Riccardo Chiappini & Ethan Mansur

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Mediating communication: Building bridges in the ELT classroom

Mediating communication activities “occupy an important place in the normal linguistic functioning of our societies” (CEFRCV:2020), especially as our societies become ever more diverse and multicultural.

This workshop will look at how mediating communication activities can help students become better at appreciating and promoting intercultural understanding, building relationships, as well as embracing and driving diversity.

Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur are ELT teachers, trainers and materials writers based in Madrid. They are the authors of Activities for Mediation: Building bridges in the ELT Classroom (DELTA Publishing). They have also written mediation-related course materials and exam tasks for the Spanish Ministry of Education, and an online teacher training course about mediation for Oxford University Press.