Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Education with Ben Beaumont from Trinity College London

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

In the final Sponge Chat for this academic year (don’t worry, we will be starting up again from September!), I had the pleasure to sit down with Head of Teacher Education for Trinity College London, Ben Beaumont. Ben has been involved with teacher education for a very long time and in many different context include INSETT programmes, Celta training, Delta training, and trainer education.

Ben was kind enough to share his thoughts on teacher training, reflection, advice for teachers looking to move into teacher training, and also the future of language teacher education (we spoke briefly about the new Trinity CertPT, a game-changer in plurilingual teacher qualifications, in my mind).

Ben prepared quite a long list of book, article and website recommendations, all of which can be found here:


  • Hattie, J., & Zierer, K. (2017). 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning: Teaching for success. London: Routledge.
  • Mella-Leigh, B. & Northall, N. (2020). ETpedia Teacher Training. Shoreham-by-Sea: Pavaillion.
  • Parrott, M. (1993). Tasks for Language Teachers: A resource book for training and development. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Race, P., & Pickford, R. (2007). Making Teaching Work: Teaching smarter in post-compulsory education. London: Sage.
  • Randall, M. with B. Thornton (2001). Advising and Supporting Teachers. Cambridge: CUP.



I hope that you all enjoy this Sponge Chat as much as I did. I found Ben’s comments truly insightful and I believe that teachers looking to move into teacher training will find plenty of great advice and information. If you do like it, please remember to give us a like and subscribe on YouTube and Spotify!

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