My name is Philip Kerr and I’m a teacher trainer, lecturer and materials writer. My books include the coursebook series Inside Out and Straightforward (both with Macmillan) , Evolve (Cambridge University Press), Studio (Helbling), and the methodology titles Translation and Own-Language Activities (CUP)  and How to Write Vocabulary Presentations and Practice (ELT Teacher 2 Writer)

The first ten posts on this blog (in January and February 2014) together form a guide to adaptive learning in ELT. These earlier posts have been revised and collated in an ebook that has been published by The Round. You can download it for free here. Subsequent posts will either be more detailed looks at some of the issues raised in the guide, or they will be more recent developments.

There is now a short video extract of me talking about adaptive learning at the ETp Live! conference in June 2014 which can be seen on YouTube.


  1. Tefl skeptic says:

    Haha I got the impression you were ‘anti-blog’

  2. Mansoor Anwar says:

    I had a chance to attend your presentations at TESOL Arabia conference held in Dubai and found them very informative and enlightening. Thanks for sharing such valuable ideas. I found adaptive learning quite interesting and would love to hear more about it.

  3. laurenceraw says:

    New blog post by @LaurenceRaw on ADAPTATION STUDIES AND ADAPTIVE LEARNING http://laurenceraw.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/adaptation-studies-and-adaptive-learning.html #learning #adaptation

  4. […] I guess. Is Adaptive (teacher-less) learning the way forward? If you want to know about that read Philip Kerr’s informed and somewhat chilling blog. Do we believe in the ‘technology can solve everything’  SOLEs world of people like […]

  5. Have just cited your book twice here – ‘The Harm of (English) Language Testing’ (rather tangentially, but glad I got it in!) https://richardsmithelt.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/6/. A very illuminating book!

  6. […] and very useful discussions of the span of control) was followed by a talk by an external speaker (Philip Kerr) who spoke about using learners’ own language in the classroom. For a second there I felt I […]

  7. […] ELT Teacher 2 Writer ebooks are all written by experienced writers (Philip Kerr, Lindsay Clandfield, Sarah Cunningham, and Katherine Bilsborough, for example) who have been in the […]

  8. Chris Wilson says:

    Hi – I’m a long time reader of your blog and I would like to talk to you about supplying some consultancy services for a digital ESL project. I look forward to hearing from you.

  9. […] Evolve from Cambridge – six levels, ‘get students speaking with confidence’. American English, young adults, among the list of big-name authors is Philip Kerr!!! […]

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