Ken Lackman and Associates
Ken Lackman has been presenting workshops for English language instructors since
1996. Ken Lackman and Associates was formed in 2007 to offer teacher training
sessions to schools and other language teaching organizations. Since that time, we have
presented over 150 workshops at schools and conferences in Canada and Europe.
Schools on that list include private language schools, numerous LINC schools, and
several universities and colleges. Conferences include TESL Toronto, TESL Hamilton,
TESL North York, TESL Ottawa (keynote speaker), TESL Ontario and the prestigious
IATEFL conferences in the United Kingdom.
Although we offer a wide range of workshops, our focus is on activities and lesson
frameworks that will allow teachers to plan effective lessons more easily. These lesson
frameworks and activities are methodologically sound and completely student-centred.
Teachers who have used our methods and activities in their classes have remarked on
noticeable improvements in their lessons in terms of student involvement and motivation.
Many of the activities and teaching frameworks featured in our workshops are available
online in PDF format. Most of the frameworks and activities are universal. What this
means is that once you know the procedure, you can use the activity or lesson
framework over and over again in different teaching circumstances or for different
lesson content. For example, the book Universal Activities will provide you with a
collection of multi-purpose activities that will eliminate the need for you to ever refer
another resource book for fun games and activities to get your students to practice new
grammar or vocabulary. You can take a look at some sample pages from Universal
Activities and all our other e-books here here. You can also get a free book which
features one great activity from each of our lesson framework and activity books.
We offer over 30 different workshops and most feature lesson frameworks or activities
that are designed to make your teaching much easier and much more effective. The
lesson frameworks provide teachers with universal plans that, once learned, will enable
one to teach solid lessons with virtually no planning or preparations. Our activity
workshops are based on a similar premise, with universal activities that, once learned,
can be easily plugged into a lesson, even on the spot. For example, our most popular
workshop, Universal Activities, features over 30 great classroom activities that can be
used for teaching grammar or vocabulary. After target language is presented and
explained, one only needs to choose one or more of these activities to round off the
We offer these workshops at English Central in Toronto, as well as sessions by other
presenters. We also will come to do workshops at schools and conferences anywhere
in the world. For the complete list of workshops click here.
Watch Online Workshops
Due to numerous requests from people outside the Toronto area, we will be filming some
of our most popular workshops. You can watch these sessions by clicking on the link to
We offer monthly one-day conferences for teachers in the Toronto area. These sessions
are held on Saturdays at English Central and feature four workshops beginning at 9:30
and ending at 4:30. For those who are interested, discussions will continue at
Scallywags, a terrific pub a short walk away from English Central.
The workshops at the conference feature some of the best presenters in Canada and
sessions are chosen based on general appeal. If you would like to attend an upcoming
conference or propose a session to present, click here.
About Ken Lackman
Ken Lackman is one of the most popular presenters at ESL conferences in the Toronto
area. His first presentation, Universal Activities, at TESL Toronto was so well-received
that it led to him being asked to repeat it at TESL Ontario. Word quickly spread and soon
afterward Ken received requests to present at numerous other conferences and schools
in the greater Toronto area. He has also become a regular presenter at the IATEFL
conferences in the UK. Read more...
Our lesson frameworks have been published in English Teaching Professional, the
world's leading practical magazine for English language teachers. These lesson
frameworks were created to enable teachers to deliver great lessons with virtually no
planning or preparation. To take a look at our published works, click here.
Our classroom activities and lesson frameworks have been enthusiastically endorsed by
numerous teachers and students as well as some of the biggest names in the field of
English language teaching. You can view some of these testimonials here.
Methods and activities for more effective teaching with less preparation