|After a seven year absence, it was great to return to ELI in Seville, this time as a teacher and trainer. I've spent the last two years in El Porvenir neighbourhood and have just moved to the Triana centre, which means I'm also getting to know the city itself a little better. For the first time since I started teaching, I'm also enjoying a slightly reduced class schedule which gives me more time to prepare workshop sessions, talks and materials. |
In terms of digital activity, most of my online work is for OxfordTEFL as YL and projects tutor on their Trinity Diploma course. I have also recently been working with participants during the face to face
I had a wonderful time at Active Language in Cádiz, Spain teaching a range of students from 4 years old to adult. I have also returned various times to be one of the tutors on their Trinity TESOL Certificate courses for new teachers. The team at Active is great and we're still very much in touch.
Before returning to Andalusia, I spent six absolutely cracking years with the British Council both in the Barcelona and Damascus centres. My time with the Council got me into teacher training, materials writing and examining.
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to deliver training courses for state school teachers in conjunction with ministries of education in Aleppo, Barcelona and Gerona and to present at conferences in Beirut, Lisbon and Exeter as well as numerous venues around Spain. The Council also helped me with funding for the DELTA and a distance MA in TESOL.
Going back a little further, I spent my first five years in the Tomares ELI centre. Tomares is a small village just outside Seville (and it is my home again now!). This was the first time I'd lived abroad or taught children English so it was a huge learning curve but lots and lots of fun. I found my first year quite challenging but steadily and surely I got better!
|I have also had a great time teaching at Huerta Santa Ana school, just outside Seville, and at New College Nottingham's Clarendon site where I also did my initial CELTA course. |
As I'm teaching, I'm constantly scribbling down thoughts and ideas which make up the core of my workshops and presentations. On top of my regular classes, I speak at as many teacher conferences as I can and also do smaller inhouse training sessions for various schools and academies.
I'm particularly interested in what I call task micromechanics, learners engagement with text, classroom discipline and the way that students and teachers talk to each other.