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

Seven Factors to Bear in Mind When Teaching Older Students

  I have been teaching mainly older students (from about 55 to 85 years of age) for several years now. I love teaching them because of their enthusiasm, motivation, positive attitude and kindness. I’ve recently produced a short film about some of my older learners at UAB Idiomes Barcelona. You can watch the film below. […]

The Seven Best Simple Novels for EFL Students

  In my previous article I looked at the many benefits of extensive reading which include gains in reading and writing competence, oral and aural skills, vocabulary growth, and increases in self-esteem and empathy.   It is also highly motivating for students to discover that they can read in English and that they enjoy it. […]

Seven Benefits of Extensive Reading for English Language Students

  What is extensive Reading?   In simple terms Extensive Reading is reading as many easy books as possible for pleasure, and can be contrasted with intensive reading which is slow, careful reading of a short, difficult text. Day and Bamford (1998), Day (2002), Prowse (2002), and Maley (2008 and 2009) have identified a number […]

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 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 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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