Teaching is…Gracie Barra

The following was written by my Gracie Barra Roma Termini jiu jitsu teammate Ana Požeg in our WhatsApp group chat following an outstanding training seminar with the great Victor Estima. Originally in Italian (at the bottom of the page), Ana was kind enough to translate it into English. Thank you. Oss. Teaching is one of [...]


Marks and Mindset

Conditioning learners to pass an exam isn't my favourite part of my job. Training seals to jump through hoops isn't teaching. I tell my exam students this: "this is a game, there are rules and you'll have to dance to this tune to get a certificate. OK?" I try to hide my bitterness. If I [...]

Marjorie Rosenberg, what’s your WHY?

This is a real honour! Marjorie Rosenberg has spent a lifetime in ELT, including as IATEFL President from 2015 to 2017. You can read more on her extensive work on her blog Learner as Teacher and website marjorierosenberg.com. Age: 69 Hometown: Graz, Austria (originally from New Jersey and then New York) Previous teaching experience: teaching [...]

Sandy Millin, what’s your WHY?

Age: 33 Origins: England Current roles: Director of Studies, IH Bydgoszcz; CELTA trainer. Previous teaching experience: 10 years, mostly in various IH schools, including in the Czech Republic, the UK, other countries in Europe, South America, Asia and North America. WHY? To enable others to communicate. To help to spread professionalism through English language teaching. HOW? [...]

Bronte Rose Ainsley, what’s your WHY?

Age: 23 Hometown: Billingham, North-East England Current roles: English Teacher at IH Palermo London School Previous Teaching Experience: English Teacher at IH Riga Satva WHY? Is it bad that my WHY is a little selfish? Of course I share many of the same goals as the other teachers in this series: to enable communication, the [...]

Alister McCarty, what’s your WHY?

Age: 33 Hometown: Belfast, Northern Ireland. Current roles: Teacher, IH Riga, Latvia. Founder, Al's Action English. Previous teaching experience:  Maths teachers, UK, 2008-11; Head of Maths, UK, 2012-16 WHY? 1. Despite achieving top marks in French and German at 16, I was largely unable to communicate with a real person, having been TAUGHT predominantly in [...]