One of the little known aftereffects of TEFL…

One of the little-known aftereffects of space flight: picking up gum wrappers off the street. Hadfield, 2013 A blog entry about TEFL inspired by an astronaut? Comparing teaching English as a foreign language to exploring the mysteries of the universe? I know, it seems like an implausible connection or a rather lofty aspiration. I read…

Creating value

That’s it, really. The job definition of a DOS (or of any job I’d want to do…).  To add something to a business that increases that business’s value, and add value to your own life (enjoyment as well as remuneration). In a language school environment, creating value can mean many things and I’m thankful that…

An Inspector Calls

I can’t let the not so recent now EAQUALS accreditation of our school go unnoticed on my blog! And I’d like to share the process to encourage other schools to go for it. I have something very valuable in common with my two great bosses, and it’s something you can’t really train in.  It’s shared…

IATEFL Day 2 and 3 – High Expectations, and Networking

Ah! IATEFL was great, it really was! Just brilliant.  Inspiring. It always is. Been busy since I’ve been back, lots of work waiting upon my return, so finally getting around to my blog now. Following on from day 1… As I didn’t attend a specific stream on day 2, but many talks from many areas,…

IATEFL Day 1 – Vision

From getting the train from the Boro early this morning, to retiring to my room at 7 to stay (with my feet up!), day 1 at IATEFL 2014 has been filled with inspiration. That was almost the buzz word I chose to summarise today, but in the end I plumped for ‘vision‘ as this tied…

Ode to an ADOS

I write this en route to IATEFL, leaving behind a very busy school in the midst of our ever increasing busy period. I did actually promise our ADOS, Joanne, when we hired her a year ago that while it was the start of the busy summer, in autumn/winter we have time to plan. The quiet…

Conferences…why bother?

I’ll tell you why, if you are someone who is wondering if ELT conferences are worth it.  Worth the money (and very often it is teachers who self fund to attend).  Worth the time (you may have to use annual leave to attend, or give up a weekend). I’ve had teachers say to me ‘I…

Teachers’ voices

Support groups for EFL teachers in Ireland.   Here are some from LinkedIn – an old one,  Ireland ELT Teachers’ Support Group, and a new one, TEFL teachers in Ireland.    There is the ELT management Ireland support group too, which helps in bringing leadership ideas together and offering a helping hand to those who don’t get…

ICT in the ELT classroom

Our school director, Oliver,  is pretty tech savvy.  He even has qualifications in computers and stuff.  Of the two directors, his responsibilities are academic direction and ICT (as well as being the director).  We share an office and together sit for hours figuring stuff out that will help the teachers and students.  We either start…

11 things

Marisa Constantinides suggested to Rachael Roberts suggested to Carol Goody suggested to Tyson Seburn suggested to Josh Round who suggested to me that this would be a fun blog.  All good people! Sharing 11 random facts – and I must say I really enjoyed reading the others, just for motives of curiosity. I want to know…

A piece of string and a shoe that fits

This time last year I was filling in a forum post on my top 3 books.  It was in the orientation module of my online diploma course in ELT Management with International House London (any DOSs or ADOSs out there thinking of doing this course, by the way – do it!).  While subsequent forums throughout…

Back to the classroom

Being a busy DOS, it’s easy to lose touch with teaching.  There is enough to do, and more, to be honest!  The classroom is at the core of our business, however, and I make a note to myself at the start of each year to get in a teaching stint. What would be ideal for…