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”

Sponge Chats – ELT Editing with Zoe Smith

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. Lately we have really been pushing the boundaries regarding ‘positions’ within ELT, and this Sponge Chat is no different. I got to sit down with teacher and ELT editor, Zoe Smith, who was kind enough to tell us about her journey from teaching to ‘editing’. YouContinue reading “Sponge Chats – ELT Editing with Zoe Smith”

Sponge Chats – ELT Management with Andy Hockley

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. We have looked at many areas in Sponge Chats so far; however, one area we still haven’t gone much into is ELT management. I was lucky enough to sit down with Andy Hockley, co-author of Teacher to Manager (and author of other titles). Andy is alsoContinue reading “Sponge Chats – ELT Management with Andy Hockley”

Sponge Chats – Materials Writing and Publishing with Sue Kay and Karen Spiller from ELT Teacher 2 Writer.

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. Earlier on this week, I had the pleasure to sit down with two very well-respected, almost household names within ELT, Sue Kay and Karen Spiller. You most likely recognise these two lovely ladies from the ELT Teacher 2 Writer series – they, alongside Karen White, areContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Materials Writing and Publishing with Sue Kay and Karen Spiller from ELT Teacher 2 Writer.”