Teaching unhugged

There is no more pressing question in any field of education than: what is the best way to learn? Another popular question with a similar intent is: why isn’t student X learning? Or: why isn’t method X working? For some time

Teaching unhugged

There is no more pressing question in any field of education than: what is the best way to learn? Another popular question with a similar intent is: why isn’t student X learning? Or: why isn’t method X working? For some time

Mental health (in ELT)

Yesterday, I found postcards like these (see left) scattered around the coffee area at work, along with leaflets, badges and teabags! I was intrigued, so I picked one up. It turns out that the postcards (and the rest) were reminders that

Mental health (in ELT)

Yesterday, I found postcards like these (see left) scattered around the coffee area at work, along with leaflets, badges and teabags! I was intrigued, so I picked one up. It turns out that the postcards (and the rest) were reminders that

5 ways to recover from an MA

Shortly after I completed my master’s degree in ELT & Applied Linguistics, I published a post called “5 things I wish I’d known before my MA.” That proved so popular, I followed it up with a guest post featuring 5

5 ways to recover from an MA

Shortly after I completed my master’s degree in ELT & Applied Linguistics, I published a post called “5 things I wish I’d known before my MA.” That proved so popular, I followed it up with a guest post featuring 5

Accents in ads: from the sublime to the ridiculous

This morning on the London Underground, an ad caught my eye. Well, several did — but this one held my attention a bit longer because it mentioned accents, a particular interest of mine. And this wasn’t the only recent advertising

Accents in ads: from the sublime to the ridiculous

This morning on the London Underground, an ad caught my eye. Well, several did — but this one held my attention a bit longer because it mentioned accents, a particular interest of mine. And this wasn’t the only recent advertising

Learning, living and loss

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while. I’ve been trying to work out the connection between thoughts that have been floating around in my mind, sometimes coming up to the surface for closer examination and sometimes sinking back down to

Learning, living and loss

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while. I’ve been trying to work out the connection between thoughts that have been floating around in my mind, sometimes coming up to the surface for closer examination and sometimes sinking back down to

5 more things you should know before your MA

About a year ago, I posted this shortlist of things I wish I’d known before doing my master’s degree.  I’ve just shared these learnings, plus some more ideas that have occurred to me since then, at the English UK teachers’

5 more things you should know before your MA

About a year ago, I posted this shortlist of things I wish I’d known before doing my master’s degree.  I’ve just shared these learnings, plus some more ideas that have occurred to me since then, at the English UK teachers’

Things I wish I’d known before my MA (English UK 2014 presentation)

This is just a short appendix of sorts to a post I wrote about a year ago, and which I recently updated and delivered as a presentation at the English UK Teachers’ Conference in London. You can view my slides below

Things I wish I’d known before my MA (English UK 2014 presentation)

This is just a short appendix of sorts to a post I wrote about a year ago, and which I recently updated and delivered as a presentation at the English UK Teachers’ Conference in London. You can view my slides below

Article published in Speak Out! issue 51

Originally posted on ELF Pronunciation:
This post is just a quick one to mention an article by Katy and Laura which was recently published in issue 51 of Speak Out!, the newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group (PronSIG). Back in April 2014 at…

Article published in Speak Out! issue 51

Originally posted on ELF Pronunciation:
This post is just a quick one to mention an article by Katy and Laura which was recently published in issue 51 of Speak Out!, the newsletter of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group (PronSIG). Back in April 2014 at…

British Council ELT Master’s Award nomination

Last night’s ELTons awards ceremony was a great night out.  Huge congrats to Lizzie Pinard, a fellow blogger who won the award for New Talent in Writing, and to all the other winners and nominees, of course. I was delighted

British Council ELT Master’s Award nomination

Last night’s ELTons awards ceremony was a great night out.  Huge congrats to Lizzie Pinard, a fellow blogger who won the award for New Talent in Writing, and to all the other winners and nominees, of course. I was delighted

#OneThing my student taught me today

Picture the scene, if you will: An ordinary 90-minute intermediate-level adult class.  The second of two lessons this group have in the morning. Ten students, divided into two groups. Each group has a different reading text – authentic articles taken

#OneThing my student taught me today

Picture the scene, if you will: An ordinary 90-minute intermediate-level adult class.  The second of two lessons this group have in the morning. Ten students, divided into two groups. Each group has a different reading text – authentic articles taken