Month: April 2014

How to write effective classroom materials

At IATEFL 2014 in Harrogate last week, I went to lots of interesting talks and workshops. One stood out as immediately useful, and very practical! The talk was "More than just a worksheet: how to write effective classroom materials" by Rachel Roberts. Whilst I was sitting there, I was already convinced that the things I heard … Continue reading How to write effective classroom materials

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Feedback on Demand: Learner-Directed Feedback on EAP Writing

My presentation this week at IATEFL 2014 in Harrogate was entitled "Learner-Directed Feedback: A useful tool for developing EAP writing and academic skills?". It was a report on a small action research study I recently conducted on what I'm (for the moment) calling 'Learner-Directed Feedback'. I'm aware that this may be slightly misleading to some, particularly … Continue reading Feedback on Demand: Learner-Directed Feedback on EAP Writing

Professional Development in the Here and Now: A quick review

The final talks of the IATEFL annual conference in Harrogate are finishing as I write. The one I was in finished early, which gives me a few minutes to write a very quick review and summary of what I heard. The talk was by Anthony Gaughan on Continuing Professional Development ("The place is here and the time is now").   … Continue reading Professional Development in the Here and Now: A quick review

IATEFL ReSIG PCE Day

Today I was part of a really energising event: the Pre-Conference Event held by the Research SIG of IATEFL at the annual conference in Harrogate.  The day was especially focused on teachers’s research and set up to be “for teachers by teachers”. We heard some really interesting poster presentations, and had some interesting discussions in … Continue reading IATEFL ReSIG PCE Day