Review: Off the Page

‘Off the Page: Activities to bring lessons alive and enhance learning’ (Thaine 2020) is a resource for practicing and trainee teachers. It aims to provide […]

Materials writing news and views, March 2023

Things I learnt yesterday: If you don’t add a raising agent to cake flour it makes bricks, not cakes. ‘Cake flour’ is a rubbish name […]

Embedded formative assessment (New Directions)

I was lucky enough to deliver a video presentation alongside Alan Pulverness (TransformELT) at New Directions East Asia conference. We introduce the concept of formative […]

A Comprehensive Language Coaching Handbook: Theory and Practice

This review originally appeared in IATEFL Voices 290. You’ll be pleased to know that Voices reviews have a 400 word limit, which saves you the […]

Using the Global Gender Gap Report in EAL

I’ve been writing a module on gender equality recently. As part of the research, I’ve read (chunks of) the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap […]

Helping EAL learners to review subject content

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how EAL teachers can provide opportunities for learners to use new language – whether that be in mainstream classes or […]

Conference: Integrated Learning and Assessment in the new National Curriculum for General Education

I had the pleasure of attending a conference on Integrated Learning and Assessment last week in Hue (Vietnam), hosted by Cambridge Assessment. Here’s a bit […]

Materials writing conversations #11: ‘Friends’

This is a completely imaginary conversation. No characters in the convo are based on real people – I’m just bored and imagining conversations I might […]

Materials writing: more on samples

This is a quick follow-up to my post on how I approach sample writing. Here’s the original post. I just wanted to add one more […]

Going freelance

I’ve stepped out of the classroom for a year to do more writing. While this is only a temporary thing for me, it’s still pretty […]

Review: Avallain Author Training Programme and Certification

Avallain Author is software for authoring eLearning activities and courses. Apparently, lots of ELT publishers use Avallain to create digital resources. I recently completed a […]

Review: 50 Ways to be a Greener Teacher

This resource is an ideas bank for ‘greening your teaching’. It includes ideas to help you bring the topic of climate change and sustainability into […]

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