Creative ELT Uses of Simple Tech (webinar, 30th June 2017)

Below are my slides and a brief(-ish) write up of what I spoke about at the xtern.ru’s International Online Summer School for English Teachers on 30th June. Always pleased to be involved in these webinar events – great way to share ideas and experiences without the added time and expense of travelling to conferences. James webinar elt tech june17 from James Egerton Tech is of … Continue reading Creative ELT Uses of Simple Tech (webinar, 30th June 2017)

Exam Prep Meets Reality: Dear Mayor Bernabéu…

During my “Making Writing Real” webinar presentation at the SkyEng online conference in March, I discussed five ideas to make writing in lessons a more motivating activity by writing for an external audience (not just the teacher!) and doing useful, everyday tasks. I received several comments in the live chat box that this philosophy is all well and good, but it can’t apply to exam classes. … Continue reading Exam Prep Meets Reality: Dear Mayor Bernabéu…

How to Become a Teacherpreneur – Q&A with Marina Kladova

  I met Marina at the 6-week Delta Module 2 course in London back in summer 2015, and we’ve kept in regular contact since. Having been an active advocate of teacherpreneurship over the last few months, presenting two webinars in February and starting up a teacherpreneurs Facebook group, she gave a presentation about teacherpreneurship at the 2017 IATEFL Conference in Glasgow last Thursday (the link … Continue reading How to Become a Teacherpreneur – Q&A with Marina Kladova

Horsham School Search

Practising what I preached at the Skyteach webinar conference a fortnight ago about making writing real… A few weeks ago I took over a class of low-int 10-11 year olds who are pretty errrm…energetic and fidgety (90 minutes last a while!) On our voyage through Islands 5, the topic of school came around, and using the IH Riga computers, they each researched one of the four … Continue reading Horsham School Search

10 things I Learned at IH Toruń, Poland.

Excuse anything delirious. It’s 6.30am, I’ve slept for 3 hours, but like any conference worth its salt, IH Toruń’s International Teacher Training Day has pumped up my enthusiasm and I’m writing this on the train to Warsaw before flying back to Riga. There are a lot of new ideas buzzing around in my head like flies. I need to swat some onto paper (screen) before they fly … Continue reading 10 things I Learned at IH Toruń, Poland.

Making Writing Real webinar (video, slides and notes)

Today (18 March 2017) I presented a webinar during the Skyteach Conference for English language teachers titled Making Writing Real: How to make writing lessons more enjoyable for teachers and learners alike. Many of us have experienced the less-than-enthusiastic groans when we announce a writing lesson to our students. And many times it’s not just students that aren’t excited about it — how many times … Continue reading Making Writing Real webinar (video, slides and notes)

Skyteach webinar SATURDAY 18th MARCH

VERY brief post just to nod you towards the SkyTeach webinar next Saturday 18th March. Really getting into the world of webinars – great way to connect to fellow professionals around the world without even leaving your sofa! I’ll be presenting on ‘Making Writing Real’ at 15.35 Moscow time/12.35 GMT, and will be briefly discussing teacher and student attitudes to writing in EFL before giving … Continue reading Skyteach webinar SATURDAY 18th MARCH

6 Lessons from Pour Me: A Life.

I recently finished reading A. A. Gill’s Pour Me: A Life. It’s a frank and funny memoir on his fragmented memories of years of alcoholism, and insightful musings on his childhood and post-alcohol rise to becoming a writer, critic and Sunday Times journalist. Not only did I appreciate the carefully-selected words and the rhythm of the well-crafted sentences, but the book also made me consider many aspects of … Continue reading 6 Lessons from Pour Me: A Life.

Mouth Gym Part 2: How to train

Having selected common problematic sounds in English, the most important thing is what we can do to improve these things. The foundations of this whole exercise should adhere to principles of Dweck’s Mindset theory: focused practice, belief in the possibility to improve, re-labelling “failure” as a stepping stone to success. Once we move the tongue and lips correctly, the sounds will be produced. We can … Continue reading Mouth Gym Part 2: How to train