The Teacher Trainer Diaries: Induction 2021/2022 – Part 1

Every year usually starts with induction week, and this week is really important (in my mind, at least) for a number of reasons. Here are a few (although this is by no means an exhaustive list!): It provides teachers with an opportunity to get to know each other (especially important if there are new teachers!)Continue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries: Induction 2021/2022 – Part 1”

Sponge Chats – Training, Materials Writing and Freelancing with Nik Peachey

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. Some time ago I had the pleasure to speak to someone who really needs no introduction – Nik Peachey from PeacheyPublications Ltd. Nik was kind enough to spend part of his Friday evening talking about teaching, training, materials writing and, of course, technology with me. WeContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Training, Materials Writing and Freelancing with Nik Peachey”

Two conferences, one weekend – InnovateELT 2021 and The Third Language Education and Research Conference.

Over the weekend (Friday 01st October 2021 – Sunday 03rd October 2021), I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the InnovateELT 2021 (Spain) conference as well as the Language Education and Research conference (Greece). What follows are my notes from the sessions that I attended as well as my reflections on my sessionsContinue reading “Two conferences, one weekend – InnovateELT 2021 and The Third Language Education and Research Conference.”

Review: IELTS Reading Practice: Academic – Student’s book – Peter Clements and Paul Murphy

Review: IELTS Reading Practice – Peter Clements and Paul Murphy I am always reading books (as you have all probably gathered by now), but I am often reading older books that I buy second-hand simply because new, flashy books are just a little out of my price range. So, you can bet that I wasContinue reading “Review: IELTS Reading Practice: Academic – Student’s book – Peter Clements and Paul Murphy”

Review: Understanding Language Teaching: From Method to Postmethod – B. Kumaravadivelu

In the lead up to starting the MADPLE, I was reading a lot of things. One of the books that I read was Kumaravadivelu’s Understanding Language Teaching, and I think that this is going to be one of those books that sticks with me forever. In this review post, I’ll aim to cover what IContinue reading “Review: Understanding Language Teaching: From Method to Postmethod – B. Kumaravadivelu”

Back to school activities – starting off right

Here we are again, my fellow teachers. The summer holidays have all but gone, and now I can almost feel teachers itching with anticipation, dread and, dare I say, a little bit of joy at returning to the classroom. I know, it’s a mixed bag, but one thing we are all in agreement on isContinue reading “Back to school activities – starting off right”

Review: A Practical Introduction to Teacher Training in ELT – John Hughes

I love reading about teacher training, not simply because I am a trainer, but also because I enjoy reading about how other trainers, often far more experienced than myself, would do things or what recommendations they might give. I recently picked up John Hughes A Practical Introduction to Teaching Training in ELT when Pavilion hadContinue reading “Review: A Practical Introduction to Teacher Training in ELT – John Hughes”

Review: Psychology for Language Teachers – Marion Williams and Robert Burden.

I love summer for two reasons. One, I get to thoroughly relax and take a much-needed break, usually on a beach somewhere (this year was Spain and Italy). Two, I get to read to my heart’s content, both ELT-related books as well as my secret indulgence, fantasy novels. Now, while I am sure you wouldContinue reading “Review: Psychology for Language Teachers – Marion Williams and Robert Burden.”

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 aContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Education with Ben Beaumont from Trinity College London”

Review: Alive to Language – Arndt, Harvey and Nuttall

In preparation for the NILE / Chichester university MAPDLE, I have been working my way through the reading list. It’s been great as it has pushed me to look at areas that I haven’t touch for some time, such as discourse. Alive to Language looks specially at this and it was a great read/course thatContinue reading “Review: Alive to Language – Arndt, Harvey and Nuttall”