06
FEB
2019

Upcoming talks in Cambodia and Vietnam

I’m looking forward to a series of talks and workshops in Cambodia from February 13-17 and in Vietnam from February 20-24. This series is sponsored by the English Language Programs of the U.S. Department of State. I am especially excited about delivering the opening plenary...
04
JAN
2019

Implementing Content-Based Language Instruction in your Classroom

I hope you’ll join me for a webinar on Implementing Content-Based Language Instruction in your Classroom. It is sponsored by the English Language Programs of the U.S. Department of State. This webinar will focus on the needs of teachers using content-based language...
23
FEB
2018

ELTpics: A Digital Picture File for English Language Teachers

As teachers, we oftenwant to use images in our own classrooms. Although the Internet is full of wonderful pictures, it can sometimes be a challenge to find just the right picture that is also free of copyright restrictions. When I was first starting out in the field, about 35...
15
JAN
2018

Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching now available

The TESOL International Association has teamed up with the Wiley publishing company to produce the TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. It’s available now here. This is a comprehensive, multi-volume examination of just about everything you need to know about...
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...
02
NOV
2015
Joanna Colwell

Inspiration from a yoga teacher

A number of years ago I was feeling very stressed. I had a lot of tension in my shoulders and neck. At my wife’s urging, I reluctantly agreed to try a yoga class. There was a beginning class just starting up in our town in Vermont. I went, and I was glad I did, partly because the...
18
OCT
2015
Tennis

Silencing the inner critic

I’ve been thinking lately about the role of the self in teaching. It’s hard to be true to yourself in the classroom when you feel like you’re performing. On top of everything, that critical voice in your head is always telling you that you can do better. In his book, The Inner...
07
APR
2015
Teachers at a workshop in Castilla-La Mancha

Muchas gracias a todos

Thanks to all the teachers from Castilla-La Mancha who joined the State Department sponsored workshops in Albacete, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Ciudad Real, Thanks so much to all of the teachers in Castilla-La Mancha and Toledo. Special thanks to the bilingual coordinators. It was a...
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...
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