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UK and Singapore
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Nepal and UK
Maria Teresa Fernandez
Orlando Delgado Mata
Lima, Peru & Belgium
Associate Consultant - SEN (special educational needs) specialist
Dr Harry Kuchah Kuchah
England, UK and Cameroon
Ireland and UK
Associate Consultant-IT and ELT specialist
Associate Consultant-digital education specialist
Associate Consultant - IT specialist
Nahla Al Malki
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
What inspires you in ELT?
Teachers inspire me in ELT. Their dedication, their vocation, their kindness and their strength to keep going despite all kinds of challenges. No-one stays in the profession for long unless they are resolute and focused on developing the next generation. They are the front line, the make or break of the best or worst plans, without them curriculums cannot be delivered.
Wendy is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) consultant based in Surrey, UK. Her specialism is Young Learners (ages 6 to 17), as well as early literacy, especially for learners of English from non-Roman alphabet languages. She has 30 years of experience in ELT, teacher/trainer training for primary, secondary and vocational contexts and is an author for both published and online materials. Her consulting work has included primary and secondary curriculum reform, training, as well as project managing the writing and editing of language and methodology courses in East Asia, Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Sahara Africa, South America, South Asia and Wider Europe. She has worked with Ministries of Education, publishers, private training institutes and education providers.
Wendy is a former member of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) YLT Sig (Young Learners & Teenagers Special Interest Group) committee joint co-ordinator, discussion moderator and events co-ordinator, and current Royal Society of Authors and MATSDA (Materials Development Association) member. She has published with Macmillan Education, Oxford University Press and Harper Collins. Her special interest is encouraging ‘joined up thinking’ in education. Wendy is a co-founder of ELT-Consultants.
Wendy was born in Lima, Peru and lived in both Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador for her primary education. She has lived in Cairo, Egypt, Hong Kong SAR and Las Vegas, USA and is now based in Surrey, UK. She feels very much a global citizen!
Key words: teacher; primary, secondary, vocational; author in ELT; curriculum reform; teacher/trainer training; Ministries of Education, publishers; IATEFL YLT Sig
What inspires you in ELT?
Observing children enjoy learning is what inspires me in ELT. Observing an English classroom full of pupils who are participating enthusiastically, with joy and curiosity is the greatest reward one can have. The end product of all training, materials development, article writing, or mentoring programme is this tangible and measurable outcome in a classroom. Helping teachers to instill a love of learning in pupils is the force that drives me.
Coralyn is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) Young Learner specialist (ages 6-17) who has 30 years of experience of EFL teaching, management, teacher/trainer training, materials writing (both published and on-line) and consulting work in East Asia, Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Sahara Africa and South America.
She has managed, advised and participated in a wide range of primary and secondary curriculum reforms in developing countries, such as Yemen, Oman, Libya, Sudan, Venezuela and Tanzania.
Coralyn is a member of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language), the Royal Society of Authors and has been a contributor to the Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interests Group publication C&TS. She has published with Pearson Education, Oxford University Press and Usborne. She is particularly interested in classroom management issues, on-line training, helping teachers to develop teaching materials in under-resourced contexts and professional mentoring. Coralyn is a co-founder of ELT-Consultants.
What inspires you in ELT?
Knowing that ELT can have such a significant impact on individuals and communities is what motivates me. Being able to mentor and support others to develop their skills in ELT, whether through training, or through the creation of effective language teaching curricula and materials, is very fulfilling. Language is the key to effective communication: it facilitates collaboration, fosters inclusion and promotes cross-cultural understanding. I can’t think of any more worthwhile area to work in.
Background, Training and Experience
Helen is a highly experienced and passionate international ELT consultant based in the UK. Globally mobile her specialisms include curriculum design, materials development, teacher training, trainer training, and using literature as a language teaching tool.
Having worked in south-east Asia for 30 years, Helen returned to live in the UK in 2018. She was the CEO and Director of Studies of one of the leading education brands for young learners in South-East Asia, with branches in Singapore, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong, and as such, she has an in-depth understanding of the needs of students and teachers in Asia.
In addition to the above, Helen worked as a Consultant Teaching Fellow with The University of York for ten years on their highly esteemed Masters in Teaching English to Young Learners (MA in TEYL) – both face to face and online versions. She supported students from all over the world with their Masters level studies, giving her access to the latest ideas and research in education.
Helen’s experience and expertise spans right across the age range: she set up and designed the curriculum for a number of successful bi-lingual preschools in Singapore, and has taught, trained and written ELT curricula and materials for primary, secondary and adult learners. She is also an experienced speaker at international ELT conferences.
Helen has worked closely with a range of different educational institutions including Ministries of Education, universities, publishers, private training institutes and education providers. Most recently, she has been working as a senior consultant for Marshall-Cavendish, writing a four level early years program for a new start-up in Shanghai, and is developing a STEAM program for a company in China.
Helen also believes it is important to give back when working in the field of ELT; in 2015, she designed a training program for volunteer teachers going out to work in NGOs in Cambodia, and went in person to work with Cambodian teacher-volunteers in some of the orphanages in Siem Reap.
What inspires you in ELT?
‘There is nothing more rewarding than being part of positive transformation: fostering understanding and communication. ELT is one way I have found of doing this.’
Jill has spent her professional life working in the area of communication, through both theatre arts and education. She has worked in theatre for all ages and taught performance skills, drama and English across the age range in universities and schools in the UK.
In 2002 Jill moved to Japan and has been based in Asia ever since. She currently lives in Malaysia. There she has worked in ELT within a variety of educational contexts including a prestigious South East Asian educational company serving the English language needs of local young learners. Her senior management roles have given her an insight into the educational systems in the region and of the needs of students and teachers, within Malaysia in particular.
As a teacher trainer and presenter at ELT conferences Jill has worked closely with a range of educational institutions, including Ministries of Education, universities, private organisations and NGOs.
Educational consulting work has also enabled Jill to pursue her love of curriculum development and she has recently designed a four level English through drama curriculum for use in China.
‘Every environment provides an opportunity for creativity.’
Deirdre is an international English language teaching and training consultant, based in the UK and globally mobile. She has nearly 30 years’ experience in education, ranging from primary and secondary school teaching in the UK and Europe, to EFL teaching, teacher/trainer training, materials writing, education and project management and consulting work.
Deirdre has worked in English education, teaching, training and examining for schools, private institutions, corporate companies and governments in the UK and around the world. She commenced her teaching career in Rome, teaching Italian Members of Parliament for four years. Deirdre has lived and taught in the UK, Italy, Cyprus, Libya, Kuwait, Dubai and Algeria and is a Middle East and North Africa expert.
She worked for the British Council for ten years and is particularly experienced at working with government ministries of education. Whilst working for the British Council in Algeria, Deirdre led and managed all English programmes country-wide, working closely with the Ministry of National Education and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She devised country-wide, government programmes to improve levels of English amongst schoolchildren across the country as well as developing and strengthening pedagogy in large-scale cascade programmes, impacting every teacher of English in Algeria.
She is well-known for having devised, planned and delivered the largest British Council-organised ELT conference in the world in 2016 in Algeria, featuring 60 international ELT experts and speakers over a 3-day event. She is also an international conference speaker, having led workshops and presented papers at TESOL Arabia and IATEFL, UK.
Since leaving the British Council, Deirdre has set up her own teaching and training consultancy, Palm Tree Teaching Consultancy, as well as an English tutoring company, Top Cat Tutoring. She owns and presents her own YouTube channel, Learn English TV with Palm Tree Teaching: www.youtube.com/palmtreeteachingtv.
What inspires you in ELT?
I am happiest when I see my students develop. This can come in the form of improving their abilities or changing their attitude toward a skill or task. When students see their improvement, however minor, it can give them the motivation to continue developing on their own.
I also enjoy working as a copy editor and proofreader. I try to look at written projects through the eyes of both the writer and the target reader to help the message become as clear and efficient as possible.
Bio: Tim has been working in the ELT industry in Korea for nearly twenty years. He has taught at three universities and worked with publishers, government ministries and research centers, major corporations, and training centers to provide academic and professional skills training, interview and language assessment services, proofreading, start-up coaching, and event hosting.
A popular conference speaker, Tim has been hosted by school and organizations around the world for invited talks and longer training sessions.
Visit www.timthompsonelt.com for more information and to read Tim’s blog.
What inspires you in ELT?
Seeing teachers reach their full potential and gaining confidence in themselves to be the best educators they can be.
Briana Rogers is an internationally experienced trainer of trainers, teacher-trainer, and curriculum designer. She believes schools provide not only an education but also offer shelter, security, stability, and a sense of normalcy to an entire community. She has spent the last ten years working within SE Asian educational communities (refugees, immigrants, and rural communities) to help develop sound educational systems.
She worked as an English Language Fellow with the US Embassy Laos providing training for the Teacher Training Colleges and Universities in the provinces and coached university faculty on writing new master’s and bachelor’s degree curriculum for their English programs.
She was a leading English Language Consultant for the Ministry of Education Malaysia with their upscaling of primary school English teacher’s program. She designed the programming for 30 schools and facilitated the development of over 300 teachers and lead a team of trainers.
Briana has worked with INGOs and NGOs that are trying to use a more grassroots approach to change. Most of the teachers she has worked with have little funds and very little in the way of teaching materials. She developed low resource materials and references as support for schools and provided individual mentoring to aid in the implementation of new materials.
She thrives with challenges that involve starting with little and requires the development of a program into something successful and sustainable. For her, there is nothing more satisfying than looking back and seeing how much has grown from the seeds she has planted.
What inspires you in ELT?
Knowing that I’ve helped a learner progress and observing the progression first hand is really rewarding. My time with learners in the classroom is just as valuable for me as it is for them! Aside from that, I love experimenting in the classroom and trying to align my practice with findings from SLA research.
Pete is a teacher and materials writer currently based in Thailand. He has taught in the UK, Europe and extensively across Asia. He has written ELT materials for global organizations and publishers, including Pearson, Macmillan, Cambridge University Press and the British Council. He specializes in writing digital materials to supplement coursebooks, but also enjoys scripting video lessons and copy-editing.
As well as writing global materials, Pete has written ELT materials for these specific markets: Brazil, China, Turkey, Mexico. He has written extensively for the East and South-east Asia markets, having been a contracted writer for the British Council myClass. This adult, general English course is delivered across 10 counties in Asia.
Pete blogs at www.eltplanning.com. Through his blog he shares advice for developing teachers around the world, and offers mentorship for DipTESOL trainees. His site has received around 1 million views and has received blog awards from the British Council. He is also a frequent contributor to industry magazines including English Teaching Professional and Modern English Teacher. He is an occasional presenter at face-to-face and online conferences.
Charles is an International English Language Teaching (ELT) consultant, based in East Asia and available to contract worldwide. He has 25 years of experience in ELT, as a teacher, an assessor, a trainer and a trainer-trainer. His specialisms include EAP teaching and EMI training, at the university level; teaching, pre-service and in-service training of Senior, Junior and Primary educators in both state and private schools; teaching and training for technical and business English, such as in the oil and gas industry. His consulting work has included pre-school to tertiary curriculum development, teacher training and capacity building, and expanding educational access to marginalised groups.
Charles has worked in a variety of countries, but his main focus has been on Asia (East, South-East and South), with occasional forays into Europe and Africa (Angola and Tunisia). Japan, China and Vietnam are where he has conducted most of his teacher development work. Sri Lanka and Nepal have provided opportunities for working with disadvantaged communities, such as tea-picking villages in Sri Lanka and orphanages in Nepal. His work in Angola was concerned with providing opportunities for Angolans to enter the country’s oil industry.
My views on ELT have changed over time. Thanks to seven years spent mainly training teachers all over Asia with a major publisher, and having three growing children of my own, I now see all aspects of teaching as interlinked. I believe that the teaching of language, in common with all teaching, should incorporate the so-called 21st century skills. Even at low levels of proficiency, lessons are more motivating, and their long-term impact greater, when learners are encouraged to collaborate together and express their creativity in class. I have seen how English can provide a window to the world and change lives, and this excites me and makes me want to do my part to inspire teachers and learners alike.
David is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) consultant based in Bangkok, Thailand. He has over 25 years’ experience in teaching, teaching management and teacher training, and delivering training to native and non-native teachers in schools, language schools and universities across Asia. He has been a regular presenter at the various South-East Asia ELT conferences and has also presented at NEAS Sydney and Brisbane PD Fest. Recently he has been working on editing academic papers in Thailand and writing communicative activities for a major publisher.
What inspires you in ELT?
Questions! Being brought up by two teachers, I was bombarded with questions and encouraged to ask questions myself. It felt very natural going into a classroom environment at the beginning of my career to use and encourage questioning as a tool for learning. Questions from students usually mean their brains are actively engaged in the learning process. It is obviously a two-way road and as a teacher and teacher trainer you can continue to develop and learn from your students’ and teachers’ questions.
Rufus is a teacher trainer, materials writer, teacher and language learner currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He started his teaching journey over 25 years ago and got a solid foundation in the classroom in London and Spain, before arriving in Asia in 1996.
He taught for 7 years with different British Council Teaching Centres in Chiang Mai, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. During this time he got Young Learner training with British Council and ran a busy weekend YL programme in Chiang Mai for 650 learners. He also started teacher training with British Council, starting with workshops for local teachers in Chiang Mai and Sri Lanka. He took a mid-career break to take a Thai Language - South East Asian Studies degree at Leeds University, UK, where he continued to involve himself in practical teacher training workshops.
He returned to Asia in 2008 and became a full-time CELTA trainer, working on 10 full-time intensive one-month courses each year. He also become a Cambridge CELTA Course Assessor in 2013. In 2016, after 70 courses and the arrival of twin daughters, he decided on a lifestyle change and started working freelance. This has involved varied and stimulating projects including working on the British Council Regional English Training Centres project in Thailand, teaching on a Pre Sessional course at Reading University, various material writing projects and Professional Development workshops for Thai Primary and Secondary teachers, exam preparation teacher training in China, as well as writing materials for 3 blended Primary Courses. His latest project involves materials design and training teachers about CLIL methodology in Kazakhstan.
Swany is a British international education consultant. She specialises in teacher training for teachers of primary and secondary students for Ministries of Education, publications and the British Council globally. Swany is also a qualified Cambridge ELTA trainer/assessor. As a CELTA trainer she is based in Sevilla, Spain but she has conducted trainings for teachers in other countries such as Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Mauritius, Tunisia, Venezuela, Peru, the Netherlands and of course England.
In addition to training teachers, she trains up new Cambridge teacher trainers to work on CELTAs and has written teaching material for various publishers. She has been involved in developing specialized training programmes, in-service training and mentoring for several British Councils teaching centres and British Council projects around the world. She also teaches EAP at the University of Durham, England.
Most recently she has been involved in a six week ‘Teaching for Success’ teacher training programme in different parts of Tunisia to lower primary school government teachers.
What inspires you in ELT?
What inspires me the most in ELT is teachers' passion and dedication to providing their students with the best education possible. No matter how experienced the teachers are, they come to professional development workshops eager to learn new ideas and techniques to implement in their classrooms.
Greg Abrahams is an American English language teacher and teacher trainer currently based in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
Greg has taught and trained teachers in a variety of contexts over the last 12 years in South Korea, Ecuador, China, the United States, Turkey, Morocco, and Myanmar. He has taught general English to young learners, Academic English at universities, and communicative English to Ministries of Education. Also, Greg has several years of experience teaching courses and training educators in low-resource contexts. Most recently, Greg worked with the US State Department as an English Language Fellow in Myanmar, where he trained teachers, designed curriculum, and laid the foundations for new English for Ministry Staff courses.
Greg revels in learning the needs of institutions and providing administrative support, curriculum design, and thorough teacher training. He particularly enjoys keeping tabs on those institutions and seeing how much they have grown.
What inspires you in ELT?
Early on in my career I attended a truly inspiring conference in Colombia entitled “English for Peace”. Hundreds of teachers came by bus from all over the country to discuss ways to incorporate the issue of peace into our EFL classes, to help a generation of young people that had only known war.
Thanks to those Colombian educators, I began to see English as even more than a tremendous tool for communication. For me, it also became a means to help shape people’s lives, by raising awareness of global issues and values, understanding other people’s cultures, and developing thinking skills. That conference set off my lifelong passion for CLIL, development education, extensive reading, and ICT.
The knowledge that EFL/ESL can have such a huge impact motivates me in my work every day, as a teacher, a teacher trainer, and an ELT author.
Kate is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) consultant based in Quito, Ecuador. She has 25 years experience in teaching, teacher training and writing ELT materials. She has taught general English, EAP, ESP and Young Learners. She has delivered courses in vocational and masters programmes. She has worked at private language schools in Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Spain and the UK. Over the past 20 years she has given over 500 academic seminars, workshops and short courses in ELT in Latin America, the Middle East and East Asia.
Kate has published materials with National Geographic Learning, Cambridge University Press, Macmillan, as well as website materials for National Geographic Learning, Macmillan and Cengage/Epals. She is a member of TESOL and IATEFL,as well as the Society of Authors and the International Teacher Development Institute. She is fluent in Spanish and German, as well as a pre-intermediate speaker of Portuguese,Swahili and French.
Wendy Coulson has been working in the field of ELT for more than 25 years. She has a Master’s in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. She has diverse experience with students and teachers of all ages. However, upon receiving a Master’s in Bilingual Education in 2004 has been specializing in Teaching English to Young Learners, training teachers and creating curricula and materials. She has worked with the US Department of State’s English Language Programs as a Fellow in Colombia and as a Specialist in Jordan and Tunisia. She has extensive experience working in low resource settings and community-based settings in Mexico where she lives. Her most recent project was supporting Myanmar English Teacher Educators with the British Council’s TREE Project.
What inspires you in ELT?
As an EFL teacher, I can say that one of the things that inspires me the most is to see students' progress. Sometimes learners don't believe they can do it, but when they give it a try and finally achieve it , it's something that really feeds my spirit.
Maria works as English teacher trainer at UPEL. She has administered several subjects from the English teacher training pensum that include courses of language learning levels, grammar, teaching methodology and evaluation, and literature. She has worked in secondary education, undergraduate and graduate levels. She has also done in-company teaching of EFL and ESP. she has been a college teacher of English for 9 years.
Since 2011 until the present time, she has been the Foreign language program coordinator at UPEL.
She worked in an ELT project for the British Council, designing teaching materials for primary school teachers in Venezuela. She also worked for the British Council as a trainer of primary school teachers
She has delivered workshops in the teaching training area. She has also been an active researcher in the areas of language teaching and literature and has presented numerous lectures. She has written for the Spanish journal of education “Magister”
Key words: Venezuela, primary, secondary, undergraduate courses, graduate courses, UPEL, British Council, teacher training.
Orlando Delgado Mata currently works as the Director of Teacher Training & Development Operations for IH in Mexico, leading the 15 IH TT branches in the country . He is also a member of the executive board of directors. He has worked as a trainer for over 10 years now, in Mexico, the US, the UK, Ukraine, Italy, Canada, Tunisia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Argentina, and as a freelance coursebook writer for the University of Dayton. He is also a very active CELTA, ICELT and Delta Assessor, travelling in Europe, North, Central and South America assessing other Cambridge Assessment English centres. In his executive role, he has been the Director of TT & Development Operations for 7 years so far. He remains actively involved in professional development and reflective practice and holds an MA in Teacher Education from The University of Manchester. He is currently taking an MBA with Warwick University Business School. As Director of Operations, he has led and implemented projects to maximise capacity and service production, meet evolving market demands and supply in teacher training operations in Mexico, and develop new innovative products and operation processes in conjunction with the Director of Sales and Marketing.
What inspires you in ELT?
Enthusiastic students who understand that English can be a ticket to a global world inspire me. Their motivation to learn, to excel, to dream, and to achieve is contagious.
Jennifer is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) associate based in Vermont, USA. She has spent much of the past 20 years in language education both in the United States and abroad. She has worked on language and culture projects in Morocco, Vietnam, and France. In the United States, much of her work is focused on refugee-background students. Her areas of expertise include English language instruction through service learning projects, virtual cultural exchange, and integrating technology in the classroom for authentic language learning experiences. Jennifer also has extensive instructional experience in early literacy.
Most recently, while serving as an English Language Fellow through the U.S. Department of State in Morocco, Jennifer conducted regular teacher training throughout the country, worked with local NGOs on language and leadership programs, engaged in virtual cultural exchange programs, and gained experience with ELT for visually impaired learners.
Jennifer’s consulting work has included test item writing, test-scoring, standards-setting, authoring and editing teaching materials, and providing online professional development seminars.
Lee has over a decade of experience in the field of ELT. He has worked on over 20 CELTA courses spanning four continents as a teacher trainer for Cambridge English. In addition, he has worked as a Director of Studies in both Europe and South America. He holds a DELTA and an MA in TESOL. He has published in the ELT Journal, the IH Journal, The Teacher Trainer Journal, and English Teaching and Learning. He is currently working on his PhD in Education. Originally from the U.K., Lee speaks Spanish and German in addition to English. He is currently based in Barranquilla, Colombia, where he works as a Business English lecturer and ELT researcher. He also works as a freelance teacher educator, and most recently has delivered workshops for Macmillan Publishers in various locations in Peru. His research interests include, teacher reflection, CLIL, bilingual education, social justice and critical pedagogy.
Nele is an international education consultant. Her areas of expertise are teacher training and young learners (ages 4-16). She has more than 17 years of ELT experience in teaching primary, secondary and adult learners and as a teacher trainer. She has developed and delivered customized training courses and workshops for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America working on both pre-service and in-service teacher training, coaching and mentoring projects. She also has experience developing teacher and teacher training programs and materials for a wide range of audiences. As an educational consultant she has worked on school start-up, school improvement, staff performance management and accreditation projects and has held senior leadership roles in schools and language institutes. Besides government and private school contracts, she has worked with publishers, NGOs, private language institutes and other education providers globally. Recently she has been working on government teacher training projects with primary and secondary English teachers in Turkey, Peru and Lebanon.
Key words: teacher training, young learners, Middle East, Europe, Asia, South America, pre-service, in-service, coaching & mentoring, school start-up, school improvement, staff performance management, accreditation
Pattie has extensive experience working in education in the UK, Mexico, SE Asia, Australia, the US and Canada. She has taught English to young learners (primary and secondary) and adults, managed operations for educational projects, and worked in teacher training and development on Ministry of Education projects, in universities, and at language schools and colleges. More recently, Patti has written young learner materials for Oxford University Press Mexico, and co-presented at international conferences (IATEFL, TESOL, MEXTESOL) on teacher training and evidence-based teaching and learning.
Sarah is an ELT consultant, teacher trainer and author based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was born in Marbella, Spain, to English parents and has been brought up to speak English as her first language. As she spent three years in Spain and has lived the rest of her life in Argentina, she is also fluent in Spanish.
She has been involved in training giving conference talks, workshops and webinars for publishers, schools and other institutions. She has experience as an online tutor for NILE’s course “Teaching English in Pre-primary Education”. Her specialism is Very Young Learners (ages 2 to 6). Not only does she plan her own sessions, she also designs presentations with notes for other trainers to deliver.
She has written materials for pre-primary and primary level for Macmillan Education. Most recent publications include guides for teachers on using puppets in the pre-primary and primary classroom, digital questions for a teacher’s resource pack and articles in online journals.
She has written projects (including STEAM projects) and developed language syllabi for bilingual schools in Buenos Aires. She is involved in lesson observation and feedback to improve teachers’ performance and provides in-service development for staff.
Christina is currently resigned from teaching to take care of her son, Noah until he goes to school.
Christina began her career as a Secondary Science teacher to students in KS3 and KS4 at a school in a deprived area in the UK; she taught biology, physics and chemistry. Christina thoroughly enjoyed working with the young people, who presented many challenges and in her second year of teaching was promoted to Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), a role which she did alongside her teaching. She trained for her MA DiP (SEN) while working as SENCO and teacher. This role gave her a much more in depth understanding of the needs of young people and what provisions and strategies they required for their needs to be met and barriers to education overcome. In her fourth year of teaching this role was expanded to “Inclusion leader” this involved ensuring that all students in the school community has access to a full and varied national curriculum despite any needs, disabilities or differences that they may have. This role exposed her to working with many different support agencies within the community which she learnt a lot about meeting the needs of young people from.
After 8 years of working in the UK, in the same establishment, Christina moved to the United Arab Emirates and took on the task of developing an Individual Needs department in an International School in Dubai. Here she gained experience working with students from Year 1 to Year 13, and was also Child Protection Officer. After 3 years she decided that she would like to immerse herself in the local culture more and began working in a local Primary School for boys. Here her role as Year 3 teacher was expanded to Head of Humanities and Head of Personal, Health and Social Education in her second year; she was also a member of the Senior Leadership team in her final year there.
In all of her various teaching roles Christina has been involved in staff development and provided various training opportunities for staff at her school; in particular developing the learning support assistants. She has also taken on external roles as assessor, curriculum developer and personal tutor. She is passionate about education and has thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunities to work with so many different cultures in her posts in the UAE.
Christina was born in Liverpool, UK where she was also raised and educated.
What inspires you in ELT?
For me, helping people progress is the most rewarding part of ELT. I get a feeling of great satisfaction from seeing learners grow in confidence and feel more able to communicate effectively. I also pride in the materials I develop, as even though I don’t see the progress directly, I know good quality content can help teachers and learners all around the world.
David is a content developer, teacher and trainer who is based in Cardiff, Wales. He has extensive experience as a project manager, editor and writer for adult ELT materials development. His materials have been used in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
As well as content development, David is an active CELTA main course tutor. He has also worked with state school teacher in Malaysia, Morocco and Algeria. He has extensive experience delivering virtual training, though self-access and moderated courses, as well as delivering online training sessions.
During his time in ELT, David spent 18 years working in Europe, Asia and North Africa but has recently returned to the UK.
What inspires you in ELT?
The students! In all the areas of ELT I have worked in during a long career, my overriding concern has always been that the students have a successful and enjoyable learning experience. To this end I am also passionate about providing excellent classroom materials that will support teachers in achieving their goals with their students.
Anna has many years of experience as a teacher, teacher trainer and course book writer. She has worked in language teaching organisations in the UK and the Middle East and has trained teachers in many countries including Oman, the UAE, the UK, Russia, Mexico and Turkey.
Working and living in the Sultanate of Oman has given Anna a great deal of insight into the learning needs of native speakers of Arabic and this remains an area of special interest.
In addition to teaching and training, Anna has written many successful adult and secondary age course books, workbooks and teachers’ guides, including the award-winning Skills in English series for Garnet Education. Published course books cover the following areas of ELT: EAP, ESP, ESAP, CLIL, General English, Exams including Cambridge First and Cambridge Advanced. Some course books were produced with the needs of Arab learners of English very much in mind. Anna also has experience of other aspects of materials including writing and reviewing scope and sequences and test writing.
Anna has been a judge for the British Council ELTons for several years which helps to keep her up to date with the latest materials and developments in ELT.
Recently Anna has enjoyed running author training workshops for the Ministry of Education in Dubai. She has further expanded her digital skills by producing online materials for CPD in ELT and also for the Cambridge TKT exam.
In her free time, Anna enjoys taking her Border Collie for walks, playing badminton and gardening. Most of all she enjoys baking cakes and cooking meals for her grown up family when they come to visit.
Daniel is currently the Academic Manager for international foundation and pathway programmes at a leading UK university. He has been working in ELT for 20 years in the UK, Canada, North Africa, South East Asia and East Asia. Dan is an experienced teacher trainer and has been fortunate enough to work and lead on teacher training projects in diverse teaching and learning contexts including Vietnam, Korea, Malaysia, and Morocco. Much of his time was spent designing blended training programmes often drawing on British Council and Cambridge products to help teams of trainers deliver training and mentoring projects to pre-service and in-service teachers. He has had the opportunity to work directly with many state school teachers in some really challenging contexts and has also worked in British Council teaching centres teaching, training and supporting the professional development of teachers. Daniel continues to develop his own practices and is currently engaged in researching digital education in the 21st century and is looking forward to implementing this knowledge into some of his current and future work with teachers and learners.
What inspires me in ELT?
The people. Meeting new people, learning from them as much as they learn from me. The enriching experience of giving and receiving from people of all walks of life, each with their own special cultural and personal background. The joy of hearing their stories, exchanging views and discovering their worlds, is surely one of the most fascinating and motivating aspects of my work.
Tania is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) teacher trainer and University lecturer based in Olbia, Italy. She enjoys working with both aspiring and experienced teachers to develop their skills within challenging contexts. Tania has extensive experience training teachers from different educational backgrounds to help them become competent ELT practitioners.
She has been working in the ELT industry for over 20 years and has participated in various projects for the British Council, Ministries of Education, Higher Colleges of Technology, private training institutes, education providers in primary, secondary and vocational contexts. She loves discovering new places and learning about different cultures. She holds dual nationality, is tri-lingual and she has worked in a variety of countries such as China, Morocco, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Italy, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. She currently trains teachers for the Cambridge accredited CELTA teacher training course around the world. She also lectures at the University of Sassari on their under gradutate and post graduate course, she is an IELTS and PET examiner, and delivers teacher training and professional development units on request. Her work as Assistant Teaching Centre Manager at the British Council, Tunis, and Chair of English at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Sharjah, UAE, has given her deep insight into curriculum development as well as setting up mentoring and CPD programmes for teachers.
Tania has lead workshops and presented papers at IATEFL Dubai and other ELT conferences in the United Arab Emirates. Tania is an Associate Consultant with ELT-Consultants.
Key words: Dubai UAE, primary, secondary, British Council, Ministries of Education, China, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, Italy, CELTA, DTEFLA, IATEFL
Dr Harry Kuchah Kuchah is a Senior Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy and Lecturer in Language Education at the University of Leeds, UK, where he also serves as Director of the MA TESOL for Young Learners programme. Previously, he worked as an English language teacher, teacher trainer and National Pedagogic Inspector for Bilingualism (English and French) in his home country, Cameroon before moving to the UK. Between September 2011 and August 2018, Harry held teaching and research roles at the Universities of Warwick, Sheffield and Bath in the UK. He has also been involved in a range of teacher education and materials development initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East and Europe. More recently, he has served as a Consultant with the Council of Europe developing the foreign language education policy profile for Albania and with Windle Trust International and ELT Consultants in South Sudan.
In 2017 Harry was recognised by TESOL International Association as one of ‘30 upcoming leaders’ in ELT globally. He is currently President of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and member of the British Council English Language Advisory Group. His research interests include Teaching English to Young Learners, English Medium Instruction, Language teacher education and continuous professional development as well as Language education in challenging contexts and he has published extensively in these areas. His co-edited book, International Perspectives on Teaching English in Difficult Circumstances (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in April 2018. He has also co-authored coursebooks for English language in nursery and primary schools in French speaking Africa. Harry is a member of the Hornby Alumni community.
His volunteer roles include: President of IATEFL, Development Manager of the IATEFL Research Sig, E-bulletin (Editor) Research Network on Learner Autonomy (ReNLA), Committee member of the Teaching English in Large Classes (TELC) Research Network, Cameroonian English Language Teacher’s Association (CAMELTA), and is a past events co-ordinator of the IATEFL YLT Sig. Harry has also been a teacher trainer for the American Peace Corps in Cameroon. Harry is an Associate Consultant for ELT-Consultants.
What inspires you in ELT?
I am passionate about education and life-long learning and the journey to find out how we can really contribute to our communities and the world. I love my work, especially working with professionals from around the world as it gives me a sense of being part of a global community. Through education, I see the opportunity for us to discover more about ourselves – our passions and talents - as well as marvelling at the wonder of the world around.
Kerry has over thirty years of experience as a teacher, in teacher development and as a writer. She has worked in English language teaching organisations and International schools in Europe and South America and in the UK state primary and secondary schools. Her experience includes teaching and management in primary and international schools and teaching, teacher training and coordination in ELT organisations.
In addition to teaching and teacher development, over the past six years, much of her time has been spent writing educational materials for the international ELT market. This has included writing readers, teacher’s books, course books, supplementary booklets and materials for an e-learning course.
Over her career, Kerry has worked with teachers from all over the world and has lived in 8 different countries. She has run teacher development courses for organisations such as Pilgrims, the British Council, Bell, Lal, and ELC and has presented at various international conferences.
In her free time, she enjoys volunteering as a Room/Tour Guide and gardener for the National Trust, volunteering for the RHS Schools programme in Surrey, playing in a concert band, writing for pleasure and long walks in the Surrey countryside. She currently lives on a boat in the UK with her Peruvian dog.
Key words: teacher; primary, secondary; author in ELT; teacher/trainer training; IATEFL YLT Sig committee; IATEFL YLT Sig C&Ts co-editor
Samantha is a British born English language teacher and teacher trainer with over 20 years of experience in a variety of contexts and countries. Initially, Samantha worked with refugees and asylum seekers from the areas such as Kosovo, Iran and Afghanistan helping with UK settlement, basic English and literacy skills. She has lived in Estonia, Spain and the Republic of Ireland and ran her own English language school on the south coast of England for a few years. She is also an International ESOL Trinity examiner.
As a Cambridge CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL accredited main course tutor, Samantha currently focusses on teacher training, but believes that ensuring she maintains some classroom teaching is vital for remaining in touch with the realities of teaching both young learners and adults. Most recently she has been involved in the ‘Teaching for Success’ teacher training programme in different areas of Tunisia to lower primary school government teachers and teaching EAP preparation for university courses in Ireland to international students primarily from Saudi Arabia and China.
Samantha believes the key to teacher training is to keep learning and developing oneself. To that end, she has just completed a Masters degree in TESOL at the University of Limerick, writing her dissertation related to one of her areas of interest; teaching pronunciation.
Sinem is an educational consultant and ELT teacher trainer. She previously worked at International House Izmir, Turkey for almost a decade as a teacher trainer, Cambridge CELTA tutor and centre administrator specialising in training on the Cambridge CELT-Primary and CELT-Secondary courses. She is Digital Coordinator for the IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group (YLTSIG) and regularly presents at ELT conferences on a range of YL ELT related topics. She is also a pscyhodramatist and teaches voluntarily for organisations interested in applying the principles of pyschodrama to YL ELT.
Aleksandra has an MA in Professional Development in Language Education from the University of Chichester, UK. She is a translator, teacher trainer, and invited speaker at international conferences. She has given multiple teacher training workshops and talks on topics such as teaching young learners, visual arts in language teaching, and materials writing. Her professional memberships include TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), USA and IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language), UK. She is the current president of ELTAM (English Language Teachers' Association of the Republic of Macedonia) and the Coordinator for the IATEFL Materials Writing SIG.
Aleksandra has worked on several projects including Teaching Young Learners and Creativity in ELT, British Council Skopje.
She also has experience co-writing and co-teaching an online teacher training course on arts-based pedagogies, through the specialist teacher development institute NILE, UK.
Aleksandra has been involved in ‘Teaching for Success, Tunisia’ summer and winter teacher training program in different parts of Tunisia to lower primary school government teachers.
Amanda is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer, materials, curriculum and course developer, author and editor, who has also worked extensively in primary and secondary ELT academic management. She’s passionate about young learner teacher professional development and regularly presents at conferences, writes articles and blogs, and trains teachers both face to face and online. She also works as an international educational consultant advising on young learner foreign language learning programmes. She’s worked in the UK, Russia, Spain, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkmenistan, and is based in Poland. Amanda is also the publications editor for the IATEFL young learners and teenagers special interest group.
Fiona is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) consultant based between Ireland and the UK. Her specialism is in Teacher Training and she has been an accredited Cambridge ESOL CELTA tutor since 2000, working with mostly pre-service English Language teachers in a variety of contexts in Europe and further afield. She has also been involved in a number of Primary and Secondary Teacher-Training and Trainer-Training projects, most recently in Tunisia, Peru, Lebanon and South Sudan.
Fiona has over 24 years of training and teaching experience, including mentoring and training new Teachers and Teacher Trainers, teaching English for Academic Purposes to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate learners, in-house Business English Teaching, Cambridge Examination preparation and the teaching of Younger Learners. She has also been involved in both Academic and Administrative Management in the Private Sector, with experience in course and materials design, production of literature for marketing purposes and the development of resources.
Pete currently works as a pre-sessional lecturer in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and as a business English teacher. He is Director of Training for Pete Sharma Associates (PSA), a teacher trainer and consultant, specialised in Technology-enhanced language learning and Blended Learning. He worked for many years in business English as a teacher trainer, materials writer and training manager. Pete is a regular conference presenter at IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) and BESIG (Business English Special Interest Group) conferences and has given plenary talks and keynotes at conferences around the world.
Include development of online training modules for using ICT in ELT; delivery of online courses on Blended Learning for iTDi and PSA (Pete Sharma Associates) 2015 / 2016 using Google+ and English360 platforms; Director of Summer School in ICT E-Sharing for the British Council, Argentina (February 2012); Trainer on British Council Roadshow Plugged in and Connected Argentina (2013) and developing a grid of technology competences for language teachers as part of CPD.
Languages: Spanish (fluent) / French (re-intermediate) / German (beginner)
Pete was the Newsletter Editor of the IATEFL CALL Review 2008-2009
His passions include film, travel and yoga.
Fiona is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) consultant based in Scotland and globally mobile. Her specialisms include the use of drama and storytelling with primary and secondary learners (ages 6 to 17), as well as extensive teacher training projects. She has 20 years of experience in ELT, teacher / trainer training for primary, secondary and university contexts. Her consulting work has included primary and secondary curriculum development, teacher development and training, mentor development delivery and support, as well as crafting SMS Language courses for both Orange and Nokia in Kenya and Senegal. She has worked with Ministries of Education, publishers, private training institutes, education providers and external stakeholders.
Fiona has worked in a variety of countries such as South Korea, Turkey, Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Egypt, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kazakhstan and Ukraine and has lead workshops and presented papers at TESOL Arabia and other ELT conferences in the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). She was most recently published in IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers SIG, "Puppet Power - beyond the Primary frontier" Issue 1 2015.
Fiona is an Associate Consultant with ELT-Consultants
Rosie is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) teacher trainer based in Brindisi, Italy. She enjoys working with both aspiring and experienced teachers to develop their skills within challenging contexts. Rosie has extensive experience training teachers from different educational backgrounds and contexts to help them become competent ELT practitioners.
She has been working in the ELT industry for over 20 years and has participated in various projects for the British Council, Ministries of Education, Higher Colleges of Technology, private training institutes, education providers in primary, secondary and vocational contexts. She loves discovering new places and learning about different cultures. She holds British nationality, speaks French and Thai, and she has worked in a variety of countries such as Thailand, The United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Argentina, UK, Italy, Kuwait and Australia. She currently works for the Cambridge accredited CELTA teacher training course around the world as a freelance CELTA tutor and administrator. She has experience in setting up new Cambridge CELTA centres and training new Cambridge ESOL trainers. She is an IELTS, KET and PET examiner and has experience of curriculum design and development within the British Council in Egypt, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. She set up the Young Learner Programme at the British Council in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the model of which has been replicated in all British Councils within Saudi Arabia. She re-designed both YL and Teen curriculums at The British Council, Thailand, which were cascaded through all BC Bangkok centres. She has delivered in-house training for British Council YL teachers in Thailand, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. She delivered TKT General, YL and CLIL training for local primary and secondary school teachers at King Abdulaziz University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia), the first co-educational programme in Saudi Arabia.
Rosie is an Associate Consultant with ELT-Consultants.
Key words: teacher training, materials development, curriculum design, primary, secondary, British Council, Ministries of Education, Egypt, Thailand, The United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Argentina, UK, Italy, Kuwait and Australia, CELTA, DELTA, Cambridge ESOL
What inspires me?
Priority for me and for my teaching is help students to use language rather than learn. The motto of our class is: We use English, not just learn. Implementing most up-to-date methodology helps us to provide quality and world-class education to students.
Mukhammadkhon is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) teacher and teacher trainer and speaking examiner based in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Also, he is a founder and director of the most outstanding Language Schools in Central Asia – Innovative Centre, authorized Cambridge English Exam Centre. As a teacher trainer, he enjoys working with both new and experienced teachers to develop their skills within challenging contexts to meet local expectation. Mukhammadkhon has extensive experience in teaching students of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. In his current work he has taught Uzbek, Tajik and Russian, Irani, Kazakh, Azeri, Korean, Ukrainian, Kyrgyz, Armenian, Turk, Arabian and American-born Uzbek Students. He is good manager, as a graduate of Business school he knows how to attract more students, manage them and set goals.
Emily is a freelance ELT consultant based in York, UK. She has been involved in various aspects of the English language teaching industry, including teaching adults & children, training pre & in-service teachers, examining at all levels, materials development, lecturing, and academic management. She has worked on six continents in the commercial and voluntary ELT sectors so has a broad perspective but still loves learning new things about the teaching & learning process. She is also a tutor and assessor for the Cambridge CELTA and Delta courses.
Emily started teacher training in 2007 when she worked with primary school teachers in Syria. Since then, she has crafted and delivered training in both zero resource and hi-tech contexts. She managed the introduction of English language teaching assistants in early years classrooms in northern Spain and set up teaching operations for the British Council in Ethiopia. She has delivered papers at international conferences in the UK, Czechia, Italy and Qatar and has run development workshops for teachers sponsored by Ministries of Education from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Emily’s professional interests include creating materials that encourage critical thinking, and researching critical pedagogy in teacher education. Nowadays she also likes to include yoga techniques in her training courses. Namaste!
Kate has worked in the ELT industry for over 20 years in a wide range of contexts and countries. She has had extensive experience of teaching English to adults and young learners at primary, secondary and tertiary levels in South America, East Asia, the Middle East and Europe in this time. Kate has also been a pre- and in-service teacher trainer for many years. She was involved in in-service training in Hong Kong, worked in the UAE training pre-service primary and secondary school teachers and has supervised teachers as students at Master’s level for many years.
She currently works freelance on various projects: training, materials and course writing and teaching. She has written and content edited teacher online training courses for Cambridge English, young learner teaching materials for Oxford University Press and has been involved in other projects with ELT providers. During her time with the British Council, Kate also managed ELT projects with partners and was involved in resources management, teacher management, course design and professional development for staff.
Kate lives in France and is an associate consultant with ELT-Consultants. She is a native English speaker, but also speaks French, German and Japanese.
Elizabeth is an ELT consultant with over 20 years of experience in English language teaching and teacher development work. She has worked in a variety of educational contexts in Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, China, Turkey, Tunisia, and the UK.
She is an accredited Cambridge CELTA, ICELT, CELT P and S trainer, and a CLIL and TKT trainer. She is also a Cambridge Delta local tutor, and is currently qualifying as a Cambridge Delta course tutor.
Her main interest is in teacher development for in-service school teachers. For the past 7 years Elizabeth has developed and provided tailored teacher training for in-service primary and secondary school teachers on blended teacher training projects for the Ministry of Education in various provinces around China.
As well as delivering teacher training, Elizabeth regularly trains and mentors new teacher trainers. She is involved in course design and materials writing, online platform development, ensuring the standardisation of assessment methods and criteria, developing training policies and administrative systems, liaising with education bureau leaders, and delivering promotional training sessions. She is also a Cambridge CELT P and S course moderator.
In addition to her regular work, Elizabeth was involved in the teacher training programme ‘Teaching for Success’ aimed at developing primary school teaching skills and training primary teacher trainers in Tunisia.
What inspires you in ELT?
I particularly love teaching YLs and VYLs, and find it as equally inspiring to see the progress in a child’s language learning, as much as seeing their personal development.
In the classroom, I very much enjoy working with the young leaners on the importance of encouraging caring values, and learning skills, that are transferrable to their outside lives.
I love the fun of telling stories, singing songs, doing craft, playing games and seeing the world through a child’s eyes.
I especially enjoy a child’s excitement, when teaching CLIL at early years, when you’re the first person to have shown the children, the magical things about the world around them.
I’m also a fan of all things techy, and like to maintain a balance between the best of hands-on fun, with the latest exciting digital developments.
Jennifer is a teacher, teacher trainer, and published elt author, based in Southern Spain, where she also worked as an ICT coordinator. She has written and edited primary and early years materials for Oxford University Press, Pearson, and Cambridge University Press. Most recent publications for Oxford University Press include being the storybook writer and co-author of the Starter level of ‘Daisy, Robin and Me’. She’s also recently written some of the recent Oxford University Press pre primary and primary ‘How to’ methodology guides.
She’s been involved in teaching training for over 20 years, giving conference talks, training sessions, webinars and methodology courses for publishers, teacher groups and associations, as a local DELTA tutor for Bell and International House, and on Pilgrims summer courses. She enjoys equally training both online and f2f.
Nik is a digital education expert with 20+ years' international experience. He has a diverse
skill-set encompassing digital content production, team management; syllabus and
curriculum design, product and course design; project management; instructional
design; faculty recruitment, training and development; technical liaison between tech and
content teams, thought leadership and digital marketing.
Previous clients and employers have included GoogleLabs, British Council, International
House, Open University, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Macmillan,
Bell Educational Services, Westminster University and many more.
Innovation in Teacher Resources - Shortlisted for June 2016
‘Digital Video - A Manual for Language Teachers’ - Independent iBook production.
Excellence in Course Innovation - Winner 2012
‘Blended Learning in ELT’ - Online course designed for Bell Educational Services.
Innovation in ELT Materials - Runner up 2010
‘Daily English Activities’ - Independent blog.
Iskra is Assistant Professor at FON University in Skopje, the Republic of North Macedonia, and is core faculty within the Foreign Language Studies B.A. program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. She has a PhD in TESOL, which she earned researching the portfolio as an alternative instrument for formative and summative assessment in the L2 classroom.
Iskra has international experience, both as a researcher and as a teacher. In 2013, she worked as a visiting scholar for one semester at Iowa State University, as part of the Junior Faculty Development Program, a research fellowship sponsored by the American Councils and the U.S. State Department. In 2016, she taught English at the Cambridge School in Granollers, Spain, as part of her DELTA training program.
Iskra has been actively participating in improving both the formal and informal education in the Republic of North Macedonia. Thus, in 2010 she was part of a national project for developing a specialized methodology for teaching second/foreign languages, purposefully designed for the public education system in Macedonia. In the period between 2010-2013, she took part in a research project entitled The Effect of Preschool and Early Period Second Language Acquisition, funded by the Ministry of Education and Sciences of RM. In 2014, she received a grant from the U.S. State Department to conduct the monitoring and evaluation of a pilot program, assessing the classroom effect of connective technologies and the development of English language skills of elementary students. She has given multiple teacher training workshops on various topics pertaining to L2 assessment. Most recently she has been involved in a six week ‘Teaching for Success’ teacher training program in different parts of Tunisia to lower primary school government teachers. She also has experience co-teaching an online teacher training course on arts-based pedagogies, through the specialist teacher development institute NILE.
Iskra is an active member of the community. She has volunteered at the American Corner in Skopje, moderating and facilitating 7 different series of workshops on developing academic writing skills.
Ceri is an experienced ELT consultant with over 20 years of experience teaching and training in an international context. Her specialism is teacher training, being an accredited Cambridge CELTA Main course tutor/online tutor, CELT P/S and ICELT teacher trainer and an approved Trinity College London Cert TESOL Course Director. She is also a Cambridge English Assessment Examination Centre Inspector and a Cambridge CELT P/S Moderator.
Ceri has extensive experience training in China, having the opportunity to work closely with various local Education Bureaus around the country. This gave her the unique opportunity to attend many different schools around China and observe schoolteachers in their own contexts, taking her to Kindergartens in Hangzhou, Nanjing and Beijing, to Primary, Junior and Senior schools in Yulin, Ya’an, Zengzhou, Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou and Shanghai. From this Unique prospective, Ceri has been able to cater her teacher training sessions to the specific needs of the Chinese schoolteacher, understanding their contexts, interests and educational requirements.
Ceri has also trained in various other locations and contexts around the world, from tutoring pre-service teachers in Europe, East Asia and the Middle East, training Primary and Secondary school teachers in Russia, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Colombia and Venezuela, to working with a Formed Police Unit (FPU) training for a UN Peacekeeping project in South Sudan. She also has a keen interest in material design and has developed materials for British Council projects, TKT, ICELT and CELTA courses, and INSETT training courses for Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary school teachers.
What inspires you in ELT?
I love working with Early Years, seeing how children of these ages develop, not only their language skills, but also, as people. It´s wonderful to see how much they enjoy learning, how every little thing is a whole new adventure for them, and how, in their English classes they can also discover that blue and red make purple, they can learn how to peg their clothes on a washing line or even use scissors for the first time. But It´s not only the students that learn, as a teacher you see how open the children are to new ideas. They don’t mind if you speak a different language, or if it´s a boy or a girl sitting next to them; everyone’s the same. They’re so keen to experiment and learn about the world and the people around them, that I believe it´s these little people that surprise and show me the most.
From a very young age, I have been surrounded by teachers and artists. I studied Fine Arts at University, and then decided to go down another path and I started teaching.
This proved to be an excellent way to combine my social skills with the ones learnt at University, like the design of worksheets and creation of original art work for ELT materials. I´ve now been teaching for several years and have worked with different ages, from 3 to 65, although my favourite groups are, without doubt, Early Years and Primary.
As my mother is an ELT author, she’s been involved in creating and developing different projects for years, and I remember spending hours and hours sitting at the beach or in a café, talking about these projects and brainstorming ideas, so you could say I’ve spent my whole life being involved in materials development in some way or other.
I had no textbook for my first years of Pre Primary teaching and created all my own materials for my 3 to 5 year-old classes at YORK TEFL. This gave me the opportunity to see first hand which worksheets, flashcards, stories, songs and games worked best, and how to adapt them accordingly.
Last year I worked side by side with my mother for the ELT-Consultants, on the Big Red Bus China Project, which was a fantastic way to be introduced to publishing and the specific writing skills one needs for the job.
I´m an enthusiastic and creative person, with a fresh approach to ELT projects, keen to develop my existing skills and to learn new ones.
Natalia is an international ELT (English Language Teaching consultant) based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She has worked as an international ELT projects manager, teacher trainer and materials developer.
Natalia has over 8 years of project management experience with the British Council leading on ELT projects in Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Iran and Afghanistan, which aimed at raising the levels of English and teaching of in-service English teachers. She has an extensive experience of working with ministries of education and organisaion of international conferences with the representatives from ministries, teacher training institutions and teacher associations. She also has experience of managing a vocational education and primary textbook development project in Uzbekistan and organization of related policy dialogue events with major stakeholders.
Natalia has 16 years of experience in ELT in the capacity of a teacher, trainer, project manager and materials developer for in-service teacher development programmes in Uzbekistan for school, college and university teachers. She presented at local and international conferences.
Chris is a writer who delights in helping others to achieve. Whether it be life skills or more technical material, Chris is capable of taking complex concepts and making them accessible to people who are either new to the field or for whom their primary language is not English.
As you'd expect from someone with a background in Engineering and IT, Chris values clarity, accuracy and practicality. His published non-fiction books help people in honing life skills and dealing with chronic illness. In a more technical vein, he has written IT training courses introducing Computer Networking and Microsoft Office skills. Additionally he has prepared training manuals, and delivered training, for a variety of software products.
Chris spent 13 years working his way up through the IT sector before deciding to become his own boss. These days he works on a wider spread of projects, with a greater variety of people, having much more fun and, consequently, producing his best quality work.
Thanh was born and brought up in Birmingham, UK and has been teaching English since 2007 and has taught in Indonesia, Yemen, UK and Sudan. His main interests are in teaching English to young learners in large classes in ‘difficult’ circumstances, syllabus design and teacher training. Thanh has worked on Sudan’s English Language Curriculum Reform Project (ELCR), where he designed and delivered a ToT (Training of Trainers) course to over 200 teachers across Sudan. He has also worked on smaller projects, such as report writing courses for business clients, reading and writing syllabus for young learners preparing the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint exams as well as having Cambridge YLE and IELTS examining experience.
What inspires me in ELT?
I was an English language learner taught by both state and private teachers. Training teachers who once taught me is highly inspiring for me! I work on motivating them by showing them that they can enable their learners to discover and experiment with language at high standards despite limited facilities and time. The moment teachers try, with success, the essential classroom techniques I demonstrate to them, that is what makes me love what I do!
Nahla is a regional ELT consultant based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She has a special interest in Teacher Training and is a certified Cambridge ESOL CELTA trainer. She has in depth experience training teachers in the public and private sector around the Gulf region and mainly in Saudi Arabia where she has lived for over 20 years. Her consultancy work has included teacher training and contribution to course development for ministries and local establishments such as private colleges as well as course development for vocational studies. She was also a part of various teams for projects lead by publishers and consultancy firms such as Macmillan and Pera consulting. She is a regular trainer at the British Council, Jeddah
Nahla is a member of TESOL Arabia and KSAALT (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association for Language Teachers – Jeddah chapter). She is also a native Arabic speaker making communication with stakeholders in the public sector smooth. Nahla is an Associate Consultant with ELT-Consultants.
What inspires me in ELT?
I truly think it’s my love for people and the fact that we can learn so much from our students too, we are all learners is life. It doesn't matter where you are from, where you live, through enstablishing mutual respect we can build on our similarities, and in the end we all seem to want the same… to create better opportunities in life and be happy! Knowing that I can enable learners of English, get them on the way by guiding their first steps of their journey makes me realise I can make a difference in this world. No matter how small that difference might be, having a positive impact on one life can mean better future opportunities for a family, a community or even a village! Teaching and training keeps me on my toes, it challenges myself professionally and personally and allows me to share my passion for learning, languages and cultures with others! Honestly, I don’t feel like I’ve got a job… it’s a passion I get paid for!
Anna is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) consultant based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She’s a self-confessed addict to learning. Her passion is to enable teachers to enhance effective teaching & learning within challenging contexts. Anna’s specialism is enabling primary and secondary school teachers with local constraints, such as limited resources, to become the best teacher they can by enhancing all students’ learning opportunities through engagement.
She has been working in the ELT industry for over 13 years and has worked on various projects for the British Council, Ministries of Education, private training institutes, education providers and publishers in primary, secondary and vocational contexts. She loves exploring new places and learning about different cultures and she has worked in a variety of countries such as China, Jordan, Morocco, Iran, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Gabon and Algeria. She currently writes and trains teachers for publishers and delivers a variety of Cambridge accredited teacher training courses (TKT, CELTA, YL Ex & Delta Mod3) around the world. She also writes and delivers bespoke teacher training and professional development units on request. Her work as a Director of Studies and a teacher within the primary school system in New Zealand has given her an insight into curriculum development as well as setting up mentoring and CPD programmes for teachers. She’s passionate about working with young and very young learners (ages 3 to 13) and is involved in online tutoring of primary and secondary school teachers for the British Council and writing materials and social media resources for local state school teachers.
Anna is a member of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) YLT Sig (Young Learners & Teenagers Special Interest Group) and has written articles for ETP and Bingo (Kenyan School Journal). She writes and delivers workshops for MacMillan and National Geographic Cengage on student-driven teaching and her special interest is educational psychology, SEN as well as developing higher-level thinking skills and learning to learn. Anna is an Associate Consultant with ELT-Consultants.
Laura is an international ELT consultant based in Cairo. She has 29 years of teacher/trainer training in pre-school, primary, secondary and university contexts in both the private and public sectors. She has extensive experience with the Turkish ministry of education, training teachers and trainers all over the country, and some ministry experience in Tunisia, with the British Council. She is also a CELTA tutor and an assessor.
She has taught students and trained teachers in England, Thailand, Laos, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, Bahrain and Iraq. delivering and designing courses. She also has extensive conference experience, delivering plenaries and workshops on a wide variety of subjects. Her main interests are: teacher education and development, young and very young learners, teenage learners, adult learners, differentiated learning, the use of drama and storytelling techniques in ELT, music and song in learning, TKT, CELTA, CELT-P and CELT-S.
Laura was born in the UK, and has lived in Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and recently moved to Cairo.
Richard is an International Teacher Trainer and Drama and Language Consultant with more than forty years in Secondary School teaching, University teaching in both the UK and Namibia. Since 2008, he has set up a number of Conferences and Seminars in sub Saharan Africa and has led In Service Courses for Teachers from all phases of Education in Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Namibia, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. More recently he has worked in the Caribbean and in Peru.
Richard has also directed Youth Theatre Productions and Drama Workshops in the UK, Finland, Czech Republic and in other European countries.
He has a special interest in Literature from around the world and has devised Teachers’ Courses in Literature as a means of developing and enriching Language.
Jenny is an international education and training consultant working from South Africa (SA), with more than 33 years’ experience in teaching, teacher education, and programme and curriculum policy development. She previously was the national Director for Schools for Grades R to 9, where she managed curriculum and assessment policy implementation for all subjects, monitored curriculum implementation is all schools country-wide, and commissioned all curriculum support projects including projects with the British Council, numerous publishers and international consultancies to support English teaching. In this role, she was also responsible for developing standards, programmes and implementation plans for all 11 Languages and for managing the incremental introduction of African languages in schools in SA.
With an evidence-based approach to programme development, she is able to bridge policy into practice, and design teacher development strategies and programmes in almost any developmental context, including multi-graded rural contexts. She has worked in many African contexts, advising on and supporting development of both curriculum and teacher development processes.
She has a passion for ensuring that all classrooms remain inclusive environments of learning and teaching, especially in contexts where Languages, social-economic and cultural issues impact on learner performance. She promotes the ideology that ALL learners can learner, and have the right to access and receive good quality learning opportunities.
She has presented at numerous international conferences and government study missions, presented to international study tours (from especially other African countries) on the National Curriculum, was the representative on a Higher Education Task Team on Language Development in South Africa, and evaluated course materials from many different publishers. She remains committed to transforming education practices in her own country as well as contributing to development agendas in other countries.