our variety of graded-readers and blended resources, and walk away with practical ideas on how to make use of them in your classrooms.
Exploiting Films and Video Clips in your English Classes
Have you ever thought about introducing a grammar topic through film; perfecting your students' presentation skills through a movie clip; or even having your students act in class?  Film can open your students up to a world of English they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience or understand.  Many teachers, however, believe film takes up precious classroom time and is difficult to exploit without a lot of outside preparation.  Come discover easy ways to exploit videos in your English classes at all levels and get ready to get your students speaking, writing and listening through film.
Katie Cóspito is a teacher, teacher trainer, and the representative for Black Cat books in France. After three years in Spain teaching English to students from 2-18, she decided to try her hand in the editorial world and made the leap to living in France.  Working now with Black Cat allows her to speak to teachers and lead training sessions all over the country.  Drawing on her past experiences as an uninitiated, young teacher, she knows far too well the difficulty which comes with juggling over 800 students, but also the joy in being a student’s first connection with the English-speaking world. She is enthusiastic therefore, about finding teachers the best books available and giving them all the tools to more easily incorporate new English materials in their classes. Katie continues giving English classes to young learners, not having been able to leave teaching completely behind. Trilingual, and an avid traveler, she hopes to soon start training teachers in other areas of the world.
This event is FREE to TESOL France members.
Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.

Swap Shop: Through the Looking-Glass. Challenges in Language Teaching

Saturday, 14 November, 9.00am – 12.00pm

This event was cancelled on this date and rescheduled for 2016.

Swap Shop Program
09:00 - 09:15 - TESOL France News
09:15 - 10:00 - Christine Schena will lead a brainstorming discussion on challenging situations
10:00 - 10:45 - Kathy Giannini will give a short presentation
10:45 - 11:15 - coffee break
11:15 - 12:00 - Marianne Raynaud will share three challenges that marked her teaching career.

We are going to close this year in Grenoble with a Swap Shop on Saturday 14 November, organised with the help and participation of local teachers.
The theme is sharing any challenge we face in our daily teaching lives should it be something which worked out very well or something which we would like to exchange about with fellow teachers in university, high school (collège) or business contexts.
All teachers can contribute with a short formal presentation, or by leading a brainstorming session to generate new ideas and find new solutions for challenging teaching situations.
This format of event resonates with our mission at TESOL France to share ideas and best practices for a better quality of our teaching and teacher lives.
This event is FREE to TESOL France members.
Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.
If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day.
For more information please contact Csilla Jaray-Benn through our contact page (look for "Regions - Grenoble" in the list).


Workshop: Teaching to test or testing to teach? Integrating BULATS or Cambridge English examinations in the classroom

with Andrew Spraggins

Saturday, 17 October 2015,  9.00am – 12.00pm



Venue: IUT2 Grenoble, 2 place Doyen Gosse, 3800 Grenoble

This event is FREE to TESOL France members. Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.

Teaching to test or testing to teach? Integrating BULATS or Cambridge English examinations in the classroom

With the recent changes brought about by the CPF, language training organisations throughout France have needed to urgently address the question of incorporating a recognised English language certification into their training offer. To many, BULATS appeared on the scene out of nowhere, an “illustre inconnu” that we feel we should know. This is not always the case. In existence since 1997 (and France is the second biggest market in the world!)…and I still haven’t heard of it? Troubling times… This practical seminar will introduce BULATS and Cambridge English examinations and address how these evaluation tools can have a positive impact on learners. We will address the question of how the integration of a test or examination can impact on our way of teaching. Should we simply teach to test (“bachotage”)? Do we really want to change what we do? Do we need to? Cambridge English Language Assessment speaks of “positive washback” when speaking of their tests and exams, claiming that they impact positively on the learning experience. Using test items from a range of their tests and exams, we will address the issue of whether or not they can actually enrich our teaching practice.

Andrew Spraggins has been teaching general and business English in and around Lyon for longer than he cares to mention! Since 1989, he has worked in various capacities at the Université Catholique de Lyon, teaching translation, conference and liaison interpreting as well as business English and interpersonal communication. After a period of running the Translation section at the Ecole Supérieure de Traduction et Relations Internationales, Andrew got hooked on Cambridge English examinations. Since 2001, he has been the Centre Exams Manager for Cambridge English exams at ESTRI Centre régional d’examens internationaux, catering for nearly 3,000 candidates per year. He is also a BULATS agent and a Cambridge English speaking examiner at all CEFR levels. A previous regional coordinator for Cambridge English Language Assessment, he is in frequent contact with a wide range of teaching establishments, from écoles primaires up to grandes écoles as well as private language training organisations specializing in the corporate sector, helping them to integrate BULATS and Cambridge English examinations into their training courses.

Workshop: The ’Réforme de la formation’ and its impact on language training and why teachers should be concerned

with Andrew Wickham

Saturday, 13 June, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Venue: IUT2 Grenoble, 2 place Doyen Gosse, 38000 Grenoble

This event is FREE to TESOL France members.
Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.

The ’Réforme de la formation’ and its impact on language training and why teachers should be concerned

The CPF, the CEP, the Entretien Professionnel, the new role of the OPCAs, the end of the Plan de Formation, the redefinition of the Acte de Formation, the FOAD : the 2015 reform of Formation Professionnelle, sounds terribly confusing, but it is not yet another fine-tuning of the system : this time it is a revolution in the way training is designed, funded, organised and delivered in France and will have wide-ranging consequences for language trainers. There are real risks and a number of opportunities, for those willing to take the plunge and get informed.

This workshop will provide you with an overview of the reform, it’s causes, its uncertainties, its impact and consequences and will offer a number of suggestions allowing trainers to better adapt what they do and how they market themselves.
Andrew Wickham has had a variety of roles in the language training business - a former language trainer, director of studies and language school founder and manager, he has also directed large blended learning projects, run the language training centre of a major multinational and carried out a variety of consultancy assignments for schools, companies and institutions. He is also the author of “Le Marché de la Formation Langues à l’heure de la Mondialisation”, a market study that has become the reference for the profession in France. He is particularly concerned by the challenges faced by teachers in a market that is becoming industrialised and technology oriented.

If you like, joining TESOL France, €49 (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day.
For more information please contact Csilla Jaray-Benn through our contact page (look for "Regions - Grenoble" in the list).


Workshop: Creativity and Motivation: A virtuous cycle
with Chaz Pugliese

Saturday, March 14th 2015, 9:00am-12:00pm

Venue: IUT2 Grenoble
Address: 2, Place Doyen Gosse, 38000 Grenoble

Creativity and Motivation: A virtuous cycle

This is the second part a two-part workshop series at the Grenoble branch of TESOL France, this time with Chaz Pugliese, author of the book Being Creative.
Teachers have a tough job, here are ust a few challenges : catering for mixed groups, getting the students' attention, creating a motivating environment, helping the students stay focused. A tall order? Yes indeed. In this practical seminar Chaz Pugliese will suggest that creative methodology may help us find solutions, influence the students' motivation, and fuel their interest and curiosity to learn. He will firstly look at the different types of creativity and debunk a few myths, and then, drawing from state of the art research in psychology, he will outline strategies that may enhance our creative potential. Finally, he will illustrate with numerous examples how these can be implemented in the classroom. The ultimate goal is for the teacher to come up with teaching ideas that are engaging both affectively and cognitively, are simple to use, require little or no preparation and are fun and challenging to do in the classroom.

Chaz Pugliese is a trainer, author and presenter working out of Paris. He holds an MA (Applied Linguistics) from Sheffield Hallam University, a Licentiate Diploma (TESOL) from Trinity College, London, and Post-Graduate Diploma from the Harvard School od Education. Chaz has been researching creativity and motivational issues for nearly a decade now.
Past director of Teacher Training at Pilgrims, UK, Chaz is self-employed while he’s maintained solid links with Pilgrims. He has trained teachers in over 35 countries and he currently carries out consultancies for the Chinese Ministry of Education on behalf of the British Council. Chaz has been keynote speaker at over 20 international ELT events from Malaysia to Russia.
He has contributed several chapters to colleagues’ books, and has two books out: Being Creative which came out in 2010.
Principled Communicative Approach (co-written with Jane Arnold and Zoltan Dörnyei) is just out with Helbling Languages. A third one is in preparation.
Chaz considers hmself a general methodologist with a special interest in psycholinguistics, corpus studies, spoken grammar, material development and group processes.
He’s a keen runner, an enthusiastic guitarist, and likes any music that’s honest, genuine and raw. 

This event is FREE to TESOL France members. Non-member registration fee is 8 euros. Please bring exact change. You can join TESOL France or renew your membership on the day for 49 euros. If you like, joining TESOL France (or renewing your membership) will be possible on the day. If you would like to join, simply fill out the pre-membership form here.

Creativity and Motivation part 1.

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 

Csilla Jaray-Benn, TESOL France Regional Coordinator and Business English Services
Marianne Raynaud, Quality Time ESL

Creativity and Motivation

Many of our workshop participants requested a workshop on creativity and motivation in the language classroom. Due to the absolute relevance of the theme, we are dedicating two workshops to look into different ways of how creativity and motivation can be best used and developed. On December 13th, we exchanged ideas on how each of us interprets these terms, how we use them and what challenges we meet. Csilla Jaray-Benn gave a quick look into CCL (Collaborative Creative Learning) techniques with and without technology. She presented the advantages and applications of the Question Formation Technique® adapted to language learning and creative uses of Haïku cards, which we all tried out during the workshop. We also found out about creative activities, which help build learners’ vision of being a successful L2 speaker.
Marianne Raynaud shared her experience in motivating her students through her film-making projects.

Speaker Tour

September 13th, 2014 
Speaker: Jonathan Marks, freelance writer, Poland

Further information:

Grenoble was the second stop of the TESOL France nationwide speaker tour by Jonathan Marks, pronunciation specialist.
During his two-hour hands-on workshops, Jonathan Marks will addressed some of the questions and doubts about pronunciation teaching commonly raised by teachers. Participants were able to try out practical activities designed to help learners tame and train their mouthful of air to produce the desired sounds and links with lexis, grammar and grammatical functions were also considered.

Jonathan Marks was born in Leeds, United Kingdom, and he currently lives in Poland. His keen interest in teaching English pronunciation began during his time as teacher and teacher trainer at International House, Hastings, in the 1980s and his association with IATEFL. He is the author of English Pronunciation in Use - Elementary (CUP 2007) and the co-author of The Book of Pronunciation (Delta Publishing 2012). He is a regular contributor to the Macmillan Dictionary Blog and he has written numerous articles, teaching materials, reviews and language awareness essays for various online publications.

E-Learning for Freelance Teachers

June 21st, 2014 
Elizabeth Anne, Service des Langues, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
E-learning, m-learning, MOOCS and all that stuff
Moderated by Csilla Jaray-Benn, TESOL France Regional Coordinator

Further information:

The theme was initiated during our last workshop. Elizabeth Anne gave an introduction into what e-learning, m-learning and MOOCS are, how they are used in language education and which free on-line learning environments can be used by freelance teachers.
She spoke about differences between a cMOOC and an xMOOC and after looking at some examples, we moved on to more practical and immediately available online tools which are easy to incorporate into classes, and which give the students extra speaking or writing practice outside class. As Elizabeth put it “Blended learning is the key word together with ‘start small’”.

Csilla Jaray-Benn demonstrated some concrete tools, such as Edmodo and Quizlet which can be used by freelance teachers to develop their own e-learning environments for their students.
The workshop was also an opportunity to exchange ideas about TESOL France events in the region for the next academic year, which will start with a nation-wide speaker tour event by Jonathan Marks on September 13th.

Professional Development: Conventional and Fringe

April 12th, 2014 
Initiation workshop supported by TESOL France.

Vicky Loras, The Loras Network Zug, Switzerland
Professional Development for Now and the Future: a Guide for Educators

Jane Ryder, TESOL France Vice-PresidentESOL Strasbourg 
DIY Approach to Professional Development

Moderated by Csilla Jaray-Benn, TESOL France Regional Coordinator

Further information:

We focused on different aspects and ways of developing our professional skills, enhancing our knowledge and keeping up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the fields of ELT. Our two guest speakers presented various approaches and practices spanning traditional and novel PD frameworks while giving hands-on tips for teacher development.

Vicky Loras talked about “Professional Development for Now and the Future: a Guide for Educators”. She gave a broad overview on possible ways we can continuously develop ourselves as teachers both in traditional, off-line and in more “fringy” ways, thanks to on-line presence. Her suggestions within the first category include attending international or local conferences, workshops, swapshops, listening to talks, or meeting and exchanging with colleagues. She considers that the on-line teacher community can be a rich source of professional development and highlights its personal aspect. She encourages us to engage in professional communication through Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, by following and commenting on blog posts, or sharing our ideas on a personal weblog. Vicky’s personal story has convinced many of us about how far an on-line community can take us on the path of professional development.

Jane Ryder presented a “DIY Approach to Professional Development”, proposing different paths teachers can take to change their lives as professionals. She highlighted the fact that “if we are doing something we enjoy, then continuous professional development is a natural component of our daily work life. It is an attitude” (Alison Perkins 2002). She made us realize that developing professionally as a teacher is closely linked to developing personally and is a natural process we all do, regardless of what school or institution we belong to. This constant development is carried out with respect to ourselves, to our students, our colleagues, the school we belong to and finally to our profession as a teacher.
We wrapped up with an exercise, which engaged us into reflecting on what we can change and what we cannot change in our teaching lives.

Speed lessoning

February 2014
Moderated by Christina Rebuffet-Broadus


Part 1: Energizing your Students. Part 2: Dogme and What Students Think About It

June 9th 2012. 9:30 - 12:30
Venue: IDRAC Grenoble, located on rue Antarès in the Sud Galaxie industrial estate in Echirolles
A workshop presented by Shonah Wraith & Christina Rebuffet-Broadus


Swap Shop: Bring out your students' inner creativity!

February 25th, 2012. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Venue: 216 Rue Victor Hugo, Crolles, Grenoble
Organized by Marianne Raynaud and Christina Rebuffet-Broadus

Further information:
Marianne Raynaud's home: 216 Rue Victor Hugo, Crolles
Express Bus No. 1 or bus No. 6020 take you from the center of Grenoble to the La Croix des Ayes bus stop. From there it is a four-minute walk. Parking is available.

Interested in adding drama to lessons? Looking for a way to boost learner confidence? Want to bring a little creativity to the classroom?

Come to TESOL France Grenoble's Swap Shop on Saturday February 25th and exchange ideas on how to make lessons fun all the while tapping into learners' creativity and providing a comfort zone to practice speaking skills. We'll swap ideas on how to use works of art in various activities for a range of levels to stimulate creative thinking, build vocabulary, and work on intonation, and more.

Christina Rebuffet-Broadus will open the swap shop by presenting a selection of successful activities that have worked with students at Universite Pierre Mendes France in Grenoble. She is interested in creativity and technology in the classroom as well as Dogme approaches. You can read about her ongoing experiment in Dogme at

Participants are also invited to bring their own ideas to share with their fellow creative teachers!
The swap shop is free for members of TESOL France and 8 euros for non-members. We will provide refreshments.


Joint TESOL France APLIUT event: Materials and Techniques That Work Well in ESL Teaching

October 20th, 2011: 13:30 - 17:00
Departement Informatique IUT2 UPMF: 2 Place Doyen-Gosse, 38031 Grenoble cedex
Run by: Marianne Raynaud


A joint TESOL-France/IUT/Grenoble INP event
Video: Watching and Making Films

March 31st, 2011 - 1:30pm-5pm
Run by Marianne Raynaud and Dan Frost

Further Information here 


Joint Swapshop with APLIUT: "Creating Your Own Booklets"

May 6th 2010 - 1pm
With Marianne Raynaud, Coordinator TESOL France Grenoble
IUT2, 2 Place Doyen Gosse, 38000 Grenoble

Further Information:
How can we reduce our preparation time and make our classes less stressful? One solution involves publishing booklets (workbooks) for class activities and homework. Participants are invited to bring their computers and/or flash keys. They will be able to copy files on the spot and customize documents together with colleagues. Teamwork will be one of the main themes. We hope teachers will leave the workshop with 50-page booklets ready-to-print.

Workshop/swapshop procedure:
We will be writing on post-its as we brainstorm on a curriculum. We will be primarily concerned with what a French student needs to master to become sufficiently operational in English and function well in his/her future career. Different colored post-its will be used for language, communication skills, culture and oral activities. The task will be to place the post-its on a poster to produce a tentative curriculum and then choose the materials to conduct these activities. Finally, we will "collect" these documents in files to make up booklets. Teachers will be able to exchange documents and should bring computers and/or flash keys. Marianne will present a 25-page workbook with pair work activities ready to print with keys and will provide additional files from "QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book" according to needs expressed by the participants.


Workshop: Using Phonetics and Phonology in Teaching English (ESP / EAP)

Thursday, March 25th 2010
IUT2, Grenoble
In association with APLIUT
Presented by: Marianne Raynaud, and Dan Frost

Further Information on TESOL France Grenoble


Workshop: Effective Evaluation: Combining Written and Oral Testing

December 10th 2009
TESOL France Grenoble
Presented by: Marianne Raynaud, Coordinator Grenoble


Workshop: Maximizing Student Talking and Creating Your Own Booklets

November 26th 2009
TESOL France Grenoble
Presented by: Marianne Raynaud, Coordinator Grenoble


Workshop: Using Film and Song in the Classroom 2

October 29th 2009
TESOL France Grenoble
Presented by: Marianne Raynaud, Coordinator Grenoble


Workshop: Student Presentations - Making Them Beneficial and Worthwhile for Everyone!

Thursday, 15 October 2009
TESOL France Grenoble
Presented by: Marianne Raynaud, Coordinator Grenoble


Swapshop: Using Film and Song in the Classroom

May 16, 2009 2-5pm
Led by Sophie Pietrucci
Venue: 216 rue Victor Hugo, 38920 Crolles


Workshop: Enhancing Speech Production and Finding Valid Websites

April 25, 2009 - 2-5pm
Presented by Marianne Raynaud
Venue: 216 rue Victor Hugo, 38920 Crolles


Web 2.0 for Dummies (& teachers)

February 28th, 2009
Led by Sab Will
Venue: 216 rue Victor Hugo, 38920 Crolles


Swap Shop

December 6th, 2008
Led by Sophie Pietrucci
Université de Grenoble


Enhancing Student Participation and Creativity

November 20th, 2008
Led by Marianne Raynaud
Université de Grenoble


Independent's Day

October 25th, 2008
Université de Grenoble
Led by Bethany Cagnol

Further information:

Venue: 216 rue Victor Hugo 938920 Crolles. Bus line direct from center of Grenoble (Take the either the 6020 or the Voiron-Crolles Express to La Croix des Ayes, Crolles)

A light lunch will be served for participants coming at 12.30. Cost of lunch: €5
This workshop is free to all TESOL France members. Non-members are kindly ask to pay an 8-euro registration fee.
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of being independent?
  • How do I go about it?
  • When do I write to URSSAF?
  • How much does it cost to start my own independent teaching service?
  • I don't know anything about accounting, can I still do it?
  • What are the alternatives?

Bethany Cagnol will share her experience with us in what promises to be a very informative and lively discussion.


Adapting IT to Traditional Curriculum

May 15th 2008 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm (come at 1.30pm if you can for coffee and networking)
led by Marianne Raynaud, TESOL France Grenoble Coordinator
Venue: Grenoble University Campus, Saint Martin d'Hères

Further information:

Venue: room B149 at IEG on the Saint Martin Campus in Grenoble
The room is one floor up from the entrance to the building on the side of the Gabriel Fauré tram stop.

Speaker: Marianne Raynaud - TESOL France Grenoble coordinator

This event is free to TESOL France members and €8 for non members.
  • The topics discussed will be "Making good use of websites, podcasts, videoblogs" and "Transforming the classroom through group dynamics and Information Technology".
  • Participants will be able to test exercises and discuss study plans. A ten-page handout with teaching materials will be provided.

Please let us know if you plan to attend so that we can have enough handouts printed up. We would appreciate it if you could pass this message on to other teachers in your area.

We do hope you will join us in Grenoble in creating a forum of ideas, a place for networking, and a vehicle for teacher development.


Group Discussion: "Satisfying Needs and Launching Projects"

April 10th 2008
Led by Marianne Raynaud
Grenoble University, Campus, Saint Martin d'Hères

Further information here

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