I am a language learner who became a language teacher and since 1997, a teacher trainer. The most pressing issue across this spectrum revolves around the study and teaching of vocabulary, which is why I have been developing an approach that trains students to learn language from language.
I respect the intelligence of our students and am not interested in anything “for dummies”. Students are as motivated to participate in task-based linguistics as they are to perform any type of enquiry-based activity. They recognise that their discoveries better equip them for skills-based activities which an ever-expanding breadth and depth of vocabulary demands. The experiences prepare them to be independent learners. It’s all very exciting.
For this type of learner, I am currently developing books and e-courses in vocabulary and academic preparation.
During my 20+ years as a university teacher and British Council teacher trainer, I have published articles and books for students and teachers, developed e-courses, organised conferences and workshops, and delivered countless conference presentations on every continent except Australia, where I spent the first half of my life. One of my co-authored books even won us a British Council ELTon for innovation.
I am pleased to be sharing these innovations through e-courses and publications. These are of particular interest to all language teachers including those involved in CLIL, EMI, EAP, ESP, and 1-2-1 teaching. And to any language teacher who teaches their students how to learn.