Friday, October 19, 2007

New articles on creativity

While looking at the BBC's wonderful Teaching English website, I came across these recent articles on creativity, written by Judit Fehér:

An excellent introduction to the subject of creativity for language teachers. If you like these articles, you might be interested in reading the book she co-wrote with Bonnie Tsai. Here's a review of the book:

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Links for TD Session

For those of you on the ELC staff that attended my TD session about blogging, here are links to the blogs and webpages I showed you:


Tutor Blogs

Tech ELT Blog

TEFLtastic with Alex Case

Jo Kent's Blog - BBC Learning English

Robert Johanson's Reading and Writing Fall Blog

Class Blogs

Bee Online

Student Blogs

Studying English Blog

Websites for creating blogs



Live Journal




Articles on Blogging

A Blogging Good Idea

Blogging for ELT

Weblogs for Use with ESL Classes

Sunday, September 23, 2007


A friend of mine in Houston has just started his own company, Linguaedge. Here's a link to their website:

They offer English courses, as well as TESOL teaching certificate courses.

Monday, September 17, 2007

New Listing on Alta Book Center website

Recently my book, The Creative Classroom, has been listed on the Alta Book Center website. If you go here ---

you can read a short description of my book.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Creative Learner Centred Teaching

Just a few weeks ago, I got an e-mail from Russia. The author was a teacher trainer from Yarslavl, Russia who also is a project coordinator for an organization called Creative Learner Centred Teaching. She said:

" I am really happy that I got your book The Creative Classroom: teaching languages outside the box just before the training for teachers of English of our region (start on August,20). We (team of trainers) are greatly inspired with your ideas on using creativity training activities. We are designing training materials at the moment and plan to try many activities from The Creative Classroom with our participants. "

It's great to hear from one of my readers. She sent me a report on one of her teacher training workshops, along with some copies of handouts. It sounds like they had an incredible experience . They wrote poetry, did some mind mapping, discussed creative and critical thinking, and they even played something called newspaper bingo (I'd love to know what that is!). I wish I could have been there.

If you are interested in learning more about Creative Learner Centred Teaching, I refer you to the CLCT website:

Friday, June 01, 2007

Book review

TEFL.NET has just published a review of my book. Take a look here:

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Book Review

In this month's issue of English Teaching Professional, there's a review of my book, The Creative Classroom:

If you can find a copy of the magazine, they have also printed an article I wrote about brainstorming.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Published in English Teaching Professional

I have an article that will be published this month in...

English Teaching Professional

Follow the link and you will see a short comment on my article.

Friday, April 27, 2007

My cousin's blog

My cousin, Sean, lives in Kyoto. He's lived there for many years and runs his own language school called Choice English.

He also writes a very interesting blog covering a wide variety of topics. Just recently, he posted a blog entry that mentions me and my new book. Here's a link to his blog:

Saturday, April 21, 2007

BBC's 5 steps

The BBC's website has an interesting article called

5 steps to get creative:

It's perfect for someone working on an artistic project.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Creative Problem Solving

I've got a new article over at Humanising Language Teaching about Creative Problem Solving. If you are working on a project with your classes, or would like to help students practice both creative and critical thinking, you might want to read about CPS.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

A book I'd like to read

Helbling Languages has a new book that sounds very interesting. Imagine That! Mental Imagery in the EFL Classroom by Jane Arnold, Herbert Puchta and Mario Rinvolucri is all about using students' imagination. It has 5 sections - Visualisation Training, Language in Mind, Stories Stories Tell, Images of Time and Space, and Spinning Inward. The book includes a CD-ROM with music, artwork, photos, photocopiable worksheets, and visualization scripts. There's an article about this book which includes several sample activities here. I'm looking forward to reading it and trying out some of the activities in my classes.

Friday, April 13, 2007

More articles

I have added several of my articles to my website. You can see the list here:

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

new article

I just had another article published. This time it's at

Warming Up to Creativity: Starting Points

In addition, I was mentioned at the Tech ELT Blog:

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Spelling error alert

Anyone see a spelling error here? I hope Oxford fixes this...