Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Chris Roland

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series.

When one thinks of ideas in ELT, one name that usually pops up is Chris Roland. Apart from being the ‘ideas man’, Chris is also a very well-established teacher trainer, author and, among other things, chilli-jam concoction expert. In the second Sponge Chat, Chris and I sat down to talk about how and why he decided to make the move into teacher training and some advice he has for teachers looking to make the move. We discussed some mistakes trainers often make, some differences between presenting and training, and the importance of actively seeking out and providing opportunities. We also had a surprise unboxing and sneak peak of Chris’ latest book, Understanding Teenage Language Learners Online.

Watch the video on YouTube or listen to us on Spotify, and make sure to let us know what you think!

Chris’ other titles

The following links are Amazon affiliate links, however you can also find all of the books directly (and often cheaper!) at Pavilion ELT.

Structuring Fun for Young Learners in the ELT Classroom

Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom

Structuring Fun for Young Learners Online

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

In this Sponge Chat, I was lucky enough sit down with Laura Broadbent and Billie Jago from OtterELT to speak about their journeys into materials writing as well the what, why and how of OtterELT. Be sure to watch and let me know your thoughts!    OtterELT's website: https://www.otterelt.com/  00:00 Introduction   01:50 Sponge Chats   03:30 Who are Laura and Billie?   08:45 Motivations for moving into materials writing   17:00 What is OtterELT?  22:00 Were there any problems with setting up OtterELT?   27:20 How to get involved with OtterELT?   32:00 Some differences between digital and print  45:00 The importance of support from management   49:00 Advice for teachers looking to move into materials writing   55:30 The realities of being a freelancer  01:01:00 Book recommendations


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