Below is a list of our TeachingEnglish associates, who have been invited to write for the TeachingEnglish blog. They each have extensive experience of teaching, teacher training as well as writing resource books, coursebooks and online course materials.
They have very kindly offered to write blog posts for TeachingEnglish. You can also watch a selection of their webinars on a broad range of relevant and interesting topics on our webinars page.
We also have a large number of bloggers who regularly post engaging and insightful articles on our blog. For a full list of these writers and their blog posts, click here
Adam Simpson is a teacher and teacher trainer who currently works at Sabanci University in Istanbul. His professional interests include flexibility within the curriculum and the considered use of technology in the classroom.
Ana Cristina Pratas has been teaching EAP/ESP for over 20 years, in a variety of settings, from Universities and Colleges, to Financial companies and Industry. She currently teaches in the Middle East and one of her main interests is to encourage learner autonomy, creativity and critical thinking skills through the use of technology. Ana Cristina blogs at http://cristinaskybox.blogspot.com.es/
Ann Loseva has been an ESL teacher for 8+ years. She has a specialist degree in TEFL from Moscow City Pedagogical University and is currently preparing to embark on research for a PhD degree.
Anna Pires is a DELTA qualified teacher and has been teaching young learners, teenagers and adults for over 20 years. She is currently Assistant Director of Studies at International House Braga, where she has been working for 16 years. She regularly presents at APPI and gives seminars for state school teachers in Portugal. She enjoys working with teenagers and is always on the lookout for new ways to motivate them in the language classroom.
|Cecilia Lemos has been an English teacher in her hometown of Recife in Brazil, for 17 years. She is passionate about teaching for its power of transforming people and their future. She’s also an enthusiast about sharing and learning with other teachers around the world, especially through the use of social media. She loves books and languages and blogs at Box of chocolates: http://cecilialemos.com/|
Ceri Jones is a freelance teacher, trainer and materials writer. She has been working in ELT since 1986. She has worked in Italy, Hungary, Spain and the UK teaching, training and managing mainly in – and for – the private sector. She is particularly interested in student-centred materials and activities. In 1998 she received an MA in TEFL from Reading University and at the same time she started writing teaching materials. She has been involved in several coursebook series for Macmillan, Richmond and CUP as well as writing support materials for graded readers and authentic literary texts.
Chia Suan Chong is a general and business English teacher and also runs teacher training courses such as the CELTA and the Cert IBET, in addition to cultural training courses. She is a regular conference presenter on topics such as English as a Lingua Franca, Dogme ELT, systemic functional grammar and intercultural pragmatics. She is passionate about languages - she currently speaks 5 - and is fascinated by the interplay between culture, communication, language and thought. Chia blogs regularly at chiasuanchong.com. She has previously given a webinar on TeachingEnglish about different methodologies
Chuck Sandy is a teacher, teacher trainer, author & educational activist with 30 years of experience in the US, Japan and Brazil. His many publications include the Passages and Connect series from Cambridge University Press and the Active Skills For Communication series from Cengage Learning. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops around the world. Chuck believes that positive change in education happens one student, one classroom, and one school at a time, and that it arises most readily out of dialogue and in collaboration with other educators. This is the reason he has built a Facebook group with over 9000 teachers from 24 countries that meet for ongoing educational discussions. It is also the reason he has worked to introduce Design For Change into Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, and Russia.
David Dodgson has worked with young learners in Ankara, Turkey for over ten years and recently completed an MA in Educational Technology and TESOL with the University of Manchester. He is also very active in online circles. He runs two blogs, www.davedodgson.com and http://eltsandbox.weebly.com/. He tweets regularly (@DaveDodgson) and presents to global audiences at online conferences. His professional interests include dogme ELT, learner autonomy, effective use of technology in the classroom and self-development for language teachers. Dave has given two previous webinars on TeachingEnglish: Using games to engage, motivate and educate language learners and Multiple choices – A Conversation about Language Testing, Teaching & Learning
David Petrie has been teaching for over 12 years, working in PR China and Poland before coming to Portugal in 2006 where he currently works as Senior Teacher for Adult and Exam classes for International House Coimbra. He has a DELTA and a MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL and blogs regularly at www.teflgeek.net on all things related to ELT, but with a particular emphasis on teaching exam classes and technology in language learning. He has given one webinar on TeachingEnglish about practising writing skills with exam students.
Fiona Mauchline has been working in ELT for 25 years. She is a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer based in Cáceres, Spain. She regularly trains teachers in Spain and has also trained in Italy, France, Palestine and Turkey. She has published courses for Secondary with Macmillan and Edelvives. She manages 3 blogs (including macapella for teachers of teens) and co-curates #ELTpics, a crowdsourced collection of copyright-free images for teachers to use. You can follow her as @fionamau on twitter.
George Chilton started teaching English in 2007, when he moved to Wonju, South Korea and began teaching children of all ages. He then moved to Barcelona where he stayed for nearly 6 years, teaching, learning Spanish, and then working as an editor for Pearson Education. He’s is now living in Medellín, Colombia , where he teaches business English, translates, and writes teaching materials.
|Graham Stanley works as a project manager for the British Council on the Plan Ceibal English project in Montevideo Uruguay. He holds a Master's in Educational Technology & ELT (University of Manchester, UK), and is also online events coordinator for the IATEFL Young Learners & Teenagers Special Interest Group.|
He is author of the Handbook for teachers Language Learning with Technology (CUP, 2013), winner of the English Speaking Union's 2013 HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Award, and co-author of Digital Play: Computer games and language aims (Delta Publishing, 2011), which won the ELT Innovation award (ELTon) for teacher resources 2012.
|Ian James has been an English teacher for over 20 years. Originally from Cardiff, he now works at the Foreign Language Service of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. As a teacher trainer, conference presenter and blogger he is particularly interested in the use of image and video in English language teaching. He publishes a blog called Tefltecher (http://tefltecher.wordpress.com/) and likes to take photographs when he’s on his way to work.|
James Taylor, originally from Brighton, UK, has taught English as a foreign language to adults in Brazil, South Korea and Belgium. Currently based in San Jose, Costa Rica, he teaches adults at Centro Cultural Britanico.
Katherine Bilsborough is a teacher, trainer and author. She has been working in ELT since 1986 and is currently based in the mountains of northern Spain. She has written course books and materials for OUP, Macmillan, Richmond and others. Katherine writes regularly for the TeachingEnglish website and she has created materials for many of the British Council’s online courses. Katherine is interested in learner-centred teaching, motivating students and encouraging teachers to try things they’ve never tried before. Katherine’s new year’s resolution for 2014 is to work more effectively.
|Kieran Donaghy is a teacher, teacher trainer and writer who works at UAB Idiomes Barcelona. He has Master’s degree in ELT and Business Communication. He is particularly interested in the use of film in language teaching, and he is the co-author of Films in Health Sciences Education. His site on the use of film http://film-english.com/ won a British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources, and the most important European media in education prize, the MEDEA Award for Best User-generated Educational Media in 2013. He is the founder of The Image Conference, the only conference exclusively on the use of film, video, images and gaming in ELT. He is currently writing a methodology book on the use of film in language teaching.|
Kyle Mawer is an award winning digital play expert, blogger, author of the teacher development book ‘Digital Play’ and international presenter on the use of video games in ELT. He works at the British Council Young Learner centre in Barcelona, where he has been using video games in class with his language learners for several years.
Larissa Albano is a teacher of English as a foreign language in Italy since 2009. She set up her own language studio in her hometown in 2011. She teaches mainly teenagers and adults in small groups. She blogs about her teaching methods which combine the use of everyday life objects and technology at http://larissaslanguages.blogspot.com.
Larry Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.
Lizzie Pinard currently works for International House in Palermo, Sicily, but has previously taught young learners and adults in France, the UK and Indonesia. She holds an MA in ELT from Leeds Metropolitan University, where she also did her Delta, and writes on her blog http://reflectiveteachingreflectivelearning.com/about/ as often as she can. She is passionate about learner autonomy, currently exploring different approaches to fostering it as well as links with motivation, and also enjoys making learning materials, writing her column for the IH Journal, and presenting at conferences when the opportunity arises.
|Paul Driver is a language teacher, researcher, teacher trainer, graphic designer and illustrator living in Oxford, UK. Until recently, he was lecturing at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro in northern Portugal. His main research interests focus on the combined roles of play, space, the body, media, architecture, technology and game dynamics in how we learn. He is currently leading a growing number of ongoing projects exploring the application of pervasive games, mobile technologies and locative storytelling for language learners.|
Rachael Roberts is a teacher and teacher trainer based in the UK. She began teaching over twenty years ago and has lived and worked in Egypt, Portugal, Brazil and Poland. She is an ELT author and has written coursebooks for Pearson, Macmillan, and OUP. She holds a Masters in ELT and blogs regularly at http://elt-resourceful.com/
Richard Gresswell is an ESOL teacher, trainer and writer based in the UK. He is the founder of York English School, a social enterprise with the objective of making English learning more affordable and accessible through partnership with local employers, community groups and organisations.
Rob Lewis is currently a freelance teacher, teacher trainer and writer based in Poland. He previously ran the TeachingEnglish website and was a business development manager for learner products for the British Council. He has been heavily involved with IATEFL online for several years and also the LearnEnglish series Word on the street.
Sandy Millin is based in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She is a Director of Studies, CELTA trainer and materials writer. She has self-published three books, Richer Speaker, ELT Playbook 1 and ELT Playbook Teacher Training. As well as writing for the British Council, she tweets @sandymillin and has her own blog at http://sandymillin.wordpress.com.
Shelly Sanchez Terrell is an international speaker/teacher trainer/ education consultant. She is the founder of The 30 Goals for Educators- ebook & project focusing on using social media platforms for educators to accomplish 30 educational goals within the year. She is the co-coordinator/founder of the acclaimed Reform Symposium E-Conference, the ELTON nominated Virtual Round Table Language & Technology online conference, #Edchat, a weekly discussion on Twitter involving 1000s of educators worldwide. Her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, focuses on training teachers to use technology effectively to develop professionally and help their learners achieve learning goals.
Steve Muir has worked in ELT for over twenty years. He has taught English to young learners and adults in the UK, Egypt, Hong Kong and Spain. He currently lives in Madrid and works at the British Council in Alcalá de Henares.
Vicky Loras has been teaching English (as a foreign language and literature) to students of all ages, for a total of almost seventeen years.
Vicky Saumell is Overall Coordinator of the EFL department at Instituto San Francisco de Asís, a private school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she has worked for 20 years.
Willy Cardoso is a freelance teacher trainer based in Europe. He writes Authentic Teaching (http://authenticteaching.wordpress.com) and is particularly interested in teacher development and the philosophy of education.