Archive | November, 2013

#IH60 Conference: Live and Online – this weekend

25 Nov

This Friday and Saturday (29th & 30th November respectively) sees the International House 60th Anniversary Conference, featuring a host of luminaries from the world of ELT live in the flesh in London and online to all across the web.

Conference speakers

The Friday sessions are a series of webinars by current IH teachers around the world, while the Saturday sessions are a series of talks given live in London and streamed over the internet for anyone who can’t be there in person.  For more information on the speakers and their sessions, visit:

IH 60 Conference

My own session is running at 2.00pm on the Friday and it looks at small things that we can do to make our classrooms a better place and to encourage better learner behaviours and better learning behaviours.  It’s based around some of the work of behavioural economist and writer Dan Ariely and in particular, two TED talks he gave on the way we make decisions and on what motivates us to do good work.  If you want to do a little background viewing beforehand, the TED talks are given below:


Upcoming Webinar: Writing with Exam Classes

11 Nov

This Thursday (14th November 2013), I’ll be giving a webinar in conjunction with the British Council’s “Teaching English” website.

The session is going to focus on Writing with Exam Classes, but most of it is equally applicable outside an exam context, so if you’re not currently teaching an exam class, there will still be plenty you might find useful.

Writing Skills for Exam Classes

As you’ll see from the sneak preview slide – I’m thinking about common areas of difficulty that learners encounter in exam class writing, and I’ll then be looking at some practical activities that you can use with your classes in each area.

For more information on times, dates and locations – just follow the link:

Hope to see you there!

Really Learn English: Interview

5 Nov

The nice people at the Really Learn English site very kindly contacted me back in August as this site had been nominated for their annual blog awards.  Unfortunately, and owing to the arrival of “Language Acquisition Research Subject Number 3”, I wasn’t really paying much attention and by the time I did get back to them it was a bit too late!

So, even more kindly, they asked if I’d do an interview for their site….

If you’re interested in how this blog all started or what my teaching style is – head on over!  I also talk about my top tip for exam preparation, whether to go for IELTS or TOEFL, and what my favourite teaching mode is…

For all this (and more – because they also have quite a lot of cool stuff for teachers and students to check out), click on the picture below:

Really Learn English