Over twenty years ago now I set off on a plane for Cairo to take my CELTA (not that it was called that then) in preparation for a year abroad, teaching English. I quickly discovered how much I enjoyed it and a year in Portugal turned into two years, followed by two years in Brazil. A brief pause back in the UK to do my Masters in ELT and then four years in Poland before I finally came back to the UK.
Over this time I have taught young learners and adults, EAP, General English and ESOL and become a teacher trainer and materials writer. I have been lucky enough to write or co-write a number of coursebooks: IELTS Foundation, Premium B1 level, the new edition of Total English Intermediate and most recently, Real Life Advanced.
Now happily settled in the UK, with a young family, I don’t travel anywhere near as much as I used to, but increasingly find the internet a fantastic way to keep in touch with teachers around the world, on twitter @teflerinha https://twitter.com/#!/teflerinha and giving webinars for Macmillan and Pearson.
I am excited to be starting a new blog on a subject very close to my heart..creating ELT and ESOL materials.
Close to my heart partly because these days I spend most of my time writing materials for publication. I love it and, obviously, I hope as many people as possible will enjoy using my materials too.
However, as a teacher and teacher trainer, I also know that people often want to create their own materials. The idea behind this blog is to share some tips and ideas for making materials which really work well, and which don’t take your entire weekend to put together!
I haven’t written a blog before, but think it’s going to be fun. Hope you enjoy it too.