Conference presentations

“It is not only her vast knowledge that makes Denise one of the most inspirational speakers I have ever had the pleasure to see present at any conference; she also projects an enthusiasm for her topic which is motivating and greatly encouraging to anyone with an interest in applied linguistics. If you see Denise’s name on a conference programme, I thoroughly recommend you see her presentation.”

Dr Lynda O’Brien (Write Academic Style)
  • Teachers’ beliefs about textbook listening activities: Implications for practice. IATEFL Annual Conference and Exhibition. Birmingham, UK, 13-16 April 2016.
  • Listening in MFL textbooks: An exploration of textual content, teachers’ beliefs and classroom practice (with Suzanne Graham). AILA 2014 World Conference. Brisbane, Australia, 1-15 August 2014.
  • The teaching of listening in global and local textbooks. IATEFL Annual Conference and Exhibition. Harrogate, UK, April 2014.
  • Rethinking the teaching of listening: from a focus on product to a focus on processes (with Suzanne Graham). Language World Conference, Nottingham, UK, 22-23 March 2013. 
  • ‘This activity is far from being a pause for reflection’: An exploration of materials writers’, editors’, teachers’ and learners’ conceptualisations of critical thinking. International Meeting on Languages, Applied Linguistics and Translation. University of Évora, Portugal, 6-7 December 2012.
  • Understanding teachers’ beliefs with a view to improving classroom practice: Methodological perspectives for second language listening (with Suzanne Graham and Ellie Francis-Brophy). 45th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics, Southampton, UK, 6-8 September 2012.
  • Looking for disturbances: Textbooks as agents for thinking. Braz-TESOL National Convention Opening Keynote, Rio de Janeiro, July 16-19 2012.
  • Becoming a better speaker through the use of speaking strategies. Braz-TESOL National Convention, Rio de Janeiro, July 16-19 2012.
  • How to generate student motivation in ELT. Braz-TESOL National Convention, Rio de Janeiro, July 16-19 2012.
  • Foreign language listening comprehension: From current practice to improved pedagogy (with Suzanne Graham). AILA Conference, Beijing, China, August 23-28 2011. 
  • How heritage and non-heritage learners engage in listening activities in the classroom: An exploratory study (with Gláucia Silva). American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 6-9, 2010.
  • Listening in Portuguese textbooks. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Annual Conference, Albuquerque NM, 9-12 July 2009.
  • What is said, what is done: Reading in ELT textbooks. IATEFL Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 31March-4 April 2009.
  • Selective listening in L2 learners of French (with Suzanne Graham and Robert Vanderplank). AILA Conference, Essen, Germany, 24-29 August, 2008.
  • Textbooks as participants in the development of critical thinking. IATEFL Annual Conference, Exeter, UK, 7-11 April 2008. Click here for audio file.
  • Making suggestions in Portuguese: Is it about the subjunctive or the indicative? (with Gláucia Silva). American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, 2-5 August 2007.
  • Besides learning English, we are broadening our worldviews: Re-creating classroom practices through co-participation rules (with Branca Fabricio). Second International Cutting Edges Conference, Canterbury University, June 2007.
  • Suggestions in the workplace as an interactional achievement (with Gláucia Silva). AAAL Conference, Costa Mesa, California, 21-24 April 2007.
  • Research, teachers and learners as partners in materials development (with Gláucia Silva). NCOLCTL Conference, Madison, WI, 26-29 April 2007.
  • It’s more than about using the verb ‘sugerir’: How native speakers and learners of Portuguese differ in their ways of making suggestions (with Gláucia Silva). Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, University of Western Ontario, 19-22 October 2006.
  • Participation in literacy events involving textbooks: Definitions, engagement with the textbook and the Disneyfication of experience. BAAL Conference, Cork, 7-9 September 2006.
  • The textbook as discourse: Investigating textbooks in classroom literacy events. 10th National BRAZ-TESOL Convention, Brasilia, 8-11 July 2006.
  • The rearticulation of textual voices and the joint construction of interactional alignments in literacy events mediated by textbook. AAAL Conference, Montreal, 17-20 June 2006.
  • L2 listening strategy research: Methodological challenges and perspectives (with Suzanne Graham). BAAL / Cambridge University Press Applied Linguistics Seminar Programme 2006: Research perspectives on listening in L1 and L2 education. University of Warwick, 12-13 May 2006.
  • The orchestration of voices in conversation sessions: Rules and roles developed by participants (with Gláucia Silva). II Symposium on Portuguese for Spanish Speakers: Acquisition and Teaching, Stanford University, 17-19 March 2006.
  • An analysis of repetition in L3 learning (with Gláucia Silva). AILA, Madison, USA, 24-29 July 2005.
  • Developing listening skills with Y12 students (with Shirley Lawes). Language World Conference 2005, University of Kent at Canterbury, July 2005.