EVO 2018 – Free MOOCS to start the year!

Here are the EVO sessions for 2018: I’m part of the ‘Teaching Listening: principles, techniques and technologies’ session this year. It’s a great opportunity for some CPD – and it’s free! Registering for courses starts today.  The Electronic Village Online  Sessions 2018 ICT4ELT 2018 Business_English_for_a_better_world2018 Classroom_Based_Research Teacher, trainer, coach- developing the Business English Professional EVO […]

World Grammar Day March 4th

Did you know? I didn’t – but Pearson is doing a free webinar and a giveaway of free grammar resources this week. Here’s the very long link for the free grammar resources: https://www.pearsonelt.com/campaign/grammar-day/home.html?utm_source=Pearson+ELT+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3e4faefe69-newsletter_grammar_day&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_51bb72c6d1-3e4faefe69-126284857 And here’s the webinar blurb and another long link: Making Grammar Practice Meaningful . . . and Fun – Fri, Mar 3, […]

EVO Time! Electronic Village Online is back!

Five weeks of free and fabulous professional development in January and Feb 2017. I’ll be doing week three of the Teaching Listening session this year. Come on, join me. Start your year right! Here’s the info: For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions […]

Tips for using podcasts in the classroom

1.Reduce podcast speed if necessary This is easily done on even the most basic mp3 player. If you reduce anything to 50%, the person sounds ill or drunk so I recommend around 60-75% to maintain authenticity. 2.Download transcripts when available Fans tend to transcribe popular podcasts – often on Reddit. 3.Explore spinoff media (articles, forums, […]

Podcasts for Advanced learners – Freaks and Geeks

As a proud geek, teaching lots of proud geeks, these podcasts hit the mark with my learners. These can also be used with advanced older teens as there’s not too much adult content (disclaimer: always listen first please). 1: One of my favourite Gimlet Media podcasts – Surprisingly Awesome – makes everything super cool. Cement, glue, […]