Becoming a teacher trainer

I recently recorded an interview with Ben Beaumont of Trinity Exams on the subject of teacher training in which I drew on ideas from my book A Practical Introduction to Teacher Training in ELT. It’s over 30 minutes long (!) but it starts with a contents list so you can skip to any part which might be more relevant to you.

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  1. Reblogged this on Muddles into Maxims and commented:
    I wanted to reblog this really interesting and informative 30 minute interview with John Hughes on the topic of teacher training here. If you’re interested in a specific aspect of training like input, lesson planning, or giving feedback, there’s a helpful outline of the interview at the start with start times for each of the seven areas covered.

    On a personal note, I was excited to find this interview because I’ve found John Hughes writing about and materials for teacher training (on his blog and in publication) extremely helpful. There are only so many authoritative non-academic voices and only so much material truly focused on teacher training and development, and John Hughes is consistently a source of practical, sense-making information for the likes of me. I’ve now been a teacher-trainer for three years but have yet to lose the feeling of being a learner of the craft. Ever the newbie.

    Finally, I’d just like to add a note that John is an active member of the greater ELT PLN online and you can easily find him on twitter here. Not so long ago when I was preparing to present on the #ELTwhiteboard phenomenon at a local conference, John got in touch to compare notes and explore how #ELTwhiteboard activity might connect to other means of teacher reflection and lesson study. Needless to say, this newbie was thrilled that the author of “A Practical Introduction to Teacher Training in ELT” found it worthwhile to chat with me about such things. The experience bolstered my feeling that for all the challenges, we work in a field full of people whose professional work is imbued with sincerity, dedication, and personal authenticity.

    And with that, here’s John Hughes…

    (Please use the comment section to post any thoughts or issues sparked by the interview you’d like to chat about! I’d love to connect)

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