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Rewrite Creative ESOL

It’s a Saturday, and I’m getting ready to learn something about teaching English through participatory arts… Rewrite is a London-based charity that seeks to …bring together young people from different backgrounds to fight prejudice and...

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Apologies

Dear all, I’m afraid that life seems to be catching up with me of late. I’m writing this short post to let you know that I have withdrawn as a speaker from the IATEFL Conference in Harrogate in a couple of weeks. I apologise wholeheartedly to the...

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#corpusMOOC week 2 – struggling to keep up

This post continues from where I left off, having described the start of the MOOC I am currently enrolled on Corpus linguistics: method, analysis, interpretation which has been put together by Tony McEnery and a team at Lancaster University and is hosted on the...

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Apps for helping students with screen-based reading

Among many, many other things going on at the moment, I’m putting together a talk based around the theme of reading, and in particular dealing with reading in the 21st century, screen-based environment. I’ll be speaking about this topic at the IATEFL...

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#corpusMOOC – Corpus linguistics week 1

#corpusMOOC underway I’m currently following a massively open online course (the MOOC you see above) being run by the University of Lancaster and other partners and through the FutureLearn MOOC platform. The course I’m following is called Corpus linguistics: method,...

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On not conferencing

On not conferencing As I write this blog post, I’m feeling a little stupid and annoyed with myself. You see, this week is the second time that I’ve found it necessary to withdraw my application to attend and give a workshop at an international ELT...

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Monetary motivation

– do you pay for it? I’ve asked myself the same questions over and over again during my time working as an ESOL teacher. These questions are always along the lines of Where is so and so?, Why aren’t they coming to their lessons? and, this evening, If...

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Notes from the last 2 months

I’m currently wading through the beginning of the Most Chaotic Year I Have Ever Taught ™ and am, to be frank, struggling with it all. The reasons for this range from simply having pretty large groups of between 16 and 22 students (although I am aware that this...

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Memories of Central Europe

I’m killing ten minute while waiting for the delayed flight back to London in Budapest Liszt Ferenc airport. Normally, this sort of thing would make my blood boil. But…I’ve had such a fantastic couple of weeks, first in Łódź in Poland and now in...

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New project!!

Just a brief one to say that I’ve just set up a few things for a new project and path I plan on walking down thesoundbooksite.com is where you can find it. Look forward to seeing you there!!

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Playing around with Storify…

I’ve just been having a tinker with a web app called Storify, which allows you to search for content posted on social media and other networking sites (such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, et al), as well as that from other websites (you can search for...

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IATEFL Liverpool 2013

//storify.com/harrisonmike/iatefl-liverpool.js?border=false&header=false&more=false Storify by Mike Harrison Thu, Aug 15 2013 08:53:31 IATEFL Liverpool 2013 In April 2013, the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language had its...

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Summer assumptions

I’m currently on a sort of busman’s holiday, teaching at a school in Bournemouth. It’s still teaching, but quite a bit different to the sort of teaching I’m usually used to – the school intake made up largely at the moment of short-stay...

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IATEFL webinars

In case you don’t know, IATEFL (the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) has started a series of monthly webinars on different topics relating to EFL, English, language and teaching. There are some really interesting names and...

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Tutorial: how to make a ‘flip’ on #TEDEd

Here’s a short video tutorial about how to make ‘flips’ or online video-based lessons on the TED Ed website at ed.ted.com. If you have any questions, you can leave a comment below or shoot me a message on Twitter. Happy flipping!!!...

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TED-Ed flips – write lessons based around online videos

I just randomly clicked on the TED-Ed link from a video I had been watching on the main TED site, and was interested to be directed straight to a page where it was possible to design a lesson plan and materials (commentary, comprehension questions and discussions)...

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Site update

Just a very quick post to point you in the direction of a few things I’ve done over the last year and a teaser of something to come quite soon. You can now find links to things I’ve written and videos of interviews I’ve done (one for IATEFL last...

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Exploratory practice in ELT – IATEFL talk notes

First up, apologies for taking such a long time to put something up here related to my IATEFL talk, which was called ‘Exploratory practice in ELT: an opportunity to develop yourself’. If you came to the talk on Wednesday at the Annual Conference last...

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Course book consensus? Not for me thanks!

Another brief report from the IATEFL conference in Liverpool last week, and this time I’d like to focus on the ELT Journal sponsored debate. The event saw Scott Thornbury proposing the motion: This house believes published course materials don’t reflect...

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Putting the social into association

I went to the IATEFL conference in Liverpool last week wearing a variety of hats. Not literally, but rather to do with the multiple roles I find myself in at the moment: An ESOL teacher very much interested in professional development, wary about actually putting into...

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The dullest blog in the world

Thanks to the inestimable Gavin Dudeney sharing it on Facebook, I have today been acquainted with the above mentioned ‘dullest blog in the world‘. And it seems to be exactly that. The minutiae of the day to day life of the creator of this work, a Dave...

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Empty vessels

For those people who are newer readers of this blog a brief explanation of my teaching situation (if you know me or have been reading for a while, feel free to skip this section): I teach ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in the south east of London....

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IATEFL 101: Making the most of conference sessions

Or IATEFL for Dummies (the dummy in question is actually me!)… While I’ve been packing my bags for Liverpool and tweaking my talk and slides (and then my talk again), my mind wandered over the fact that I will have been to 3 IATEFL conferences this time...

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Countdown to IATEFL 2013

Next week, in fact in just under a week, I’ll be at IATEFL giving a short talk on experimental practice. The details are as follows: Date: Wednesday 10 April 2013 Time: 17.10 – 17.40 Venue: Liverpool ACC, Hall 14 Audience: 50 Title: Exploratory practice in...

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Simple guide to finding pictures online

I’m working on postcards with my Entry 1 students this afternoon, so I wanted to create an easy-to-follow guide for them to search Flickr for Creative Commons tagged photos and pictures to use in this task. Here is the guide, shared under Creative Commons itself...

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