Category Conferences

Language, Memory and Storytelling

The themes of sessions I chose to go to at the NATECLA conference, although they focused on different topics, seemed to have in common something to do with the roles identity and memory play in language learning: we want to use language to express ourselves and we need to remember what to say and how to […]

Notes from the NATECLA Conference 2016

Having  got used to a luxurious regime of fortnightly input sessions and twice-yearly teaching conferences in Huelva, I have been feeling a bit starved of CPD in Devon. Obviously one can do one’s own reading, but part of the gain from coming together with other teachers is the connections one makes and the way we can positively […]

Highlights and thoughts from the English UK SW Conference

Since working at the University of Durham, I’ve been doing my best to earn a living in my home town of Exeter.  It’s not as easy as it was in Spain because most jobs are zero hours and the money doesn’t go as far as in Spain. There’s also the feeling that we teachers of […]

Questions prompted by the Image Conference 2014

I’ve just got back from a great weekend in Cordoba visiting friends and attending the Image Conference. This event, organised this year by IH Cordoba, comprised a full day of talks – 8 in total, including the opening and closing plenaries – interspersed with coffee breaks and a delicious lunch. There was a great range of […]


I have given talks at three conferences: February 2014, IH Andalucia conference in Seville: Classroom Dynamics: Practical Tips on Creating a Successful Group November 2013, ACEIA conference in Seville: Onwards and Upwards: Advancing Vocabulary April 2013, IH Andalucia conference in Huelva: Onwards and Upwards: Advancing Vocabulary

Classroom Dynamics: Practical tips on creating a successful group

The IH Andalucia conference was held last Saturday in Seville. I gave a talk on this topic to a dynamic group of teachers. Some of the things that I researched were pretty useful so here’s a post on the subject. I first started to think about classroom dynamics earlier this year when I got my […]

ACEIA talk – Onward & Upward: Advancing Vocabulary

On Saturday, I gave a talk at the ACEIA conference in Seville.  It was the first time I’ve given a talk  to more than 8 people, and I rather enjoyed it.  I hope the participants did too.  I ran out of handouts so here I’ve uploaded it here for anyone who wanted it and didn’t […]