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I’m an English teacher, teacher trainer, conference speaker and writer of materials for learners and teachers of English. I’m originally from England, but I grew up and went to school in Canada. I have written books for learners and teachers of English, it’s actually most of what I do now. My biggest project was the course Global, published by Macmillan. Other projects I’ve started include the blog Six Things, and the e-publishing collective the round.
I have been very active online, and tried out a lot of things (blogs, wikis, social media). I’m a latecomer to the world of podcasts, but boy oh boy do I love them now. My first introduction to podcasts was the amazing Radiolab. I quickly moved onto This American Life, and then was primed and ready for Serial when it launched. I regularly listen to Reply All, NPR’s Culture Happy Hour and Macpowerusers. All this podcast listening made me really want to do one, which I did in 2014 with Shaun and James (Shaun will tell you about that below). The TEFL Commute is our latest exciting project.
I have been involved in English language teaching for over twenty years. and currently live in Oxford where I work as a freelance teacher trainer and materials writer. I am currently the International House World Organisation Teacher Training Co-ordinator and the joint coordinator of the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG, as well as moderator of the social networking #eltchat group. My interests lie in the use of mobiles and tablets in learning, a topic on which I am currently writing a book.
I’ve always enjoyed listening to audio on the radio, and podcasts are the natural extension of that. Given the amount of travelling (I can’t call it commuting) that I do, my mp3 player is always full of different podcasts. From Freakonomics radio through to No such thing as a fish via Make it so and Plumbing the death star to the sadly now defunct Perfect Ten (on which I managed to get a question). I love the eclectic world that podcasting brings. Chatting with Lindsay a couple of years ago led to us making the edtechconcerns podcast and about half way through that, when I invested in a portable home booth to improve my recording quality, I knew I was hooked on making, as well as consuming podcasts.
I am a DELTA qualified English as a foreign language teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer currently based in Brazil. I have taught English to adults and teenagers in Brazil, South Korea, Belgium and Costa Rica since 2007.
I’m a co-founder of the Raise Up! Project, and my first coursebook series for FTD Education in Brazil, ‘Our Languages’, was published in 2021. I am also a podcast consultant, including the ELTON nominated TEFL Commute podcast, IATEFL TDSIG’s Developod, and Seven Skills For The Future.
I am a former President and a co-founder of BELTA, the Belgian English Language Teachers Association, and I am Second-Vice President of BRAZ-TESOL and BRAZ-TESOL Brasília, and a committee member of IATEFL TDSIG.
I was a pretty early adopter of podcasts, starting back in 2008 when I got my first iPod. Every year I listen to more and more and it’s now reached the point where I think my headphones might become a permanent part of my body. I took over the #ELTchat podcast a few years ago and, and now I’m delighted to be working on TEFL Commute.
Essential listening for me includes The Bugle, and Comedy Bang! Bang! for comedy, The Football Ramble and Guardian Football Weekly for football, The Adam Buxton podcast and The Danny Baker Show for fun, Revisionist History and The Skeptics Guide To The Universe for thinking, and Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Podcast and WTF for interviews. And as a podcast producer, I am in awe of Radiolab!
I’m currently the Director of Studies at International House Bydgoszcz, Poland, and have spent most of my career working for IH, in the Czech Republic, Newcastle and Sevastopol. I’m also a CELTA trainer, materials writer and even do some teaching now and then when I get the chance! I’ll be going fully freelance from October 2021, doing a combination of materials writing, teacher training and teaching, if all goes to plan!
Like James, I started listening to podcasts back in 2008 when I got an iPod mini, and now I’m addicted to them. Particular favourites are Kermode and Mayo’s Film Reviews, Stuff You Missed in History Class, and The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry – film, history and science form the majority of my listening. I’ve listened to TEFL Commute since it first started a few years ago, and if you concentrate, you can hear my voice in a couple of the soundbites in the first series. Shaun is responsible for introducing me to the world of Twitter for professional development, Lindsay helped me to publish my first book through the round, James invited me to speak on the #ELTchat podcast regularly back in the day, and Ceri helped me to write my first ever speaker proposal for a conference, so I’m very excited to join them all now regularly on TEFL Commute.
Like the rest of the TEFL Commute team, I’m a TEFL “jack of all trades” – teacher, trainer, manager, consultant, materials writer. I’ve been working in ELT since the 80s, mainly based in Italy and Spain. At the moment, I’m focusing on online projects (isn’t everyone!), adapting f2f materials for online classrooms, adapting f2f training courses for online learning platforms, mentoring and training other teachers, trainers and materials writers as they move online as well. I’m currently the publications coordinator for IATEFL’s Materials Writing SIG and I’m on the Media Team for TESOL-SPAIN. I’m also one of the founding members of the ELT Footprint teachers’ community working to support environmental initiatives in ELT around the world.
Lindsay was one of the people who influenced my first forays into the world of podcasts with his recommendations for classics like This American Life, Start Up and Reply All being some of the first series I got hooked on, along with Serial of course. My iPod mini used to be a pretty constant companion on my beach walks until my dog started to complain that she was being neglected! At which point my podcast listening switched to the kitchen and cooking times. I started out on TEFL Commute with Ceri’s Corner and then as a guest on the Round Tables – all great fun – but co-hosting the Women’s Day episode with Sandy has definitely been the high point so far!
Most of the music and sounds in the podcasts we made ourselves but from time to time we dip into www.freesfx.co.uk and their wonderful wealth of free sound effects, and from incompetech.com.
Rock Over London Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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