My TEFL articles

I’ve just uploaded a few of my articles to Scribd. Hopefully I’ll have more to add in the future… Click here for advice on writing for ELT magazines.

Here’s an article I wrote in July 2015 for ETp on error correction. It’s based on a series of observations I undertook for a DipTESOL assignment.

ETp again, November 2015. This was based on my independent research project for the DipTESOL. I designed my own supplementary materials based around various Google products.

ETp, May 2016. An article about my blog. Might be useful if you’re thinking of setting up your own ELT blog.

ETp, September 2016. An article on our action research / development group at British Council Bangkok. Written with Sarah Smith, now British Council France.

ETp, November 2016. Q+A on teaching teens, with my boss Emma Paul and Martin Sketchley.

A piece for Modern English Teacher on editing in-house lesson materials.

An article on analysing placement tests for The Teacher Magazine (Poland), June 2016

‘Some thoughts on authenticity’, The Teacher Magazine (Poland), December 2016

Interview for the IATEFL YLTSIG, December 2016 (with Martin Sketchley)

Here’s a link to my author page for EFL Magazine.

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4 comments

  1. Hi Pete! Really enjoyed your article on blogging. I can totally relate to what you call the negative side of it, including the ‘like’ obsession:) Blogging is generally promoted as a CPD tool. However, the blogosphere is far from being homogeneous, just as CPD itself. What I think is missing is a guide to CPD in the ELT blogosphere. Things are much more complicated rather than ‘go and share’. You once categorized learners in relation to birds, it would be interesting to hear your view on bloggers:) Happy Monday!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feedback! Yeah, I feel like blogging is a big part if my cpd but I’m not sure I use it that effectively. I agree, some kind of guidance would be useful. Otherwise it just becomes a bit throwaway. Just wondered, do you use any curation tools like diigo or Evernote, that type of thing? I think I need to use these to better record what I find on other blogs. Anyway, well remembered re: learners as birds post! What animal do you think you are, as a blogger I mean…?! Tough question!

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      1. I tried a few curation tools, diigo, scoop and pearltrees, then got snowed under with tons of unread blogs and decided to follow Caesar’s approach, i.e. veni, vidi, legi. Otherwise, it turns into hoarding. I’ve discovered a few blogs such as the Echo Chamber that reblog posts within my CPD/professional interests. There are a few blogs in the niche of my eltcation blog that I follow through my wordpress reader. There’re also a few groups for bloggers on FB. Oh, and I get regular updates on most recent blogs from Sandy Millin on FB, she’s a star! Not sure I’d be able to categorize bloggers, myself included, in flora or fauna terms. The other day I was reading an article on types of entrepreneurs. I’d say they fit bloggers quite well. There are 1) builders – they have a drive to build a highly scalable blog/platform very fast. They’re usually good at recruiting talent (guest posts) and establishing connections. They usually post good stuff, not really novel, but of good quality (and posted at regular intervals, at least once a week); 2) opportunists – they are wired to sniff out opportunities and jump in at the right time. These are usually multitaskers – ‘fighting the fight’ and selling products/courses and themselves, or bloggers who make random posts on trending topics (in most cases either for their portfolio or driven by obsession with likes); 3) specialists/ theorists – you’ll usually see lots of references in their posts, which in many cases are extracts from their master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. Critics form a particular subcategory of the intellectual fight club; and 4) innovators/creators – they have a drive to invent, design and put ideas/concepts into practice in the real world. Creators in their pure form rarely get many comments, while the number of shares is often impressive. And the fifth category includes reflectors/experimenters who are busy trying out different ideas. They often leave lengthy (at times vague) comments, which is an art of its own:)

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