Sponge Chats – ELT Editing with Zoe Smith

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. Lately we have really been pushing the boundaries regarding ‘positions’ within ELT, and this Sponge Chat is no different. I got to sit down with teacher and ELT editor, Zoe Smith, who was kind enough to tell us about her journey from teaching to ‘editing’. YouContinue reading “Sponge Chats – ELT Editing with Zoe Smith”

Sponge Chats – ELT Management with Andy Hockley

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. We have looked at many areas in Sponge Chats so far; however, one area we still haven’t gone much into is ELT management. I was lucky enough to sit down with Andy Hockley, co-author of Teacher to Manager (and author of other titles). Andy is alsoContinue reading “Sponge Chats – ELT Management with Andy Hockley”

Sponge Chats – Materials Writing and Publishing with Sue Kay and Karen Spiller from ELT Teacher 2 Writer.

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. Earlier on this week, I had the pleasure to sit down with two very well-respected, almost household names within ELT, Sue Kay and Karen Spiller. You most likely recognise these two lovely ladies from the ELT Teacher 2 Writer series – they, alongside Karen White, areContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Materials Writing and Publishing with Sue Kay and Karen Spiller from ELT Teacher 2 Writer.”

Review: Task-Based Language Teaching – Theory and Practice – Ellis, Skehan, Li, Shintani and Lambert.

For those of you that have been following me, you know I’ve been going deeper into task-based language teaching (TBLT). I recently reviewed Anderson and McCutcheon’s fantastic Activities for Task-Based Learning and I recently finished a course focused on Reading in a task-based classroom. Alongside these, I’ve also been reading – well, now finished readingContinue reading “Review: Task-Based Language Teaching – Theory and Practice – Ellis, Skehan, Li, Shintani and Lambert.”

Sponge Chats – Materials Writing with Emma Heyderman

Last week I got to sit down with established materials writer Emma Heyderman, who has written many materials including titles such as Compact Key for Schools and Complete PET. She was kind enough to share her journey from teacher to materials writer (and trainer and academic manager) as well as her thoughts on her workContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Materials Writing with Emma Heyderman”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Development with Thom Kiddle, Director of NILE

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. In the ninth Sponge Chat, I had the pleasure to sit down with Thom Kiddle, the director of NILE and board member of many other associations including Eaquals and AQUEDUTO. We got to talk about Thom’s journey from teacher to trainer and from trainer to trainerContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Development with Thom Kiddle, Director of NILE”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 6

Why not check out the previous weeks’ post, if you haven’t already: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 We are finally here – the last week! This final week has been focused on really making a task from a reading text; in a sense, bringing everything we have learnt over theContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 6”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 5

Before reading Week 5, why not check out the previous weeks: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 This week focused pretty much entirely on extensive reading, which I thought was really interesting. We did look at TBLT towards the end (and more in a way of extending extensive reading), but the main objectiveContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 5”

Review: Activities for Task-Based Learning – N. Anderson and N. McCutcheon

This year I have been going TBTL crazy. I’ve always been keen on TBLT, but I made the conscious decision to really build my understanding of it so that I could better implement it in my classes (generally in a task-supported manner) and so I could better answer questions from teachers. One of the booksContinue reading “Review: Activities for Task-Based Learning – N. Anderson and N. McCutcheon”

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 haveContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Teresa Bestwick”