Sponge Chats – Materials writing with Silvina Mascitti

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. If EFL Creative Ideas isn’t on your go-to list for lesson plans and ideas, then it should be. It is full of amazing lesson plans, complete with materials and teacher’s notes. And the mind behind these lovely resources? None other than Silvina Mascitti! I was luckyContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Materials writing with Silvina Mascitti”

Sponge Chats – Materials Writing with Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. In this Sponge Chat, I was lucky enough to sit down with Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur, two people who have taken the ELT world by storm with their drive to bring more attention to mediation in ELT, and show how useful it can be inContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Materials Writing with Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur”

Musings of an academic manager – An update and a brain dump

Moving into a full-time Director of Studies position this year was something I had been looking forward to. It would mean a whole new set of challenges, and I would be able to contribute even more to the academy that I have grown to love. But boy oh boy, is it a whole new ballContinue reading “Musings of an academic manager – An update and a brain dump”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with Emily Bryson

For this Sponge Chat, I was lucky enough to sit down with ELT teacher, trainer, writer and graphic facilitator, Emily Bryson. You’ve probably come across Emily’s stuff either in your classrooms, at conferences, simply through browsing the web, or looking at her blog – she is everywhere! More importantly though, her story behind how sheContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with Emily Bryson”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Academic Management with Sandy Millin

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you would have noticed one name that keeps popping up: Sandy Millin. Sandy is an internationally-renowned teacher trainer and manager, who also happens to be a materials writer and self-published author (be sure to check out her amazing book, ELT Playbook 1, and her latest teacher trainingContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Academic Management with Sandy Millin”

Review: Words, Words, Words – David Crystal

My bookshelf has quite a few different books, from quite a few different authors, but one author that seems to have made his way on to my shelf a number of times is David Crystal. Currently, I have Crystal’s The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language (I have the first edition and when I save up enoughContinue reading “Review: Words, Words, Words – David Crystal”

Review: Collaborative Action Research for English Language Teaching – Anne Burns

Over the past month or so, I have been preparing for my Nile MAPDLE core module assignments which pretty much all include action research. This preparation has consisted of many things, but one of the most useful has been reading Anne Burns’ Collaborative Action Research for English Language Teachers. In this review, I’ll aim toContinue reading “Review: Collaborative Action Research for English Language Teaching – Anne Burns”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with John Hughes

In the latest Sponge Chat, I had the pleasure to sit down with ELT author, trainer, materials writer, content creator and, of course, teacher, John Hughes. I am sure that all of you have probably heard or worked with John’s materials or book before, or perhaps even taken on one of his courses. You mightContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with John Hughes”

Review: Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching – Mike Long

For my birthday, I was lucky enough to get a copy of Mike Long’s (2015) seminal work, Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching (Thank you Patrick, Carlota, Sara and Cesar!). It is a beast of a book and my copy as of now has many notes, post-its, etc. all over it because it isContinue reading “Review: Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching – Mike Long”

Review: History’s Mysteries – Sapp, Noble, Lacey, Gavell and Lawrence

Some time ago, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of History’s Mysteries (a huge thank you to Walton Burns from Alphabet Publishing!), a book that aims to “create history-themed topics for reading and also for research, creative writing, and discussion” (p. viii). Being very much a strong proponent of reading-focusedContinue reading “Review: History’s Mysteries – Sapp, Noble, Lacey, Gavell and Lawrence”