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

Film in Action Nominated in ESU Awards

  I’m delighted to announce that my latest book Film in Action: Using Moving Images to Teach Language (Delta Publishing) has been shortlisted in the prestigious English-Speaking Union English Language Awards in the  Resources for Teacher category. The ESU’s English Language Awards help to celebrate and reward innovation and good practice in the field of […]

Seven Best Short Films to Introduce Values

  In an increasingly hyper-competitive and individualised world where isolation and loneliness are more and more prevalent, the role of universal values such as altruism, authenticity, community, compassion, creativity, determination, fairness, honesty, generosity, kindness, optimism, respect, responsibility, self-respect, tolerance, and wisdom in education is becoming increasingly important. Short films are a wonderful and engaging medium through […]

The Seven Best Short Films to Promote Empathy in ELT

  Empathy, which has been beautifully defined by Roman Krznaric as “the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions”, may be one of the qualities which distinguishes an average teacher from an excellent teacher in the eyes of the student. […]

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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