Technologically and linguistically adventurous EFL teacher, trainer, writer and manager

Writing

Richer Speaking

In April 2016 I published my first ebook, with the help of Lindsay Clandfield and Luke Meddings at the round and editor Karen White.

It’s a book of twelve techniques you can use to adapt speaking activities from coursebooks and activity books, and is part of a mini-series from the round of books which cost no more than 1USD. They’re all on the round’s resources page, and have the same type of cover as mine.

Richer Speaking is available to purchase at Smashwords and Amazon [the latter is an affiliate link]. You can access the round page about my ebook by clicking on the image below.

Richer Speaking cover

For publishers

In 2015-2016, I wrote the writing spreads for the B2, C1 and C2 workbooks of the National Geographic Cengage Learning Keynote series of coursebooks, which is based around TED talks. I also wrote Unit 10 of the B2 workbook.

Keynote B2 Upper Intermediate workbook front cover featuring my name and four other authors

In 2011, I wrote the model writing and speaking texts for the New English File Advanced section of Oxford English Testing online extra practice.

In the same year, I also contributed materials to the English File Best Extra competition, which are available via the Oxford Teachers Club. It requires you to log in, but it’s free.

In 2014, Richmond ELT asked me to put together six C1 level listening worksheets for their Skills Boost series. Again, a log in is required. It’s free, but takes a few days to activate.

Blogging

In addition to this blog, I have two other blogs:

  • Independent English
    Aimed at students, designed to provide step-by-step guides to things they can do to practise their English outside class. Two of my most popular posts on the blog are based on Quizlet and using podcasts.
  • (Almost) Infinite ELT Ideas
    I share prompts that could be used by teachers as the basis for a class. The conceit behind the blog is that readers share their ideas for how to use the prompts, and I then tag the posts based on the ideas that have been generated. Here is an example of a post that generated a lot of ideas, based on post-it notes.

I’m a British Council TeachingEnglish Associate blogger. You can read all of my posts for them here.

I’ve also written guest posts for other blogs:

  • First Impressions for Ceri Jones
    A lesson plan based on your first impressions of being in a new place.
  • Getting Started for the IATEFL MaWSIG (Materials Writing Special Interest Group)
    About the questions I’ve found it useful to ask a new materials writer (also included in the MaWSIG 2015 ebook, available to members)
  • IATEFL 2016 Presentation Highlights for EFL Magazine
    A selection of my favourite talks from the conference in Birmingham

IH Journal

International House publishes a journal twice a year. I originally had a column called ‘Developing Teachers‘ in issues 32-38, where I shared ideas for teachers to develop professionally. From issue 39, I started to write about online resources teachers can benefit from.

IH Journal Issue 36 cover

These are the topics I have covered so far:

For other journals

My review of the History of English podcast was published in the TEA (Austrian teacher’s association) journal of May 2015.

What’s next?

If you’d like me to do some writing for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch through my blog, or via Twitter.

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Comments on: "Writing" (2)

  1. Alberto said:

    Hi Sandy, I’m Italian and teach English. I’ve just found myself here https://sandymillin.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/observe-hypothesize-experiment/ during some research on the actual applicability of the OHE paradigm. Have you come up with something after that post? I know it’s 3 years ago, but I haven’t seen much new stuff around since then. I’m writing on PPP vs OHE in my final dissertation for a teacher training course I’m following. Thanks for your attention. Alberto

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    • Hi Alberto,
      I never did, I’m afraid. Doesn’t seem to come up much anywhere. If you’re on facebook, it might be worth asking on the ‘Teaching English – British Council’ facebook page to see if anyone else has any more information about it. Sorry I can’t be of more help!
      Sandy

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