teaching unplugged – in brief

Archive for March, 2009

Let’s do launch

I’m off to Cardiff to the IATEFL Conference to launch the book I’ve written with Scott Thornbury, Teaching Unplugged. Our talk is on Thursday afternoon. I will report back presently.


Here’s a message that follows the previous one


And it features a pack of tissues: not just any tissues, but a pack of City LifeTM tissues from the market. I have chosen these not only because of the attractive green roses (it came in a multi-pack with other cemetery-flavoured colours too), but for the poem that features at top right, and which reads as follows:

When the night falls / Moon and stars / Cars and Bars / Beer, water, vapor / Just like lovely smelling flowers

It’s really quite a good poem  – especially the progression from beer to vapor, thinning out like the city’s dreams – until the last line, when the writer’s energy does seem to falter rather. Perhaps the boss walked in.

Pleasantry wins the, erm, day

I’d rather be a pleasant peasant than a pheasant plucker’s wife, you know. Which is why the slogan It’s pleasant up Luke Meddings’ has after months of inactivity won the day. But more messages will follow.