Thoughts on ELT, English and whatever else comes into my head
A BA in Philosophy, a lifelong pedantry over the English language, an MA in ELT, a CV that spans about ten different countries and an established career as a published writer have all combined the roles of educator and communicator. I’m keeping my hand in teaching English although avoiding the typical language school set up, but I’m concentrating on writing with Graded Readers The Tomorrow Mirror , As Other See Us, Rain rain go away!, Queen Arthur, one of four fictionalised histories (mine is Antony & Cleopatra) in Famous Couples and an adaptation of Dr Who: Borrowed Time as well as Collins English for Life: Speaking and a romance novel set in the world of ELT, Love Lessons.
As Academic Consultant, Centre Director and Academic Manager with Bede’s summer school, I had a six year love affair with all things summer school and something round which I pretty much scheduled the rest of the year. I ran the Academic Side of the programme which meant putting myself directly in the firing line for a British Council inspection in 2013. That took Bede’s from nowhere to 5th best summer school in the UK with 10 out of 15 points of excellence, most of the new ones academic related.
That expertise I can cast wider and consulted for Absolutely English in the UK ahead of their British Council inspection in 2018, overhauling their syllabus based on my unique flexible syllabus approach. This gained them an extra “Strength” in the “Course design and implementation” categories and upgraded “Learning materials” to “Strength” compared with 2014. I specialise in schools who are starting out, looking to expand or with upcoming British Council inspections to contend with.
Other writing online and elsewhere:
See published articles and fiction for a range of publications including Cosmo, Quartz, Mental Floss, Parents Magazine here.
Loyalty vs. Royalty on eltjam.com and other posts under my name
Article about boarding school run summer schools for EL Gazette, April 2014. Various articles in Modern English Teacher and ET Pro.
Content/copy-writing for the Fintech, luxury travel and automation industries.
Flash fiction (creative non fiction really) about Reclaiming Istanbul from a controlling Turkish boyfriend on The Casket of Fictional Delights, July 2014.
Short story on Litro Over The Edge, my first ever “literary” piece.
Conference talks at IATEFL 2015, Innovate ELT (2016 & upcoming 2019), Society of Authors (2018) and MawSIG PCE IATEFL (2019). Areas of interested: Writing Graded Readers, Gender Equality in ELT.