19 episodes

Interviews, panel talks, and professional development sessions for English Language professionals.

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Interviews, panel talks, and professional development sessions for English Language professionals.

    Roles in ELT: What does an ELT Consultant do?

    Roles in ELT: What does an ELT Consultant do?

    In the first episode of our Roles in ELT mini-series,  we chat to freelance author, teacher trainer and consultant Emma Heyderman. 

    We discuss the various responsibilities of an ELT consultant,  the experience required to be effective in the role and how to get into consulting. We also discuss fees, timelines, and why language schools and publishers may require a consultant's services. 
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    • 44 min
    The Editing Series: In-House vs Freelancing

    The Editing Series: In-House vs Freelancing

    In the final episode of our editing series, we chat to Catherine Zgouras - a teacher, teacher trainer & writer who has worked as a freelance editor and now works for Alef Education as an ELT specialist. 

    We discuss the differences and similarities between freelancing and working in-house, as well as tips and advice for giving constructive feedback to authors. We talk about the differences between editing materials for different age ranges, and how to develop your skills as an ELT editor. 



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    • 37 min
    The Editing Series: Editing Assessments

    The Editing Series: Editing Assessments

    In the second episode of our editing series, we chat to Noel Smaragdakis - a writer and editor with more than six years of experience in academic publishing and TESOL writing.

    We discuss the process of editing ELT assessments and test items, as well as the skills and qualities an assessment editor needs.  Noel outlines the differences between editing assessments and academic papers, and how to give constructive editorial feedback. He also shares his thoughts on the future of ELT editing. 

    Noel Smaragdakis has worked as an editor and writer for various international education companies, including Kaplan, Inc., the British Council’s EnglishScore, and has produced preparation tests for IELTS (Academic and General) and TOEIC. 
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    • 41 min
    The Editing Series: Being an ELT editor

    The Editing Series: Being an ELT editor

    In our first episode of 2022, we chat to two experts with extensive ELT editing experience: Karen Spiller, co-founder of ELT Teacher 2 Writer & ELT Publishing Professionals, and Karen White,  co-founder of ELT Teacher 2 Writer. 

    We discuss how to get into editing and what new ELT editors can expect in their role.  Our guest experts share their advice on moving from in-house editing to being freelance, their thoughts on what makes a good ELT editor, and emerging roles within the world of ELT editing.


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    • 49 min
    How to Write Successful Teaching Materials

    How to Write Successful Teaching Materials

    In this episode, we chat to teacher, teacher trainer and  Coordinator of the IATEFL Materials Writing Special Interest Group (MaWSIG IATEFL), Aleksandra Popovski.
    We discuss different types of teaching materials and how teachers can create, personalise and deliver their own successful materials. Aleksandra shares her advice and top tips on how teachers can start writing their own materials, what types of activities learners might enjoy, and why it's essential for teachers to consider themselves as materials writers. 
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    • 41 min
    How to Write Primary Materials

    How to Write Primary Materials

    In this episode, we speak to ELT author & Teacher Trainer Katherine Bilsborough, who has written over 100 course books and online courses, and is the author of 'How to write Primary Materials' (ELT Teacher 2 Writer). 

    Kath shares her top tips and advice for writing primary materials for both materials writers and teachers, and shares some engaging activities for primary-aged learners. We discuss things to keep in mind when writing and teaching young learners, and where to learn more about writing age-appropriate materials. 




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    • 49 min

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