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 – Teacher Training with Matt Ellman SPONGE ELT

In this Sponge Chat, I had the pleasure to sit down with Matthew Ellman, a teacher, trainer and co-author of the new book, From Teacher to Trainer.    00:00 Introduction  03:00 Sponge Chats overview   03:45 Who is Matthew Ellman?   07:00 Matt's journey into teacher training   12:00 Some difficulties with teacher training   18:00 Impact   28:45 Positives about being in a teacher educator role   35:00 From Teacher to Trainer   43:10 Advice for those looking to move into teacher training   46:00 The importance of Delta/DipTESOL and other qualifications   50:00 Book recommendations


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