Derek ‘Del’ Spafford (MA TESOL; Dip.TESOL) is the regional teacher trainer and academic consultant for Macmillan Education. He has been working in ELT for over 20 years. His experience includes 11 years with the British Council in Thailand, where he has planned and delivered teacher professional development in a variety of contexts including both private and public schools. He is a passionate educator and publisher and thrives on integrating research-based methods and ideas into courses and supporting teachers to implement effective learning strategies in the classroom.


Engaging with Error Correction: A Framework for Productive Activities
An error or a mistake? Do you know the difference between the two? If you do, which one would you correct and how? This presentation and workshop will attempt to answer the questions above and provide a useful step by step guide when dealing with, and using errors and mistakes. At the end of the session, I hope you will have ideas to help you teach more effectively and in turn for your students to learn more efficiently. We will start by briefly investigating the difference between errors and mistakes and also look at differences in attitudes to error. We will discuss some of the theory around error correction and second language acquisition before exploring common Vietnamese errors and looking at techniques for correcting these. We will be introduced to ways of correction both ‘on the spot’ and ‘delayed’ and there will be an opportunity to practice correcting each other. Participants will be also be introduced to a marking code useful for correcting written errors. Teachers will take away useful techniques and feel more comfortable when it comes to correcting their students.