Review: Psychology for Language Teachers – Marion Williams and Robert Burden.

I love summer for two reasons. One, I get to thoroughly relax and take a much-needed break, usually on a beach somewhere (this year was Spain and Italy). Two, I get to read to my heart’s content, both ELT-related books as well as my secret indulgence, fantasy novels. Now, while I am sure you wouldContinue reading “Review: Psychology for Language Teachers – Marion Williams and Robert Burden.”

Review: Alive to Language – Arndt, Harvey and Nuttall

In preparation for the NILE / Chichester university MAPDLE, I have been working my way through the reading list. It’s been great as it has pushed me to look at areas that I haven’t touch for some time, such as discourse. Alive to Language looks specially at this and it was a great read/course thatContinue reading “Review: Alive to Language – Arndt, Harvey and Nuttall”

Review: Trainer Development – Tony Wright and Rod Bolitho

A while ago I remember reading something from Rachel Tsateri and her experience with Wright and Bolitho’s Trainer Development. Rachel mentioned that some of her great ideas were influenced by and came from this book, so I knew I had to look more into it. After a little more reading, I came across plenty ofContinue reading “Review: Trainer Development – Tony Wright and Rod Bolitho”

2021 Okinawa JALT Summer Symposium Conference

I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at this year’s Okinawa JALT (Japanese Association of Language Teaching) Summer Symposium. It meant an early morning wake up (had to get up at 4am!), but it was certainly well worth it. I got to not only run a workshop on exam moderation and assessment literacy,Continue reading “2021 Okinawa JALT Summer Symposium Conference”

Review: Task-Based Language Teaching – Theory and Practice – Ellis, Skehan, Li, Shintani and Lambert.

For those of you that have been following me, you know I’ve been going deeper into task-based language teaching (TBLT). I recently reviewed Anderson and McCutcheon’s fantastic Activities for Task-Based Learning and I recently finished a course focused on Reading in a task-based classroom. Alongside these, I’ve also been reading – well, now finished readingContinue reading “Review: Task-Based Language Teaching – Theory and Practice – Ellis, Skehan, Li, Shintani and Lambert.”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 6

Why not check out the previous weeks’ post, if you haven’t already: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 We are finally here – the last week! This final week has been focused on really making a task from a reading text; in a sense, bringing everything we have learnt over theContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 6”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 5

Before reading Week 5, why not check out the previous weeks: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 This week focused pretty much entirely on extensive reading, which I thought was really interesting. We did look at TBLT towards the end (and more in a way of extending extensive reading), but the main objectiveContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 5”

Review: Activities for Task-Based Learning – N. Anderson and N. McCutcheon

This year I have been going TBTL crazy. I’ve always been keen on TBLT, but I made the conscious decision to really build my understanding of it so that I could better implement it in my classes (generally in a task-supported manner) and so I could better answer questions from teachers. One of the booksContinue reading “Review: Activities for Task-Based Learning – N. Anderson and N. McCutcheon”

IATEFL – TTEdSIG Pre-conference event notes

This year I joined IATEFL and chose TTEdSIG as my special interest group (SIG). Apart from there being a whole load of new acronyms to learn, there are also a lot of benefits from being part of IATEFL and specific SIGs, one being a discount to the pre-conference event (PCE). In these PCEs, SIGs haveContinue reading “IATEFL – TTEdSIG Pre-conference event notes”

A TBLT lesson of my own – Learner-created Kahoots

Last week I asked my learners what they wanted to do over the last few weeks of term. Of course one of the first things that came up was ‘Play Kahoot’. I made a deal with them – we can play Kahoot if they make the Kahoots (well, the questions at least)! This post isContinue reading “A TBLT lesson of my own – Learner-created Kahoots”