Flipped Phonetics

Video lectures as a means of improving the teaching/ learning of phonetics at a Moroccan university

“Flipped Phonetics” is an innovative method we adopted in teaching introductory phonetics, a component of a Semester 4 linguistics module- Introduction to Linguistics- offered to undergraduate students of the Department of English at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences- Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.

So begins the latest Case Study on Blended Learning. Many thanks to Karim Bensoukas for this fascinating contribution.

To download your free .pdf, please visit:


Great memories of the conference in Morocco where I met Karim, the ​MATE Laayoune 1st International ELT Conference.


Technology-enhanced language learning – Lecture at Warwick University: pre-sessional

Kahoot! What an amazing experience to see the audience voting at the start of this plenary lecture earlier this week!

Great to talk about Alexa and developments in AI and voice-recognition….


As promised, here’s a one-page Handout with some of the Study ideas from the middle of this talk. Mouse over the links below and download 🙂


Plenary talk Follow up

Power Point

A few people have wondered if they could have access to the PPT – here is a .pdf version

plenary 2018 [Autosaved]

References – click to download


Thanks to everyone who attended!


ETp – Transforning Teaching

“We would like to move into blended learning” This comment was made after our workshop at the IATEFL Conference in Brighton in April this year. It is a sentiment we have often heard, along with several fears: What would such a move involve? How can we ensure the success of our course? This article addresses the challenges of changing from running purely face-to-face classes supported by technology to running a fully-fledged Blended Learning course.

Read the rest of this article – Transforming teaching – in the latest ETp Issue 117 July 2018

Pete Sharma and Barney Barrett



The ELTons…a night to celebrate!

What a FANTASTIC night it was….the ELTons. Enjoyed catching up with colleagues and friends from round the world. I even found myself alone in the room with a cameraman a mere 10 minutes before the ceremony started…spooky!

So many fantastic digital products to catch up on…..

Review of Best Practices for Blended Learning – EL Gazette

HUGE thanks to Wayne Trotman, reviewer extraordinaire’ for his recent review just published in the EL Gazette

Blending in
Wayne Trotman reviews a book outlining a sensible approach to blended or ‘flipped’ learning


“Implementing a BL course requires a framework and a platform, and the two chapters covering this area are perhaps the most enlightening in the whole book.”

“The authors have done superbly well to reduce what might appear to be a complicated area to one that even IT dunderheads such as myself could appreciate with ease.”

For the complete review, visit the EL Gazette: http://digital.elgazette.com/

BAG conference – Villigst, Germany

It was great to attend and contribute to the BAG ((Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Englisch an Gesamtschulen) conference last week. Met some great teachers!

My session on Thursday was about Digital Literacies and creativity.

Here’s a picture of the Symbaloo link-sharing page I created for the Friday workshop:

Here’s the Padlet wall the workshop participants made afterwards as a way of capturing and reporting back on their achievements created on the day.

Fabulous venue and great food! Hugely stimulating….I even enjoyed learning more about the AR feature on Snapchat! 

IATEFL presentation follow-up: which is the most popular LMS?

Participants were given this definition of Blended Learning: a combination of traditional face-to-face classroom teaching and web-based learning. They were asked the following question:

Which learning platform do you use for the web-based delivery?

Find out what the data showed. Download a one-page .pdf with the results:

IATEFL – data follow up

Any surprises? We were amazed at the range of different platforms being used. And pleased, as this variance is another justification for writing our new book!

To buy the book, visit:

Pavilion website


Best Practices for Blended Learning – online resources

Delighted to say that there is now a great range of online support materials available to accompany our latest book Best Practices for Blended Learning on the ETp website. You can find:

a glossary of terms

Appendix one – Tools for creating new materials

Appendix two – Building your own platform

Case Study from Mexico

10 practical ideas

Just visit: