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Ken Lackman

Ken Lackman

Ken started teaching English at The Caledonian School in Prague. It was in 1996, before the Internet, and Ken realized how inefficient it was for individual teachers to search through books for classroom activities. With the administration’s approval, he created a collection of classroom resources for teachers to share. Over the next six years, his collection of original classroom activities and published materials grew into one of the finest language school libraries in Central Europe.  Based on that work, Ken was promoted to Senior Teacher and he spent the next four years supervising teachers and providing monthly professional development workshops.

After leaving Prague, Ken completed the DELTA course in Wroclaw, Poland. He then returned to Canada to become the Director of Studies at EF Toronto. He left that position in 2007 to focus more on creating classroom materials and teacher training. Ken co-wrote the European coursebook First Choice B2 and began writing about the different classroom activities and teaching methods that he was developing. He has published many articles in international publications such as English Teaching Professional.

Ken also began working as a freelance teacher trainer in 2007 and he has presented over 250 workshops based on his teaching ideas. He is a regular presenter at local conferences and at the annual international conference (IATEFL) held in the UK. Since 2012, he has done three speaking tours in Europe. Ken’s work has mostly focused on teaching students strategies to learn the language rather than teaching the language itself.