Sponge Chats – Teaching, Teacher Training and Teacher well-being with Richard Brown

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. For the sixth Sponge Chat, I got to sit down with teacher, trainer, materials writer and owner of the website English for Positive Change, Richard Brown. Richard has worked in both the UK and Spain, and now works predominantly to better the working lives of languageContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teaching, Teacher Training and Teacher well-being with Richard Brown”

A post-exam, end-of-term reflection lesson

Last week my A2 Key class finished their exams. I could have just given them their results, but I am a big believer in building on what they have done. I really think that exams can be exploited and many things can be done with the results and learners’ work. This particular class had issuesContinue reading “A post-exam, end-of-term reflection lesson”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 3

If you haven’t read any of the previous posts, why not read Week 1 and Week 2. This week was definitely more focused on reading in the language classroom. We started by looking at the difference between intensive and extensive reading. Intensive reading is, in essence, reading that is done in class with aims andContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 3”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with Lindsay Warwick

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. For the fifth Sponge Chat, I had the pleasure to sit down with teacher, trainer and materials writer, Lindsay Warwick. Lindsay is someone who has been very established in two important strands of ELT, teacher training and materials writing, for quite some time. She has trainedContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with Lindsay Warwick”

End-of-year class ideas

So the end of the academic year is coming to a close, at least in many parts of the world. Generally our learners have completed exams at school as well as in the academy, and now we are at the stage where we have a few weeks left, we don’t really want to keep usingContinue reading “End-of-year class ideas”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 2

If you didn’t catch the first blog post about this course, make sure you check it out before you read this one! So, week one was a crash course in TBLT, covering not only the basics but also providing loads of interesting research to look over. What about week two? Well, week two was veryContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 2”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Monica Ruda-Peachey

In the fourth Sponge Chat, we got to speak about her development as a trainer, the Cambridge Delta, some of the problems she has faced, her blog and, of course, some pieces of advice for teachers looking to move into teacher training.

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 1

The 2020/2021 academic year is coming to a close – one month left. For trainers this means an end to workshops, perhaps finishing off final observations, reflecting on mentoring sessions, looking at final action points for teachers, discussing SMART goals, planning next year’s development programme, etc. A load of things really. I’d like to takeContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 1”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 1

I started a new course last week, quite unexpectedly. I am a huge fan of task-based language teaching (TBLT), and I have wanted to learn more about it for a long time – ever since completing Delta Module 1. I read Doing Task-based Teaching (2007) by Willis and Willis about a year ago and hadContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 1”

Sponge Chats – Fresh into teacher training with Rachel Tsateri

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. Last week I had the pleasure to sit down with newly-into-the-teacher-training-industry Rachel Tsateri. We spoke about her journey into teaching and training, some mistakes and difficulties along the way, and how she is planning on establishing herself as a trainer now. We also went into detailContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Fresh into teacher training with Rachel Tsateri”