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”

The 2018/2019 academic year – A year of learning curves

The end has come to the 2018/2019 academic year and, as always, reflection is key to progress. Here are a few things that I have learnt coming out from this extremely busy year, which was also the first year that I have officially held a position as a teacher trainer. Development works One of theContinue reading “The 2018/2019 academic year – A year of learning curves”

ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 4

This is my response to the reflective task Exploring your context 4 from Sandy Millin’s ELT Playbook 1. The task – The role of English In this task, Sandy asks the reader (me) to reflect on the importance of English language learning in my current context, the impact English has on those who learn it,Continue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 4”

Confidence and authority in the classroom

I recently received an email from a teacher who we shall call, Sue. Sue asked the following: Do you have any tips on presenting confidently as a Teacher and establishing authority in the classroom? I’m a very new teacher, and I find it hard to establish authority in the classroom, especially with adults and teens.Continue reading “Confidence and authority in the classroom”

ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 2

This is my response to the reflective task Exploring your context 2 from Sandy MIllin’s ELT Playbook 1. The task – What do you have? In this task, I had to make a list of the resources that I have at my disposal in my classroom, from learners themselves to blackboards, etc. I then had to thinkContinue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 2”

Small Talk – Getting Conversation Classes Right (Part 1)

Part 1 – The What? and the Why? Have you ever been given a class that you really had no idea how to teach or what content to cover? I’m sure you have. One of my first classes like this was the ever-so-popular conversation class. I remember working in Italy and the language academy IContinue reading “Small Talk – Getting Conversation Classes Right (Part 1)”

Review: ELT Lesson Observation & Feedback Handbook – Jeanette Barsdell

Book Review: ELT Lesson Observation & Feedback Handbook – Jeanette Barsdell

A short review of what I like to think of as a must-have teacher trainer book. Enjoy!