19
FEB
2010

On English Language Materials Writing

Darren Elliot keeps a great blog called The Lives of Teachers.  He interviewed a number of people at a recent conference of JALT (The Japan Association for Language Teaching.)  One of those interviewed was Miles Craven, a British ELT author based in Japan.  Miles talks about the...
21
JAN
2010

Teaching and learning English in Japan

  Tim Murphey had his EFL students at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan talk about their experiences learning English in junior high school and high school.  They then made a very interesting video about their experiences. In it, they ask the Japanese Ministry of...
08
JAN
2010

What makes a great teacher?

Writing in the January/February 2010 edition of The Atlantic, Amanda Ripley follows the efforts of the U.S. nonprofit organization Teach for America to distill the essential qualities of teachers who really make a difference for students in elementary and high schools. She...
06
NOV
2009

New York State TESOL

Pearson Longman co-author Ann Wintergerst and I will be giving a talk at the New York State TESOL Conference in White Plains. The presentation is called Practical Techniques for Teaching Culture. We’ll preview some of the activities from our forthcoming book Tips on...
26
OCT
2009

In Tune with English

As a musician, I’m always interested in ways of incorporating music and the arts into instruction. I think that “Using Songs in the ESL Classroom” was one of the earliest professional presentations that I ever gave.  Here, however, is a new twist: an English...
08
AUG
2009

Textbook adoption? Not in California.

The Los Angeles Times reports on the implications of statewide budget cuts for education: no new textbook adoptions for grades K-8 until 2016!  The state superintendent of instruction is quoted as saying, “It could be close to a generation before we see new...
17
JUN
2009

Teaching Languages with Technology

I’m back from a terrific time in Chile, hosted by colleagues at Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago. They were wonderful hosts, and while there, I gave a talk called Teaching Languages with Technology. Several of the teachers at the university joined in and gave brief...
22
MAY
2009

Looking for stories about intercultural communication

For possible inclusion in a forthcoming book on culture, we are seeking brief stories of experiences that you as teachers have had that involve aspects or dimensions of culture and intercultural communication. These stories could be situations or realizations that you have had...
11
MAR
2009

TESOL in Denver

If you’ll be at the TESOL conference in Denver, Please join me for the presentations listed below. Handouts and PowerPoints will be available a day or two after the presentation. Check the Resources page for teachers, trainers, and consultants.  I hope to see you there.  ...
22
DEC
2008

The reason that we teach

In mid-December I was flying back to Burlington, Vermont from LaGuardia airport in New York. A couple with a small child, dressed in a slightly unusual fashion were in the wrong seats, and were properly relocated to the very back row of the 20-seat plane where I was sitting. The...