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 with Emma Heyderman

Last week I got to sit down with established materials writer Emma Heyderman, who has written many materials including titles such as Compact Key for Schools and Complete PET. She was kind enough to share her journey from teacher to materials writer (and trainer and academic manager) as well as her thoughts on her workContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Materials Writing with Emma Heyderman”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Teresa Bestwick

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to sit down with teacher trainer, materials writer and all-round awesome person, Teresa Bestwick. Teresa is a CertTESOL and DipTESOL trainer, and she is very active in the online development world as well. For example, she and Simon Pearlman haveContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Teresa Bestwick”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with Lindsay Warwick

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. For the fifth Sponge Chat, I had the pleasure to sit down with teacher, trainer and materials writer, Lindsay Warwick. Lindsay is someone who has been very established in two important strands of ELT, teacher training and materials writing, for quite some time. She has trainedContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with Lindsay Warwick”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Monica Ruda-Peachey

In the fourth Sponge Chat, we got to speak about her development as a trainer, the Cambridge Delta, some of the problems she has faced, her blog and, of course, some pieces of advice for teachers looking to move into teacher training.

Sponge Chats – Fresh into teacher training with Rachel Tsateri

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. Last week I had the pleasure to sit down with newly-into-the-teacher-training-industry Rachel Tsateri. We spoke about her journey into teaching and training, some mistakes and difficulties along the way, and how she is planning on establishing herself as a trainer now. We also went into detailContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Fresh into teacher training with Rachel Tsateri”

Review: Teaching and Researching Listening – Michael Rost

Over the last month or so, I have started reading ELT books heavily again. You could say that I took a six-month hiatus after the 2020 summer – the pandemic has held most of my attention, creating a whole new world of problems to deal with in the academy, classroom, and, well, the world inContinue reading “Review: Teaching and Researching Listening – Michael Rost”

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”

Delta – The Alternatives

The Pond. In the world of ELT qualifications, the Cambridge Delta often takes the spotlight and it can be quite difficult to hear about any other diploma-level qualifications unless you go looking. This post aims to give you a brief overview of some of the other diploma-level qualifications available to English teachers, what the differencesContinue reading “Delta – The Alternatives”