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

The Seven Best Short Animated Films for the Language Classroom

Animated films are ones in which individual drawings, paintings, or illustrations are photographed frame by frame. Traditionally animated films have been associated with children, however, nowadays they are designed to appeal to everyone. With the increased ease of creating animations, there has been a huge rise in the number of animated films being produced, and […]

The Seven Best Silent Short Films for Language Teaching

  As many short films are artistic, they have limited appeal in the commercial marketplace and are funded from diverse sources. To make them easier to sell worldwide, they often contain little or no dialogue, which makes comprehension much easier. As a result, they offer intensely ‘filmic’ experiences, using images and movement, sequence and duration, […]

The Seven Best Short Films for ELT Students

    I’ve been writing lesson plans designed around short films for my website Film English for six years. Teachers often ask me how I find the short films I use in my lesson plans. The answer is quite simple: I’ve watched literally thousands of short films and developed an instinct for the type of […]

What people are saying

  • About A Visual Manifesto

    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 Film in Action

    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 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 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 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
  • 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

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