Saturday, March 24, 2007


I've decided to start a new blog to collect ideas for games (or the actual games) that I come across which I can use with classes:

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

APAC - February 2007

In February 2007, I gave a presentation at the 2007 APAC ELT Convention, with a colleague, on 'Language Learning and Computer Games: From Space Invaders to Second Life'

Here's the presentation:

And here's a link to the article we gave as the handout - there are also some associated worksheets

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Bubbleshare - The Magic Zoo

I've rediscovered Bubbleshare and think I might use it instead of making a video for a couple of cartoon projects that one of my classes (Junior, ten years old) have been doing.

They have finished the cartoons, and we have also recorded the audio to go with them, but I think that I may ask them to record the audio again, directly in Bubbleshare, as they might get a kick out of doing that.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

TESOL Spain 2007 - Sant Sebastian

I am exhausted but happy after attending the 30th annual TESOL Spain Conference in Sant Sebastian (Donostia)last weekend, whose name 'Killing Two Birds with One Stone' refers to the very popular (at least in Spain) CLIL (Content Integrated Language Learning)movement.

I took the overnight train there on Thursday night, arriving at 7.00am on Friday morning. The conference wasn't due to start until 15.00, which in theory left me sufficient time for sightseeing, but, as I was due to present (on 'Online Student Publishing Projects') that evening, I spent much of the time beforehand, holed-up in my hotel room, making sure my presentation was up-to-scratch.

I arrived at 15.00 and found that I was one of the first people to arrive. Waiting around, I bumped into another early bird, who turned out to be the incoming President of TESOL (Sandra J Briggs). Quite by chance, we chatted about her taking over the presidency in Seattle later this month, and I was able to talk to her about the TESOL Electronic Village Online projects. She wrote down names, and promised to look up some of the people when she goes to the Convention. She also attended my presentation, which was very nice of her.

I was happy with how the presentation went, and surprised at how many people attended - over 50. I didn't have enough handouts for them, and so promised to post a copy of it on the TESOL Spain Website. Afterwards, quite a few people stayed to talk to me, and many said then, and later that weekend that they were going to start either blogging, podcasting, or using wikis with their students - Incidentally, if you are one of the people who attended, and who happens to be reading my blog afterwards, thankyou very much for the warm reception!

As for the rest of the weekend, I wish I had time to say just how much I enjoyed the other presentations I attended - it was fabulous to get so many ideas and hear so many competent speakers in such a short space of time. I think I have had my teaching batteries fully recharged, and have already been trying out some of the ideas (Thankyou Mario Rinvolucri and Paul Seligson)that I picked up while I was there.