Review: History’s Mysteries – Sapp, Noble, Lacey, Gavell and Lawrence

Some time ago, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of History’s Mysteries (a huge thank you to Walton Burns from Alphabet Publishing!), a book that aims to “create history-themed topics for reading and also for research, creative writing, and discussion” (p. viii). Being very much a strong proponent of reading-focusedContinue reading “Review: History’s Mysteries – Sapp, Noble, Lacey, Gavell and Lawrence”

TESOL France Colloquium Notes

Today and yesterday, I was lucky enough to attend and present at TESOL France 2021 Colloquium. The conference took place on Whova and there were plenty of sessions. What follows here are my notes and reflections. For those wondering if TESOL France Colloquium is a worthwhile event for next year, I can assure you itContinue reading “TESOL France Colloquium Notes”

ACEIA Online 2021 – What’s Next? Building the Future – Conference notes

Over the weekend, I attended and presented at the annual ACEIA conference. As usual, it was jam packed with sessions and I had a great time. We were using the conference software Whova, which worked really well (for the most part) and I was really happy to see so many people there (I think thereContinue reading “ACEIA Online 2021 – What’s Next? Building the Future – Conference notes”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Khanh-Duc Kuttig

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. A short time ago I had the pleasure to sit down with teacher, teacher training and TESOL Teacher of the Year award recipient, Khanh-Duc Kuttig. Khanh-Duc was kind enough to give up her time to share some insights into her career path, from teacher to trainer.Continue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Khanh-Duc Kuttig”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – Induction 2021/2022 – Part 3

This is the third and final part of a series of posts focused on induction week 2021/2022. If you’d like to read the first two parts, you can read them here: Part 1 and Part 2. Day 5 Sessions Reflections Session 1: Micro-teaching The final day was probably one of the best days in termsContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – Induction 2021/2022 – Part 3”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – Induction 2021/2022 – Part 2

This is the second of three parts focusing on induction week. You can read Part 1 here. In Part 2, I will be focusing on days 3 and 4, and will also touch on some post-induction week feedback I received. Day 3 Sessions Day 3 Reflections Today’s sessions started off really well. I had teachersContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – Induction 2021/2022 – Part 2”

Close Encounters with the Consequences of ‘Native-speakerism’: Reflections and Actions-on.

Originally posted on EAP for Social Justice SIG (BALEAP):
‘Native-speakerism’ is something that ELT is trying desperately to move away from, although efforts are, in my opinion, still not enough. It still seems that we as a global ELT community hold a widely-espoused belief: ‘native speakerism’ is wrong! – yet, the industry, or should I…

The Teacher Trainer Diaries: Induction 2021/2022 – Part 1

Every year usually starts with induction week, and this week is really important (in my mind, at least) for a number of reasons. Here are a few (although this is by no means an exhaustive list!): It provides teachers with an opportunity to get to know each other (especially important if there are new teachers!)Continue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries: Induction 2021/2022 – Part 1”

Sponge Chats – Training, Materials Writing and Freelancing with Nik Peachey

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. Some time ago I had the pleasure to speak to someone who really needs no introduction – Nik Peachey from PeacheyPublications Ltd. Nik was kind enough to spend part of his Friday evening talking about teaching, training, materials writing and, of course, technology with me. WeContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Training, Materials Writing and Freelancing with Nik Peachey”

Two conferences, one weekend – InnovateELT 2021 and The Third Language Education and Research Conference.

Over the weekend (Friday 01st October 2021 – Sunday 03rd October 2021), I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the InnovateELT 2021 (Spain) conference as well as the Language Education and Research conference (Greece). What follows are my notes from the sessions that I attended as well as my reflections on my sessionsContinue reading “Two conferences, one weekend – InnovateELT 2021 and The Third Language Education and Research Conference.”