Sponge Chats – An introduction to the new video series

Every now and then I get an email from a teacher asking how I got into teacher training. I know I certainly had similar questions. The one thing I’ve realised after being a teacher trainer for a number of years as well as working with other teacher trainers is that the route into this areaContinue reading “Sponge Chats – An introduction to the new video series”

Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 8

This is part of the series Cambridge Train the Trainer. Boom! Last week done. And it was a big week. I kind of don’t even really know where to start – there was so much great information and stuff that we were involved in. Let’s start general and then get specific, it’s easier that way.Continue reading “Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 8”

Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 5

This is part of the series Cambridge Train the Trainer. Observation. It leaves a bad taste in some teachers’ mouths. It’s one of those development tools that is probably done more poorly than well. It’s also one of the most important development tools we have, and it was the focus for this week. We lookedContinue reading “Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 5”

Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 4

This is part of the series Cambridge Train the Trainer. Whereas week 3 was devoted to planning training session, week 4 was devoted to delivering training sessions. We looked at using certain types of tasks, used these tasks, and we also covered supportive trainer talk. Let’s take a closer look at these now. Task formatsContinue reading “Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 4”

Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 1 (And an update!)

This is part of the series Cambridge Train the Trainer. This is the first in a series I am calling Cambridge Train the Trainer, however I am using this post specifically to tell you all about what’s been happening the last few months as well, as it has been far too long since I haveContinue reading “Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 1 (And an update!)”

ELT Playbook 1 – Teacher health and wellbeing 2

This is my response to the reflective task Exploring your context 1 from Sandy Millin’s ELT Playbook 1. The task In this task, Sandy asks teachers to watch Carol Dweck’s TED talk and reflect on its message and how fixed and growth mindsets play a role in our teaching, learning and personal lives. Now, one thing that IContinue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Teacher health and wellbeing 2”

Small Talk – Getting Conversation Classes Right (Part 2)

Note: If you would like to cover the background theory and the reasoning behind a lot these activities, please read Part 1. The How? So, hopefully, you’ve read the What? and the Why? and now you’re on the lookout for the How?, i.e. the activities and tasks that can be used in the language classroom to really help your learnersContinue reading “Small Talk – Getting Conversation Classes Right (Part 2)”

Review: ELT Lesson Observation & Feedback Handbook – Jeanette Barsdell

Book Review: ELT Lesson Observation & Feedback Handbook – Jeanette Barsdell

A short review of what I like to think of as a must-have teacher trainer book. Enjoy!