16
FEB
2012
Joe McVeigh delivers a Pecha Kucha presentation at TESOL Arabia

Upcoming conferences

Greetings, all! Conference season is just about upon us. This winter and spring I’ll be giving talks at TESOL Arabia in Dubai, TESOL in Philadelphia, a symposium on English language teaching in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and then at CATESOL in Oakland. The brief audio file below...
21
DEC
2011

Figuring out the frequency of two word verbs

The December 2011 TESOL Quarterly contains a wonderful study by Dilin Liu analyzing the frequency of phrasal verbs across several corpora. This is a really useful article for teachers and materials writers, with lots of great information in it and a valuable companion to his 2003...
10
OCT
2011

Lesson planning

How much time do you spend preparing your lessons in advance? Are you a planner? Or do you like to let the lesson take its own course? As a young student teacher I learned how to carefully plan my lessons. I would write out exactly what I planned to do during each part of the...
26
SEP
2011

Class chemistry

Have you ever taught a class that just never seemed to come together? Or one in which the students all worked together really well? Do you think that classes have their own personalities? I first learned about the concept of class chemistry as a student teacher. My master...
09
SEP
2011

Q Reading and Writing Intro now available

I’m delighted to announce that my latest ESL textbook, coauthored with Jenny Bixby is now available. It is the introductory level of Q: Skills for Success, the Reading/Writing strand.  Like our other book in the Q series, this level has entertaining readings, solid...
29
AUG
2011

Tips on remembering student names

I am not good at remembering names and faces. In the small town where I live,  I am constantly running into people and trying to recall if I know them from my son’s school or from musical theater or from church or just where we might have met. So you can imagine the difficulty I...
10
AUG
2011

Classroom horror stories

We’ve been having a heat wave in Vermont, in the northeastern United States where I live. The temperature has reached 95° F (35° C). It’s actually hotter here than it was in Saudi Arabia when I visited in the spring. It got me thinking about the effect of heat and other...
04
AUG
2011

What teachers inspired you?

One of my most memorable teachers was a high school English teacher. Thomas Donovan had been teaching for nearly forty years and was in his sixties when I had him as a 14-year-old student. He was what today we would call “old school.” That is, he was very traditional in the way...
15
JUL
2011

5 great books for teaching speaking in the English language classroom

A recent thread on the TESOL English as a Foreign Language Interest Section e-list discussion group raised the issue of teaching conversation in the EFL classroom. I came up with the following list of useful books for those interested in teaching speaking. Folse, K. S. (2006) The...
16
MAY
2011

Getting hired as an English language teacher

A recent discussion on TESOL’s e-list for the Teacher Education Interest Section provoked some interest in helping novice (and more experienced) teachers find jobs in our profession. Some of the conversation centered around how long a resume should be or in what order....