Fry, H., S. Ketteridge & S. Marshall (eds), A handbook for teaching and learning in higher education, 4th edition (Routledge, 2015). Though it is like a collection of essays each covering a different area or current debate in HE, this book neatly fits the ‘handbook’ genre, since it is easy to navigate and doesn’t need … Continue reading Review: A handbook for teaching and learning in higher education
By popular demand... My handout from my presentation held at IATEFL 2016 in Birmingham, with the above title. Abstract: This talk provides teachers with time-efficient alternatives to traditional ‘red-pen correction’, by demonstrating and evaluating several effective feedback strategies that are applicable to giving feedback on writing in diverse contexts, and presenting summaries of published research … Continue reading Marking Writing: Feedback Strategies to Challenge the Red Pen’s Reign – IATEFL 2016
So, it's that time of the year when people are going to be writing final essays and term papers. So here's my helpful list of How To Write A Really Rubbish Essay: [And, yes, it is based on my frustration at the delightful essays I have just spent my weekend (free time!?!) marking!!] - Write about … Continue reading Little Rant: How to Write a Rubbish Essay
My essay class are doing their first assessed essay this week and they're a bit nervous. They've got lots of questions. But one question really struck me. A student asked 'Is it OK to cite Wikipedia?' My standard answer is, 'if you use it, you should cite it' - as with any source. But this simply … Continue reading The Role of Wikipedia in Academic Essays
It's been a couple of years since I took over as the Erasmus exchange coordinator for my Department (Dept. of English Studies at a university in Germany). While most of my responsibilities are to do with helping students get organised for their stay abroad and helping incoming students navigate our university's system, another task that requires time … Continue reading Why don’t British students spend time abroad?
Those of you who've been following my recent posts, will notice that I'm going through a phase of thinking about how I can help students make their free-time English activities more effective for their learning. My general addage has always been: Whatever you like to do in your free-time, just do it in English! But the … Continue reading Practising English through Reading Fiction
Planting seeds may not guarantee that they will grow; but not planting them is scarcely a superior strategy. (Swan, M., 2006) Introduction - A sense of relief At the weekend, I attended a talk by Michael Swan entitled "Some things that matter in grammar teaching... and some that don't" at an event hosted by ELTA … Continue reading Explicit Grammar Teaching: The what and how