How to Teach Mediation: Tasks and Strategies (Developing Skills)

Talk Description

Since the release of the newest update to the CEFR, the Companion Volume with New Descriptors, mediation has been catching on all over the world of FLT. Despite this, however, mediation does not yet appear by name in most coursebooks. The objective of our workshop is then to help fill this gap and provide teachers with practical ideas for them to understand, use and create mediation tasks.


– Mediation: CEFR and application to the language classroom.
– How to use mediation tasks.
– How to help your students become more competent mediators: mediation strategies;
– How to create mediation tasks for your students


Riccardo Chiappini & Ethan Mansur


Riccardo Chiappini holds the Cambridge Delta diploma and an MA in Translation Studies. After working as a translator and interpreter, both in the public and private sector, he moved to Spain and began working as an EFL teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. Recently, he has been doing research on mediation and its direct application to the language classroom, writing materials for an online training course for Oxford University Press and mediation materials for That’s English!, the series of coursebooks used in the distance learning option of the Spanish Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas (EOIs). Two articles, co-written with Ethan Mansur and focusing on the topic of linguistic mediation, will appear shortly on Macmillan’s Advancing Learning blog and in the forthcoming issue of English Teaching Professional.

Ethan Mansur holds the Cambridge Delta diploma and an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. He currently teaches at International House Madrid, where he takes an active interest in professional development. He is a regular contributor to prominent ELT magazines. In addition, Ethan does materials development for Oxford University Press and the Spanish Ministry of Education. At the moment, he is writing mediation materials for the new edition of the That’s English! coursebooks and a mediation exam preparation course for the That’s English! website.