Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with John Hughes

In the latest Sponge Chat, I had the pleasure to sit down with ELT author, trainer, materials writer, content creator and, of course, teacher, John Hughes. I am sure that all of you have probably heard or worked with John’s materials or book before, or perhaps even taken on one of his courses. You mightContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with John Hughes”

Review: Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching – Mike Long

For my birthday, I was lucky enough to get a copy of Mike Long’s (2015) seminal work, Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching (Thank you Patrick, Carlota, Sara and Cesar!). It is a beast of a book and my copy as of now has many notes, post-its, etc. all over it because it isContinue reading “Review: Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching – Mike Long”

Review: History’s Mysteries – Sapp, Noble, Lacey, Gavell and Lawrence

Some time ago, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of History’s Mysteries (a huge thank you to Walton Burns from Alphabet Publishing!), a book that aims to “create history-themed topics for reading and also for research, creative writing, and discussion” (p. viii). Being very much a strong proponent of reading-focusedContinue reading “Review: History’s Mysteries – Sapp, Noble, Lacey, Gavell and Lawrence”

TESOL France Colloquium Notes

Today and yesterday, I was lucky enough to attend and present at TESOL France 2021 Colloquium. The conference took place on Whova and there were plenty of sessions. What follows here are my notes and reflections. For those wondering if TESOL France Colloquium is a worthwhile event for next year, I can assure you itContinue reading “TESOL France Colloquium Notes”

ACEIA Online 2021 – What’s Next? Building the Future – Conference notes

Over the weekend, I attended and presented at the annual ACEIA conference. As usual, it was jam packed with sessions and I had a great time. We were using the conference software Whova, which worked really well (for the most part) and I was really happy to see so many people there (I think thereContinue reading “ACEIA Online 2021 – What’s Next? Building the Future – Conference notes”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Khanh-Duc Kuttig

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. A short time ago I had the pleasure to sit down with teacher, teacher training and TESOL Teacher of the Year award recipient, Khanh-Duc Kuttig. Khanh-Duc was kind enough to give up her time to share some insights into her career path, from teacher to trainer.Continue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Khanh-Duc Kuttig”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – Induction 2021/2022 – Part 3

This is the third and final part of a series of posts focused on induction week 2021/2022. If you’d like to read the first two parts, you can read them here: Part 1 and Part 2. Day 5 Sessions Reflections Session 1: Micro-teaching The final day was probably one of the best days in termsContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – Induction 2021/2022 – Part 3”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – Induction 2021/2022 – Part 2

This is the second of three parts focusing on induction week. You can read Part 1 here. In Part 2, I will be focusing on days 3 and 4, and will also touch on some post-induction week feedback I received. Day 3 Sessions Day 3 Reflections Today’s sessions started off really well. I had teachersContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – Induction 2021/2022 – Part 2”

Close Encounters with the Consequences of ‘Native-speakerism’: Reflections and Actions-on.

Originally posted on EAP for Social Justice SIG (BALEAP):
‘Native-speakerism’ is something that ELT is trying desperately to move away from, although efforts are, in my opinion, still not enough. It still seems that we as a global ELT community hold a widely-espoused belief: ‘native speakerism’ is wrong! – yet, the industry, or should I…

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”