Training Specialist with National Geographic Learning, David has been working in ELT for over 20 years, initially as a teacher around the world and later as the Head of Adult Courses at the British Council in Bangkok. David has extensive experience of training both native and non-native English teachers in the effective use of ELT resources in order to encourage communicative learning, and has presented at conferences in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar and The Philippines.


Personalisation in an Impersonal World
Personalisation in the classroom is always considered desirable but in reality it’s often hard to achieve. As teachers, we try to personalise the language but this can be challenging in larger classes. There is also a delicate balance between asking students to personalise language and asking them to say too much about their real lives. Finally, if we want to use texts, videos and images which bring real-life topics into the classroom, we need to find personal connections between the individual student and global issues. In this presentation, I’ll explore these issues and share a variety of practical techniques and activities which bridge the gaps between the individual, the language and the wider world.