8 Things I Learned on Adrian Underhill’s ‘From Pronunciation to Storytelling…’ Course

I’m just back home in Riga after a fortnight at Bell Teacher Campus, Cambridge, where I took the ‘From pronunciation to storytelling: a complete approach to comfortable intelligibility’ course with Adrian Underhill along with 13 others from around the world. Other teacher courses were running at the same time, and our 21 weekly core course hours were supplemented with other workshops, talks and plenaries with other ELT dons … Continue reading 8 Things I Learned on Adrian Underhill’s ‘From Pronunciation to Storytelling…’ Course

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)

Easter Resurrection/Learner Feedback → Learner Progress with Edurio (II)

Student centred vs. teacher weakness. Hearing this presented as a conflict always leaves me with my head in my hands, as it smacks of a lack of teacher self-confidence at learners’ expense. As well as using intuition, observation and test scores, there is a very simple way to find out what students want from a course and how they feel about certain aspects: ASK THEM DIRECTLY. The customer … Continue reading Easter Resurrection/Learner Feedback → Learner Progress with Edurio (II)

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

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.