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My new coursebook series for teens called “Eyes Open” (written with Ceri Jones) is now complete. All four levels are now available. In fact, the fourth level has my favourite cover! The series is published by Cambridge University Press, in conjunction with Discovery Education.Here is a sneak preview of what you can expect:  

The Image Conference

I was great to speak at the Image Conference for the second time on November 22 in Córdoba, Spain. For those who don’t know, this was the 3rd edition of the event, organised by Kieran Donaghy of Film English fame, this time in collaboration with International House Córdoba. It was wonderful to meet so many people working in

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Queering ESOL

I’m delighted to have been invited to speak at Queering ESOL’s 5th Seminar at King’s College, University of London in March 2015. The topic is:  LGBT Representations: media, literature, pedagogic materials. Here is a summary of the project: The seminar series aims to explore the wide ranging challenges faced by ESOL practitioners in ensuring that the

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Visual Poetry

I’ve recently become interested in the idea of “watching a poem”. I think, apart from anything else, for a generation unaccustomed to reading poetry at least on the printed page, representing a poem visually is an interesting idea. Have a look at this visual poem made by Headgear Animation based on a short poem called

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Language and Desire

In her book “The Multilingual Subject”, Claire Kramsch says this about many learners of English: “In language learning, desire is first of all escape. English, that is associated with freedom and economic opportunity, can serve to rebel against the traditional hierarchies of family and society… …. but desire can also be the urge to survive

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Images and Identity

I was reading Neil MacGregor’s History of the World in 100 Objects when I came across image number 11: King Den’s Sandal Label, made from Hippopotamus ivory around 3000 BC. This label is only 5 cm square and was once attached to an Egyptian Pharaoh’s pair of sandals. Made to accompany him in the afterlife,

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