Sponge Chats – Teaching English in Spain with Alan McDyre, President of ACEIA

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. There are few within Spain who have more knowledge about the current language teaching context than Alan McDyre, President of ACEIA, Spain’s largest language teaching association. I have had the pleasure to meet Alan a number times at various ACEIA and FECEI conferences, and now IContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teaching English in Spain with Alan McDyre, President of ACEIA”

Sponge Chats – Teaching, Teacher Training and Teacher well-being with Richard Brown

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. For the sixth Sponge Chat, I got to sit down with teacher, trainer, materials writer and owner of the website English for Positive Change, Richard Brown. Richard has worked in both the UK and Spain, and now works predominantly to better the working lives of languageContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teaching, Teacher Training and Teacher well-being with Richard Brown”

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.

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 1

The 2020/2021 academic year is coming to a close – one month left. For trainers this means an end to workshops, perhaps finishing off final observations, reflecting on mentoring sessions, looking at final action points for teachers, discussing SMART goals, planning next year’s development programme, etc. A load of things really. I’d like to takeContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 1”

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”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Chris Roland

In the second of the Sponge Chats, I got to sit down with teacher, trainer, author and chilli-jam concoction expert, Chris Roland. We discussed how he got into teacher training, the various pieces of advice he has for teachers looking to make similar moves, and some things to avoid doing when you are a trainer. We also did a surprise unboxing of his latest book, Understanding Teenage Language Learners Online.

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”