Peter Smith

Publications, Lectures and Other Stuff

My Advice to My Younger Self

I just posted this on Facebook and am reposting it here — “My advice to my younger self (& anyone else who finds any of this relevant)”. In no particular … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

On Teaching English Skills in a Globalized World

One of my friends has been teaching English in Thailand for many years and has kindly allowed me to repost some of his recent observations on ‘how English could be … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Some Movies about Poland since World War I

Some Movies about Poland since World War I. 1. Katyń is a 2007 Polish film about the 1940 Katyn massacre, directed by Academy Honorary Award winner Andrzej Wajda. 2. Schindler’s … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Responses to low birth rates

Whilst many countries continue to have high birth rates (& often high levels of youth unemployment), some now have birthrates which are too low to maintain their exiting population size. … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Middle Eastern Languages

A useful set of videos on some of the languages of the Middle East (Kurdish is the main omission): Persian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZtlDNcbeE8   Arabic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y45owm80MM   Maltese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7VdeHdBn-g   Turkish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJRQRD6LAmYContinue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

World War I: Some links for students

There is an excellent series of videos on WW1 produced by ‘The Great War’ channel on You-tube. The videos are well researched and cover an enormous range of material. The … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Motivation and Finishing Projects

I just read “How Do I Motivate Myself to Finish Projects?”  by Milena Rangelov It’s a useful set of ideas to help us to finish projects. The reference is here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/quora/2016/04/20/how_do_i_motivate_myself_to_finish_projects.html   … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment