01
OCT
2018

Registration now open for TESOL 2019

I hope to see you all at the TESOL 2019 Convention and Expo.  This year’s conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from March 12-15th.  Register now to get early-bird prices and be sure to grab a hotel now while the less expensive venues are still available. ...
15
SEP
2018

A week of free professional development webinars

The fall is a great time to work on professional development, and here is a great resource: a series of eight free webinars during the week of October 15-19. Once again this year, I’ll be joining some distinguished colleagues to offer these workshops. The webinar topics...
09
JUN
2018

Practical Techniques for Teaching Culture in the Classroom

In case you missed my webinar from last fall on Practical Techniques for Teaching Culture in the Classroom, a video of the talk has been posted online.  You can access it from the videos page here on my site, or go directly to the Pearson website, where you can also view archived...
23
MAR
2018

TESOL in Chicago !

I’m looking forward to seeing friends old and new at the TESOL Convention in Chicago from March 27-30. Will you be there?  Come and see me. I’ll be at the booth at TESOL Central in the exhibit area on Thursday, March 29th from 2:00-3:30.  I’ll also giving the...
15
APR
2016
The Wizard of Oz goes to TESOL

The Wizard of Oz: A TESOL Tale

This spring marked the 50th anniversary of the TESOL International Association. The convention in Baltimore was sprinkled with various celebrations of the big event. One such celebration was a musical production, The Wizard of Oz: A TESOL Tale.  In this retelling of the Wizard of...
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...
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....
15
JAN
2014

Getting students to use smart devices in class

What do you think about having students use smartphones and tablets in class? Is it a help or a hindrance? Here are a few thoughts on how to make the most of them.
27
FEB
2013

Sample chapter of Tips for Teaching Culture

I’m delighted that Pearson has taken the entire first chapter of my co-authored book Tips for Teaching Culture and put it online for all to see. The Pearson website shows general information about the book, but there is now an online preview of the first chapter, along with...
05
FEB
2013

Getting a start as a textbook writer

Some ELT teachers are curious about getting a start as a writer of coursebooks or other materials for publication. Going straight to the publishers is a good idea because there are a lot of misconceptions about what this process is like. The main one is that you should write a...