Upcoming and Recorded Webinars

Oxford University Press: Business English Online Conference

Date / Time:  Friday, March 16, 2018 / 10:15 – 15:45 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)

Presenters:  John Hughes, Angela Buckingham, Rachel Appleby.

Join John Hughes, Rachel Appleby and Angela Buckingham for a day of professional development and discussion as we explore how your students’ experiences outside the classroom can impact and inform your teaching. Discover more about training your students with the skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace; see what flipping your classroom can do for your students’ motivation and progression; and learn more about how you can bring client-led content into your teaching. Throughout there will be opportunities to discuss teaching ideas and strategies with our three fantastic speakers, and with fellow Business English teachers from around the world. Each delegate will receive a certificate of attendance.


Tutela Webinar: Academic Reading Circles  Tyson Seburn looks at the use of academic reading circles (ARC) in the EAP context.  In this recorded webinar, he shows how ARC combines “individual and collaborative activities to transform learner struggles with texts into stronger engagement and comprehension.” In order to access the webinar, a Tutela account is needed. Registration is free.

Articles, Blog Posts & Videos

What does it mean to be a teacher of English? This Cambridge post outlines 10 aspects of teacher development as described by Jack C. Richards in a 2015 IATEFL presentation. A video of his presentation is included in the post. This is a great way to assess the knowledge and skills that you have and to consider new areas for developing your teaching practice.

Dealing with Digital Distraction in the Classroom This short, informative video from ‘Common Sense Education’ looks at strategies to deal with the challenges of technology use in the classroom. This site also includes comprehensive resources for teachers.

Communication Series Part 1: Say No To Scripts This blog post by David Grad, Facilitator and Programs Coordinator in LOD at the University of Manitoba, focuses on strategies for effective dialogue when handling conflict.

Activities and Teaching Tools

25 Alternatives to Reading Aloud Around the Class  Are you looking for new ideas for reading aloud in class? Then this Oxford University Press post is for you! You will find 25 creative activities for engaging students in reading aloud as a whole class, in small groups, and in pairs.

English Phonetic Transcription Software Phonetizer This time-saving tool quickly transcribes chunks of text into phonemic symbols. Great for teachers who aren’t familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

MediaTag Do you have problems organizing all of the videos that you use in your teaching? Do you find it difficult to keep track of your favorite teaching websites? This tool is for you. You can tag videos, websites, pictures, and your own files, keeping them all in one place.

Puzzle Creator With this tool, you can easily create your own word searches, crossword puzzles and memory matching games for your students. These games can be played online, printed and shared. Premade puzzles are also available on the site.

LyricsGaps Looking for a fun way for students to practice their listening skills? This site has a large collection of songs with gap-fill activities for students to complete while they listen.