ELT Playbook 1 – Teacher health and wellbeing 1

This is my response to the reflective task Exploring your context 1 from Sandy Millin’s ELT Playbook 1. The task – Going for a walk In this task, Sandy asks teachers to go for a walk, somewhere we haven’t been before preferably, and take a few moments to take in what it is we see, feel, experience, etc.Continue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Teacher health and wellbeing 1”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries: Mentoring

This post is part of a reflective series called The Teacher Trainer Diaries, in which I write about my experiences as a teacher trainer. One problem that I think occurs in both teaching and training contexts is that we far too often view the class, staff, group, etc. as a whole unit, forgetting that eachContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries: Mentoring”

Making the shift to online teaching – Some tips and tools to make life easier.

**Updated** Since the original publishing of this post, I have come across a phenomenal amount of extra resources, tools, etc. that I think you will all find very useful. I have updated the lists within this blog, and I will continue to do so. Watch this space! – Jim The coronavirus has sent the worldContinue reading “Making the shift to online teaching – Some tips and tools to make life easier.”

Activity – Telephone Keypad

So last weekend, I attended the annual Cambridge teacher trainers’ meeting held in Madrid. It was perhaps one of the most informative and valuable weekends that I’ve had within my career as an English teacher/trainer. I won’t go into all the details in this post, but what I will talk about is one of theContinue reading “Activity – Telephone Keypad”

Five minutes with Steve Kelly – Online teaching

I have always been interested in teaching English online. Currently, I have one online learner (a long-time private), but I am very interested in expanding my online teaching experience. So, when I heard that one of my Colleagues, Steve Kelly, had taught online full-time for many years before moving back into the more traditional classroom,Continue reading “Five minutes with Steve Kelly – Online teaching”

The 2018/2019 academic year – A year of learning curves

The end has come to the 2018/2019 academic year and, as always, reflection is key to progress. Here are a few things that I have learnt coming out from this extremely busy year, which was also the first year that I have officially held a position as a teacher trainer. Development works One of theContinue reading “The 2018/2019 academic year – A year of learning curves”

ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 4

This is my response to the reflective task Exploring your context 4 from Sandy Millin’s ELT Playbook 1. The task – The role of English In this task, Sandy asks the reader (me) to reflect on the importance of English language learning in my current context, the impact English has on those who learn it,Continue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 4”