Before I became a teacher

Tyson Seburn recently tweet-asked followers about their degrees prior to working in ELT. After seeing such varied responses, I feel quite embarrassed to admit that […]

Authenticity and Currency

How do time and authenticity interact It has been a long time since I wrote about authenticity… or at least it feels like it anyway. […]

WEBINAR: Humanising Language Research Through the Complexity Lens

6th March 202110 AM to 1130 UTCFind your time zone(http://bit.ly/362zeA2) Speakers: Ema UshiodaRichard J. SampsonRichard S. Pinner In this 90-minute Webinar, participants will be able […]

Virtual Laboratory: Authenticity and Metacognition

Recently I was invited to contribute to the Virtual Laboratory on Cognitive Approaches to L2 Instruction by the Universities of Heidelberg and Kent. It’s always […]

Review: Ready to Run

This review was first published in the Winter 2019 edition of the ETAS Journal. Many thanks to ETAS for allowing the review to appear on […]

Writing lesson: online dating profiles

This is a lesson based around authentic texts from the eHarmony website. It is aimed at adult pre-intermediate level plus, but these texts are full […]

Why ELT coursebooks are great!

Late last year I read the Jordan and Gray/Hughes exchange on ELT coursebooks, which appeared in ELT Journal. It’s an interesting discussion if you haven’t […]

Materials writing news and views, September 2019

September already? It’ll soon be Xmas… New releases Deborah Hobbs (author) mentioned the release of ‘Open World’ (CUP). This is from the Cambridge English website: […]

‘so’, ‘such a’, and cheap cocktails

Another one of my ‘making things up as I go along’ reflections. This time, something that actually worked! The materials from one of our in-house, […]

Materials writing news and views, August 2019

It’s been a whole month since I’ve punned in a published resource! Crazy. New releases Tyson Seburn has a put together a sample unit of […]

Spoken Grammar: a Guide for English Language Teachers

I got offered free access to this course on Udemy. I’ve been meaning to do it for a while. Finally got around to it and… […]

Materials writing news and views, July 2019

Sorry, been busy! Here’s some latest news with a Pearson-heavy start!   Pearson to phase out print textbooks The big news announced yesterday (BBC article […]

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