Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Teresa Bestwick

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

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to sit down with teacher trainer, materials writer and all-round awesome person, Teresa Bestwick. Teresa is a CertTESOL and DipTESOL trainer, and she is very active in the online development world as well. For example, she and Simon Pearlman have recently started up the TEFL Development Hub, a site that aims to bring ELT professionals from around the world together through development (they have webinars, chats, and loads of resources for teachers, materials writers, trainers, etc.). Teresa also has her blog, Views from the Whiteboard, which she says is basically for her notes from conferences and other events.

In this Sponge Chat, Teresa and I got to talking about her journey from teacher to trainer, her experience with writing course books, some advice she has for teachers looking to make similar moves, and some of her book recommendations:

  • Sandy Millin’s An ELT Playbook: For those of you that have read my blog before, you’ll know that I love this book. Teresa said that it was great because it provides practical ways for teachers to develop, even those that have little support in their context.
  • Duncan Foord’s The Developing Teacher: A great book that provides more practical ways for teachers to develop. There is also a lot of great information at the start of the book that provides teachers with an overview of where to find development, etc.
  • John Hugh and Ceri Jones’ Practical Grammar: Designed for students but Teresa feels that this has helped her write appropriate materials for her course books.

I hope that you enjoy this Sponge Chat – I know I did! Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think. And if you would like to get involved somehow, please let me know (I am looking for ELT professionals from all over the world, especially the MENA, Asia and Americas regions).

Remember you can watch on YouTube (please help a brother out and subscribe and give a like if you enjoy) and Spotify.


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