Have you ever asked a teacher trainer exactly how they became a trainer? What answer did you get? I’m sure it was rather long and full of ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’. At least mine was, when the charming pair at the TEFL Training Institute interviewed me as part of their podcast on the same topic. That chat inspired me to plan what I’d do if I started all over again...Read More
Does it strike you as strange that as language teachers, we teach something that many of us have never done? I’m talking about learning second language to a high level.
For those of us that have learned or are learning a language to a reasonable level, we can empathise with our students and help them to a greater degree.Read More
Well, for starters, academic professional development shouldn’t suck. So if you’re an academic manager wondering how to keep your teachers interested in professional development (PD), or a teacher in charge of your own PD, keep reading.Read More
We know how to teach a great class, we all know our TEFL theory, so why don’t we make every class a great class?
Why, if I walk in a school on a busy weekend, do I see a lot of really mediocre TEFL practice?Read More
I’m sure that many of you are already familiar with TED.com, the site that spreads ideas from leading thinkers in their field.
There’s one talk I’d like to draw your attention to, as it holds so many ideas that are relevant to us in the TEFL and language education field. As a bonus, it'll even make you laugh a couple of times.Read More
Keeping a reflective teaching diary is a pain in the bum.
We’re all told to do it to make us better teachers. What ‘they’ don’t realise though, is that in the real world, it’s just not possible (at least not to the standards that they hold).Read More