Curriculum Vitae

Wendy Arnold

Consultant: Young Learner and Teenagers: Early Literacy, Materials Writer (including CLIL) and Project Development

Email: wendy@elt-consultants.com

Skype: wendy_a

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Profile

  • ELT consultant, teacher and trainer trainer with extensive international experience.
  • Background in ELT teaching/training and educational management.
  • Experience of curriculum reform.
  • Experience of designing and implementing ELT training programmes at primary level for Ministry of Education teachers.
  • Experience of designing and implementing mentoring training programmes for Ministry of Education supervisors/inspectors.
  • Author and primary ELT materials writer with several major UK publishers.
  • Experience in delivering webinars for continued professional development online
  • Specialist in reading for young learner literacy.
  • Experience in training teachers and trainers in CLIL (content and language integrated learning).
  • Past IATEFL YLT Sig (young learners and teenagers special interest group) joint co-ordinator, discussion moderator and events/conference organizer
  • Permanent Hong Kong ID
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Education

  • University of Hong Kong: 2003, Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language (distinction)
  • University of York: 2001, Master of Arts: TEYL (Teaching English to Young Learners ages 6 to 17 years)

Additional Training

  • RSA/UCLES: 1998, Certificate of Teaching English to Young Learners (CELTYL)
  • RSA/UCLES: 1993, Certificate of Teaching English to Adults (TEFLA)

Current Consultancies and Positions

  • Founder member of ELT-Consultants 2010: current
  • British Council,Tanzania – materials development for the production and delivery of revisions and updates to a 150-hour English language orientation course package for Tanzanian students entering secondary education. 28th November, 2013 - current
  • British Council MENA (Middle East and North Africa) content based on stories for regional YL summer school for 6/7 age range at 3 levels of proficiency x 36 hours each level:British Council UAE (commissioned by Business Development Manager BC UAE) 15th February – current
  • ELT-Consultants – early learning multi-level graded extensive reading scheme - current
  • British Council, Venezuela monitoring cascade training of language programme March 2014
  • British Council, Venezuela monitoring cascade training of methodology programme June 2014

Professional Experience: Overview

  • Founder member of ELT-Consultants: International client base, 2010 - current
  • Freelance ELT Consultant, trainer / teacher trainer and materials writer, 2001 - current
  • TEFL teacher British Council, Hong Kong, 1999-2001
  • TEFL teacher and English co-ordinator Ministry of Education primary school, Hong Kong 1993-2008

Professional Experience: Details

  • ELT Conference: British Council, PCDC, UNRWA'Organising Better Learning' - demonstration lesson for Grade 6 and discussion - Kadoorie University, Tulkarem, Palestine, 26-27th October, 2013
  • British Council, Tanzania -discussion of mapping of 'Baseline' to the English Language Syllabus for Tanzania to local consultant Ed-Improvement Agency, Dar es Salaam 23rd October, 2013
  • British Council, Venezuela - trainer training and programme design for training 500 primary teachers in language (A0/A1) and methodology in 4 provinces. 14th September - 5th October, 2013
  • British Council Tunisia - teacher training for CELTA trained teachers teaching YL. 3-4th September, 2013
  • British Council Sub-Sahara Africa - editor and writer for developing support materials for teachers using the digital audio bank of stories and songs from the British Council website, as well as integrating with the British Council CiPELT (certificate in Primary English Language Teaching) course-September 2013
  • British Council, Tanzania - mapping Ministry curriculum and materials for Form 1. September 2013
  • Macmillan - Supervisor training, Ramallah - Learning to Read. Reading to learn. 20 - 22nd August, 2013
  • ELT Conference: British Council, PCDC, UNRWA'Organising Better Learning' - demonstration lesson and discussion - Dar-al_Kalima College, Bethlehem, Palestine, 19th May, 2013
  • MA Design of Language Teaching programmes and materials (with a Young Learner focus) 20 hours input at the University of Essex 25 to 28th March, 2013
  • Teacher training:Macmillan Education - You and Me (pre-school), Macmillan English Grades 1 to 6 (primary), Macmillan Science (primary), Macmillan Maths (primary)for Libya, 9th March, 2013
  • Trainer training: Macmillan Education - Get Ready (primary), Lift Off (junior high) and Flying High for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 7 - 14th February, 2013
  • Trainer training CiPELT (Certificate in Primary English Language Teaching) lead trainer: British Council South Sudan 7th Jan - 1st Feb 2013
  • Teacher training:Macmillan Education - Language and methodology for supervisors in Palestine, 17 - 20th September, 2012
  • Trainer training: Macmillan Education - Language and methodology for supervisors in Palestine,13-15th September, 2012
  • Trainer trainer: British Council Uganda CiPELT (Certificate for Primary English Language Teachers) TOP (Trainer Orientation Programme) 3-7th September, 2012. Kampala, Uganda.
  • Trainer Trainer: Inspectors of schools, in-service tutors and UNELTA (Ugandan English Language Teacher Association): British Council Uganda teacher orientation to CiPELT (Certificate for Primary English Language Teachers) TOP (Trainer Orientation Programme) 29 - 31st August, 2012. Kampala, Uganda
  • Trainer trainer: British Council South Africa and DBE (Department of Basic Education) delivery of CiPELT (Certificate for Primary English Language Teachers) TOP (Trainer Orientation Programme) 20-24th August, 2012. Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Master trainer trainer: British Council South Africa and DBE (Department of Basic Education) delivery of 'dry run' master trainer orientation of CiPELT (Certificate for Primary English Language Teachers) TOP (Trainer Orientation Programme) 14 - 16th August, 2012. DBE Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Teacher trainer: British Council Uganda delivering pilot of CiPELT (Certificate in Primary English Language Teaching) level 'Steady' (learner grades 3 and 4) March 2012
  • Consultant: British Council South Africa and DBE (Department of Basic Education) implementation of CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement) February - March 2012
  • Supervisor training:Macmillan for Get Ready, Lift Off and Flying High coursebooks Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 2012
  • Teacher trainer: webinar Macmillan for New English for Palestine 'Developing phonemic awareness' February 2012
  • Teacher trainer:webinar IATEFL YLT Sig 'Early Literacy in ELT' February 2012 http://yltsigevo2012.wordpress.com/
  • Teacher trainer: teaching secondary teachers at British Council 'Early Literacy and Teaching Reading strategies', Harare, Zimbabwe: 2011
  • Teacher trainer, parent trainer, community trainer at British Council and HSBC Kids Read Launch, Pakistan (Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi) :2011
  • Trainer training: Macmillan - Language and methodology for supervisors in Palestine, 2011
  • Founder member of ELT-Consultants: International client base, 2010
  • Consultant Team Writer: OxfordTEFL Barcelona December 2010: production of a 20 hour online course: Introduction to CLIL. http://www.oxfordtefl.com/CLIL-Courses.html
  • Teacher trainer for primary and junior high teacher, 'Teaching Speaking' British Council, China (in Hong Kong, Yueyang, Chongqing, Shanghai, Hefei :5-11th June 2010
  • Trainer training: CLIL for Taaleen-Edison Learning, Abu Dhabi, UAE: 2010
  • Teacher training: CLIL for Earlybirds Rotterdam, The Netherlands: 2010
  • Teacher trainer: 'Teaching in the way learners learn' and 'Making your coursebooks learner friendly'. ELTEX, British Council Libya 2010
  • Teacher trainer: Methodology and Language for Primary teachers at Pilgrims Teacher Training Centre, Canterbury, UK: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (14 courses of 1 and 2 weeks duration)
  • Co-Trainer trainer: CLIL at Pilgrims Teacher Training Centre, Canterbury, UK: 2010
  • Teacher trainer: CLIL at Pilgrims Teacher Training Centre, Canterbury, UK: 2010
  • Course Director: British Council Hornby for 2 x 5 day teacher/trainer courses in Mumbai and Kolkata, India: February 2009
  • Teacher training: Language and methodology for supervisors in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh and Damman):2008
  • Teacher trainer: teaching primary teachers in low resourced contexts, Cameroon (Yaounde, Bafia, Buea, Bamenda, Douala)CAMELTA (Cameroonian English Language Teachers Association): 2008
  • Teacher trainer: miscellaneous training sessions: joint events with British Council regional offices (Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Korea, Jordan, Libya, Qatar, Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, Dubai, Oman, Palestine, Cameroon) and IATEFL YLT Sig :2006 - 2010

Selected Talks and Presentations

  • ELT conference: British Council, PCDC, UNRWA 'Organising Better Learning; - Plenary, Kadoorie University in Tulkarem, 26-27th October
  • British Council, Tanzania - presentation of report on mapping of 'Baseline' to the English Language Syllabus for Tanzania to Ministry of Education Tanzania at Policy Dialogue Event, Dar es Salaam 22 - 25th October, 2013
  • ELT video Conference with Gaza : British Council, PCDC, UNRWA 16th May, 2013 'Early Literacy and Developing Reading' (from Ramallah)
  • ELT conference: British Council, PCDC, UNRWA 'Organising Better Learning; - Plenary, 18TH May, 2013 - Bethlehem.
  • ELT video Conference with Gaza: British Council, PCDC, UNRWA 22nd May, 2013 'Why an early start in learning English can make a difference but not without teacher professional development' (from Ramallah)
  • First English Language Teaching and Learning Conference 'Learner-Centred Teaching' University of Tripoli and the British Council, 11th March, 2013
  • MATSDA (Materials Development Association) 'A balancing trick between curriculum, materials design and teacher ability' University of Limerick conference, Ireland 10th June, 2012
  • IATEFL 2012 Glasgow 'Managing change in ELT. Lesson from Experience', panel discussion of British Council publication. 21st March 2012
  • Extensive Reading Foundation conference, Kyoto, Japan ‚Learning to read = Reading to Learn. 3rd September, 2011
  • Cutting Edges (Canterbury Christchurch) A longitudinal study of the effect of a graded reader scheme for young learners in Hong Kong': 1 - 2nd July 2011
  • CAMELTA (Cameroonian English Language Teachers Association) 9th Annual conference Achieving Quality ELT in Difficult Circumstances: Experiences and Successes of Teachers in Practice.Yaounde Plenary 'Teaching unplugged' sponsored by British Council: 16-21 August 2010
  • ETAI (Israel) annual conference keynote: Who owns English? 13th July, 2010
  • HUPE 18th annual conference (Croatia) Closing Plenary (co-presented with Phil Dexter, British Council, Spring Gardens) 18th April, 2010
  • HUPE 18th annual conference (Croatia) Opening Plenary Teaching Creatively 16th April, 2010
  • British Council Amman, Jordan NOS 14th annual conference: Plenary 'Teachers as human beings!' and 'if you keep doing the same thing, you will keep getting the same results': March 2010
  • ELTAi Chennai, India Plenary 'Mixed ability in large classes: a burden or a piece of good fortune?'sponsored by British Council:2009
  • IATEFL Cardiff 'The right reading level - young learners (5-12 years old)' :2009
  • TESOL Denver, USA: Chair for Symposium on 'Extensive Reading in the 21st Century: Towards a New Reality' paper delivered: 'Differentiated extensive and intensive reading schemes: variables explored': 2009
  • IATEFL annual conference in Exeter - 'Effective Scaffolding for literacy skills:supporting, enhancing and tracking': April 2008
  • UK University of York 13th - 'Use of project work to promote collaboration and research after the MA … a longitudinal study to evaluate the use of graded/levelled reader … YL 9-12 years old in Hong Kong': July 2007

Innovation

  • Developing teacher training and trainer training delivery courses which loop with each other (British Council CiPELT Certificate in Primary English Language Teaching and CiPELT TOP Trainer Orientation Programme - British Council UK): 2011-2012
  • Parent training programme in Hong Kong: 1995-2008
  • Developing IATEFL YLT Sig as the partner of choice for international events: 2006-2009

Publications

Primary Course Books

  • co-author 'Get Ready 3,4,5,6' coursebook and teacher's books for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia published by Macmillan:current
  • author 'New English for Palestine' coursebook Grade 6 published by Macmillan:current
  • author 'New English for Palestine' coursebook Grade 5 published by Macmillan: 2012
  • author 'New English for Palestine' coursebooks Grades 1-4 published by Macmillan: 2011
  • co-authored with Adrian Tennant 'English for Saudi Arabia' coursebooks Grades 4-6 and teacher's books published by Macmillan: 2008
  • author of 'New Magic' coursebooks Grades 4-6 (Hong Kong) published by Oxford University Press: 2008
  • author of 'Magic' coursebooks Grades 4 - 6 (Hong Kong) published by Oxford University Press: 2005

Primary Resource Materials and Graded Readers

  • Team writer and co-ordinator for British Council 'Stories and Songs' lesson plans and components for the mp3 Lifeplayer usable in developing countries. ongoing May 2013 +
  • Teacher's Book co-author for British Council Sudan Grade 3 coursebook. April, 2013.
  • Team writer for British Council CiPELT (Certificate for Primary English Language Teachers), Modules 'Ready' (children aged 5-7), 'Steady' (children aged 8-10), 'Go' (children aged 11-12), CiPELT TOP (Trainer Orientation Programme) CiPELT is a training package aimed at a global market for primary English teachers in low-resourced and developing contexts. CiPELT leads to a British Council certification: British Council UK . 2012
  • Team writer 'Kids Read' for British Council Qatar. 'Kids Read' is a literacy programme which supports extensive reading for pleasure for primary pupils in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan: 2011. WINNER OF SILVER STEVIE PRIZE: corporate social responsibility programme of the year in the Middle East and North Africa - HSBC and British Council
  • Writer 'Language and methodology' trainer training programme for Supervisors in Palestine. Commissioned by Macmillan Education: 2011
  • Writer 'Language and methodology' teacher training programme for English teachers in Palestine. Commissioned by Macmillan Education: 2011
  • Qatar ALP (British Council) CLIL project language support teacher training materials for Primary Maths and Science teachers(Dec 2009- March 2010)

Curriculum Development

  • Co-author with Shelagh Rixon of chapter in 'Global Perspective and Young Learners '(ed Sarah Rich) publication 2013, Palgrave Macmillan: UK. 'Making the moves from decoding to text work to extensive reading with young learners:insights from research and practice around the world', chapter focuses on reading strategies that need to be taught explicitly as well as some research results including Hong Kong using a graded extensive reading scheme.
  • Author, chapter in 'Research on the Effects of Materials Development for Language Teaching' (eds. Brian Tomlinson and Hitomi Masuhara) publication 2010 Continuum International Publishing Group. 'A longitudinal Study of the Effects of a Graded Reader Scheme for Young Learners in Hong Kong'.
  • Co-author with Shelagh Rixon of chapter 'Materials for Teaching English to Young Learners' in English Language Learning Materials:A Critical Study, chapter focuses on young learner materials available globally (edited by Brian Tomlinson, Leeds Metropolitan University) 2008 Continuum International Publishing Group:London

Articles

  • 'The Story of CiPELT: Certificate in Primary English Language Teaching' co-written by Coralyn Bradshaw and Debbie Candy: IATEFL YLT Sig C&TS Spring 2013
  • Where is CLIL taking us? Teaching Training College- Specialised Education Journal http://revistapulso.cardenalcisneros.es - Escuela Universitaria Cardenal Cisneros, Madrid: 2010
  • ELT Journal Vol. 58/4 'Meeting individual needs with young learners' co-written with Peter Westwood: 2004
  • IATEFL Global Issues (special interest group) - Women and teaching (summary of e-discussion): 2004
  • University of York 2nd International TEYL Research Seminar - 'Action research :Using projectwork to promote collaborative learning' :2003
  • IATEFL CATS (Children and Teenagers-Young Learners special Interest group newsletter) - Collaborative learning:Issue 2/03

Professional Associations

  • IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) YLT Sig (Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group)
  • Society of Authors
  • MATSDA (Materials Development Association)

Key Competencies

  • Attention to detail
  • Motivated
  • Highly structured
  • Reliable
  • A good problem solver/solution provider
  • A finisher

Interests

  • Reading
  • International culture

Nationality

  • British