I hope to bring you more interesting teaching ideas from my classroom, in 2016. This year I will be presenting at IATEFL's Annual Conference on the topic of The Power of Play in the Language Classroom. The Annual Conference will be held in Birmingham, UK from the 13th-16th April. If you've never attended one of these conferences I really recommend attending. The conference provides you with an opportunity to see some of the biggest names in TEFL, network with other professionals in the field and have a fantastic time as well. There is also a pre-conference event for all the special interest groups and I will be running the Teacher Development Groups event. Check out more by following the link at the bottom of this post. We also have our fantastic Web Carnival taking place at the end of the month and more details can also be found at the end of the post.
In December I attended a three day course with Communication Across Cultures called EAL Train the Trainer. The course was fantastic and I really recommend it for anyone who works in the field of EAL, whether it be in the UK or abroad. We covered a variety of topics, from welcoming new arrivals, to lesson planning, assessment, international mindedness and even, advanced learners. See my link at the end of the this post for more details.
I recently caught up with my uncle, who is something of an inspiration for me. He is a specialist in the field of English for Academic Purposes and has taught in many countries, including the UK. While he is now retired he continues his passion for English language teaching by writing a blog for and about Advanced Learners of English. The teaching ideas are really simple to use and it's an excellent way of refreshing your own knowledge as a English teacher, as well as supporting advanced learners of English. Again a link can be found at the bottom of this post.
For now that is all my news, as I will be focusing on my own professional development over the coming weeks, but I hope to update and blog more soon and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to find out more about these exciting blogs, courses and conferences in 2016!