• Vocabulary Organizer – PPT available on Slideshare Posted by Pete on 10 April, 2014

    1510547_10152220288346855_101008181_nLast week’s launch of the Vocabulary Organizer at the IATEFL Conference in Harrogate was a real professional high!

    I’ve made the PPT available on Slideshare at:


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  • Vocabulary Organizer – IATEFL Harrogate Posted by Pete on 4 April, 2014

    Here is a .pdf version of my PPT for my IATEFL talk! Enjoy!


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  • Introduction to the Lexical Organizer on YouTube Posted by Pete on 19 March, 2014

    org Collins have just uploaded three short videos to their YouTube playlist.

    The first introduces the new Lexical Organizer

    The second shows the distinction between section one – words for production – and section two – words for receptive purposes

    The third looks at word diagrams

    Here is the link to the play list:

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  • VLEs in Business English Posted by Pete on 14 March, 2014


    A colleague recently asked me: “Which VLE should I use with my business English students?” This started me thinking that there are, in fact, many ways to support the work that teachers do in the classroom. In this post, I’ll take a look at some of these exciting options.

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  • IATEFL Harrogate Posted by Pete on 12 March, 2014

    0b834db4-aa03-11e3-875c-12313d14c6b3-mediumJust starting to prepare my IATEFL presentation. It will include a short history of Lexical Notebook, corpus linguistic insights into word frequency….and participants have a chance to use the new book too! I cannot wait….

    For more information, visit:

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  • “If at first you don’t succeed…..”:a prose poem for publishers Posted by Pete on 6 March, 2014

    Vocabulary Organizer - New in 2014I loved Michael Lewis and Peter Wilbergs’ Business English. A Filofax for one-to-one teachers. A book of blank pages. Awesome. What Business English is all about – the student as a resource…

    I loved Longman’s Word Flo’ – despite the fact that my own ‘Pathways’ (co-written with Anne B.) bit the dust. A book of blank pages. Ring-binder? Publishing suicide. A commercial failure, inevitably.

    Then along came the Macmillan English Dictionary. A star system for frequency….productive / receptive distinction…..this could make a difference to WHERE students record their vocabulary in a Lexical Notebook…

    Starting my EAP courses, I would I say to my students: “Write it in your lexical notebook”

    They would say: “What’s that?” before shooting off to W.H.Smith’s and spending money on a notebook full of unformatted pages. Sigh…

    Pulling the ice axe from my leg, I staggered on, spindrift stinging my remaining eye… 

    I gave the idea of a Lexical Notebook based on the productive / receptive division to publisher 1. But they didn’t do EAP books.

    So I pitched the idea to publisher 2 who were suitably impressed, printed pilot copies but were overwhelmed with projects and dropped ours.

    I tried to put everything into perspective, set it against the scale of human suffering and I thought of the Mugabe government and the children of the Calcutta railways. This worked for a while but then I encountered Primark FM.

    So I went back to publisher 1 (now doing EAP). “We cannot sell a book of blank pages….”

    Overhead a rainbow appears in black and white

    So I approached Collins, at IATEFL 2013 and given a minute to do an elevator pitch. A wonderful, switched on team heard my prayer. Awesome. Collins print dictionaries with word frequency bands. COBUILD. Perfect…

    One year later – I’m presenting it at IATEFL.

    Is there a moral from this tale? “If at first…..”

    With thanks to Half man, half biscuit for providing half the above text….



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  • Dragonfly EAL – new blog launched Posted by Pete on 5 February, 2014

    EALWe are delighted to announce the launch of a new blog – Dragonfly EAL. Designed to promote a new and exciting training venture involving Dragonfly and PSA. Visit:


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  • Teachitworld Newsletter – Blended Learning and the Flipped Classroom Posted by Pete on 22 January, 2014

    The latest newsletter from Teachitworld is themed - and the theme is Blended learning and the flipped classroom.

    There are articles from Nik Peachey & Russell Stannard, as well as myself. Visit:

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  • New e-lesson blog post from Macmillan Posted by Pete on 3 January, 2014

    Business Person of the Year 2013

    Each year, the well-known UK newspaper The Sunday Times chooses a Business Person of the Year. Last month, it announced the first ever woman winner: Moya Greene.

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  • Learners’ Dictionaries – new blog post from Linguarama Posted by Pete on 20 December, 2013

    Which dictionary do you use in your language studies? The choice is wide. This post looks at some recent publications – paper-based and online dictionaries (electronic).imagesCA4Q5HH2

    For the rest of this blog post, which also includes a look at dictionary apps, please visit:

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