Recent articles by Jason Anderson



A potted history of PPP with the help of ELTJ

ELT Journal

Investigates the history of PPP to Donn Byrne's and Julian Dakin's work, finding it to be a central construct within the early evolution of CLT, and not a product of audiolingualism as frequently argued.

March 2017

Context analysis practice: A lesson planning model for language teacher education

IATEFL Teacher Education Newsletter

To support my IATEFL talk, in this paper I present a simple 3-stage lesson structuring paradigm; C-A-P (Context, Analysis, Practice), and argue that it better reflects the current emphasis on context in teacher education and coursebooks than other paradigms, such as PPP or ESA.

January 2017

A fundamental dichotomy in ELT methodology: A response to Pang

ELT Journal

A response to May Pang's critique of my 2015 article 'Affordance, learning opportunities and the lesson plan pro forma' outlining the dichotomy underpinning the planning debate in (E)LT methodology.

November 2016

What to consider when teaching English in large classes

British Council Voices

Overview article that looks at the challenges and potential paths towards solutions, situating the large class English teacher in their own teaching culture, community and classroom.

September 2016

The role of VSO in the development of Teaching English in Africa

Education Today

Short article written on behalf of VSO, covering the origin and development of Teaching English in Africa. Also see my blog here.

July 2016

Initial teacher training courses and non-native speaker teachers

ELT Journal

Reports on a mainly quantitative study indicating that non-native speakers on CELTA and CertTESOL courses have very different prior experience, needs and future teaching contexts to native speakers.

July 2016

Why practice makes perfect sense: The past, present and potential future of the PPP paradigm in language teacher education

ELT Education and Development

Discusses the history, durability and validity of the PPP model, providing a justification for its use in certain contexts, and an account of its use based on notions of best practice in education.

July 2016

Intentions and signposts

English Teaching Professional

Main feature article.  Builds on evidence from mainstream teaching to present a range of suggestions to ensure that learners are aware of both our intentions and their own learning throughout the lesson.

June 2016

Teaching is never easy... but for so many different reasons


In this online article for ReadAfricanBooks.com, I discuss the important role that local publishing houses have to support teachers in Africa.

April 2016

Internet Jigsaws

Modern English Teacher

Internet jigsaws are an effective cooperative learning solution that can be adapted for a wide range of teaching contexts, flipped or not, compatible with most syllabus structures and lesson lengths.

July 2015

Affordance, learning opportunities and the lesson plan pro forma

ELT Journal

Editor's choice article. Examines the role of the lesson plan template in teacher education and provides recommendation for its improvement.

July 2015

Secrets and lies

Modern English Teacher

Investigates the role of deception in the language classroom and presents both old favourites and new ideas for deception-based games and activities.

January 2015

The uniqueness of gameplay

English Teaching Professional

Main feature article. Presents two types of authentic language use possible in gameplay and contrasts games with tasks, and argues that games can include an explicit focus on language while still retaining authenticity.



Recent talks by Jason Anderson


February 2017

"The uniqueness of gameplay"

Teaching House, London, UK

Investigating the role of games  in language learning, issues of authenticity and how games can include an explicit focus on language while still retaining authenticity. Related article here.

December 2016

"Playing games with younger learners"

English Teacher Training College, Austria

Concluding plenary talk/workshop  investigating the the relative merits of cooperative and competitive gameplay for children and teens, and how we can use them to facilitate learning effectively.

November 2016

"Teaching English in large classes: A sociocultural approach"

British Council English Agenda (Webinar)

This talk  investigates the challenges involved in teaching English in large classes. It shows how teachers can work with local colleagues using action research to develop their solutions to the challenges they face.  Download slides here  Download references here

Click here to view the recording of the webinar.

November 2016

"Peer needs analysis: Sensitizing learners to the needs of their classmates"

English UK 2016 Teachers' Conference, London, UK

There are a number of advantages to raising learners' awareness of the needs of their classmates. This workshop investigates how it can be done effectively, why it's a good idea and provides some useful resources for experimentation in the classroom. Resources here. 

September 2016

"Using learners' mother tongues for teaching English in Egypt"

Pharos University International ELT Symposium, Egypt

Closing plenary exploring how Egyptian English teachers can use Arabic (and other L1s) effectively when planning, teaching and assessing their learners.  Slides here.   Resources here. 

April 2016

"Why PPP won't (and shouldn't) go away"

IATEFL 2016, Birmingham, UK

The most enduring paradigm in recent language teacher education is communicative, 'learner-sensitive' and can no longer be argued to be incompatible with SLA research evidence. Resources here.

March 2016

"Translingual competence and the EFL learner"

Stafford House, Cambridge, UK

Conference opening plenary presenting the results of experimental research on the degree to which 116 EFL learners may need translingual competence in the future, and what this means for their teachers. Resources here.

January 2016

"Sharing our intentions with the learners"

London School of English, UK

Exploratory workshop in which we rationalise and compare how we do or don't share our intentions for a lesson with the learners. We also look at evidence-based research into this question, and its implications for our practice.

June 2015 

"Translingualism and translanguaging - what do they mean for TEFL... if anything?"

International House, London, UK

Short presentation, followed by plenary discussion on two interesting phenomena from bilingual studies. Resources here.

May 2015

"Using Learners' Mother Tongues in the ELT Classroom"

British Council ELT Conference, Oran, Algeria

Workshop investigating the advantages of using Algerian learners' L1s, and ideas for activities. Resources here.

April 2015

"Why lying is the best policy... to get learners speaking"

IATEFL 2015, Manchester, UK

Workshop in which we try out a range of deception-based activities from Speaking Games. Resources here.

November 2014

"Have I got a dragons' den for you?"

English UK Conference,

London, UK

Workshop in which we look at ELT classroom activities based on popular television and radio shows. Resources here.

October 2014 

"Speaking Games - Learning to Play"

Delta Publishing (Webinar)

Webinar for Delta Publishing Professional Development Series. Click here to watch.


Blogs, videos and other online resources for Jason Anderson


Speaking Games 
My Wordpress blog.
Initial teacher training courses and non-native speaker teachers 
A video introduction to the ELT Journal article for TESOL Academic.
Affordance, learning opportunities and the lesson plan pro forma 
A video introduction to the ELT Journal Article for Oxford University Press.
Speaking Games Introduction 
For my 2014 book for Delta Publishing.
Jason Anderson at Delta Publishing
My author page on the Delta Publishing website.
Jason Anderson on Amazon
My author page on Amazon.co.uk.
Jason Anderson on Linked-In
My Linked-In profile.



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