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 – Perspectives on teacher training with Peter Lucantoni SPONGE ELT

In this Sponge Chat, I had the pleasure to sit down with renown teacher training and author, Peter Lucantoni. Peter was kind enough to share his thoughts on teacher training, with a specific focus on early-career teacher trainers. We spoke about how one might move into teacher training, how trainers can develop, and also the importance of being proactive as a teacher who wants to be a teacher training position. 00:00 Introduction 03:00 Sponge Chats 03:55 Who is Peter? 06:00 Teacher training qualifications 13:20 Difficulties early-career teacher trainers face 17:15 How do trainers develop? 20:30 Is training 'giving ideas'? 25:00 Peter's preference: INSET or PRESET or Train the Trainer? 29:30 The importance of breadth and depth as a trainer 33:30 The importance of context 37:00 Peter's advice for those looking to move into teacher training 42:00 Peter's book recommendations (and an overview of From Teacher to Trainer!)


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