I make a lot of worksheets and materials available via this blog, which I hope that many fellow ELT professionals will use and evaluate. In my opinion, though, it's important that anyone who wants to use my materials has some insight into the principles behind my work. I believe Materials for ELT should... be based … Continue reading My Principles for Creating ELT Materials
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?
What do you do in those last 5 minutes of class when you've finished everything that was planned? Or when energy levels hit a low during a lesson? Or in that lull while the next student gets ready to present, or whatever? We all know about the need to revise and recycle new vocabulary in … Continue reading Worksheet-free Vocab Revision Activities
Since October I've had a student in my class who is practically deaf, especially if she hasn't got her hearing aid. The class that she's taking with me is actually an Oral Skills class; it's the first class of an EAP programme and focuses on presentation and seminar skills. Clearly, not being able to hear … Continue reading Teaching a deaf student EAP oral skills
Today, at the TEASIG / CRELLA conference in Luton, I had the pleasure of hearing two talks by Dr John Field. He was focussing on creating L2 listening tests, but a lot of what he said will be useful for those of us writing ELT listening materials for teaching, too! Based on what John talked … Continue reading Common problems with common listening tasks
There's been a lot of talk about this recently - getting the balance right. The balance between men and women, between native and non-native speakers at ELT events and conferences. I've fairly recently joined the committee of an IATEFL SIG. I'm on the events team. So these kinds of 'balance' topics are more pertinent to … Continue reading Getting the (Conference Speaker) Balance Right