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”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Development with Thom Kiddle, Director of NILE

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. In the ninth Sponge Chat, I had the pleasure to sit down with Thom Kiddle, the director of NILE and board member of many other associations including Eaquals and AQUEDUTO. We got to talk about Thom’s journey from teacher to trainer and from trainer to trainerContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training and Development with Thom Kiddle, Director of NILE”

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”

IATEFL – TTEdSIG Pre-conference event notes

This year I joined IATEFL and chose TTEdSIG as my special interest group (SIG). Apart from there being a whole load of new acronyms to learn, there are also a lot of benefits from being part of IATEFL and specific SIGs, one being a discount to the pre-conference event (PCE). In these PCEs, SIGs haveContinue reading “IATEFL – TTEdSIG Pre-conference event notes”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 2

To see the first part of this group of posts, click here. In this part, I will look at term two’s workshops, the rationale behind them, and my reflections on how they all went. Term 2 – Working with Cambridge English exams Course type  Drip feed  Breadth or depth  Breadth  Coherent or standalone  Coherent theme,Continue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 2”