01
OCT
2017
Empowering students with media literacy

Join me for a webinar on media literacy

Are your students challenged by the media of today? Is it hard for them to make sense of what is happening in the world? If you’re free, I hope you’ll join me for a webinar on Empowering Your Students With Media Literacy on October 4th, 2017. The webinar is sponsored by the...
09
NOV
2016
Global Education Conference

Join me for the online Global Education Conference

As the leadership of TESOL and NAFSA have pointed out, In the face of challenging times it is important for us to remember why we do what we do and to live up to our ideals of a global professional community. Our society and our world desperately need people who can bridge...
08
AUG
2016

From principles to practice in EAP reading.

I had the chance to contribute to a recent issue of Modern English Teacher magazine on the subject of reading. Here’s what I said: What is the most important skill for your EAP students? For most, the ability to read well may be the most important second language academic...
19
SEP
2015

New editions of Q: Skills for Success

I’m delighted to report that the second editions of both the Intro and Level 2 books of Q Skills for Success Reading/Writing are now in print. The second edition of the Special Edition of Reading/Writing 2 for Saudi Arabia is also now available. These new editions have a number...
12
FEB
2015

CLIL in Castilla-La Mancha

I’m looking forward to meeting elementary and secondary teachers in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain for a series of workshops on CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) between March 2nd and 13th.  I’ll be speaking in Albacete, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Cuidad Real, and...
10
JAN
2015

Intercultural Communication in Spain

Thanks to everyone who came to my talk at the American Space at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid on February 26th. I spoke about intercultural communication and language teaching and shared some ideas for how to help students deal with other cultures in the classroom.  Remember, if you...
06
NOV
2014

Using movies to raise cultural awareness

Using movies or films in class is a great way to help student both learn more about language and also about culture and cultural differences.  These days there are tons of films available that deal with interesting intercultural issues. Here are some thoughts on how to use film...
10
SEP
2014

Building intercultural competence in young learners

At TESOL in Portland in March 2014, I was part of a panel that discussed issues of raising intercultural awareness for young learners. A synthesis of my talk is now available as an article from the newsletter of TESOL’s Applied Linguistics Interest Section. Here’s the...
02
JUL
2014

The World Cup: Is it Football or Soccer?

The eyes of many around the world are focused on Brazil for the World Cup. Interest is high, even in the United States, where the sport is not one of the popular big four professional sports (American football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey.) But whenever people from the U.S....
22
OCT
2013

Motivating students to speak English in class

The authors of OUP’s Q: Skills for Success series have been answering questions from teachers. I was given a question about how to encourage students to speak more English in class.  You can watch the video directly using the link below, or visit the Oxford University Press...
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