Work

Smart Planet

The final level of Smart Planet is now out. The series for teens (a version of “Eyes Open”) has been designed specifically for the Spanish market. More information about the series here. You can watch a video tour about the book here:

Uncover

The fourth and final level of “Uncover” is now available, completing the series. Uncover combines captivating video from Discovery Education™ with a unique approach that opens up a whole new way for students to view the world. Now, learning English is much more interesting as students embark on a journey to uncover the cultures and people

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Eyes Open

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:

Global Competence

Our job should not be restricted to going through the language syllabus in our classes but should develop values required by citizens in today’s globalized world.  Embracing global competence in our classes is about developing particular skills and attitudes: the knowledge and understanding of global issues and intercultural concerns, the fostering of analytical and critical thinking

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Learner Labels: What are they for?

There is an increasing tendency to categorize learners, but these labels are rarely neutral and can take on lives of their own, independent of our learners’ actual opportunities to acquire language. This talk explores alternative ways of understanding learner identities following a narrative rather than a paradigmatic approach.   Download a handout with bibliography here

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Students in the Directors Chair

Watching and making video is a part of everyday life for today’s YouTuber teens. It’s increasingly a part of the modern classroom experience too, helping to increase learner engagement. The rise of digital video has also made video easier to access, produce and share. If students are given the chance to produce their own video,

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Eyes Open

Eyes Open is a course for lower secondary students of English. It combines captivating video from Discovery Education™, with a unique approach that opens up a whole new way to view the world. Learning English becomes much more interesting, as students discover and explore the cultures and peoples of the world around them. The book

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Screen Teachers

The way teachers are portrayed in the movies can provide us with fascinating insights into how our profession is perceived. This analyses how both “good” and “bad” teachers predominate in Hollywood with their corresponding tropes and stereotypes. Using less-known examples from the cinema, we will analyse on-screen teachers can present us with more inspiring and

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The Personalisation Problem

We begin looking at Personalisation in ELT. Students enjoy activities that are learner centred but many materials include “personalised activities” such as Find Someone Who… games which clearly channel an individual learner’s response and give learners little room “to make the task their own”. There is also a clear discourse of individualism in ELT materials

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