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 Take your time Delta Module One course.
I’ve worked in many different places, mostly in private language schools: teaching in Borneo, Paraguay, Czech Republic, Crimea and the UK, training in the United States, Canada, Thailand, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malta, France and online, plus other work in Germany. I spent 6 years as the Director of Studies at International House Bydgoszcz in Poland, until September 2021.
I am passionate about teaching, and am constantly trying to develop professionally. To that end, I blog here, I’m on Twitter (@sandymillin) and actively participate in online professional development.
I have attended local conferences in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and the UK, and international conferences including TESOL France (2011) and Innovate ELT (2016), where I particularly enjoy presenting. I also regularly attend and present at events online, including as a plenary speaker for KOTESOL.
Sandy was one of our headline speakers for the annual Daejeon-Chungcheong KOTESOL Symposium in 2020, where she spoke about professional development for language teachers. Her talk was exceptionally informative, packed with new ideas, and tremendously well-received by the attendees at the symposium. I have no hesitation to recommend Sandy as a speaker and trainer, and hope that she can do another talk for KOTESOL in the future.Andrew Griffiths, Vice-President, Daejeon-Chungcheong Chapter of KOTESOL
I am a member of IATEFL and have attended their annual conferences since 2012. I was a member of the IATEFL Membership and Marketing Committee for a couple of years, and curated the IATEFL blog from its inception until August 2018. I participated in a well-received panel discussion for IATEFL a couple of months after the shift to online teaching during the COVID pandemic in 2020, and have presented at many IATEFL conferences, including presenting ‘How to’ talks and a very memorable Pecha Kucha in 2014. I’m now the Joint Website Coordinator for MaWSIG, the IATEFL Materials Writing Special Interest Group.
From 2007 to 2008 I did my CELTA (Certificate in English Teaching to Adults) part-time at Durham University Language Centre during my final year of university. I then went through a phase of collecting extra teaching certificates at the start of my career:
- IH BET (Business English Certificate, 2008-2009)
- IHCYL (Young Learners Certificate, 2009-2010)
- IH CAM (Certificate in Advanced Methodology, 2010-2011)
- IH COLT (Certificate in Online Tutoring, Oct-Nov 2011)
- Delta (Sept 2012-Dec 2013)
I started my MA in Professional Development in Language Education through NILE in 2019, and have so far completed the Trainer Development module. In 2021, I’m working on the Materials Development module, and I hope to complete my dissertation in 2022.
I also do some materials writing, and have published an ebook of speaking activities through the round, which is called Richer Speaking. I’ve also self-published two books of my own, ELT Playbook 1 (for new teachers) and ELT Playbook Teacher Training (for teacher trainers!)
In my free time, I enjoy reading, Bookcrossing (@sandyundead), Postcrossing, listening to podcasts, films, baking, and travelling. I also like taking photographs, and am one of the curators for eltpics, a photo-sharing initiative for teachers. However, my main addiction is learning languages. In addition to English, I currently speak French, German, Spanish (all around C1) and my Polish is around B2. I know a very little Modern Greek, Bahasa Malay, Thai and Mandarin, and have forgotten most of my Czech and Russian, thanks to Polish.
Please note: all views expressed on this blog are my own.