IATEFL Glasgow 2017

My IATEFL report will once again focus on the presentations that where part of the Literature SIG conference programme. The pre-conference event (PCE) was a joint event with the Creativity Group and I would also like to express my gratitude to Alan Maley for the support and for helping promote the event. This year the … More IATEFL Glasgow 2017

Russ McDonald

This has been a year of many losses in the field of the Arts and just today an email reached my inbox sharing the news of the passing of Prof Russ McDonald. This is really saddening in itself but it has particularly affected me since for a very strange coincidence my intention this morning was to … More Russ McDonald

Bringing literature into the language class

This post was originally written for Helbling Hooked on Books Blog. Thanks to Nora Nagy and Maria Cleary for giving me the opportunity to share my views with their readers. In this series of interviews we talk to teachers, ELT writers, visual artists and researchers about the importance of using literature in the language classroom. Together they … More Bringing literature into the language class

Shakespeare 400

It is perhaps difficult for some people to understand why we are making such a big fuss of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. A friend of mine from the Middle-East asked me with a look of incredulity and amusement, ‘Are you celebrating 400 years after he died? What’s the point?’ My first reaction was … More Shakespeare 400