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...
14
APR
2012

Conference presention slides and handouts

Looking for conference presentation slides and handouts?  Try this page first. The most recent presentations are at the top. In most cases you can download the PowerPoint slides and handout. You can usually also view the PowerPoint on SlideShare. You can download from there, as...
09
APR
2012

Where to get copies of my books

Thanks very much to those of you in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere who have expressed interest in my Tips for Teaching Culture book.  If you are outside the U.S., the best way to get a copy of this book is from the Pearson international website.  Be sure to check the shipping...
16
FEB
2012
Joe McVeigh delivers a Pecha Kucha presentation at TESOL Arabia

Upcoming conferences

Greetings, all! Conference season is just about upon us. This winter and spring I’ll be giving talks at TESOL Arabia in Dubai, TESOL in Philadelphia, a symposium on English language teaching in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and then at CATESOL in Oakland. The brief audio file below...
21
DEC
2011

Figuring out the frequency of two word verbs

The December 2011 TESOL Quarterly contains a wonderful study by Dilin Liu analyzing the frequency of phrasal verbs across several corpora. This is a really useful article for teachers and materials writers, with lots of great information in it and a valuable companion to his 2003...
10
OCT
2011

Lesson planning

How much time do you spend preparing your lessons in advance? Are you a planner? Or do you like to let the lesson take its own course? As a young student teacher I learned how to carefully plan my lessons. I would write out exactly what I planned to do during each part of the...