Talks & training

I have a passion for language and love talking about all aspects of my work including the nitty gritty of vocabulary and vocab teaching, corpus research in ELT, dictionary skills, and wider ELT topics including writing skills and EAP.

I deliver talks, workshops and training around themes including vocabulary, EAP and dictionary skills.

Conference talks & workshops

I regularly speak at ELT conferences and events both in the UK and internationally, in-person and online. I deliver plenary talks, presentations and workshops.

If you’d like me to speak at an upcoming ELT event, then please get in touch (see About me for contact details)

Some of my recent presentations include:

Language Change and the Learner
NATESOL online conference, plenary talk, May 2021
TESOL France online colloquium, Nov 2021
InnovateELT 2020, online conference, Sept 2020
– A look at how language change is (and isn’t) relevant to the ELT classroom, and some of the key drivers of language change to look out for.

Teaching vocabulary beyond intermediate
English UK academic conference, Jan 2019
Living Learning English teachers’ conference, May 2019
OUP webinars, July 2019
ELTA Rhine online workshop, March 2021
OUP blog post here.

Why not just Google it? Dictionary skills in a digital era
InnovateELT 2021, online conference, Sept 2021
BELTA Day, Brussels, Belgium, April 2016
– A look at the world of online dictionaries, some of the key benefits and pitfalls

Sticking to your lexical guns: 4 principles for writing vocabulary materials
MaWSIG-Oxford Brookes event, June 2018
Summary here.

Using a learner corpus to develop ELT materials for Spanish learners
IVACS conference, Malta, June 2018
Summary here.

Vocabulary lists: snog, marry, avoid?
IATEFL conference, Brighton, April 2018
Summary here.

Not all words are equal: understanding receptive and productive vocabulary
IH AMT conference, London, Jan 2017
Oxford University, Dept. of Continuing Development, July 2019

Corpora: a key part of the materials writer’s toolkit
plenary at MATSDA conference, Liverpool, June 2016

Teacher Training

I’ve run teacher training workshops in my areas of special interest, including teaching vocabulary, EAP and writing skills. These include a full-day workshop I ran for teachers in Moscow and St Petersburg on Teaching Advanced Writing Skills (see my blog posts here and here) and training for teachers as part of a start-of-year induction at King Saud University in Riyadh (read about it here).

I’ve been involved in the English Language Teachers Summer Seminar programme at the University of Oxford (visit website). This is a teacher training course held each summer at Exeter College, Oxford for a wonderfully international group of EFL teachers. In 2013, I led a week of workshops on Teaching EAP and in 2014 and 2015, I gave workshops on Teaching Advanced Writing Skills.

I deliver professional development webinars for OUP and others, especially on vocabulary-related topics. Recordings of some of these can be found in the OUP webinar archive.

Training workshop in St Petersburg, 2019