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Upcoming event in May: IATEFL Annual Conference 2022

The conference is being held in Belfast and will be an in-person event again after 2 years online. Visit the IATEFL conference website for all details.


My talk is part of the TDSIG Showcase day and is scheduled for Thursday 19th May at 12:45pm in ICC Room 18. The abstract may peak your interest:


This talk focuses on observational and interview data collected as part of a study looking at affective dimensions experienced between students and instructors in EMI classes. The findings provide insights for both foreign language teacher trainers and content lecturers into the impact of affect on learning through English.


Or you can visit the dedicated page here to get more details, and a sneak peak at part of the presentation slides.


Upcoming event in June: 10th UAS Austrian Language Instructors' Conference

In June, it's off to Vienna for a couple of days, to the Fachhochschule of Vienna. Conference details here.


My talk is scheduled for Friday afternoon. THis is the abstract. Perhaps it's of interest to you?


When the university scrapped all business English courses, I transitioned to teaching the interdisciplinary, core module course: Communication in Business. Going beyond BE teaching to EMI (English Medium Instruction) content delivery has been an adventure. In this talk I shall share my experiences of what was transferable from the traditional BE course to the updated EMI communications course. And vice versa. Some things worked better than others – and then we had to go online!


Thanks to the newly established Distance Cert Ltd. for sponsoring me to go. Distance Cert is a company established by Ben Dobbs and I, focused on providing distance learning courses and certificate programmes. The Distance Cert IBET is our flagship course!

Hot off the press: The Englishization of Higher Education in Europe

This book was edited by Bob WIlkinson and René Gabriels and consists of 15 chapters, each giving the perspective from a different European country on how higher education has dealt with the phenomenon of Englishization.

Chapter 15: "Affect in EMI at a German university: comparing insights from teachers, home and international students", focuses on Germany and includes a report on the pilot study I conducted in 2020.

Thanks to my PhD supervisor, Dr. Ursula Lanvers for inviting me to co-author this chapter with her.

Use the QR code to link to the open source site from where you can download a free copy of the book.

Thanks to Amsterdam University Press.

The Thinking Environment® is a way of being in the world

Developed by coach, Nancy Kline, The Thinking Environment® lends itself beautifully to the learning environment. It is an ideal way to encourage and nurture communicative language learning in a calm, thoughtful way.


This blog post I wrote for ETpedia in 2017 summarises how I see the 10 components can be applied to the EFL teaching context: