Teacher training and professional development

Teacher training courses and professional development articles and tips for for English language teachers.

  • Listen to the Fitz and Will festive adventure, narrated by Elis James

    We’re excited to share the Fitz and Will Festive Adventure narration by Elis James. Now your class can listen to the audio as your students read along! Elis James is a Welsh comedian, radio DJ, writer, actor and football pundit. We’ve […]

  • Received Pronunciation: Why They Speak Like That on The Crown

    If you’re like us, you couldn’t wait for the latest season of The Crown. The costumes, the royal intrigue, the Received Pronunciation! What's that last thing?, you might ask. Received Pronunciation is the official name for the unique […]

  • Education Beyond our Borders

    Ilaria Barbieri, from a small village next to Lake Garda, drifted towards other harbours to get a degree in Social Psychology and a Masters in “Italian Language and Culture for Foreigners”. Ilaria has carried out research across the UK, […]

  • Teacher Training Bergamo

    Teacher Training San Jose, Costa Rica. See information about the TEFL training centre in Costa Rica. Find accommodation for your studies. The post Teacher Training Bergamo appeared first on StudyCELTA.

  • An Interview with York’s CELTA Tutors, Sarah Masters and Pete Woods

    This month, we are looking at taking the CELTA in the historic city of York in the UK. Known for its Roman walls, cobbled lanes and also being one of the most haunted places in the UK, the York CELTA centre is the perfect for those who are looking […]

  • Five Reasons to Take the CELTA in Bari

    One of our newest CELTA locations, Bari, Italy is located in the stunning region of Puglia. At the top of Italy’s “boot heel,” Bari sits on the Adriatic Sea and abounds with picturesque scenery. There are eleventh century churches, […]

  • Where you should TEFL in 2020

    Where should you TEFL in 2020? The number of English language learners worldwide continues to rapidly increase, with the British Council estimating that by 2020 that number will hit 2 billion. As more people start learning English, more […]

  • Better Learning Conference 2019 – The foundations of engagement: a positive classroom culture

    In July 2019, at our third Better Learning Conference, our speaker Sarah Mercer discussed how to set a positive classroom culture by fostering engagement. Effective language learning needs learners to be active and engaged – it is […]

  • Supporting children’s emotional development through storytelling

    Delia Kidd from Cambridge University Press speaks to Dr Roxana Herescu from the Language Research Team at the Press, about how teachers and parents can support children’s emotional development in and out of the classroom. Could you start by […]

  • Digital and collaborative feedback: promoting students’ awareness of their learning

    Raquel Ribeiro from Brazil is an English teacher, EdTech blogger, lecturer, and contributing author for Evolve, a new course by Cambridge University Press. In this blog, Raquel discusses promoting students’ awareness of their learning […]

  • Research in brief: reading disruption of a textbook

    The research Winter, C. (2018). Disrupting colonial discourses in the geography curriculum during the introduction of British Values policy in schools. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 50(4), 456-475. Open access, click here. Summary The aim […]

  • How To Reduce L1 in the Classroom

    In almost all TEFL training courses, trainees are told that L1 (also known as the first language that students speak) must be reduced and the students’ L2 (this being English). If you have studied a foreign language and you share the classroom […]

  • 21st Century Education: How Future-Proof is Your Teaching Career?

    We read a lot about the importance of helping our learners by incorporating 21st century competencies in the classroom these days. One of the reasons given is that many of the jobs our learners will do in the future don’t exist yet so we […]

  • Bringing storytelling to life, with Fitz and Will

    Rachel Jeffries, a teacher trainer in Spain, shares some practical ideas on how you can help bring storytelling to life in your classroom, using our new festive story, Fitz and Will ‘The Festive Adventure’ as an example. It’s the […]

  • Co-teaching in the coding classroom: opportunities for learning together

    Clara Prado, contributing author to the Interchange and Four Corners series, has a particular interest in integrating technology into the language classroom. In today’s blog, Clara explores a recent CLIL experiment […]

  • My Top Ten Pronunciation Tips: Physicality and Integration – by Adrian Underhill

    Adrian is series editor of the Macmillan Books for Teachers, author of Sound Foundations: Learning and Teaching Pronunciation and an adviser in the development of the new Macmillan English Dictionary. He has been a teacher and trainer for many years […]

  • CELTA Courses Bergamo, Italy

    CELTA courses Rome, Italy offered by StudyCELTA. CELTA is the most highly recognised TEFL course worldwide by employers. The post CELTA Courses Bergamo, Italy appeared first on StudyCELTA.

  • Yuletide: Word of the Week

    Around Christmas and New Year, English speakers use some unique, old-fashioned words. The etymology of these words can often be traced back to pre-Christian Pagan celebrations. These celebrations eventually merged with Christmas. They inform the […]

  • Lesson idea: the ideal classroom

    My secondary class (age 14+, B1) are exploring education in our latest module. We are building up to a ‘design your ideal school’ task. The first step was to consider what makes a good classroom/learning environment. Step 1: General […]

  • Pronunciation Q and A with Melody Philip

    Melody Philip is one of our Trinity DipTESOL graduates and is now a teacher trainer and materials writer. We recently held a packed out session on pronunciation, as part of our highly successful ongoing free Friday morning Teacher Development […]

  • Cambridge Life Competencies for Teens: Critical Thinking

    Continuing our journey through the Cambridge Life Competencies Framework and its relevance to teenagers, we’re excited to bring you our next podcast episode, which looks to demystify an area that can sometimes be met with confusion: […]

  • Our Top Blog Posts of 2019

    As the start of a new decade draws ever closer, we’re taking a moment to reflect. It’s been a busy year for us and by the end of the year we will have trained over 12,000 EFL teachers! This past year on the TEFL Org Blog we’ve […]

  • Graduate Story: Neda Vrkic

    Neda completed her Cambridge CELTA course at Oxford TEFL in Barcelona in October 2019. After working in Pharmacy for 5 years, she quit her job and decided to explore her love for languages.  started to learn foreign languages at a … […]

  • A festive adventure with Fitz and Will

    We love our city and so do the Cambridge Cats, Fitz and Will. This festive season, go on a brand new adventure with them and their new friend around Cambridge. Little Cam Books create publications for young readers surrounding the adventures of Fitz […]

  • Better Learning Conference 2019: Cultivating wellbeing in English language teaching

    At this year’s Better Learning Conference, Dr. Christina Gkonou shared insights into teacher wellbeing, with particular consideration to the specific challenges faced by language teachers. This blog post talks you through key themes of her […]

  • Upcycling in the classroom

    Cambridge Dictionary announced ‘upcycling’ as Word of the Year 2019 earlier this month. Upcycling is defined as the activity of making new furniture, objects, etc. out of old or used things or waste material. In this article, […]

  • Let’s Talk Business English! What Every Trainer Should Know About The Industry In 2019

    Teaching business English has become a lucrative, long-term career option for English trainers in today’s globalised world. Evan Frendo discusses interesting current trends and how the landscape of the industry has changed over the years with […]

  • Teacher Training Barletta

    Teacher Training San Jose, Costa Rica. See information about the TEFL training centre in Costa Rica. Find accommodation for your studies. The post Teacher Training Barletta appeared first on StudyCELTA.

  • SCAMPER Technique for Creative Thinkers

    Creative thinking and problem-solving are essential parts of the learning process to turn ideas into innovation to open creativity. A successful methods used in creative thinking is the SCAMPER technique. The post SCAMPER Technique for Creative […]

  • How to annoy commissioning editors (and find work)

    Another ‘how to become a materials writer’ article has popped up – Kirsten Holt’s article for ETPro  offers some more good advice for budding writers. Every time I read one of these posts I’m itching to chip in. I […]

  • CELTA Courses Barletta, Italy

    CELTA courses La Spezia, Italy offered by StudyCELTA. CELTA is the most highly recognised TEFL course worldwide by employers. The post CELTA Courses Barletta, Italy appeared first on StudyCELTA.

  • Teaching English Online vs. Teaching English Abroad

    Teaching English online or teaching English abroad? If you’re a TEFL certified teacher then you have the option of both, but which one is for you? Teaching online and teaching abroad offer very different experiences and opportunities and many […]

  • ELT materials writing – my year in review

    It’s been quite a good year on the writing front. Balancing writing with full-time teaching is tough, but the rewards are great! It’s only three weeks until our xmas holidays so I’m calling this the end of my writing year. Here […]

  • “Teaching English as a Lingua Franca”: Book Review

    “Teaching English as a Lingua Franca: The journey from EFL to ELF”, published by DELTA Publishing, is the latest in their teacher development series and is authored by Marek Kiczkowiak and Robert Lowe. As you would expect with the DELTA […]

  • An Interview with Steven McGuire, Director of Teacher Training in Madrid

    Madrid is the heart of Spain. It is the country's capital and most populous city. It also happens to be the third largest city in the European Union. With low rainfall (it’s the driest capital in Europe) and beautiful architecture, it's hard […]

  • CELTA Courses Bari, Italy

    CELTA courses Rome, Italy offered by StudyCELTA. CELTA is the most highly recognised TEFL course worldwide by employers. The post CELTA Courses Bari, Italy appeared first on StudyCELTA.

  • Teacher Training Bari

    Teacher Training Rome, Italy. See information about the TEFL training centre in Italy. Find accommodation for your studies. The post Teacher Training Bari appeared first on StudyCELTA.

  • An Interview with Mike Carter, Teacher Trainer in Seville

    If the sights of Seville look familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen them in movies and TV shows. From Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars and Game of Thrones, this stunning Spanish city has stood in for Naboo, Dorne, and even […]

  • Top 10 Tips to Find Your Perfect TEFL Job

    There are so many things to think about when searching for a TEFL job. From visas, to TEFL certification, to the application process, and more – we know it can be a lot to take in. You don’t want to get information wrong, end up in a […]

  • Graduate Story: Antonella Facchini

      Antonella is one of our Barcelona CELTA graduates and is an Italian and naturalized American. She has 15-years’ experience in sales and marketing within the IT sector. She is currently travelling the world to pursue self-development and […]

  • The Digital Classroom has Come to Stay – Here’s Why You Should Embrace it

    While there are definite advantages to good old-fashioned in-person lessons, the digital classroom offers a vast array of benefits for ESL teachers as well. In this article, Berlin-based online tutor Liam Porter is showcasing the convenience of […]

  • Teaching English in Myanmar

    Until recently, Myanmar (or Burma, as it is also known) was off limits to most due to travel restrictions. Since it opened its doors it now welcomes millions of visitors every year who are intrigued to finally explore this hidden gem in Southeast […]

  • A Day in the Life of an English Language Teacher

    In today’s post, I wanted to share my vlog which looks at the day in the life of an English Language Teacher. I have been thinking about doing this type of video for quite a while and I had been putting it off, but after the weekend, I decided […]

  • New technologies means new opportunities

    Iacopo Falciani, Teacher Trainer at Europass for ICT courses -Iacopo was born in Florence and he focused his education on ancient history and classical philology. He later became a social science teacher, with a huge passion for geography and […]

  • How long does it take to complete a TEFL course?

    One of the most frequent questions we’re asked before someone signs up to a course is how long does it take to complete a TEFL course? Most TEFL courses are named according to the number of hours they take to complete. So, the answer might […]

  • Meet our expert team of Trinity DipTESOL tutors

    We are excited to introduce to you our expert team of tutors on our upcoming Trinity DipTESOL course. Our team have a wealth of experience to guide you through the course, help guarantee you reach your maximum learning potential and pass […]

  • Task-Based Learning: What it can Do for ESL Students and why Repetition Makes it Even Better

    The idea of task-based learning (TBL) is to create a ‘realistic’ learning environment in order to help language students prepare for real-life situations. While this in itself motivates learners to speak, studies suggest that immediate […]

  • Learning to read the world through other eyes

    I’ve just come across this booklet as part of the reading on the PGCEi at the University of Nottingham. It’s a brilliant open access resource for exploring global citizenship. It offers a series of cross-cultural exercises, which help […]

  • Teaching English in Malaysia

    Malaysia is a diverse country, enriched by a multicultural population comprised of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and indigenous peoples. With the oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests in the world, picturesque islands, and otherworldly caves, […]

  • Lights, Camera, Action! Teaching with Drama in Education

    This summer TESOL Drama had the opportunity to collaborate with Europass Teacher Academy in Florence, to design and teach our new Professional Development Drama Workshops tailored to Erasmus Plus and K-Adult teachers. Here is an interview with the […]

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