TESOL Workshops in Grenoble with Marianne Raynaud—published on the "Grenoble Life" Web site

Marianne Raynaud, worked for twenty-four years at INPG setting up English programs at ENSERG (today part of Phelma), EFPG and CPPG (the first cycle of engineering studies). She recently published “QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book” and runs the Web site www.QualityTime-ESL.com. She has conducted TESOL workshops in France (Paris), Spain (Madrid and Seville) and the USA (Seattle). Presently, she is offering workshops here in Grenoble.

When I was close to retirement, my young colleagues kept saying, “Marianne, you must find a way to tell other teachers about our course.” While working with me they had seen how fast our students progressed. Moreover, we received numerous letters and e-mails from former students thanking us for teaching them how to give presentations, introduce speakers, debate on topical issues, and of course be successful in job interviews where competence in English is required. They often reported on the high scores they had obtained at international exams: TOEIC, TOEFL, and Cambridge.

Information Age technology gave me a new idea

The year was 2003, and we were experimenting with new tools offered by the computer and Internet revolution. We were already correcting student work through email and communicating with students via our school’s intranet. So that is when I had the idea of taking the two-year CPPG course and putting all the material we had developed ourselves onto a DVD. This new data format enabled me to combine text, image, PowerPoint, audio and video and to make use of hyperlinks to connect explanations about techniques and exercises directly with the files we used. I also intended to make good use of the work our students produced: essays, CVs letters, stories, TV ads and even ten-minute films they wrote, directed and produced themselves. In all there are over 1,500 different files on the DVD (2.2 Go).

Continued work to help teachers worldwide

Now this digital book is available on my Web site www.QualityTime-ESL.com and is being used by teachers on four continents and even in China. I often communicate with these teachers and continue to write materials according to needs that are articulated. One example is the series of podcasts I have produced called “Better Speaking Skills” (found on iTunes). The first two are available free of charge on my web site. Just look for “QualityTime-ESL Podcasts” (oral interactive drills) and “Your English” (oral vocabulary-building exercises).

“Practical” workshops to promote teamwork

Bringing teachers together to work towards a common goal is my next mission. I believe teamwork is so essential and beneficial. I am now starting a series of “practical” workshops in the Alps. I hope teachers will join me—and the speakers I invite—for some lively and productive collaboration. The aim is: making the life of an ESL/EFL teacher easier and more enjoyable—with great progress for our students.

Coming Events

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 2 pm to 5 pm

"Student Presentations—Making Them Beneficial and Worthwhile for Everyone!" with Marianne Raynaud, Coordinator TESOL France Grenoble

For more info go to http://www.qualitytime-esl.com/spip.php?article111

Venue: Room B10, ENSE3 - CPPG, 961, Rue de la Houille Blanche BP 46 - 38402 Saint Martin d’Hères

Fee: Free even for non-members this year

To register or if you have any questions, write to Marianne through her web site http://www.QualityTime-ESL.com


Thursday, October 29th, 2009 2 pm to 5 pm

(We realize it is during the holiday week, but this is our unique opportunity to work with an outstanding colleague from Paris.)

Swapshop: "Using Film and Song in the Classroom" with Sophie Pietrucci

For more info go to http://www.qualitytime-esl.com/spip.php?article111

Venue: 216 rue Victor Hugo, 38920 Crolles

Fee: Free even for non-members this year

To register or if you have any questions, write to Marianne through her web site http://www.QualityTime-ESL.com

Workshops at your respective schools

I am also willing to organize workshops at different lycées or universities. This is an opportunity for you to have an event with colleagues at your own place of work. Contact me through this website;

Themes of workshops to come

Future workshops will be on:
—preparing customized booklets (workbooks),
—increasing individual student speaking time,
—and evaluation (written work, oral skills and participation).

TESOL France Colloquium on Nov. 6th and 7th

And here is the program for the TESOL France Colloquium on Nov. 6th and 7th in Paris—with well-known speakers from many different countries. For information and to register visit http://www.tesol-france.org

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