I enjoy giving conference presentations and professional development workshops. You’ll always find me at the annual convention of the TESOL International Association and often at TESOL affiliate conferences. I also present and facilitate professional development workshops for schools and educational institutions.

1_nc_state_esl_sym_optI’ve given plenary, featured, or invited talks at:

  • California TESOL
  • Cambodia TESOL
  • TESOL Arabia
  • 3 Rivers TESOL (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Colorado TESOL
  • Saudi Arabian Symposium on Language Teaching
  • North Carolina State University ESL Symposium

among others.


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  • ACE of Florida

among others.

You can find many of the slides and handouts from these talks over on the Resources page. You can also find some of my slides on Slideshare.

1_ciudad_real_sec_optI’ve also given professional development workshops for the U.S. Department of State in Oman, Bahrain, the U.A.E., Spain, Vietnam, and Cambodia. In the US I have given professional development workshops for teachers at:

  • University of North Alabama
  • Massachusetts International Academy
  • State University of New York at New Paltz
  • Skidmore College
  • Gannon University



If you’d like me to come and talk at your conference or give a professional development workshop at your school, please get in touch.

Some of the topics I’ve spoken about recently include:

  • Practical Techniques for Teaching Culture in the Classroom
  • Developing Reading and Vocabulary Skills
  • Speaking Skills for English Language Learners
  • Teaching Pronunciation: Basic Concepts, Materials, and Techniques
  • Looking In, Looking out: Reflections on Professional Development
  • A Film-Based Course for Intermediate and Advanced Students
  • Writing Effective Student Learning Outcomes
  • An Introduction to CLIL
  • The Basics of Needs Assessment
  • Managing Stress for TESOL Professionals
  • Avoiding Death by Meeting.
  • Strategic Planning for English English Programs
  • Getting Hired at an Intensive English Program
  • Practical Techniques for  Better Decisions
  • Marketing and Promotion for ESL Authors
  • Managing the IEP Accreditation Process
  • Making the Leap to Consulting
  • Publishing 101: Getting a Start as a Published Textbook Author
  • Technology Through the Years: Lessons Learned
  • Delivering Effective Professional Development Through Webinars