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...
12
JAN
2013

Hello, Riyadh !

Greetings to the teachers in the Preparatory Year Program at Kind Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  I’m looking forward to our workshops during your Professional Development Week in January.  I’ll be talking on the one hand about the teaching of reading and...
19
SEP
2012

Presentations at the New York State TESOL Conference

On November 3rd I’ll be presenting at the New York State TESOL Conference at the Hilton in Albany. Hope you can stop by for one of these sessions if you’ll be there.  I’d love to see you. Managing Stress for TESOL Professionals Saturday, November 3, 10:45am-11:45am, Van...
16
MAY
2012

Tips on writing effective conference proposals

It is once again time to prepare those proposals for next year’s  TESOL Convention in Dallas in March of 2013. The deadline is June 1, 2012.  It’s a challenge to make it onto the program. Last year, the acceptance rate was about one in four.  But you can enhance your chances by...
24
APR
2012

Improving your virtual presentation skills

Have you been asked to deliver a webinar? Wondering how to do it? Check out the tips in this webinar about how to give good webinars! This was part of the Virtual Roundtable Conference in April.  You can view the slides alone on Slideshare, but you’ll get more out of it if you...