Event Date: 28th August 2021


It is fairly clear that the knowledge base of practising teachers derives primarily from reflection on experience rather than from academic study. Research-based insights can, however, add information from sources beyond our own direct classroom experience that can extend and enrich our professional expertise. In this session, Penny Ur looks at a number of areas of research into vocabulary acquisition that are both interesting and directly relevant to the classroom practice.

About the Speaker:

Penny Ur was educated at Oxford, Cambridge (PGCE) and Reading (MA TEFL) universities. She has thirty years’ experience as an English teacher in elementary, middle and high schools in Israel. Now retired, she has taught BA and MA courses at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University. She is primarily interested in practical aspects of effective English language teaching, and has presented papers on related topics at TESOL, IATEFL and other English teachers’ conferences worldwide. Her books are published by Cambridge University Press, and include Grammar Practice Activities (2nd Edition) (2009), Vocabulary Activities (2012), A Course in English Language Teaching (2012), Discussions and More (2014), Penny Ur’s 100 Teaching Tips (2016).