Ken Lackman and Associates
Methods and activities for more effective teaching with less preparation
10 Common Teaching Problems is based on feedback from over a dozen
observers who identified the most prevalent teaching problems. Fifty easily-implemented
solutions are offered to improve classes significantly.
A Framework for Listening features a framework which can be applied to any
listening text to produce fully-integrated lessons requiring very little preparation.
A Framework for No Prep Lessons 1 features a series of frameworks for
conversation-based lessons focused on remodelling student production. No planning
or prep required. Published in English Teaching Professional.
A Framework for No Prep Lessons 2 is a revolutionary and widely-acclaimed
method using teacher talk as the linguistic input. A simple framework allows teachers to
repeatedly deliver great lessons with no planning or preparation. Published in English
Your workshop was excellent. I’ll use your ideas.
Mario Rinvolucri, ELT writer
A Framework for No Prep Lessons 3 provides a framework for teaching great
lessons from any reading text with absolutely no planning. Published in English Teaching
A Framework for Teaching Vocabulary features an innovative method which is
based on the fundamentals of teaching vocabulary yet it can be delivered without any
planning or preparation.
A Framework for Reading provides teachers with a framework for a reading-based
lesson around any suitable text. It includes two innovative original activities to get
students to focus on lexical items in the text.
A Framework for Writing Lessons provides a formula for teaching student-centred
writing lessons requiring very little preparation and not requiring marking by the teacher.
Students learn how to analyze models in order to create their own texts.
A New Way to Teach Listening explains why the current model for teaching
listening is the wrong approach and how we can actually develop learners’ skills for
processing authentic speech rather than just test their comprehension. A simple lesson
framework will be provided with a multitude of activities that give students skills to use
outside the classroom.
A New Way to Teach Reading presents a teaching framework based on a
completely new approach that actually provides students with strategies to become
better readers instead of just testing their comprehension. In addition, it outlines a way
students can learn vocabulary while reading.
An Easy Way to Teach Writing provides a simple framework for a very student-
centred approach that takes students from brainstorming ideas to the final edit. A unique
and very active peer editing stage raises students’ awareness of their common errors
and eliminates any papers for the teacher to mark outside of class.
CAT: A Framework for Dogme introduces Conversation Activated Teaching, a new
teaching method based on the three key principles of the Dogme approach. This session
features an explanation of Dogme and a demo of CAT. The method requires no
planning, materials or preparation.
Ken combined explanation and demonstration to present a coherent,
practicable and portable framework for generating and shaping learner
output. Quite brilliant!
Scott Thornbury, ELT writer
Classroom Activities for the 21st Century presents a revolutionary idea about
language teaching where the students are taught strategies to learn the language rather
than the language itself. Several relevant classroom activities are demonstrated.
Classroom Games from Corpora features a collection of fun and motivating games
based on one of the most valuable and underused sources of authentic language.
These games are the best thing that is good for improving vocabulary I’ve
Bu Young Kim, student
Colligation: The Way Grammar Should be Taught points out that, beyond
learning about form, meaning and pronunciation, what learners really need is the
knowledge of how words are used. This often involves learning the grammatical patterns
words are used in. This session will explain the theory of colligation and demonstrate
some classroom activities to aid awareness and acquisition.
Corpify Your Coursebook! applies simple corpora searches to create interactive
classroom activities to lexically enhance coursebook exercises.
Easy Corpus Activities provides demonstrations of activities from a collection of 30
games and activities based on one simple corpus search. They give students valuable
information about word formation and usage of grammatical and lexical structures.
Error Correction Games for Writing is a collection of fun activities which help
students to identify their own errors and avoid making them in the future. Students
enthusiastically compete to correct each other’s errors leaving no papers to take home to
Getting Students to Do Your Prep is a great collection of universal games and
activities for getting students to prepare materials for other classroom games and
activities, which will make lesson planning easier and classes more student-centred.
Giving Good Instructions features tips and techniques to help teachers set up tasks
clearly and effectively as well as a guide for checking understanding of grammar and
vocabulary with concept check questions.
Grammar Made Simple provides an overview of grammar that will make it easier to
teach and easier for the students to understand. It deals with time, tense, aspect and
mood and provides teachers with simple single sentence explanations for the so-called
IATEFL 2013 Conference Highlights features some great activities, a website for
class projects, a new approach to teaching writing and some new ideas on the way
languages are learned.
No Prep Grammar Lessons provides teachers with a formula for teaching student-
centred grammar lessons involving very little preparation or materials..
No Prep Listening Lessons provides teachers with a formula for teaching student-
centred grammar lessons involving very little preparation or materials. The formula is
based on a combination of PPP and Test-Teach-Test.
Product, Process and Genre provides an explanation of these three approaches to
teaching writing and includes a large collection of activities which can be combined in a
lesson to feature the best aspects of each approach.
Task-Based Learning is based on the Willis model but provides other variations of the
task-based framework, including one which can be used with virtually no preparation or
Teaching Collocations features a brief look at the theory behind collocations and a
collection of activities and games to help students notice and acquire them.
Teaching Reading Strategies features a collection of activities and games which
don’t simply test reading comprehension but instead give students techniques to become
Teaching Speaking Sub-skills features a collection of over 30 activities broken
down into 10 sub-skills to actually teach students something about speaking.
The Lexical Approach provides an explanation of this revolutionary but easily
implemented way of language teaching with a great collection of original or adapted
universal activities which can be used to provide a lexical focus in any lesson.
The Perfect Present Perfect Lesson demonstrates a lesson framework, teaching
techniques and student activities that make teaching the present perfect easy and are
applicable to other grammar points as well.
Warmers and Icebreakers points out the value of using these fun, student-centred
activities and includes a guide to creating them. The handout includes over 100 universal
activities which can be matched to any type of lesson.
Word Formation Games is a collection of reusable games designed to help students
expand their vocabulary by using prefixes and suffixes.
Workshop Highlights features an introduction to some of our most popular
workshops and a great classroom activity from each one.
Universal Activities consists of 26 multi-purpose activities which can be used
whenever grammar or vocabulary are taught. These activities eliminate the need to
consult resource books for practice activities.
The bottomless 'bag of tricks' teachers are looking for. I've taught some
great lessons using just these activities.
Sara Nykoruk, LINC instructor
60 minutes: $260 90 minutes: $300 120 minutes: $340