If you have ever taught English, I’m sure you’ll agree that Phrasal Verbs are one of the most difficult language areas to teach. For this reason, Billie Jago and I have created a teacher’s resource book (published by Prosperity Education) that should make teaching phrasal verbs much easier. We were delighted by the response to our webinar - a big thank you to those who attended. If you missed it, you can watch it here!
October 22, 2020, 6:48 pm
Passionate about Sociolinguistics and Education, Monica Winkler is the co-founder of Language Snaps. Founded in 2018 in Miami, Florida, Language Snaps is a learning platform that connects intermediate and advanced students to qualified tutors, as well as offering free access to their materials and lessons. Here, while discovering more about Language Snaps, Monica shares some very compelling questions (on Standard language ideology, perceptions of native and non-native English speakers, and perceptions of accents) that keep her enthusiastic about languages, but she’s still searching for answers!
July 13, 2020, 9:53 am
Sinéad McCabe is a DELTA qualified London-based EFL teacher, with over ten years of teaching experience between Italy and the UK. She has mastered the tricks of getting monolingual classes to speak English and has recently embraced online teaching - could this be the beginning of a new era for Sinéad?
July 5, 2020, 8:49 am
Billie Jago is a DELTA qualified freelance ELT writer, teacher and consultant who has been working in the ELT industry for over 8 years. She specialises in exams, digital, secondary and adult materials. She has written ELT materials for various publishers including Pearson Education, National Geographic and educational organisations - EF and Wall Street English. She has extensive experience in both print and digital materials; with a particular focus on app development. Billie has worked in various international environments including China, Spain, Italy and the UK. She is currently based in Cambridge, UK.
June 12, 2020, 11:04 pm
I’ve taken advantage of my spare time during lockdown to uncover and (try to) better understand certain aspects of ELT which, usually due to my lack of time and energy, I had always put aside. Little did I know that delving into the world of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) equalled opening the proverbial ‘can of worms’*, and by writing this I’m perhaps ‘biting off more than I can chew’*.
June 7, 2020, 7:24 am
Peter (Pete) Clements - aka Peter Pun - is currently teaching EFL/EAL in Bangkok, Thailand, but he also writes and edits teaching materials for a range of publishers. His sense of humour shines through his well-written and interesting articles, and in this interview Pete shares sound advice and his views on a range of ELT-related topics.
May 29, 2020, 5:45 pm
Has teaching pronunciation in a classroom environment become obsolete? This question has been on my mind for about a month now, from the moment I had a conversation that truly surprised me. I was happily discussing all sorts of random ELT-related stuff with a fellow teacher (and friend) I have known for years, when she suddenly tells me that teaching pronunciation has become a pointless task. I have always admired her for her dedication to her students, the creativity of her classroom activities and the quality of her lessons - surely she didn’t mean what she’d just said? I was confused.
May 24, 2020, 11:39 am
Based in Cambridge, Marie Casafina-Orwin teaches a range of bespoke EFL and French courses, offering small group and one-to-one options. In this interview, Marie tells us about her ELT journey - from being a language school teacher to becoming a successful business woman. She also warns about the difficulties of becoming self-employed, but also shares some useful tips to succeed.
May 10, 2020, 7:33 am
I’ve recently read a very interesting article by Ollie Wood about the flipped classroom that sparked my curiosity and triggered fond memories. I had known about this approach for years and yet, I had never noticed the connection between the blended and the flipped classroom until then. So, intrigued by my discovery and determined to fill this gap in my knowledge, I decided to find out more.
May 1, 2020, 7:08 pm
Rachael Roberts is a multi-talented professional that helps people grow through face-to-face and online sessions. She’s also a very interesting and caring person, as I discovered at the 2020 ELT Freelancers’ Community Awayday in January, where I had the pleasure to meet and chat with her.
April 25, 2020, 7:59 am
I don’t think there’s a better way to celebrate my tenth anniversary in ELT than by writing about a topic that I’ve always considered uncomfortable to discuss, yet very close to my heart: being a non-native English speaker (NNES) in the ELT industry.
April 17, 2020, 5:51 pm