• Training course at Bell Posted by Pete on 28 July, 2015

    Just started running a new course at Bell here in Cambridge – an Introduction to IT in ELT.

    Here are two participants’ reflections on Day one

    Anna and Darina:

    The group’s fantastic! We can hear different accents and languages. We had the chance to create a prezi, popplet mind maps, oh, and now we’ll probably create some blogs of ours. Great atmosphere ( blogosphere), a lot of positive insight into language and technology. Can’t wait to try everything at home!


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  • BALEAP presentation – Vocabulary Organizer Posted by Pete on 13 June, 2015

    vocabularyorganizerI’m delighted that my BALEAP presentation of the Vocabulary Organizer was filmed. I hear from Collins that there is interest from a couple of universities in piloting this ground-breaking book! Here’s the link to the presentation: BALEAP Vocabulary Organizer

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  • ICT in EAP – new website Posted by Pete on 20 May, 2015

    ict-in-eapI’m really excited about launching a new blog. It’s called ICT in EAP and focuses on uses of new technology specific to English for Academic Purposes.

    Why a new blog?

    I felt strongly that ICT has permeated so many aspects of English for Academic Purposes that I wanted to see what it would be like gathering all the technologies in a central place.

    I was inspired by Philip Kerr’s blog on Adaptive Learning. It was started initially to support a series of talks on this topic, as an interactive Handout. Now I’m off to Venezuela to give a series of talks in Universities in Venezuela on ICT in EAP. So, this blog is the interactive Handout to accompany this series talks…. and beyond.


    I went to most of the tech sessions at the recent BALEAP conference in Leicester to gather input. Slowly and surely, I’m adding to the blog posts and trying to amass a load of useful sources.

    Here are some of the current areas it covers: Apps / Concordancers / e-Books / Feedback / Google Docs / MOOCs / Note-taking software / Plagiarism-detecting software / Presentation tools / Referencing software /Search engines / VLE / Voting tools and wikis

    If there’s anything missing you’d like included, just drop me a mail.

    The blog will continue to grow over the coming days, weeks and months

    Please give it a visit at:

    That’s an easy to remember URL if there ever was one!

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  • Digital English Tunisia 2015: 2.0 Sfax Posted by Pete on 19 May, 2015

    IMG_0832IMG_0833What a brilliant event in Sfax, Tunisia last weekend. Organised by the British Council, we enjoyed great sessions on new technology, lovely teachers, lively discussions and fabulous food. Here’s the conference room just before my opening plenary, and then 10 minutes later…..

    My workshop may have broken the world record for words-per-minute, so here – as promised – is the Handout with 21 ideas, linked to a .pdf of screenshots.

    Handout 21 Practical ideas for using technology

    .pdf of the PPT 21 ideas – 8 slides

    Wonderful memories and a great set of new friends.

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  • Making the most of technology in business English – Part two Posted by Pete on 5 May, 2015

    second-article-picNEW Article Series – Making the most of technology in business English
    Part two – Listening and reading

    With so many digital resources at your fingertips how do you decide which ones to use? In this article series, Pete Sharma looks at ways to integrate technology into your business English classroom by sharing his favourite apps and websites.

    To read this article, make sure you are subscribed to the Teaching Adults Newsletter from OUP

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  • BALEAP 2015 presentation – Vocabulary Organizer Posted by Pete on 20 April, 2015

    talkThanks to everyone who came to my talk at BALEAP yesterday at 9.30 am

    It was real ‘professional high’. Thanks to the team at Collins for all the support.

    If anyone wishes to PILOT the book, please contact the team at Collins, or drop me a mail (my e-mail is on the bottom of the Handout) and I’ll put you in touch.

    Here’s a copy of the presentation, as a .pdf, as promised

    BALEAP-Pete Sharma’s presentation-Petes


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  • Pete Sharma’s six greatest IATEFL Manchester moments Posted by Pete on 20 April, 2015


    Pete Sharma’s Top Six IATEFL moments

    1 The start of Will Nash and David Read’s presentation

    They’d recorded a green screen video of themselves talking. They then had a ‘conversation’ with their on-screen talking heads. Best moment? Will on-screen taunting newly shaven off-screen Will: “Where’s the beard?”

    (A similar effect achieved by Shaun Wilden and Nikola Fortova in their session on apps, using an avatar)

    I tried on Google Glass. Not the best moment of the conference, as I’d just learned seconds before that glass was being discontinued. And I wear glasses, so, er, I couldn’t actually see anything much…

    2 Aurasma with Stephen Pilton

    I’d read the article in Modern English Teacher. I’d used the pictures in that article to demonstrate Augmented Reality. But I didn’t really quite ‘get’ Aurasma until this session. A refreshingly humorous session in the midst of the intellectual earnestness.

    3 Hacking the classroom

    Stop the clocks. Cancel the milk. Paul Driver’s speaking. The one unmissable presentation. (See photo)

    4 App smashing with Jo Dale

    When I first saw Joe Dale talk about this, at a Learning Technology SIG day, I took notes. I kept up (just) with the breakneck speed. But I actually didn’t quite understand app-smashing.

    I do now.

    Best moment: Joe talking OVER his avatar talking and explaining something on-screen. Talk about multi-sensory, multi-dimensional input. Very funny and a great last session.

    5 The International Quiz

    Spent a year preparing for this – watching University Challenge; Eggheads; Only Connect; Pointless. Family Guy (for the one question about, er, Family Guy).

    We (The Schwas) were first equal. All credit to our writer Sue Lyon-Jones. And well done Gavin for declaring a draw after the second tie-breaker.

    And we nearly didn’t go…

    6 Carol Ann Duffy

    Mrs Midas; Mrs Aesop.

    Those were the top six. There’s NO time to mention:

    • the British Council party at the Town Hall
    • air dropping with the fabulous Arena sisters
    • the Cultura Inglesa session on Pinterest by Andreia Zakime
    • Paul Sweeney’s excellent talk on on-line course construction, demonstrating exactly what a good session should be…
    • catching up with the wonderful Liliana Simon, who showed me the hidden trigger on the cover of Gavin and Nicky’s book
    • meeting my co-author, Jeremy Day, AFTER we had done an eBook together!
    • chatting to dear colleagues

    OK – off to join the hashtag ‘Already missing Manchester’ group…:-)

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  • The perfect blend – article in MET Posted by Pete on 16 April, 2015


    The perfect blend

    Pete Sharma

    English language teaching is in the middle of a paradigm shift – the change from printed materials to digital. In this article, based on my BESIG (Business English Special Interest Group) presentation in Bonn, November 2014, I will briefly explore print materials, digital materials, and then describe ten practical teaching ideas which combine both print and digital.

    For the rest of this article, see: Modern English Teacher Volume 24 Issue 2

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  • IATEFL 2015 recordings Posted by Kevin on 14 April, 2015

    PSA are just back from a successful trip to Manchester!

    Pete attended four days of sessions – more anon. Byron was our man at the Materials Writing SIG Pre-conference event.

    I don’t attend IATEFL myself, but there are some good things recorded that are accessible on the conference web site. I thought I would put together a list of possibly interesting recordings for my colleagues at PSA, and then wondered how best to share them. I decided to use Diigo.

    The list is a collection, none of which I have yet listened to, of recordings that pricked my interest in some way. So it is mainly about CPD, technology, testing, teacher training and blended learning. If those things interest you, maybe it will save you some time. I would be interested in any feedback on the recordings and hope they are of some use to some of you.


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  • NEW Article Series from OUP – Making the most of technology in business English Posted by Pete on 7 April, 2015

    first-srticle-picNEW Article Series – Making the most of technology in business English
    Part one – Grammar and Vocabulary

    With so many digital resources at your fingertips how do you decide which ones to use? In this article series, Pete Sharma looks at ways to integrate technology into your business English classroom by sharing his favourite apps and websites.

    To read this article, make sure you are subscribed to the Teaching Adults Newsletter from OUP,3AGJE,EZEK8F,BRYQI,1&cc=gb&selLanguage=en


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