Whose English is it, anyway?

This weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the second ever Innovate ELT conference in Barcelona, Spain, organised and hosted by ELT Jam and Oxford TEFL – and the great pleasure and honour of opening the main day of

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Whose English is it, anyway?

This weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the second ever Innovate ELT conference in Barcelona, Spain, organised and hosted by ELT Jam and Oxford TEFL – and the great pleasure and honour of opening the main day of

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Language and empathy, Part 3: Making choices about language

This is the third and final post in a short series to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody hoping to develop their connections with

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Language and empathy, Part 3: Making choices about language

This is the third and final post in a short series to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody hoping to develop their connections with

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ELF: why we can’t teach it

Let’s cut to the chase. We can’t teach it, because there is no “it”. As language learners and teachers are undoubtedly aware, language, its use and its users are complex things. English is no exception. In fact, the term “Englishes”

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ELF: why we can’t teach it

Let’s cut to the chase. We can’t teach it, because there is no “it”. As language learners and teachers are undoubtedly aware, language, its use and its users are complex things. English is no exception. In fact, the term “Englishes”

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IntrovELT: Is CLT fair to introverts? or Why it’s OK to stay in one’s shell

I’ve noticed lately, whether as a student in a group or when observing others’ classes, I often seem to feel myself crying out internally, “just shut up and let me THINK!  can’t we get a minute’s peace, for the love

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IntrovELT: Is CLT fair to introverts? or Why it’s OK to stay in one’s shell

I’ve noticed lately, whether as a student in a group or when observing others’ classes, I often seem to feel myself crying out internally, “just shut up and let me THINK!  can’t we get a minute’s peace, for the love

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Pedagogy Pop-up: Everything you always wanted to know about teaching pronunciation* (*but were afraid to ask)

Last summer, inspired by the innovative format of a 10-minute plenary presentation that I gave at a conference in Spain earlier that year, I decided to hold a series of mini-events to share key insights from applied linguistics research with

Pedagogy Pop-up: Everything you always wanted to know about teaching pronunciation* (*but were afraid to ask)

Last summer, inspired by the innovative format of a 10-minute plenary presentation that I gave at a conference in Spain earlier that year, I decided to hold a series of mini-events to share key insights from applied linguistics research with

IntrovELT: Conferencing for introverts

The spring conference season is upon us, and I’m already feeling both excited and anxious about it. I go to a lot of conferences. I love conferences. Learning from others’ experience, meeting new people, seeing old friends, simply enjoying a

IntrovELT: Conferencing for introverts

The spring conference season is upon us, and I’m already feeling both excited and anxious about it. I go to a lot of conferences. I love conferences. Learning from others’ experience, meeting new people, seeing old friends, simply enjoying a

Language and empathy, Part 2: English from another point of view

This is the second in a short series of posts to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody hoping to develop their connections with others

Language and empathy, Part 2: English from another point of view

This is the second in a short series of posts to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody hoping to develop their connections with others

Language and empathy, Part 1: Why learn another language?

This is the first in a short series of posts to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody interested in developing their

Language and empathy, Part 1: Why learn another language?

This is the first in a short series of posts to restart my blogging for another year, and all relate to language learning and empathy. Each of the 3 posts will suggest a new year’s resolution for anybody interested in developing their

10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 2)

Just another quick cross-blog plug… The second half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 2)

Just another quick cross-blog plug… The second half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 1)

Just a quick cross-blog plug… The first half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 1)

Just a quick cross-blog plug… The first half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

Coming soon to Belgium…

Just a quick post to plug my upcoming conference talk next weekend… Join me at 14:20 on Saturday 25 April 2015 for the BELTA Day, where I’ll be talking about pronunciation and listening for English as a lingua franca. Here’s

Coming soon to Belgium…

Just a quick post to plug my upcoming conference talk next weekend… Join me at 14:20 on Saturday 25 April 2015 for the BELTA Day, where I’ll be talking about pronunciation and listening for English as a lingua franca. Here’s

aka Santorini

Learning Greek, Part 1: alphabet and apps for that

So, I’ve starting learning Greek. Why? How? Well… In September 2014, I was due to go to Athens for the ELF7 conference. I decided to arrive a few days early so I could take in the city’s many historic & cultural

aka Santorini

Learning Greek, Part 1: alphabet and apps for that

So, I’ve starting learning Greek. Why? How? Well… In September 2014, I was due to go to Athens for the ELF7 conference. I decided to arrive a few days early so I could take in the city’s many historic & cultural