The advent of the digital revolution and the Internet, the proliferation of mobile devices, which allow us to easily and proficiently capture moving images; the introduction of inexpensive, accessible and user-friendly editing tools; and the emergence of distribution sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, have changed the way moving images relate to society, education and […]
I can provide engaging and dynamic talks and presentations for conferences and events as well as professional development sessions for your institution. The talks detailed in this section were written as 60 or 90 minute sessions, but I can adapt them to create workshops of up to four hours. All my talks and presentations are grounded in my extensive experience as a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. Here is a selection of talks and workshops that I have given recently. However, I have many more and am always developing new sessions, so please get in touch if there is a particular topic within my area of expertise that you’re interested in.
In this session we will examine the importance of empathy in language education and propose practical activities which encourage teachers, teacher trainers and students to be more empathetic.
In this session we will explore how film-making can be used in the language classroom and beyond.
In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore how short films can be used in the classroom. We’ll look at how we can use short films to promote creativity among both teachers and students, and oral and written communication by doing communicative activities based around a variety of short films. The session will be very practical and […]
Narrative and moving images are powerful tools in language teaching and learning.
Moving images are an excellent aid to learning new words and expressions. In this practical session we will look at a range of classroom activities inspired by short films, film clips and videos which can help students learn and remember vocabulary. These activities have all been tried and tested in the classroom. Participants will get […]
In this practical session we will look at how new and more experienced writers can write effective and engaging video and film activities for ELT. Participants will come away from the session with a better understanding of the importance of video in ELT materials, how to preview suitable videos, and practical ideas for exploiting video […]
In this talk, I discuss the evolution of the image and the significant role it can play in our lives if we are active participants in what we see and what we create. Through the deconstruction of a short film made specifically to illustrate this concept, I explain a new visual manifesto for this age […]
There is little doubt that print literacy will remain a key competence in the future, but there is also little doubt that other kinds of literacies will grow in importance. The ability to analyse moving images, to talk about how they work, to evaluate moving image texts critically and competently can be termed film literacy. […]
Educators have long been aware of the power of images. Numerous experiments have proven that subjects learn and remember material that is concrete (imagery-related) better than that which is abstract. Critical understanding of images is becoming an integral part of literacy, and the spread of digital technologies means that the ability to make and manipulate […]