ELT Playbook 1
This is (I hope) the first in a series of books designed to help teachers learn to reflect through a series of guided tasks, with the aim of providing support if you don’t have any where you work, or supplementing it if you do.
ELT Playbook 1 is aimed at new teachers and was self-published in February 2018, edited by Penny Hands (thanks Penny!). Each of the tasks focuses on an area which I believe is particularly challenging for teachers new to the profession, and provides a simple task, a series of reflection questions, and four possible ways to summarise your reflection. There is also the chance to participate in the #ELTPlaybook online community to get feedback on your reflections and earn badges which you can display on your CV, blog or social media as evidence of continued professional development.
You can find out how to buy the book (available as both a paperback and ebook) and see sample tasks on the ELT Playbook blog.
It’s a book of twelve techniques you can use to adapt speaking activities from coursebooks and activity books, and is part of a mini-series from the round of books which cost no more than 1USD. They’re all on the round’s resources page, and have the same type of cover as mine.
In 2015-2016, I wrote the writing spreads for the B2, C1 and C2 workbooks of the National Geographic Cengage Learning Keynote series of coursebooks, which is based around TED talks. I also wrote Unit 10 of the B2 workbook.
In 2011, I wrote the model writing and speaking texts for the New English File Advanced section of Oxford English Testing online extra practice.
In the same year, I also contributed materials to the English File Best Extra competition, which are available via the Oxford Teachers Club. It requires you to log in, but it’s free.
In 2014, Richmond ELT asked me to put together six C1 level listening worksheets for their Skills Boost series. Again, a login is required. It’s free, but takes a few days to activate.
In addition to this blog, I have two other blogs:
- Independent English
Aimed at students, designed to provide step-by-step guides to things they can do to practise their English outside class. Two of my most popular posts on the blog are based on Quizlet and using podcasts.
- (Almost) Infinite ELT Ideas
I share prompts that could be used by teachers as the basis for a class. The idea behind the blog is that readers share their ideas for how to use the prompts, and I then tag the posts based on the ideas that have been generated. Here is an example of a post that generated a lot of ideas, based on post-it notes.
I’ve also written guest posts for other blogs:
- First Impressions for Ceri Jones
A lesson plan based on your first impressions of being in a new place.
- Getting Started for the IATEFL MaWSIG (Materials Writing Special Interest Group)
About the questions I’ve found it useful to ask a new materials writer (also included in the MaWSIG 2015 ebook, available to members)
- IATEFL 2016 Presentation Highlights for EFL Magazine
A selection of my favourite talks from the conference in Birmingham
International House publishes a journal twice a year. I originally had a column called ‘Developing Teachers‘ in issues 32-38, where I shared ideas for teachers to develop professionally. From issue 39, I started to write about online resources teachers can benefit from.
These are the topics I have covered so far:
- Issue 32: Being a reflective teacher
- Issue 33: 10 ideas for professional development
- Issue 34: Conferences
- Issue 35: Observations
- Issue 36: IH certificates
- Issue 37: Is Delta really worth it?
- Issue 38: Moving into management
- Issue 39: Why diigo could be your new best friend
- Issue 40: #ELTchat changed my life
- Issue 41: Travelling back through our profession
- Issue 42: How to learn a language every day
- Issue 43: Working with new teachers: First steps
For other journals
If you’d like me to do some writing for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch through my blog, or via Twitter.