Sponge Chats – Materials Writing with Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. In this Sponge Chat, I was lucky enough to sit down with Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur, two people who have taken the ELT world by storm with their drive to bring more attention to mediation in ELT, and show how useful it can be inContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Materials Writing with Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Academic Management with Sandy Millin

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you would have noticed one name that keeps popping up: Sandy Millin. Sandy is an internationally-renowned teacher trainer and manager, who also happens to be a materials writer and self-published author (be sure to check out her amazing book, ELT Playbook 1, and her latest teacher trainingContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Academic Management with Sandy Millin”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with John Hughes

In the latest Sponge Chat, I had the pleasure to sit down with ELT author, trainer, materials writer, content creator and, of course, teacher, John Hughes. I am sure that all of you have probably heard or worked with John’s materials or book before, or perhaps even taken on one of his courses. You mightContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Materials Writing with John Hughes”

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”

Review: A Practical Introduction to Teacher Training in ELT – John Hughes

I love reading about teacher training, not simply because I am a trainer, but also because I enjoy reading about how other trainers, often far more experienced than myself, would do things or what recommendations they might give. I recently picked up John Hughes A Practical Introduction to Teaching Training in ELT when Pavilion hadContinue reading “Review: A Practical Introduction to Teacher Training in ELT – John Hughes”

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”

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”

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”