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Dr Gianfranco Conti

Co-Author of Breaking the Sound Barrier, and Founder - The Language Gym
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Founder and owner of the popular language learning website The Language Gym, Gianfranco is an applied linguistics MA and PhD graduate with many years of classroom experience. He has taught Modern Languages for nearly 30 years both at primary, secondary and university levels. He has researched the impact of metacognitive strategies training and error correction on L2 essay writing under the supervision of Oxford University Professor Ernesto Macaro both during his PhD and a large-scale project in English comprehensive schools documented in Professor Macaro’s 2001 book. In his current role as Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading, he has lexicogrammar acquisition, listening instruction, metacognition, error correction and learner autonomy as his main research interests. Formerly head of languages at various schools in England and abroad where he has developed and implemented his instructional approach (Extensive Processing Instruction), he is currently a renowned and highly sought-after conference speaker and CPD provider very active in the UK, South-East Asia, Middle East and Australia. He delivers keynotes in major international events all year around, conducts an average of 150 workshops for language teachers a year and visits roughly as many schools in the same period of time either to provide professional development or to help them improve their curriculum design and delivery. He is well-known internationally for his teaching resources that have won him the TES Best contributor award and have been downloaded over 4,500,000 times by over 100,000 teachers around the world. He runs a very influential blog on MFL pedagogy, The Language Gym (gianfrancoconti.com), which has won him several international awards. The professional development group he founded, ‘Global Innovative Language Teachers’ is one of the largest and fastest-growing communities of its genre. As already mentioned, Gianfranco is also the founder of the interactive language learning website www.language-gym.com and has co-authored with Steve Smith the best-selling handbooks for MFL professionals, ‘The Language Teacher Toolkit’ and ‘Breaking the sound barrier: teaching learners how to listen’. He has also recently published a Spanish workbook for beginner to pre-intermediate learners of Spanish, “Spanish Sentence Builders – a Lexicogrammar Approach”, written with his former colleague Dylan Viñales.