Hello. I’m Joe McVeigh, a consultant, teacher trainer, and author in the field of English language teaching. Much of my career has been spent in intensive English language programs. All together I’ve got over thirty years of experience with second language speakers from more than 45 countries. I’ve worked as a consultant and trainer for organizations as large as General Electric and as small as local non-profits.I’ve designed curricula, trained trainers, taught courses and administered intensive English language programs at the University of Southern California, California State University at Los Angeles, the California Institute of Technology and Middlebury College. I’ve lived and worked overseas in China, India, Hungary, Chile, Saudi Arabia, and the UK.
I’ve conducted program reviews or done accreditation consulting for intensive English programs in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Saudi Arabia. I’m a co-author and presenter of the NAFSA professional development workshop on Strategic Planning and Teambuilding for IEPs and I’ve served as facilitator of the strategic planning process of the board of the American Association of Intensive English Programs on multiple occasions. I’ve also served on the Board of Directors of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. and chaired of TESOL’s Intensive English Programs Interest Section. I work part-time as a site visit representative for CEA—the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. I coordinate the work of volunteer peer reviewers in the analysis of self-study reports and verification of on-site visits. I’ve traveled to more than twenty programs, coordinating these visits and editing the reports that go back to CEA.
My co-authored books include Tips for Teaching Culture: Practical Approaches to Intercultural Communication from Pearson and two books in the Q: Skills for Success series from Oxford University Press. I’ve also edited ESL textbooks for both McGraw-Hill, Cambridge University Press, Kaplan Education, and served as academic content advisor to the world’s largest online English language provider, GlobalEnglish.com, now part of Pearson English.
I live in the lovely college town of Middlebury, Vermont in the northeastern United States, but I get out a lot and speak at national and international conferences on a wide variety of topics including: methods and techniques for teaching reading, speaking, and listening comprehension; pronunciation & accent reduction; intercultural communication and diversity; language training program administration; technology in language teaching; active learning activities; achieving student satisfaction; selecting effective language training materials; strategic planning and team-building for language programs; effective language teacher hiring practices; and spirituality and reflection in language teacher training programs. I also have experience in teacher training and love to hear from former students who have taught in the U.S., China, Hungary, India, Austria, Ecuador, and Chile.
I’ve got an A.B. in English and American Literature from Brown University in Providence, RI and an M.A. in TESOL from Biola University in La Mirada, CA.
If you’d like to know more, you can download a complete curriculum vitae.
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You can also follow me on Twitter and read my occasional postings Oxford University Press ELT Global Blog or on the TESOL Blog. Many of the slides from my conference presentations are also available on Slideshare.