In memory of
Graham Workman

27 June 1952 – 19 January 2018

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By Catherine Hofmann Workman

This is a message...

…. to the thousands of teachers Graham has inspired, helped and supported over more than 35 years of teacher training, seminars, and courses. This is to say thank you for remembering him as the wonderful man and teacher trainer he was.

This is to say thank you for all the moving messages from so many of you, messages I received through his email address or his website. Graham will not run courses or seminars anymore, but his legacy remains through his books which are still available.

Most of you will have known him as the professional person wearing a tie and getting ready for a day’s training which he loved starting with ‘morning music’.

However, he was also a happy private man who enjoyed the pleasures of travelling the world and discovering its beauties, and who loved, among others, simple pleasures such as a birthday cake and relaxing in our beautiful garden in the Cotswolds.

Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
so loved, so missed, so very dear.
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Graham’s expertise and dedication to teachers
are still alive in his books which are available below:

Concept Questions and Time Lines

Concept Questions and Time Lines is used by over 100,000 English language teachers around the world and is used on English language teacher training courses such as the University of Cambridge Local Exams CELTA qualification.

This photocopiable book will help you check learners have understood the meaning of the language you are teaching them. The book contains:

  • ready-made materials for 53 areas  of grammar that are taught in English language classes
  • photocopiable Time Lines to illustrate the meaning of structures
  • ready-made Concept Questions to check understanding
  • guidance and exercises on making concept questions
  • photocopiable grammar reference handouts for learners
  • related follow-up practice activities

An essential book for all English language teachers.

Gem Publishing: ISBN 978-0-9559461-0-3

Cost: £35.00 plus £8 post and packing.*

*If you are ordering books from outside Europe, an additional charge of £5 may apply.  I will contact you directly after purchase to arrange this additional payment.

If you are ordering the book to be sent to an address in the UK, the postal cost is £3 so please email me to place your order.

Total Physical Response for Primary English

Aimed at Primary learners aged 7 – 11. It is suitable for Beginner and Elementary levels, and in some cases can be used with the early years of Secondary classes.

The book contains a brief introduction to the theory and practice of TPR, and 130 pages of photocopiable teaching materials that make learning English a fun and memorable activity.

Topics such as animals, food, numbers, colours, everyday actions, sports, jobs, prepositions, festivals and celebrations are covered in 46 units of action-packed materials that are designed to help learners understand, use and remember the language. Crossword puzzles, collocation quizzes, memory games, and mime crosswords are provided for revision purposes.

There are over 600 original drawings to illustrate the meaning of all key vocabulary items, and a comprehensive word list is included.

The Teacher Notes provide suggestions on how to introduce and exploit the materials, pronunciation notes, ideas for further practice, and guidance on using the materials as part of drama activities.

The CD ROM that comes with the book has 44 sound files and 44 Powerpoint presentations to accompany each unit of the book.

An invaluable resource book for all Primary teachers of English.

Click here to read/download a pdf of the Contents page:  CONTENTS Total Physical Response

Gem Publishing: ISBN: 978-0-9559461-5-8

Cost: £35.00 plus £8 post and packing.*

*If you are ordering books from outside Europe, an additional postage cost of £5 may apply.  I will contact you directly after purchase to arrange this additional payment.

Primary English Lesson Materials

Primary English Lesson Materials is for Primary learners of English aged 7 – 11.  It is suitable for Beginner and Elementary levels, and some of the materials can be used with the early years of Secondary school.

The book contains 135 pages of ready-made photocopiable materials to use with your classes.  The materials have been trialled and tested with learners and Primary teachers on training courses from all parts of Europe, and include activities such as:

  • picture dictations
  • mime crossword puzzles
  • the Shopping Game
  • picture ordering tasks
  • find someone who
  • memory games
  • TPR activities and rhymes
  • picture word searches
  • the Identikit Game
  • collocation quizzes
  • word and picture matching tasks
  • the Categories Game
  • animal sudoku
  • picture pronunciation practice
  • jumbled letter games
  • word search boxes
  • songs

Topics such as clothes, food, the body, shopping, furniture, animals, classroom objects, numbers, prepositions of place and the weather are covered in more than 40 units of materials that are designed to help learners understand, use and remember the language.  There are over 350 original drawings to illustrate meaning and a description of 26 different games that can be played with them.

The Teacher Notes provide suggestions on how to introduce and exploit the materials, language and pronunciation notes, language for doing the activities, and ideas for further practice.  A comprehensive word list of all the vocabulary items in the book is available on the website.

The CD ROM that comes with the book has 28 powerpoint presentations and 14 sound files to accompany various units of the book.

This is an invaluable resource book for all Primary teachers of English.

Click here to read/download a pdf of the Contents page:

CONTENTS Primary English Lesson Materials

ISBN 978-0-9559461-6-5

Cost: £35.00 plus £8 post and packing.*

*If you are ordering books from outside Europe, an additional postage cost of £5 may apply.  I will contact you directly after purchase to arrange this additional payment.

CLIL Maths and Science Materials

CLIL Maths and Science Materials is designed for CLIL teachers of maths, biology, chemistry and physics at Secondary school level.  It contains 198 pages of photocopiable materials which have been used on numerous CLIL Teacher Development Courses with teachers from all over Europe.

The book contains:

  • classroom language for CLIL teachers with accompanying exercises
  • subject specific language for maths and science teachers and learners
  • classroom materials that exemplify approaches to teaching CLIL
  • revision activities for consolidating key subject vocabulary
  • suggestions on producing effective CLIL materials
  • links to useful websites for CLIL teachers

The materials in the book are communicatively designed to ensure that learners interact using English to learn about the subject.  Learners carry out task-based activities that enable them to understand the concepts while expressing themselves in the target language.

There is a CD ROM that accompanies the book and contains:

  • 54 PowerPoint presentations that are connected to the materials and can be used with learners
  • 53 sound recordings of the maths and science materials, classroom language and pronunciation exercises.

This is an ideal book for CLIL teachers of maths and science, providing teaching approaches and language support as well as ideas and materials that are ready to use with learners.

ISBN:  978-0-9559461-9-6

Click here to read/download the Contents pages to see what the book contains:

CONTENTS CLIL Maths and Science Materials

Cost: £45.00 plus £8 post and packing.*

*If you want to order more than one copy of the book, please order each copy as a separate order.

*If you are ordering books from outside Europe, an additional charge of £5 may apply.  I will contact you directly after purchase to arrange this additional payment.

Popular Films for Business English 1

This photocopiable resource book for teachers contains 5 units of materials for exploiting short extracts from popular films that learners will enjoy watching.  It includes practice materials for listening, giving talks, using business collocations, roleplay and discussion work on a wide range of themes such as advertising, marketing, good boss/bad boss, the fashion industry, starting up a business and money.

It is aimed at learners from Intermediate to Advanced level and provides extensive speaking practice in preparation for the Cambridge BEC speaking tests.

The 5 films are:

  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • What Women Want
  • Baby Boom
  • Other People’s Money
  • Wall Street

Special features include the following:

– all business vocabulary terms and expressions are defined
– wordspots to help learners remember patterns of vocabulary
– speaking activities that reinforce the vocabulary in each unit
– word stress and sounds activities for business words
– transcripts and timing of all the film extracts
– revision activities with quizzes and board games
– guidance and practice in giving short talks
– BEC-type speaking tasks and activities
– website links for further materials and support

Gem Publishing: ISBN 978-0-9559461-3-4

Cost: £35.00 plus £8 post and packing.*

*If you are ordering books from outside Europe, an additional charge of £5 may apply.  I will contact you directly after purchase to arrange this additional payment.

Popular Films for Business English 2

This 160-page photocopiable resource book for teachers is aimed at Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate level learners of Business English.  The book provides materials for exploiting 3 popular films which learners will enjoy watching.

Altogether there are 29 short film extracts that are used in a variety of ways: listening, preparing and giving talks, using business collocations, and roleplay, as well as discussion work on a wide range of themes such as job interviews, talking about your job, team work, outsourcing, working abroad, cultural differences, staff incentive schemes, success and happiness.  The 3 films are:

Outsourced

The Pursuit of Happyness

In Good Company

The film units contain internet-based homework research tasks, transcripts of all the film extracts, and definitions of all the business vocabulary items used in the book.  Most important of all, the book provides numerous task-based activities to prepare learners for the Cambridge BEC Preliminary and Vantage Speaking Tests.

  1. In addition, the book has a section of Supplementary Materials that can be used on their own. These materials include:
    • Vocabulary for Office items and Presentations
    • Business Blockbuster revision game activity
    • Business Discussion cards
    • Further topics for giving talks
    • Language for Speaking Test tasks
    • Business English Taboo cards for all BEC Speaking Test levels

    Gem Publishing: ISBN 978-0-9559461-7-2

    Cost: £35.00 plus £8 post and packing.*

    *If you are ordering books from outside Europe, an additional postage cost of £5 may apply.  I will contact you directly after purchase to arrange this additional payment.

Popular Films for Language Use 1

Suitable for classes of Secondary School learners and adults from Pre-Intermediate to Advanced level.

The book contains 10 units of classroom materials for exploiting short extracts from the following popular films:

  • The Majestic
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Rear Window
  • Dead Poets Society
  • The Joy Luck Club
  • Gandhi
  • Amadeus
  • A Fish Called Wanda

Each unit has a particular theme (eg job interviews, wedding customs, cultural differences, peaceful protest, parent-child relationships) as well as a language focus on an area of grammar or vocabulary. A wealth of discussion material is provided to help learners develop their speaking skills and prepare for speaking tests. Inside the book you will find:

  • listening practice activities
  • discussion tasks
  • grammar exercises
  • vocabulary activities
  • related writing tasks
  • comprehensive Teachers’ Notes
  • transcripts of all the film extracts
  • suggestions for follow-up activities
  • a glossary of film vocabulary
  • film quizzes
  • useful film websites

The book also contains a section of materials for practising film vocabulary and writing film reviews.

Gem Publishing: ISBN 978-0-9559461-1-0

Cost: £35 plus £8 post and packing.*

*If you are ordering books outside Europe, an additional postal cost of £5 may apply.  I will contact you directly after purchase to arrange this additional payment.

Popular Films for Language Use 2

Suitable for classes of Secondary School learners and adults from Elementary to Advanced level.  The book contains 12 units of classroom materials for exploiting short extracts from the following popular films:

  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Pretty Woman
  • Mr Holland’s Opus
  • Green Card
  • Forrest Gump
  • Modern Times
  • Bend It Like Beckham*
  • French Kiss
  • Lost in Translation
  • Groundhog Day
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Gorillas in the Mist

Each unit has a particular theme (eg music, sport, travel, work, conservation, clothes, childhood memories, different cultures) as well as a language focus on an area of grammar or vocabulary. A wealth of discussion material is provided to help learners develop their speaking skills and prepare for speaking tests. Inside the book you will find:

  • listening practice activities
  • discussion tasks
  • grammar exercises
  • vocabulary activities
  • related writing tasks
  • comprehensive Teachers’ Notes
  • transcripts of all the film extracts
  • suggestions for follow-up activities
  • film quizzes
  • useful film websites

The unit on Bend it like Beckham* is especially suitable for teachers who teach English through sports, as well as for those teachers who use this film as part of a media/film study course.

Gem Publishing: ISBN 978-0-9559461-2-7

Cost: £35 plus £8 post and packing.*

*If you are ordering books from outside Europe, an additional postage charge of £5 may apply.  I will contact you directly after purchase to arrange this additional payment.

Popular Films for Language Use 3

Particularly suitable for classes of teenagers at Secondary School studying English from Pre-Intermediate to Advanced level, and works equally well with classes of adult learners.

The book contains 6 units of classroom materials for exploiting extracts from the following popular films:

  • The Living Daylights
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Notting Hill
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • Freedom Writers
  • Gattaca

Each unit has particular themes such as action films and taking risks, parents and teenagers, celebrities and fame, global warming and the environment, gangs and heroes, genetic engineering and designer babies. The units contain a language focus on related areas of grammar and vocabulary, and provide a wealth of discussion material to help learners develop their speaking skills and prepare for speaking tests. Inside you will find:

  • listening activities
  • grammar practice
  • vocabulary activation tasks
  • task-based activities
  • role play scenarios
  • discussion topics
  • related writing tasks
  • comprehensive Teacher Notes
  • transcripts of all the film extracts
  • a glossary of all vocabulary items
  • suggestions for follow-up activities

By using popular English films with your class you will open up for them a whole world of entertainment and culture that is highly motivating and generates positive attitudes towards English language learning.

Gem Publishing: ISBN 978-0-9559461-4-1

Cost: £35 plus £8 post and packing.*

*If you are ordering books from outside Europe, an additional postage cost of £5 may apply.  I will contact you directly after purchase to arrange this additional payment.

Popular Films for Language Use 4

Graham couldn’t finish this book.

Film websites

Here is a list of websites to help you explore, study and buy films:

General

The first website to visit to find out about films, actors, directors, plot summaries and more: www.imdb.com

The greatest films, scenes, quotes, directors, reviews: www.filmsite.org

This website has useful clips from films: www.movieclips.com

Film Educaion is a charity supported by the UK Film Industry.  It promotes and supports the use of film within the curriculum:  www.filmeducation.org

Documentary film websites

Here you will find educational media for global issues, the environment, science and health: www.videoproject.com

Appreciating and studying films

Open University website on the history of cinema, websites, links, books and courses:

www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/media-studies/cinema-history-books-and-weblinks

For ordering DVDs

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