Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 3

This is part of the series Cambridge Train the Trainer. Week 3 in review This week we covered what I felt was less content, but a lot more practice – or implementing the learned content. We started off looking at the way in which input sessions are planned and the process of this planning. TheContinue reading “Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 3”

Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 2

This is part of the series Cambridge Train the Trainer. Overview of the week So, last week was very much the introductory week to the course – we were eased into things basically. This week was a lot heavier in terms of looking at what trainers do and the planning involved, which I found great.Continue reading “Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 2”

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 ‘Just the words “yet” or “not yet,” we’re finding, give kids greater confidence, give them a path into the future that creates greater persistence.’ Carol Dweck – 2014 In this task, Sandy asks teachers to watch Carol Dweck’s TED talkContinue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Teacher health and wellbeing 2”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – Experimental activity and reflection

This post is part of a reflective series called The Teacher Trainer Diaries, in which I write about my experiences as a teacher trainer. Anyone who has done Delta has completed the Experimental Assignment which makes up part of the Professional Development Assignment, and sees candidates planning, carrying out and reflecting on a lesson involvingContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – Experimental activity and reflection”

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”