Faculty

Penny Ur

Penny Ur

Scott Thornbury

Stephen Krashen

Stephen Krashen

John F. Fanselow

John F. Fanselow

Katherine Bilsborough

Katherine Bilsborough

Marcos Benevides

Marcos Benevides

Luke Meddings

Luke Meddings

Vicki Hollett

Vicki Hollett

Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr

Jill Hadfield

Jill Hadfield

Pete Sharma

Pete Sharma

Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Jason R. Levine

Jason R. Levine

Marc Helgesen

Marc Helgesen

Curtis Kelly

Curtis Kelly

Joseph Shaules

Joseph Shaules

Juan Uribe

Juan Uribe

Chuck Sandy

Chuck Sandy

Steven Herder

Steven Herder

Adrian Doff

Adrian Doff

Kate Cory-Wright

Kate Cory-Wright

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Frances Watkins

Frances Watkins

Nicola Meldrum

Nicola Meldrum

Penny Ur

Penny Ur

Penny Ur has thirty-five years’ experience as an English teacher in elementary, middle and high schools in Israel. Now retired, she has taught B.A. and M.A. courses at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University. She has presented papers at TESOL, IATEFL and other English teachers’ conferences worldwide. She was for ten years the editor of the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series. Her books include Discussions that work (1981), Five minute activities (co authored with Andrew Wright) (1992), Grammar practice activities (2nd Edition) (2009), Vocabulary activities (2012), and A course in English language teaching (2012), all published by Cambridge University Press. A new book, Discussions and more, was published in 2015.

Courses:

  • Learning to Teach (Better)
  • Revisiting Fluency and Accuracy in Vocabulary and Grammar Teaching
  • Course Materials: Design, Selection and Use

Stephen Krashen

Stephen Krashen

Stephen Krashen is a linguist, educational researcher, and activist. Dr. Krashen has published nearly 500 papers and books, contributing to the fields of second-language acquisition, bilingual education, and reading. He is credited with introducing various influential concepts and terms in the study of second-language acquisition, including the acquisition-learning hypothesis, the input hypothesis, the monitor hypothesis, the affective filter, and the natural order hypothesis. Most recently, Krashen promotes the use of free voluntary reading during second-language acquisition, which he says “is the most powerful tool we have in language education, first and second.” Dr. Krashen is currently professor emeritus at University of Southern California.

Courses:

Scott Thornbury

Scott Thornbury

Scott Thornbury is a teacher and teacher educator, with over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching. He is currently Associate Professor of English Language Studies at the New School in New York, teaching on an on-line MATESOL program. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and his native New Zealand. Scott’s writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology including The A-Z of ELT, How to Teach Grammar and Teaching Unplugged. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP) and was also the co-founder of the dogme ELT group. Scott’s thought-provoking blog, An A-Z of ELT, is a popular site for many teachers and has been adapted as an e-book, Big Questions in ELT.

Courses:

  • Revisiting Fluency and Accuracy in Vocabulary and Grammar Teaching
  • Teaching Skills Development READ MORE

John F. Fanselow

John F. Fanselow

John became involved in ESOL by becoming a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa. Upon completion of Ph.D. at Columbia University, Teachers College, he joined the faculty. At Teachers College, his main interest was observation and analysis of interactions, both inside and outside of classrooms. Beyond Rashomon and Let’s see, two of his seminal articles in the TESOL Quarterly, have been reprinted in many anthologies. Beyond Rashomon was the basis of Breaking Rules (Longman, 1987) and Let’s See was the basis of Contrasting Conversations (Longman, 1992, reprinted 2010). Try the Opposite (SIMUL, 1992, reprinted 2010) grew out of his work with teachers in Japan. He was president of International Pacific College in NZ for 8 years where he introduced recording and analyzing classroom interaction that has not been done in a systematic way in any other tertiary institution in the world.

He has been active professionally, serving as president of TESOL International and president of New York TESOL. John is now an emeritus professor at Columbia University Teacher College, and a visiting professor at The New School in New York and at Kanda University of International Studies in Tokyo. In 2005, he was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University, Teachers College. Each year, Teachers College presents 3 to 5 Distinguished Alumni Awards who are selected from the more than 80,000 alumni of the institution.

Courses:

  • Breaking Rules
  • More Breaking Rules
  • Contrasting Conversations: Activities for Exploring Our Beliefs and Teaching Practices
  • Rethink Teaching: Vocabulary and Grammar
  • Small Changes BIG RESULTS

John F. Fanselow

John F. Fanselow

John became involved in ESOL by becoming a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa. Upon completion of Ph.D. at Columbia University, Teachers College, he joined the faculty. At Teachers College, his main interest was observation and analysis of interactions, both inside and outside of classrooms. Beyond Rashomon and Let’s see, two of his seminal articles in the TESOL Quarterly, have been reprinted in many anthologies. Beyond Rashomon was the basis of Breaking Rules (Longman, 1987) and Let’s See was the basis of Contrasting Conversations (Longman, 1992, reprinted 2010). Try the Opposite (SIMUL, 1992, reprinted 2010) grew out of his work with teachers in Japan. He was president of International Pacific College in NZ for 8 years where he introduced recording and analyzing classroom interaction that has not been done in a systematic way in any other tertiary institution in the world.

He has been active professionally, serving as president of TESOL International and president of New York TESOL. John is now an emeritus professor at Columbia University Teacher College, and a visiting professor at The New School in New York and at Kanda University of International Studies in Tokyo. In 2005, he was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University, Teachers College. Each year, Teachers College presents 3 to 5 Distinguished Alumni Awards who are selected from the more than 80,000 alumni of the institution.

Courses:

  • Breaking Rules
  • More Breaking Rules
  • Contrasting Conversations: Activities for Exploring Our Beliefs and Teaching Practices
  • Rethink Teaching: Vocabulary and Grammar
  • Small Changes BIG RESULTS

Katherine Bilsborough

Katherine Bilsborough

Katherine has worked in ELT for nearly 30 years, first as a teacher, then as a teacher trainer, materials writer and author. She developed a passion for writing in the early years of her career when she would spend hours preparing supplementary materials for her own classes. Since then she has published course books and materials for most ages and levels. She writes regularly for Oxford University Press, Macmillan, The British Council and BBC English. She writes blog posts and bi-monthly lesson plans for British Council Teaching English. Katherine is founding member of the Facebook page Free and Fair ELT which finds and shares free resources for teachers each week. She has recently published How to Write Primary Materials a guide for teachers who want to write primary materials professionally or for their own classes. Katherine speaks regularly at conferences and teaching events and when she isn’t working she can be found in her vegetable garden.

Courses:

  • Creating ELT Materials

Marcos Benevides

Marcos Benevides

Marcos Benevides teaches at J. F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, where he is the Reading and Writing Curriculum Coordinator for the English Language Program. He is an internationally recognised ELT writer and series editor, having co-authored the critically acclaimed Widgets: a task-based course in practical English (Pearson, 2008) and the multiple award-winning Fiction in Action: Whodunit(Abax, 2010), as well as having edited the popular Choose Your Own Adventure graded reader series (McGraw-Hill, 2011). His current project is the Atama iiBooks series of easy-English multi-path adventure stories.

Courses:

  • ELT Reading Materials Design

Luke Meddings

Luke Meddings

Luke Meddings is an international speaker, author and teacher trainer with over 25 years experience in ELT. In that time he has worked as a teacher, journalist and school manager, and wrote an online column for Guardian Education. In 2000 he co-founded the Dogme in ELT movement with Scott Thornbury, and their book Teaching Unplugged (Delta, 2009) won a British Council ELTon Award for Innovation in 2010. In 2011 he started the independent e-publishing collective, the round, with Lindsay Clandfield: their first book, 52: a year of subversive activity for the ELT classroom, appeared in 2012. His teacher training in 2015 includes work in Brazil, Mexico, Greece, Ireland and Malta.

Courses:

  • Learning Space: A Guide to Teaching Unplugged

Vicki Hollett

Vicki Hollett

Vicki Hollett has been an EFL teacher for forty years. She is an award winning author of many ELT courses for Oxford University Press and Pearson, but now she works with a camera instead. Together with her film maker husband, she produces videos for corporate clients and also free videos for their Simple English Videos website andYouTube channel. This year Simple English Videos was a winner in YouTube’s prestigious NextUp 2016 competition for fast rising channels and the prize included a week of training at the YouTube studios in NYC.

Courses:

  • Breaking into Business English
  • Creating ELT Videos

Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr is a teacher trainer, lecturer and materials writer who lives in Vienna, Austria. His publications include the award-winning ‘Translation and Own-Language Activities’ (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and a chapter entitled ‘Questioning ‘English-only’ classrooms: own-language use in ELT’ in the ‘Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching’ (forthcoming). Coursebooks he has written or co-written include ‘Straightforward’ and Inside Out’ (both Macmillan). He is also the author of ‘How to Write Vocabulary Presentations and Practice’ (ELT Teacher 2 Writer). Philip is a consultant for Cambridge English Teacher and he blogs about technology and English language teaching.

Courses:

  • Rethinking the Other Language(s) in the English Language Classroom

Jill Hadfield

Jill Hadfield

Jill Hadfield has worked as a teacher trainer in Britain, France and New Zealand and worked on development projects with Ministries of Education and aid agencies in China, Tibet and Madagascar. She has also conducted short courses, seminars and workshops for teachers in many other countries. She is currently Associate Professor on the Language Teacher Education team in the Department of Language Studies at Unitec, New Zealand and has been appointed International Ambassador for IATEFL. She has written over thirty books, including the Communication Games series (Pearson),Excellent!, a three-level primary course (Pearson), the Oxford Basics series, Classroom Dynamicsand An Introduction to Teaching English (OUP). Her latest book, Motivating Learning, co-authored with Zoltan Dornyei, was published in 2013 by Routledge in the Research and Resources in Language Teaching series, of which she is also series editor.

Courses:

  • Rethink Motivation

Pete Sharma

Pete Sharma

Pete Sharma is a Director of Pete Sharma Associates Ltd, a consultancy and training organisation. [http://www.psa.eu.com] He lecturers in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and has co-written many books on technology including Blended Learning, 400 Ideas for Interactive Whiteboards, Apptivities for business English and How to write for Digital Media. Pete is a well-known international conference presenter and has given talks at IATEFL, BESIG, TESOL, JALT and MICELT. He has a Masters in Educational Technology, wrote Blended Learning – Key Concepts in ELT in the ELTJ and is co-author of the chapter on Blended and Online learning in the Routledge Handbook of Language Learning and Technology.

Courses:

  • Getting Blended Learning Right

Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, online instructor, and author. She has been recognized by various notable entities, such as the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, Microsoft’s Heroes for Education, and the Bammy Awards as a leader, innovator, and visionary in the movement of teacher driven professional development. She is the co-founder of the award-winning#Edchat movement, #ELTChat, the Reform Symposium Global E-Conference, and The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and the British Council in South East Asia. She is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/shellyterrell, andGPlus.to/shellyterrell.

Courses:

  • Language Learning to Go! Integrating Mobile Learning with Language Learners

Jason R. Levine

Jason R. Levine

Jason R Levine is Ambassador and Knowledge Entertainer at Gallery Languages, where he conducts webinars and workshops for English students and teachers at schools worldwide. He has eighteen years of experience as an English teacher, teacher trainer, and materials writer. Jason is the creator of ColloLearn, an approach to English language learning based on the songs he writes and performs as Fluency MC. He also writes songs and chants for several publishers, including Oxford University Press. As an English Specialist with the U.S. Department of State, Jason has led teacher training programs in fourteen countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East. After earning an MA in TESOL from Hunter College in 1999, Jase taught at several schools before becoming the director of curriculum development for Embassy English. In 2002, he co-founded a TOEFL preparation school for international students in New York City. Jase maintains the ColloLearn YouTube channel, the Fluency MC Facebook page, and Fluency MC on Twitter. He is an active administrator of many Facebook groups for English language teachers and learners, including Innovative Teachers of English, Gallery Teachers, Teachers Teaching Online, and Gallery Languages Rhyme On Time Workshops.

Courses:

  • Rethink Language Practice

Marc Helgesen

Marc Helgesen

Marc Helgesen, Professor, Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Sendai, Japan has written over 150 articles, books and textbooks on English Language Teaching including the English Firsthand series for Pearson Education. He has been an invited speaker at conferences on 5 continents. He maintains two public websites: www.ELTandHappiness.com and www.HelgesenHandouts.weebly.com

Courses:

  • Neuro ELT: Language Learning and the Brain

Curtis Kelly

Curtis Kelly

Curtis Kelly (EdD), Professor, Kandai University, Osaka, has spent most of his life developing learner-centered materials for “3L” students, students with low ability, low confidence, and low motivation. He has given over 350 presentations and written over 30 books, including Active Skills for Communication (Cengage), and Writing from Within (Cambridge). He is also the coordinator of the JALT Brain Special Interest Group.

Courses:

  • Neuro ELT: Language Learning and the Brain

Joseph Shaules

Joseph Shaules

Joseph Shaules (PhD) has been a tenured faculty at Rikkyo University and a special associate professor at Rikkyo’s Graduate School of Intercultural Communication. He directs the Japan Intercultural Institute (JII) and is Japan specialist for Intercultures, Germany. Books include Identity (OUP),Deep Culture (Multilingual Matters) andThe Intercultural Mind: Connecting Culture, Cognition and Global Living. (Intercultural Press)

Courses:

  • Neuro ELT: Language Learning and the Brain

Juan Uribe

Juan Uribe

Juan Uribe is a teacher and a teacher educator who has researched, taught, and shared affective language learning since 1994. He is the founding director of Juan Uribe Ensino Afetivo, a language school for young learners, where children learn English affectively through play, games, storytelling, and puppeteering.

His focus is on empowering language teachers to create rich learning environments in which young learners are truly engaged, motivated, and energized. Juan has been in an amazing journey visiting language schools for children around the world where he has both conducted teacher development programs as well as enchanted young audiences with Buddy the Frog.

Juan holds a Bachelors degree in Education from the Catholic University in São Paulo (PUC-SP) and a Masters in Education in Human Development and Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. He writes a blog called Children Learning English Affectively.

Courses:

  • Teaching Young Learners Affectively

Adrian Doff

Adrian Doff

Adrian Doff has taught English and trained teachers in Finland, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Egypt, Germany and the UK. He has written a wide range of EFL coursebooks, supplementary books and teacher training material, mostly for Cambridge University Press. These include the coursebooks Meanings into Words, Language in Use and English Unlimited, the teacher-training book Teach English, the listening skills books in the Cambridge Skills for Fluency series and the self-study reference and practice series Language Links. He is currently living in Germany and working as a free-lance writer and teacher trainer, and works as a tutor on training courses for the CELTA and DELTA certificates. Adrian brings vast experience in teacher training to the iTDi online platform context.

Courses:

  • Teaching Skills Development

Chuck Sandy

Chuck Sandy

Chuck Sandy is a teacher, teacher trainer, and author whose many books include the Passages andConnect series from Cambridge University Press, the Active Skills For Communication series from Cengage Learning, and English For Scammers from Wayzgoose Press. He’s also an essayist who writes most frequently for the iTDi Blog as well a poet whose work has appeared in little magazines and journals you’ve most likely never heard of before. Although Chuck leads face-to-face workshops and presentations at conferences and events around the world, he does most of his work with teachers online in the International Teacher Development Intstitute (iTDi) and Gallery Teacher communities. Chuck is a cofounder and director of iTDi and the curator of GalleryTeachers.com. He’s currently at work on a new book of reflections forthcoming from Wayzgoose Press. Connect with Chuck on Facebook and on Twitter and visit his Amazon page.

Courses:

  • Poetry in ELT
  • English for Teachers

Steven Herder

Steven Herder

Steven Herder, Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts

Steven has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for over 25 years at the elementary, junior and senior high school level, and now as assistant professor in the Department of International Studies at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto Japan. There, he teaches TOEFL iBT preparation, and a 3rd / 4th year seminar on Exploring Leadership.

He is an author and editor of two Palgrave Macmillan teacher resources, Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia (2012) and Exploring EFL Fluency in Asia (2014). Since 2010, he has been working with Suken Publishing on the high school textbook series Big Dipper Series I, II, III as well as writing various workbooks and graded readers. He co-founded MASH Collaboration in 2007, believing that “Collaboration creates just the right amount of tension to get lots done” and over the years he has come to realize that, “being a teacher means a never-ending commitment to learning”.

In 2012, he and a network of like-minded educators co-founded the International Teacher Development Institute, an online community for teachers by teachers, with over 5000 members and a growing global reach into over 100 countries.

Courses:

  • Teaching High School Students to Enjoy L2 Writing
  • Teaching Written Essays for Standardized Tests (TOEFL iBT & IELTS)
  • Teaching Skills Development

Kate Cory-Wright

Kate Cory-Wright

Kate has taught English for over 20 years in Spain, Tanzania, Bolivia, Brazil, and Ecuador. She earned her Bachelor’s and post-graduate degrees from the University of London and the University of York (UK). Kate has written a variety of successful EFL coursebooks, supplementary books, and teacher’s materials. Her co-publications include: Interchange Teacher’s Editions (Cambridge University Press), Mastermind workbooks (Macmillan) and Teacher Resource Books for Kid’s Box (CUP). She is author of two Student Books for the new primary series Our World (National Geographic Learning). Kate has conducted workshps, seminars and plenaries in 23 countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. she currently lives in Ecuador and works as a freelance author, teacher, and teacher trainer.

Courses:

  • The Power and Joy of Extensive Reading
  • English for Teachers

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Barbara has taught both English and ESL in the United States and EFL in Japan for more than 25 years. She earned her BA from Western Oregon University and her Masters in TESOL from Northern Arizona University. Barbara has conducted workshops throughout Asia, the U.S. and Latin America, and is co-author of the best-selling young learners Let’s Go series (Oxford University Press). She is also a founding member of the JALT Teaching Children special interest group. Her motto is “Always try new things,” so these days, when she’s not teaching, writing, or giving workshops; you’ll often find Barbara online exploring the potential of social media for professional development. If you’d like to explore with her, you can usually find Barbara on her award winning blog, Teaching Village.

Courses:

  • English for Teachers

Nicola Meldrum

Nicola Meldrum

Nicola started her teaching career in Barcelona, Spain in 1999. She is still based there and is now a freelance teacher and teacher trainer. Nicola’s current roles include Course Director of a Diploma TESOL course, designing online courses for teachers and learners, tutoring on Cert. TESOL courses and coaching ESP learners. As well as helping to organize local teacher development events, Nicola has delivered workshops all over Spain for primary and secondary school teachers on a variety of topics. She has also written a wide range of articles and teaching materials. Her current area of research interest is in involving language learners more in teacher training courses and she recently presented on this topic at the IATEFL conference.

Courses:

  • Teaching Skills Development

Frances Watkins

Frances Watkins

Frances is a teacher and trainer, though she currently spends much of her time writing EFL materials: in the past few years she has contributed to website materials, written teachers’ books, resource materials and she has also worked on student books, mainly for Macmillan publishers. She has spent many years working as a teacher and trainer in Hungary, Singapore, Oman and the UK, both on pre-service and in-service courses. At some points in her life she can honestly say that she ‘lived’ for EFL! She still feels very passionate about it, but these days she also likes to pursue other interests: She enjoys knitting and embroidery and also loves walking, yoga and travel.

Courses:

  • Teaching Skills Development

  • International Teacher Development Institute
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