• 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

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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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  • Reviews in brief – EL Gazette Posted by Pete on 1 April, 2015

    untitled (25)REVIEWS in brief 

    Book of the month

    Going Mobile – Teaching with hand-held devices

    Nicky Hockly and Gavin Dudeney, Delta Publishing; 978-1-9097-8306-5   

    Many students today bring their mobiles and tablets to class.

    For the rest of this review, please visit:


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  • One-month, online course launch: Getting Blended Learning Right Posted by Pete on 18 February, 2015

    itdi-bl course

    I don’t remember the exact hour of the precise day of which month I got bitten by the Blended Learning bug, but it has been a long and interesting flirtation, through connotation and translation (‘co-existencia’), from platform to platform, and recently to research via the flipped classroom……some of the fruits of this labour have been used (to mix metaphors) to enrich and inform a new, online course called: Getting Blended Learning Right

    You can get iTDi certified in Blended Learning in this four-week iTDi Advanced course. You’ll learn what blended learning is and isn’t, why so many who try to implement a blended approach rarely get it right, and what’s involved in setting up a blended language learning program. Whether you’re a teacher, trainer, manager or principal you’ll learn how to build a blended program that’s just right for your particular context.

    Live sessions:

    • Sunday March 8th – course participants only (60 minutes)
    • Sunday March 15th – course participants only (60 minutes)
    • Sunday March 22nd – course participants only (60 minutes)
    • Sunday March 29th – course participants only (60 minutes)

    Time: 13:00 – 14:00 GMT (Don’t forget to check your local time)

    Enroll in the entire course for only US $59

    Course + Evaluation + Certificate of Accomplishment US $89

    To book your place on the course, visit:

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  • BETT in a nutshell – a ‘one-minute’ report Posted by Pete on 30 January, 2015

    BETT in a nutshell – one-minute report

    Last Friday I went to the BETT (British Education and Training Technology) show at Excel. In a nutshell:

    It was overwhelming this year – it seems bigger than ever. That meant the queue at Costa was longer than ever, too

    IWBs – the number of simultaneous users was up to TEN! Crikey…


    My two favourite stop-offs were:

    Imaginality Learning

    Picked up some ‘paddles’ which I’ve held in front of the web-cam on my laptop to produce 3D virtual reality images of the planets, dinosaurs, a skeleton…

    and FlashSticks®

    Vocab Post It notes. When a FlashStick note is viewed through a mobile phone / tablet camera, a video of a tutor will appear show you exactly how to pronounce the word.

    Was all the madness and mayhem worthwhile? Definitely…

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  • EL Gazette – Reviews in brief (January 2015) Posted by Pete on 14 January, 2015

    untitled (26)This month’s Book of the month is the rather exciting Language Learning with Digital Video from Ben Goldstein and Paul Driver. Part one looks at video exploitation, part two at video creation.

    The Reviews in brief are Speaking English for Life B2+ Upper Intermediate from Nicola Prentis (Collins) and Spotlight on First (FCE) Student’s Book Second Edition from John Hughes and Jon Naunton (National Geographic Learning / Cengage Learning).

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  • Adaptive Learning in Practice – one-day conference Posted by Pete on 13 January, 2015


    I’m excited about presenting at this conference in March. It aims to explain the challenges, benefits and future of adaptive learning. Chaired by Philip Kerr, this one-day event will give teachers the opportunity to understand more about adaptive learning and how it will affect English language teaching. The draft programme is now available.

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