NILE MAPDLE MAT: Materials development module (extra reading)

It’s nearly three months since I completed the live parts of the module (!) and I’ve finally got time to get back to the course input I didn’t have time for during the three weeks in July. When I did weeks one, two and three, I found it useful to summarise what I read/watched on … Continue reading NILE MAPDLE MAT: Materials development module (extra reading)

NILE MAPDLE MAT: Materials Development module (week three)

This is my second NILE MA module, Materials Development for Language Education, abbreviated to MAT. I have previously complete the Trainer Development module. You can see my related blog posts here. Here are various bits and pieces from week two of the course, things whic h I wanted to remember, notes I’ve made while reading, … Continue reading NILE MAPDLE MAT: Materials Development module (week three)

NILE MAPDLE MAT: Materials Development module (week two)

This is my second NILE MA module, Materials Development for Language Education, abbreviated to MAT. I have previously complete the Trainer Development module. You can see my related blog posts here. Here are various bits and pieces from week two of the course, things which I wanted to remember, notes I’ve made while reading, and … Continue reading NILE MAPDLE MAT: Materials Development module (week two)

NILE MAPDLE MAT: Materials Development module (week one)

This is my second NILE MA module, Materials Development for Language Education, abbreviated to MAT. I have previously complete the Trainer Development module. You can see my related blog posts here. Here are various bits and pieces from week one of the course, things which I wanted to remember, notes I’ve made while reading, and … Continue reading NILE MAPDLE MAT: Materials Development module (week one)

Help needed! Please complete my MA dissertation survey by 5th January 2023!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m currently working on my MA in Professional Development in Language Education (MAPDLE) with the Norwich Institute of Language Education (NILE). I’ve already completed modules on teacher training and materials writing, and am now working on my dissertation: An investigation into the production … Continue reading Help needed! Please complete my MA dissertation survey by 5th January 2023!

What I think I know about materials writing (IATEFL Belfast 2022)

This is something of a companion piece to my IATEFL 2021 talk, What I’ve learnt about teacher training this year. This is the abstract for the talk: Over the years, I’ve attended many Materials Writing talks at IATEFL. I’ve been involved in producing materials for my classroom, for publishers and for self-publishing. I’ve also recently … Continue reading What I think I know about materials writing (IATEFL Belfast 2022)

An example of a materials evaluation checklist

This is an excerpt from my NILE MA Materials Development assignment submission. NILE run courses covering a wide range of professional development pathways. Next week I’ll post my IATEFL 2022 talk, which will include some tips for creating a similar checklist yourself. Please note: This excerpt is intended for reference. Plagiarism is a very serious … Continue reading An example of a materials evaluation checklist

Delta Conversations: Martin

This is part of a series of posts showing you all the different ways you can approach the Cambridge Delta. They are designed to help you find out more about the course and what it involves, as well as helping you to choose the right way to do it for you, your lifestyle and the time you have … Continue reading Delta Conversations: Martin

Trainer Development by Tony Wright and Rod Bolitho (a review)

This is part of a series of posts summarising the contents of some of the books I’ve read for the NILE MA Trainer Development module. They aren’t really intended as traditional book reviews, more as a way of reminding myself of what’s in each book and helping other people decide which ones might be useful … Continue reading Trainer Development by Tony Wright and Rod Bolitho (a review)

Trainer Development – a NILE course

I’ve just finished two weeks at NILE in Norwich where I completed the face-to-face component of the MA Trainer Development module. It can also be attended as a stand-alone course, without the MA. The course consisted of three sessions a day of input covering a wide range of topics including: working with teachers’ beliefs input … Continue reading Trainer Development – a NILE course

Teaching Language Teachers: Scaffolding Professional Learning by Gabriel Diaz Maggioli (a review)

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of posts summarising the contents of some of the books I’ve read for the NILE MA Trainer Development module. It’s not really intended as a traditional book review, more as a way of reminding myself of what’s in each book and helping other … Continue reading Teaching Language Teachers: Scaffolding Professional Learning by Gabriel Diaz Maggioli (a review)

How to write a conference proposal and abstract

The first time I wanted to go to the IATEFL conference, I applied for a first-time speaker scholarship. As part of it, I had to write a conference proposal, including an abstract and summary, but I had no idea what they actually were. Thankfully Ceri Jones came to my rescue, talking me through what I … Continue reading How to write a conference proposal and abstract

Innovate ELT 2021 – day one

These are summaries of the talks I attended during day one of the OxfordTEFL Innovate ELT online conference on 1st and 2nd October 2021. Day two is here. Note: when I’ve included links, sometimes they’re the ones the presenter included, sometimes they’re others which I’ve found. If you’re one of the presenters and would like … Continue reading Innovate ELT 2021 – day one

IATEFL 2021: Day One – Saturday 19th June

This is the first year that the annual IATEFL conference was run fully online. The main conference was run using the HopIn platform. I moderated some sessions, so my notes may not be as complete for those ones! Moderating also took me to a few sessions I wouldn’t ordinarily have attended – great for broadening … Continue reading IATEFL 2021: Day One – Saturday 19th June

A blogpost of blogposts

I use Feedly as a blog reader to collate posts from the blogs I follow. I love the simplicity of the format, and being able to see at a glance what is waiting for me to read. I generally look at it for a few minutes each day, sharing posts that I think would be … Continue reading A blogpost of blogposts

IATEFL Glasgow 2017: Teacher training

As a CELTA trainer and Director of Studies at a school which mostly hires newly-qualified teachers, it’s now inevitable that at least some of the IATEFL Glasgow 2017 sessions I attended were connected to teacher training. Here are my session summaries, along with some tweets at the bottom from sessions I didn’t attend. Applying differentiation … Continue reading IATEFL Glasgow 2017: Teacher training

About me

Nice to meet you, and thanks for visiting my blog! Here’s a (rather long!) biography in case you’re wondering who writes this stuff: I’ve been freelancing since October 2021 so please do get in touch if you’d like to book a workshop or arrange consultancy or mentoring. You might also like to register for my … Continue reading About me