Sponge Chats – Materials writing and OtterELT with Laura Broadbent and Billie Jago

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. We’re back again with another Sponge Chat, and this time I was lucky enough to sit down with not just one amazing guest – but two! Laura Broadbent and Billie Jago from OtterELT took some time out of their busy schedules to speak with me forContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Materials writing and OtterELT with Laura Broadbent and Billie Jago”

Sponge Chats – Perspectives on TBLT with Martin East

Within the world of TBLT, Martin East is one of the most recognisable names. His work spans decades (and numerous articles, books, conferences, etc.), and he has been involved in both TBLT and second language teacher education for much of that time. As an advocate of TBLT myself, I felt quite lucky to have theContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Perspectives on TBLT with Martin East”

Review: Activities for Alternative Assessment – Leo Selivan

Delta Publishing produced two of my favourite resource books for teachers – Activities for Task-Based Learning and Activities for Mediation. No joke, these books are the most popular in the academy – I even have to tell teachers NOT to take them home! So, I was over the moon when I was able to getContinue reading “Review: Activities for Alternative Assessment – Leo Selivan”

Teaching exam classes – Some questions to consider

Last week, I ran a workshop for a small group of teachers, and we focused on preparing learners for exams. Whenever I run a workshop, I always keep an eye out for teachers’ doubts, questions, etc. and then I write these down. At the end of the session, I then include a ‘thinking questions’ stage,Continue reading “Teaching exam classes – Some questions to consider”

Sponge Chats – Perspectives on money management and investing for ELT professionals with Nicola Prentis

So, after a long-ish break, Sponge Chats are back! Although, we are branching out a little now, and we have a new ‘sub-series’: Perspectives. The Sponge Chats Perspectives series will be intereviews with ELT professionals who are specialists within a certain field, and we’ll go into detail about the what, why, when and how ofContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Perspectives on money management and investing for ELT professionals with Nicola Prentis”

Review: Cambridge Elements – Mediating Innovation through Language Teacher Education – Martin East

Here we are again with another review of another Cambridge Element! Martin East is someone who really needs no introduction, especially to those in the TBLT world. When I heard that he was releasing an Element that focused on innovation, with TBLT as the ‘focus’, and it was done so from a teacher education perspective,Continue reading “Review: Cambridge Elements – Mediating Innovation through Language Teacher Education – Martin East”

TTEdSIG Mentoring conference notes

This weekend, the TTEdSIG held another amazing online event, Mentoring for Teacher Educators. What follows here are my notes from the sessions 🙂 Christine Coombe – Mentoring: An essential skill for leadership development There are many definitions of mentoring, although they are evolving. Christine’s definition is that both the mentor and the mentee gain fromContinue reading “TTEdSIG Mentoring conference notes”

Review: Cambridge Elements – Language Teacher Educator Identity – Gary Barkhuizen

Back in February of 2021, Cambridge published the first Cambridge Element in Language Teaching (they have loads of other really interesting Elements series for those that are interested) – Language Teacher Educator Identity, written by Gary Barkhuizen. I recently got myself a copy, and as usual the Element delivered. This Element, however, was perhaps oneContinue reading “Review: Cambridge Elements – Language Teacher Educator Identity – Gary Barkhuizen”

Musings of an academic manager – managing my time whilst covering for sick teachers

One of the responsibilities of being a DoS or any sort of academic manager (in general) is having to cover teachers’ classes when they fall ill. Most of us in management have probably become even more aware of this (and the pain that it brings) over the last two to three years with the COVID-19Continue reading “Musings of an academic manager – managing my time whilst covering for sick teachers”

Review: The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education – Edited by Anne Burns and Jack C. Richards

I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading as of late (more than the usual), and one of my reading ‘projects’ has been Burns and Richards’ The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education. This took me a little while to get through, but it was very interesting and well thought-out. I need to clarifyContinue reading “Review: The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education – Edited by Anne Burns and Jack C. Richards”