• IATEFL Posted by Pete on 16 April, 2016

    imageIATEFL conference once again great for absorbing new ideas, catching up with friends and colleagues….great sessions which will enrich our forthcoming course on ICT on ELT.



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  • Pete Sharma’s References – Medenine conference Posted by Pete on 7 April, 2016

    IMG_0341Really, really enjoyed today at the Conference in Medenine. If anyone wants the references for my plenary session, here’s the download. Enjoy!

    References and further reading


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  • Review of two books on Interactive Whiteboards in ELTJ Posted by Pete on 31 March, 2016


    From Whiteboards to Web 2.0: Activating language skills with new technologies Martín Helbling Languages

    Implementing and Researching Technological Innovation in Language Teaching: The case of Interactive Whiteboards for EFL in French schools Whyte Palgrave Macmillan

    Few educational technologies are as controversial as the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB).

    (The rest of the review can be found in the ELTJ)

    I certainly enjoyed going through both these books – the double reviews are in the latest ELTJ – ELT Journal 2016 70 (2): 237-239


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  • Caracas workshop – Handout Posted by Pete on 17 March, 2016

    30 ideas workshopIn my workshop today at the British Council event in Caracas (English – the way to go)30 Practical ideas for using  digital technologies in ELT– I divided the ideas into four groups: ideas which need IWB software; ideas which need the Internet; those which don’t; and Apps. The same as the workshops on Monday and Tuesday. Here is the Handout. 30 Practical ideas for using technology-new

    What a fantastic way to finish the workshop – with singing and dancing! Pretty much the same way all my workshops end, in true Anglo-Saxon tradition….

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  • 30 Practical ideas – Handout Posted by Pete on 14 March, 2016

    barquisimetoGreat British Council events in Barquisimeto and Maturin. Here’s the Handout of the workshop ’30 practical ideas for using technology in the language classroom’.

    30 Practical ideas for using technology

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  • Scholarships available for our forthcoming online course Posted by Pete on 8 March, 2016

    english360v2We are delighted to offer a number of scholarships for our tutor-led online course on Blended Learning in Language teaching next month, April.

    For further details, download this document: 2016 BL course – new dates

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  • Tunisia ISET and Tate conference, Jerba Posted by Pete on 13 February, 2016

    12744429_10208767528365984_7019705490963246949_nGreat to be part of this conference – remotely! Here’s a 5-page .pdf of my Power Point presentation on New technology and motivation.

    Motivation through new technology PPT

    Thanks – to Kamel Echikh and everyone who attended my Skype session!

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  • Learning Technologies 2016 Olympia Posted by Pete on 5 February, 2016

    smart phone + gogglesIMG_0103oculus riftme and VRWow. What a fantastic afternoon at Olympia. First, a great chance to don the old Virtual reality goggles. Second, the first time I met the acronym LCMS – I’d previously only met LMS and CMS. The new generation of LMS environments were really nice.

    Among the highlights were:

    a system to send a text message to a Smartphone containing a link which when clicked on, downloads an app

    a cool digital flipchart which links with a Smartphone

    Thanks to Barney (seen above, in a virtual rugby changing room) for the heads up on this, and to James Hoyle of Go English for letting Barney know about it………………….



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  • Blended Learning in Language Teaching Newsletter Posted by Pete on 28 January, 2016

    Blended LearningWe are launching a free, new quarterly Newsletter, dedicated specifically to exploring the concept of Blended Learning in language teaching. This is a fascinating area. The first Newsletter is due out next month. If you’d like to Subscribe, please just click here:

    or click on the link on the Homepage. We hope you will enjoy reading it!

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  • Modern English Teacher January 2016 Posted by Pete on 6 January, 2016


    “Do you really need an Interactive whiteboard when teaching EAP?”

    I was asked this question recently by a colleague whilst teaching on a pre-sessional course at a UK university. It started me thinking about how I use technology and how it benefits my students.

    For the rest of this article, Using Technology in EAP, see the latest copy of Modern English Teacher.

    vocabularyorganizerThis edition, focused on EAP, also includes a review of Barney Barrett and my Vocabulary Organizer by Alison Carse of Anglia Ruskin University.


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