New eBook launch! How to write for Digital Media

8bbc61a247329d1146543ce426d20d8ed33bb4ceThe digital age is upon us and there’s no going back! To quote Jeremy Day, one of the authors of this module, ‘These are great times to be an ELT writer … if you can get your head round the challenges of writing for digital.’ This module is designed to help you make the transition from print to digital.

This module is for anyone who wants to create digital materials and use digital environments, whether you are an author who has been commissioned by a publisher, an author who wants to self-publish, a teacher who wants to create digital materials and use digital environments more effectively to teach your own learners, or an editor who edits digital materials.

After a detailed overview of digital environments and authoring tools, the module explores the similarities and the differences between digital and print. The reader is then guided through the process of producing typical online activities of the most common types, all of which are backed up with practical tips and advice about the pitfalls to avoid.

The authors of this module draw on many years of experience of writing digital materials and using authoring tools. Pete Sharma got the digital bug when he saw his first CD-ROM at the end of last century and has since written several handbooks for teachers on blended learning, interactive whiteboards and apps. Jeremy Day was ahead of his time when he produced online materials in 2005. He got his break into the digital world when he worked as an editor for the blended learning platform English360 and now works freelance in both digital and traditional publishing.

This module forms part of the ELT Teacher 2 Writer training course. The training modules are designed to help you write better ELT materials, either for publication, or simply to improve the quality of your self-produced classroom materials.

Here are links to Smashwords and Amazon:




Going Mobile – review copy

untitled (25)My review copy of Going Mobile has just arrived! Thanks to Cengage and to Delta Publishing. Woo hoo – been waiting for this for a while. Congrats to the authors (Nicky Hockly and Gavin Dudeney). That takes care of tomorrow, then – the review should be coming to an EL Gazette near you, April 2015…..

Launching the Vocabulary Organizer








It was a great last Friday in the first week of the pre-sessionals here at the Centre of Applied Linguistics, Warwick University. At long last, I could GIVE my students a Vocabulary Organizer, as opposed to describing one, or giving a pilot version. Am encouraging students to use it, now, and hope it benefits them as they continue their studies on their Masters Courses next academic year.

Online dictionaries – Modern English Teacher Vol. 23/3

UntitledI love dictionaries. What’s more, my students love dictionaries. I remember when I first saw a CD-ROM dictionary. The presenter demonstrated, “If you don’t know a word in the definition, double-click on it, and you are taken immediately to a definition of that word!” This was my introduction to hyperlinks, and I was hooked. Since that memorable moment, I have used both print and electronic dictionaries with my learners, moving from CD-ROM to DVD-ROM, to online dictionaries and apps, deftly sidestepping the ubiquitous electronic dictionaries so beloved of my students.

For the complete article, please see “Using online dictionaries in English Language Courses’ (Pete Sharma) in the latest edition of Modern English Teacher Vol. 23/3

It’s a cracking issue with articles on augmented reality, designing mobile-based learning experiences, teaching through Skype and Blended Learning.

Launch of our new eBook – Apptivities for Business English

We are delighted to announce the launch of our latest eBook, Apptivities for business English.

At the back of the Teachers’ book, you get a CODE to pass on to your students so they can download a copy of the Students’ book!


You can buy the book on Amazon or Smashwords. Smashwords provides versions for a range of different eBook formats.

You can download a sample if you want to have a look!

Tell your students about the ideas in the student’s book!



Latest Macmillan e-lesson blog: Hurricane Sandy – calculating the damage

It struck last month with a force which made headlines round the world. Hurricane Sandy. In the Caribbean, it caused death and destruction. As it continued up the eastern seaboard of the United States, dramatic images of its effects on New York and New Jersey were sent around the world.

For the rest of this e-lesson blog entry, and a .pdf for use with your students, please visit:

Have you or your students ever made a claim on insurance? What happened?

We hope you enjoy using this material to stimulate discussion in class!

IWB workshop – Colchester

I had a great trip to Colchester last week to work with teachers on using IWBs. We had a very interesting look at pros and cons – lots of food for thought which is currently feeding into the training materials I am writing.

Here are some useful post session links:

Template for writing activities for the IWB template

Article from MET: 10 things to do with an Interactive whiteboard IWB