Award-winning writer, international conference speaker and teacher trainer.

I’m the author of  books for teachers of English as a foreign language. I am also a regular keynote and plenary speaker at international conferences and do both online and face-to-face training. This is my website where you can find out more about me and my work.

 

 

 

 

Latest Posts

My Latest Short Film – What if?

I’m delighted to announce the release of the latest short film for the Visual Arts Circle. What if? is  an animation to encourage us to reflect on the increasingly important role of film-making in our educational system and schools. The film was written and produced by  Anna Whitcher and myself,  with graphics and animation by […]

Train in the Use of Film and Video with me in Barcelona

This July I will be giving teacher training courses on how to use film and video in the language classroom, aimed at in-service teachers. The course language will be English but the course is suitable for teachers of any languages. The course will be held at UAB Languages, the language school of Spain’s top university, […]

The Visual Arts Circle is Launched

The Visual Arts Circle was  launched at the 5th edition of the Image Conference in Valetta, Malta on 6th October. The Visual Arts Circle is a community of practice made up of language teaching professionals, teachers, teacher trainers, writers, editors, researchers, designers, illustrators, artists, photographers, and filmmakers, all with a shared belief in the value […]

What people are saying

  • About Film in Action – Teaching language using moving images

    There are some truly original ideas which use sound and dialogue in a productive and analytical fashion that will feel innovative and fresh to students and teachers alike.

    Sam Lanchbury
  • About How to Write Film and Video Activities

    I can’t recommend this book highly enough!

    Reviews on Amazon
  • About MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media

    Film English is a highly engaging language learning resource website which uses short films critically and creatively to not only support language teaching but also to promote cineliteracy in the language classroom. It’s easy to use. There are plenty of materials that teachers can take straight into the classroom, lesson plans written for specific causes and so on. I think that students will love to learn English using this entry!

    Judges
  • About Visual Arts Circle

    Great work! Definitely food for thought for us as we think about how to innovate and produce better educational video content for our clients.

    Nick Bruckman
  • About The Image Conference

    The Image Conference was an excellent and timely event and something entirely new on the ELT conference circuit. It was great to see so many people discussing the “visual turn” from so many different angles. As such, it has helped consolidate the role of images, gaming and video in our profession.

    Ben Goldstein
  • About The Image Conference

    It’s highly unusual to attend or speak at a conference in English language teaching that is very different than the others. As a regular conference speaker around the world I found the concept and execution of the Image Conference to be refreshing and innovative while not straying too far from a formula that works for attendees and presenters.

    Lindsay Clandfield
  • About Film English

    If you want lesson plans to go with your YouTube clips, then Kieran Donaghy’s brilliant Film English is the best of a number of similar sites , partly because the choice of clips is always so inspired.

    Tom Walton

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