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”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 3

To see the first part of this group of posts, click here, or the second part of, click here. In the final part of this group of posts, I’ll look at Term 3’s workshops and share my thoughts on how everything worked out – the good and the bad! Term 3 – Integrated skills and exploitingContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 3”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Climate Awareness with Harry Waters from Renewable English

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. For this Sponge Chat, I had the pleasure to sit down with teacher trainer, content developer and climate change activist Harry Waters from Renewable English. We got to speak about a whole range of things, from his journey into teacher training to his motivations for startingContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Climate Awareness with Harry Waters from Renewable English”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with Cecilia Nobre

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. In this Sponge Chat, I had the pleasure to sit down with trainer and materials writer Cecilia Nobre. Most of you have most likely encountered Cecilia online in one of her webinars, or some of her materials on her Freeed blog. Cecilia was kind enough toContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with Cecilia Nobre”

Review: Trainer Development – Tony Wright and Rod Bolitho

A while ago I remember reading something from Rachel Tsateri and her experience with Wright and Bolitho’s Trainer Development. Rachel mentioned that some of her great ideas were influenced by and came from this book, so I knew I had to look more into it. After a little more reading, I came across plenty ofContinue reading “Review: Trainer Development – Tony Wright and Rod Bolitho”

2021 Okinawa JALT Summer Symposium Conference

I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at this year’s Okinawa JALT (Japanese Association of Language Teaching) Summer Symposium. It meant an early morning wake up (had to get up at 4am!), but it was certainly well worth it. I got to not only run a workshop on exam moderation and assessment literacy,Continue reading “2021 Okinawa JALT Summer Symposium Conference”