Category Archives: Conferences

How to reboot your CPD

I’ve just watched a recording of Fiona Dunlop‘s webinar for IATEFL, entitled “How to access your CPD“. This, for me illustrates the availability of CPD today compared to when I started teaching, can you imagine it?- no internet, no blogs, … Continue reading

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My TESOL FRANCE workshop –: L1 – How to avoid it and ways of using it in the language classroom.

According to Thornbury “ no other single issue in the history of language teaching has polarized opinion as much as the question of mother tongue use” (Big Questions in ELT, 2003) History: Ever since the Grammar Translation method fell out … Continue reading

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Workshop Review : Sophie Handy – Top Tips For Teens

In the first part of her talk at TESOL France this weekend Sophie described common factors of the various stages of “teenagerdom”: 11-13 girl/boy gulf teacher approval still strong influence world seen in black or white new school =new challenges … Continue reading

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An idea to help question formation and an interesting site

I know grammar is a dirty word, but in the Swiss secondary school system it’s difficult to avoid, so after the bare minimum I encourage my students to talk to each other as much as possible. It seems that most … Continue reading

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Differentiation – What to do with fast finishers and slow starters: My harrogate workshop

This is the write up of my session at Harrogate. It went very well, although I’d originally suggested a maximum of 20 participants, we ended up shutting the door at 35; mainly because there were no more chairs in the … Continue reading

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Harrogate Friday – part 3

My first session of the afternoon was the utterly amazing Rachael Harris with Differentiation : What to do with Fast Finishers and Slow Starters. I was somewhat obliged to attend, what with it being my workshop and all! it merits … Continue reading

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Harrogate Friday – part 2

Michael Hoey : Old approaches, new perspectives: the implications of a corpus linguistic theory for learning the English language.  An absolutely fantastic plenary, I’ve never heard Michael speak before (that’s the great thing about #IATEFL, us mortals get to call … Continue reading

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Harrogate Friday – part 1

Another fantastic day at Harrogate, I started my day (after a fab cooked breakfast at my guesthouse!) with: How to write an effective IATEFL conference proposal by Madeleine du Vivier Madeleine is conference programmer so if she doesn’t know what … Continue reading

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Harrogate Thursday continues…

Bill Murphy hated his groundhog day, However I love mine, in fact I’m lucky because I will wake up tomorrow and get another day of #IATEFL. Our days do differ in one important way of course, nothing has been the … Continue reading

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A Harrogate Thursday

  Get all the info here. Oh my, where to start, seven presentations in ten hours, several cups of coffee, some lovely people and a suitcase full of freebies, my brain is buzzing, or melting I’m not sure which! What have … Continue reading

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