The professional side

I thought it might be useful to give a brief outline of the type of projects and work that I can do. I’ll do this in four sections: Writing solutions, Training solutions, Consultancy solutions and Conference solutions (or offers).

Writing solutions

When people ask me what I write I often laugh as it’s probably easier to answer the question – What don’t I write?

Over the years I’ve produced web and online materials, electronic workbooks,

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CDROMs,

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video lessons,

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radio materials, traditional print materials, tests, worksheets, reference materials, methodology articles, training materials, courses for learners and teachers and lots more!

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I’ve written materials for all age groups from young learners of five, secondary / teenagers and adults. I’ve also written materials designed for specific markets as well as those that are meant to have a global reach.

Over the years I’ve also had the pleasure of working with writers from other countries, often running training courses before working with some of the people on developing materials for specific contexts. This includes a series of primary and secondary textbooks for Uzbekistan,

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a teacher development course for China, a trainer training course for India, a book on Communicative Language Teaching in West Africa and a project in Indonesia which looked at locally written materials connected to health and sport.

Given my range of experience I can offer a number of things including:

  • training courses for potential writers.
  • versioning of materials for specific contexts including the Middle East, Latin America, China, India, South East Asia and Africa.
  • writing materials for young learners, teens or adults
  • online and electronic materials
  • tests and exam related materials
  • as well as workbooks, Teacher’s guides and textbook writing

Training solutions

Over the past ten years plus I have run teacher training courses on a wide range of topics in Europe, the Middle East, West and Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and China. Most of these courses have been bespoke courses written and delivered by myself. The key to my training is thorough preparation and a focus on practical ideas that are based on sound theory. Some of the areas that are cover are:

  • materials writing
  • classroom methodology and skills
  • trainer training
  • teaching in low-resource contexts

Bespoke courses can be designed to meet almost any needs or requirements.

Consultancy solutions

I carry out consultancy work in a number of areas working with NGOs, Education providers, publishers and Ministries of Education. The areas that I cover include:

  • materials development
  • syllabus and curriculum design and development
  • educational change and change management
  • teacher training and trainer training

I have also written a number of reports on education matters. For example, a background report in 2010 on The Future of English in Francophone West Africa (on behalf of The British Council) – written with Nigussie Negash.

Conference solutions

Do you need someone to speak at your conference? Having given workshops and plenary talks at many conferences all around the world I feel confident that I can offer you what you are looking for. Here are just a few of the topics and conferences I’ve done in the last few years:-

English UK North Conference, Sheffield 17th Oct 2009 – Workshop: Hooking you students – the missing (video) link.

16th Annual NAFLE Conference, Beijing, China 12th – 14th Nov 2010 – Workshop: Grammar for large, mixed ability classes

Brighton, IATEFL Conference, April 2011. – Workshop: You’re blocking my view!

25th APPI Conference, Lisbon, Portugal. 6th – 8th May 2011 – Plenary: Which English should we teach?

9th Learning & Technology Conference. Effat Women’s University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 12th & 13th Dec, 2011 – Paper / Panel: Technology – Does it really help? &  – Workshop: Using Comics and Animation to improve Literacy

2nd International Conference for English Language Teacher Educators and Teachers, Hyderabad, India. 3rd – 5th March 2012. Conference Theme: Assessing and Evaluating English Language Teacher Education, Teaching and Learning. – Panel Discussion on ‘What is programme evaluation?’ & – Workshop: CCE – The reality behind the label

6th International BELTA Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 18th – 20th January 2013 Plenary: Issues in ELT in South Asia & – Workshop: What kind of teacher am I?

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