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Teacher training and Development

On Training up to Become a Cambridge CELTA tutor

Many of my Delta Diploma graduates and even CELTA graduates, often ask me if we would train them up so they can become CELTA tutors. This is a post to help them understand the process and why it is so difficult to get accepted on such an induction course.     Why are some teachers so keen…
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The Cambridge CELTA Pre-interview Task

One of the frequent questions asked by potential candidates directly to us or via social platforms and groups is how to do well on their pre-interview task and what it’s about.  Cambridge loves a name all of its own for things done and this one is no exception! The ‘pre-interview task’ is primarily a test…
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Teaching Assessments Online during the CELTA

In this second blog post contributed by Sara Katsonis, a trainee on the same online/blended CELTA course which was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing restrictions, lockdown and inability to complete the teaching practicum part of the course which was under way at the time.  Sara started with tech issues even with simple things like…
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Online TP’s – Online Teaching – My thoughts

The post below has not been edited in any way and is a letter sent to me by one of our recent CELTA trainees – her group started online but with the teaching practice component done in situ, at CELT in Athens. Until, suddenly, one day in March, we were told we had to close…
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Are you Ready to be an Online Teacher?

The future of teaching may well be online, despite the fact that face-to-face teaching has so many benefits. Advantages of online teaching Online teaching poses many challenges to the teacher who is comfortable and used to teaching ‘live’ only, but these are challenges which can be easily overcome, as there are multiple advantages to being…
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The elusive present perfect continuous in the passive

Image from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_Jewels_of_the_United_KingdomIn all my years as a teacher, I have been reading about the elusive present perfect continuous in the passive as a classic example of that which is formally possible, the grammatical system of the English Language allows it,  but is never actually done, i.e. ‘used’, by the language community. According to…
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#ELTchat 9 years in

N.B. A shorter version of this post originally appeared in the Garnet Education Blog   The story behind #ELTchat Back in 2010, a bunch of us TEFL people thought that we should start a Twitter hashtag for teachers in English Language Teaching.  Twitter hashtags (#) had already been around for a couple of years, mainly for…
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What is your Distance Delta Course Like?

Most people think of a platform like Moodle or a course where you log in, read/study material left by your tutors and write your responses in a discussion forum but never get to talk to anyone. Most distance courses are. Such courses suit many teacher candidates very well. They provide time for individual study and…
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Θέλετε να εργασθείτε το καλοκαίρι στην Αγγλία;

Για όσους ενδιαφέρονται για μια εκπαιδευτική καριέρα εκτός των συνόρων μας. Τα τελευταία χρόνια, η επικοινωνία μας με τα κέντρα διδασκαλίας σε άλλες χώρες και ιδιαίτερα σε καλοκαιρινά προγράμματα, έχει δημιουργήσει μια νέα γενιά καθηγητών Αγγλικής γλώσσας που είναι επιθυμητοί σαν προσωρινό, αλλά και σε κάποιες περιπτώσεις, μόνιμο προσωπικό στην Μ. Βρετανία, Καναδά και άλλες…
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CPD in your pajamas

This is an article I wrote with Shaun Wilden in July 2017 and am including a short introduction just to put new friends in the picture of how these particular ideas came to be and how we navigate our careers and learning these days. I met Shaun in 2010, when my online PLN (Personal Learning…
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