Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Matthew Ellman

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. I had pleasure to sit down with teacher, trainer and co-author of the new book From Teacher to Trainer (see pic below), Matthew Ellman. I had the pleasure to meet Matt all the way back in the days before COVID, when he paid the Cambridge teacherContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Matthew Ellman”

Review: Activities for Mediation – Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur

If you saw my Sponge Chat with Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur, then you’ll know that I have been using their amazing book, Activities for Mediation. I’ve had this for a while now and while I won’t say too much yet, I will say that it took me a while to write this review simplyContinue reading “Review: Activities for Mediation – Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur”

Article notes: The consequences of INSET – Martin Lamb

I read a lot of articles, and, more often that not, I write loads of notes all over them and then write a summary of sorts in my handy notebook. I will continue to do this, but I thought I’d also start writing up my ‘article notes’ here so that I can share my thoughtsContinue reading “Article notes: The consequences of INSET – Martin Lamb”

Sponge Chats – Materials writing with Silvina Mascitti

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. If EFL Creative Ideas isn’t on your go-to list for lesson plans and ideas, then it should be. It is full of amazing lesson plans, complete with materials and teacher’s notes. And the mind behind these lovely resources? None other than Silvina Mascitti! I was luckyContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Materials writing with Silvina Mascitti”

Sponge Chats – Materials Writing with Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. In this Sponge Chat, I was lucky enough to sit down with Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur, two people who have taken the ELT world by storm with their drive to bring more attention to mediation in ELT, and show how useful it can be inContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Materials Writing with Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur”

Musings of an academic manager – An update and a brain dump

Moving into a full-time Director of Studies position this year was something I had been looking forward to. It would mean a whole new set of challenges, and I would be able to contribute even more to the academy that I have grown to love. But boy oh boy, is it a whole new ballContinue reading “Musings of an academic manager – An update and a brain dump”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with Emily Bryson

For this Sponge Chat, I was lucky enough to sit down with ELT teacher, trainer, writer and graphic facilitator, Emily Bryson. You’ve probably come across Emily’s stuff either in your classrooms, at conferences, simply through browsing the web, or looking at her blog – she is everywhere! More importantly though, her story behind how sheContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with Emily Bryson”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Academic Management with Sandy Millin

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you would have noticed one name that keeps popping up: Sandy Millin. Sandy is an internationally-renowned teacher trainer and manager, who also happens to be a materials writer and self-published author (be sure to check out her amazing book, ELT Playbook 1, and her latest teacher trainingContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Academic Management with Sandy Millin”

Review: Words, Words, Words – David Crystal

My bookshelf has quite a few different books, from quite a few different authors, but one author that seems to have made his way on to my shelf a number of times is David Crystal. Currently, I have Crystal’s The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language (I have the first edition and when I save up enoughContinue reading “Review: Words, Words, Words – David Crystal”

Review: Collaborative Action Research for English Language Teaching – Anne Burns

Over the past month or so, I have been preparing for my Nile MAPDLE core module assignments which pretty much all include action research. This preparation has consisted of many things, but one of the most useful has been reading Anne Burns’ Collaborative Action Research for English Language Teachers. In this review, I’ll aim toContinue reading “Review: Collaborative Action Research for English Language Teaching – Anne Burns”