Next Vista Project: Winners and Reflections

BGL‘s 8th grade students from Tsai Hsing School recently participated in the international Next Vista Competition. Next Vista inspires students to become teachers by creating […]

Materials writing news and views, May 2019

Some news from this month… New materials Nice post on LinkedIn the other day from Kate Foufouti. A new resource from Macmillan. Macmillan have also […]

Materials writing news and views, April 2019

April update has got a bit long, sorry. It’s mainly because of IATEFL and ELTONS.  IATEFL talks There were some interesting talks related to materials […]

Webinar: The Value of Gamification for Language Learning

I watched this short webinar today from Cambridge Assessment English on gamifying learning (Sarah Albrecht and Ollie Wood). It was a straightforward introduction to the […]

Book review: Egghead

Egghead (Michael Lacey Freeman, 2015) is an A2 level graded reader for teens from ELI Publishing. It is an autobiographical story of the author’s experience […]

Book review: Loving London

Loving London by Angela Tomkinson is an A2 level reader for teens. It provides 26 short texts on London (alphabetical), covering a whole range of […]

Join me at the Emerald Coast TESOL conference in Pensacola

I serve as the professional development officer for the Emerald Coast Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ECTESOL), which is a chapter of the […]

8 Top Tips and Tons of Resources for Supporting English Learners with Technology

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein I’ve worked with language learners in over 20 countries. I’ve seen […]

The Multilingual Mozambican: Remembering my U.S. English Language Fellowship

The English Language Programs of the U.S. Department of State is celebrating their 50th anniversary of the Fellow Program. As a former English Fellow to Mozambique, […]

Lesson idea: Kahoot! for capitalisation and punctuation

A few months ago I mentioned word stress games using Kahoot! This app has also come in handy recently for practising punctuation/capitalisation. I just display […]

Lesson idea: introducing recipes, cooking, food

Here’s a simple idea for introducing recipes. Put these QR codes up around the room: These all link to one minute recipes on Seonkyoung Longest’s […]

Dip Tips: Phonology and you

I sometimes hear from DipTESOL trainees who are finding it hard to get to grips with phonology. Common problems include: Arrgh! I just don’t know […]

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