I grew up in the UK, and have worked around the world: teaching in Borneo, Paraguay, Czech Republic, Crimea and the UK, training in the United States, Canada, Thailand and Spain, plus other work in France and Germany. I am currently the Director of Studies at International House Bydgoszcz in Poland.
I am passionate about teaching, and am constantly trying to develop professionally. To that end, I am a member of twitter (@sandymillin) where I follow many interesting educators who constantly provide useful tips – highly recommended. I have attended local conferences in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the UK, and international conferences in Paris (2011), Glasgow (2012), Liverpool (2013), Harrogate (2014), Manchester (2015), Birmingham (2016) and Barcelona (2016), where I particularly enjoy presenting. I am a member of IATEFL. I have also completed the following additional teaching certificates:
- 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)
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.From 2008 to 2011 I worked at International House Brno as an EFL teacher September-June and for Kaplan / WELS International Centres (formerly owned by IH) at their Ardingly Centre in the UK for a few weeks each July and August. I was at International House Newcastle July 2011-August 2013, and moved to International House Sevastopol in September 2013. I stayed there until my visa ran out in August 2014, then worked as a CELTA tutor in Leeds, San Diego and Vancouver, Chiang Mai, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Sevastopol, before starting as Director of Studies at IH Bydgoszcz.
As well as CELTA tutoring and working as a Dos, I also do some materials writing, and have published an ebook of speaking activities through the round.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, Bookcrossing (@sandyundead), Postcrossing, listening to podcasts, films and travelling. I also enjoy 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 some Russian (A2/B1). I know a very little Modern Greek, Bahasa Malay, Thai and Mandarin, have forgotten most of my Czech, thanks to Russian. I’m currently trying to learn Polish to help me settle in properly in Bydgoszcz.
Please note: all views expressed on this blog are my own.