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Slides from IATEFL 2017

ELT conference season has begun! I’m currently in Glasgow, taking in the 51st IATEFL Conference. I’ll have write ups on some of the sessions I’m seeing in a blog post to come. My presentation, Diverse Approaches to Academic Writing at a Canadian University, is Wednesday, April 5, at 17:25, in the Lomond Hall. Here’s the … Continue reading

TESL Nova Scotia: Beyond the Five-paragraph essay in EAP Writing

I’m presenting at the TESL Nova Scotia conference this weekend. The slides for my presentation can be downloaded here. It’s so much fun to participate in my local ELT association and community!

Why All (Serious) English Teachers Should Know the IPA

IPA as in the International Phonetic Alphabet, and not India Pale Ale, to be clear. 🙂 I recently posed this question on Twitter, and got a variety of responses. Some agreed that it was helpful but not necessary, and others pointed out that knowing IPA is one thing, but knowing the phonology and phonetics that … Continue reading

Upcoming webinar: Why is English So Weird?

I’m doing a webinar on March 7 with English Online called “Why is English so weird?” Looking to History to Answer Tough Learner Questions. Here’s the description: The particularities of English orthography, vocabulary and pronunciation are stumbling blocks for many learners. However, what may appear to be random makes sense if one looks at the history … Continue reading

IATEFL Harrogate: Getting Discipline-Specific in the EGAP Classroom

I’m speaking at the IATEFL conference in Harrogate on Thursday, April 3, at 12:15 in Hall Qe. Click here to download the slides from my presentation.  

Digital Tools for EAP Reading: A Presentation

This blog wasn’t quite up and running in October when I did the following presentation at the TESL Canada Conference in Kamloops, BC, so here it comes, a month later! For those of us that teach EAP, our students’ academic readings are delivered in a variety of digital formats over and above the paper-based textbook … Continue reading

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