• Digital tools and technology in training Posted by Kevin on 22 November, 2014

    I have always been of the opinion that the decisions we make as educators should be informed by research. As such, I am glad that a colleague, Deborah Capras, is undertaking some research in the area of digital tools and technology in training. A copy of her e-mail to me is below, and she has confirmed that she would like as many people as possible to participate in this survey.

    I am currently doing some research on the use of digital tools and technology in corporate language training. As an experienced and respected professional in this area, I’d like to ask you to take a few minutes to fill in a short survey on this topic. I will send out a summary of the results to participants who provide their emails at the end of the survey, so I hope you will also gain some insight from it.

    Your time and input is very much appreciated. Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested in the results.

    Thank you.

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  • The best corporate blogs – follow-up to BESIG Bonn Posted by Pete on 17 November, 2014

    bonnThanks to everyone who came to my workshop at BESIG Bonn on Saturday – braving the cold and the late hour.

    Here’s the link to an overview of the (so-called) 40 best corporate blogs.

    Great to see everyone – thanks once again to OUP for sponsoring this talk!

    Photo: Antonio Ponte (Flickr)

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  • Skills Boost – new worksheets from Richmond Posted by Pete on 6 November, 2014

    I’m over the moon at how these new Reading worksheets have turned out. Wow. What a difference a great designer can make to the writer-editor mix. They’ll be out next week – more info to follow!


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  • Reviews in brief – EL Gazette November 2014 Posted by Pete on 31 October, 2014

    reviews-in-brief-novJust published – the EL Gazette, with Pete’s usual Reviews in Brief page….

    Titles reviewed this month are:

    English for Life Listening B2+ Ian Badger (Collins)

    Focus on Oral Interaction Rhonda Oliver and Jenefer Philp (OUP)

    and Vocabulary Builder B2 Elizabeth Walter & Kate Woodford (Richmond)



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  • BESIG Teaser video on YouTube Posted by Pete on 30 October, 2014

    screenshot-youtubeBESIG WorkshopBlending print and digital

    BESIG has just uploaded the teaser for my presentation in Bonn. Click here to see the video:


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  • A brief history of the IATEFL LTSIG Posted by Pete on 29 October, 2014

    LTSIGThe IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, prompting a moment of retrospection. Much has changed over the years – most notably the size of the SIG, which now claims around 500 members, and its reach – it can now be described as a truly international organisation. Nevertheless, much remains constant. The hard-work and commitment of committee members; the vision of the SIG co-ordinators; the energy and dedication to run events which can be quite life-changing for local attendees, and the desire to bring out a regular journal which describes, analyses, reviews and criticises the latest learning technologies in the field of language teaching.

    The rest of this article is available to LT SIG members on the LT SIG website.

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  • Plenary talk at CULI-LITU conference, Bangkok Posted by Pete on 22 October, 2014

    10629304_10152718020206855_1035628467112532113_o10484163_10152360184187617_5664360718853907660_oIt was a great experience, delivering the plenary at the first CULI-LITU conference in Bangkok, Thailand last week. The food rivalled (or surpassed?!) Malaysia! The opening ceremony was graceful, and at the end we all piled onto the stage for this photograph!

    Many thanks to the hosts and to the conference organiser, Monthira, who helped me so much due to her great organisational skills!

    Here is the list of academic references, plus a number of books on the topic of m-learning, along with the link to the (free) White Paper on apps and tablets in schools Shaun Wilden and Diane Bannister. Enjoy!

    Mobile learning

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  • References – M-learning – MICELT, Kuala Lumpur Posted by Pete on 21 October, 2014

    10680119_10152636768601855_568698068530256069_o[1]Finally! My References for the session on ‘Smartphones and tablets’ at the MICELT conference in Kuala Lumpur last month!

    Mobile learning

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  • Reviews in brief – EL Gazette Posted by Pete on 1 October, 2014

    platform1Just published – the EL Gazette, with Pete’s usual Reviews in Brief page….

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  • Handout – MICELT: 22 apps for for language learning and teaching Posted by Pete on 29 September, 2014

    Here is the one-page app handout following my workshop at MICELT earlier this month.


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