30
APR
2011

EFL in Saudi Arabia

I’m just back from performing a program review for a couple of intensive English programs in Saudi Arabia. Lots of grist for the intercultural communication mill. Major issues in student motivation and finding the appropriate materials for the curriculum, as well....
11
APR
2011

TESOL presentations online

I’ve added three presentations from TESOL 2011 in New Orleans to the resources page. You can find handouts and PowerPoint slides for Writing Textbooks that Sell, Integrating Culture and Social Responsibility, and Writing Effective Learning Outcomes.
04
MAR
2011

See you in New Orleans!

I’m looking forward to the TESOL Conference in New Orleans coming up during the week of March 20th. Hope to see you there! Here are a few topics I’ll be presenting on.  Look here for handouts and PowerPoint slides after the conference. Authors Wanted Worldwide: Write...
11
JAN
2011

Q: Skills for Success now available

I’m delighted to report that the new book that Jenny Bixby and I have written for Oxford University Press is now available in the U.S. Q: Skills for Success: Reading and Writing 2 can be obtained from your local OUP rep, on the OUP Website, or at Amazon.com.  This is part...
30
OCT
2010

Presentations at New York State TESOL Conference

On November 5th and 6th I’ll be presenting at the New York State TESOL Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Albany. Hope you can stop by for one of these sessions: Principles to Practice in Teaching Reading Friday, November 5, 10:30am-11:30am, Ballroom E How can current principles...
29
SEP
2010

Critical thinking skills in English language teaching

As part of the marketing campaign for the forthcoming series Q: Skills for Success, Oxford University Press interviewed me and some of the other series authors and has posted them on YouTube. In this interview, I talk about critical thinking skills, and about my favorite reading...
26
AUG
2010

Using questions in language teaching

My Oxford University Press co-author Jenny Bixby and I have recently contributed posts to the Oxford ELT Global Blog. We each talked a bit about using questions in the language classroom–this is a key element of our book in the forthcoming OUP series called Q: Skills for...
20
APR
2010

Principles to Practice in Teaching Reading

Jenny Bixby and I will give a talk at CATESOL in Santa Clara on April 24th. The title is Principles to Practice in Teaching Reading and draws on much of the research that we did in preparation for our forthcoming student reading/writing textbook from Oxford University Press. You...
08
APR
2010

Speaking skills for English language learners

On April 17th I’ll be giving a talk at the Literacy New York Volunteer Conference in Saratoga Springs. The participants are mostly volunteers who work one-on-one with individuals and families from an amazing array of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This talk is on...
18
MAR
2010

Ten Techniques for Teaching Culture in the Classroom

If you’ll be attending the TESOL Convention in Boston, come and see my presentation with Ann Wintergerst on Ten Techniques for Teaching Culture in the Classroom.  The presentation is on Thursday, March 25th from 10:00-10:45 AM in room 153 B.  We’ll be highlighting...