My book "Principled Possibilities - Ideas for Teaching" has just been accepted onto the Amazon Kindle site. You can find it here: Kindle Link with a look inside and a free preview.
Principled Possibilities - Ideas for Teaching is a unique publication representing the summation of four years of graduate study, and my own experiences, discoveries, experiments and successes over eight years of teaching English language…Continue
Hi everyone. I know it's been a long time since I posted, so my apologies for that. Since 2012, I moved back home for a while, worked for James Cook University in Singapore, worked briefly for the British Council in an amazing project in remote Myanmar, and now I'm working at a small junior high school in Taiwan, one of my favourite countries.
With some luck, I'll post again and contribute some more resources soon.
I posted this originally on my own blog here:
There are many possibilities for using word clouds in language courses. I've listed around 35 of them here with a few hints on what to do.
- preview a presentation or a…
Just a quick post to let you know I'm moving back to Australia in early July to take up an Assoc. Lecturer's position with the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba.
I will miss Taiwan, but it will be nice to spend a few years back close to my family and children. So, if I've been quiet lately (and for a bit longer) its to do with that big change. I hope you understand.
While I know I'll be working with online students in their EAP program, I don't have many other…Continue
It is vitally important that we build the skills of digital literacy in ourselves, our families and our students. At this time, when there is so much growth in dependence on the Web as the primary source of knowledge and information, everyone needs to understand how to value and how to interpret what they see online, as well as how to find the best of what is available in efficient ways.
I was fortunate to be an education student at a time when much initial work…
I sent this email today to respond to a posting about a principal who threatened a family with serious consequences if they stood in the way of their son completing a standardised test. The original post is here:…
I posted the following comments to an excellent article entitled "Teaching Counts" which was written by David B. Cohen on the InterACT blogsite: …Continue
You know, as a teacher, I'm often bouyed most by the great moments between me and my students, by the compliments from supervisors, by the feeling of self-satisfaction at completing a lesson as planned, and by the 100% marks my students sometimes achieve.
However, when I pause to reflect, I realise that there's MUCH more to teaching and learning than success, regardless of how alluring and intoxicating it seems. When I'm truly honest with myself as a learner and a teacher, I have…
I'm glad to advise that my book "Principled Possibilities - Ideas for Teaching" which I posted about recently, is now also available on Amazon.
I now have both a paperback edition and a Kindle edition for purchase and download, which should help to bring it to a wider audience.
In addition, I have created an author page (image below) which provides a bio and links to social networks. The page can be found at …Continue
Are we becoming a thoughtless & thankless lot?
I'm suggesting that a small "thank you" to those who share their resources and ideas with fellow educators seems to be becoming a thing of the past.
It's almost as if people are expected to share with no acknowledgement, let alone reward.
While some no doubt are happy to do so anyway, in other cases it actually STIFLES conversations & sharing and could lead to resentments.
Is saying "thanks" a thing of the…Continue
Hi again, everyone.
Well there's two bits of news to pass on to you following the publication of my book "Principled Possibilities - Ideas for Teaching".
The first is that I've now published an e-book version in PDF format through Lulu.com as well. This has two advantages over the paperback version: it's much cheaper and you can read it on your devices.
The second piece of news is that until February 23rd (this Thursday) Lulu is offering 20%…Continue
This is my first try at using Glogster.
I've made one for my adult English students who are learning shopping vocabulary. They can view the images, listen to audio, watch a short video and click on the link to go to a Voxopop discussion group where they can record an audio message in answer to my questions.
Glogs can also be used as class projects and to encourage collaboration. I hope this one will stimulate you to try it also.
Abstract: Online learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) face many unique issues in choosing which program to study. The present paper begins with a review of criteria developed previously, and reassesses these based on subsequent pedagogical and technological innovations, particularly the evolution of Web 2.0 tools and “communicative language teaching” approaches. A new set of criteria were then applied to programs reviewed previously and to newer courses.…Continue
I've just completed a Slideshare presentation as part of my contribution to the 2011 Contemporary Issues Conference being held by the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
The associated paper is still under review, but will be published in about one month on-line.
In the meantime, I hope you will look at it and think about the issues and ideas I've raised, and offer your constructive comments too.
I just wanted to let you know that I've posted a new presentation on my page at EFL Classroom 2.0 about using music in ELT.
Aspects covered include:
- why we use music
- how to teach
- how to perform…Continue