I'm not convinced that avoiding PARSNIP topics at all costs makes for engaging materials. As I see it, it should be a case of considering HOW and from which angle, not just WHAT topic is covered. It's more important how you serve the parsnips!
Finally it is the last week of our semester here, which started in October. It's been a long, hard slog, but we've made it! But the final week of term is a weird one. We still have classes, most of which are revision sessions or tests, and we have to make sure we get all … Continue reading Revision Week for my Materials
Alongside psychological issues, voice problems are a major cause of illness among teachers. I recently attending a workshop on how to look after your voice as a teacher (held by Frank Gutjahr at Universität Trier), and in the post I'd like to share the practical tips I heard. They'll probably be relevant for anyone who … Continue reading Looking after your voice
This term, my students produced short documentary films, each on one aspect that influences social class in England. You can find them on YouTube under title of "Social Class in England: Is it really all about the money?" Read on to find out Why and How did this...
A while back, I summarised an article for ELT Research Bites exploring the reasons why language teaching professionals rarely access primary research reports. The main findings were that practitioners may have negative perceptions of research as irrelevant, they may face practical constraints such as expensive pay walls and a lack of time to find and … Continue reading How to access ELT-relevant research
As part of the Materials Writing SIG pre-conference event at IATEFL 2018, Marek Kiczkowiak gave a talk entitled "From EFL to ELF: Materials Writing for English as a Lingua Franca." Now, I teach and write for an EFL setting - generally homogenous groups of speakers of German studying English Studies in English. Most of them intend … Continue reading From EFL to ELF: Materials Writing for English as a Lingua Franca – A Summary
Why are vocabulary lists useful? And what do we need to know to use them well?