Once again, Tom O’Reilly has kindly invited me to write a review on a resource due to be published in October by Prosperity Education. I jumped at the opportunity to have a sneak peek at (and write about!) what Peter Clements and Paul Murphy had put together. Although I’m not familiar with Paul’s work, I am a big fan of Peter’s, so I knew it was going to be something inspiring, and they certainly delivered. What’s more, I’m very pleased to see Prosperity Education venturing into the IELTS world, as their main focus has been Cambridge exam preparation...or at least it was, up until now!
September 29, 2021, 7:46 pm
Don’t you just love it when you cross paths with someone who has an idea they passionately believe in, and do everything they can to make it happen? If you do, you’re going to enjoy this. I’ll get to the actual review in a moment, but I think it’s really important to show you the full picture, starting with…
July 4, 2021, 9:13 am
When I was asked to review this new teacher’s resource book, I felt both excited and apprehensive - not only because it is my first ‘official’ review, but also because of my connection to the Work It Out series (Prosperity Education). Hence, my concerns: will I be able to cover all aspects expected in a review of this sort? Will I manage objective and detached feedback? Ultimately, will I be capable of doing this book justice? I’ll leave it to you to decide.
March 28, 2021, 6:24 pm
If you have ever taught English, I’m sure you’ll agree that Phrasal Verbs are one of the most difficult language areas to teach. For this reason, Billie Jago and I have created a teacher’s resource book (published by Prosperity Education) that should make teaching phrasal verbs much easier. We were delighted by the response to our webinar - a big thank you to those who attended. If you missed it, you can watch it here!
October 22, 2020, 6:48 pm
I’ve taken advantage of my spare time during lockdown to uncover and (try to) better understand certain aspects of ELT which, usually due to my lack of time and energy, I had always put aside. Little did I know that delving into the world of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) equalled opening the proverbial ‘can of worms’*, and by writing this I’m perhaps ‘biting off more than I can chew’*.
June 7, 2020, 7:24 am
Has teaching pronunciation in a classroom environment become obsolete? This question has been on my mind for about a month now, from the moment I had a conversation that truly surprised me. I was happily discussing all sorts of random ELT-related stuff with a fellow teacher (and friend) I have known for years, when she suddenly tells me that teaching pronunciation has become a pointless task. I have always admired her for her dedication to her students, the creativity of her classroom activities and the quality of her lessons - surely she didn’t mean what she’d just said? I was confused.
May 24, 2020, 11:39 am
I’ve recently read a very interesting article by Ollie Wood about the flipped classroom that sparked my curiosity and triggered fond memories. I had known about this approach for years and yet, I had never noticed the connection between the blended and the flipped classroom until then. So, intrigued by my discovery and determined to fill this gap in my knowledge, I decided to find out more.
May 1, 2020, 7:08 pm
I don’t think there’s a better way to celebrate my tenth anniversary in ELT than by writing about a topic that I’ve always considered uncomfortable to discuss, yet very close to my heart: being a non-native English speaker (NNES) in the ELT industry.
April 17, 2020, 5:51 pm