24Nov/16

appear.in – lowering the bar to better feedback

I really try to keep on top of developments in online tools.  In fact I see it as an important part of my job, but with so much going on out thereRead More…

10Mar/16

Didacta 2016 – Review

Didacta is the German trade fair for teachers.  Every year in February it opens it’s doors to teachers from all school types from preschool to university and beyond.  It rotates between Cologne,Read More…

04Feb/16
BETT Arena

BETT 2016 Review

The BETT Show plays a big part in my annual CPD.  I always try to attend two or three days to tank up on new ideas and play with some shiny newRead More…

14Jan/16
BETT Arena

BETT 2016 Preview

I love trade fairs.  The manager in me is looking to the future – what’s feasible and what’s desirable, and of course what the competition is doing.  The teacher in me is a bitRead More…

07Dec/15
Pecha Kucha Night

Using Pecha Kucha to increase learner confidence

Getting learners to speak is one of the challenges in language teaching.  Where in other subjects saying something wrong is usually a problem, in the language class it can often be usefulRead More…

17Nov/15
Classroom Tech

Is there a right way to use classroom technology?

Teachers fall into two camps when it comes to classroom technology – the evangelists and the cynics – and deciding between them (or trying to find a middle way) can be tricky at best,Read More…

17Sep/15
Moodle MOOC

Teaching with Moodle MOOC

Let’s get one thing out of the way first – I’m an unashamed Moodle fan.  I set up my first Moodle 8 or 9 years ago and although I have installed and run manyRead More…

14Jul/15
beach reading

Six Books for the ELT Summer Holidays

So the Summer holidays are upon us and it’s time for some R + R.  But what should dedicated ELT professionals be loading onto their Kindles or packing into their beach bags?Read More…

02Jul/15
confused

When communication is the subject matter

Teaching a language is different to teaching any other subject.  In any other subject, you use a language to explain the subject matter. But in teaching a language, the language is theRead More…

24Jun/15

The Communication Paradox

Schools have started to move away from point counting in assessing language skills, and are increasingly focussed on communicative skills.  The championing of disturbing and non-disturbing errors in the Cambridge tests hasRead More…