With 9 years of post-initial qualification teaching experience (in Indonesia, Sicily and the UK), I am currently juggling the hats of English Tutor, Assistant Director of Studies and Teacher Development Coordinator at the University of Sheffield’s ELTC.
I work with foundation year students and their teachers, and am currently trying to complete my Senior Fellowship application (SFHEA). With regards to TD coordination, I regularly produce a “TD Bulletin” to raise teachers’ awareness of different ways to develop as well as developing other initiatives. My current interest is integrating teacher wellbeing and support into CPD and finding more and better ways to support my teachers.
- September 2012 – September 2013: DELTA, (all three modules) at Leeds Metropolitan University, gaining a triple distinction; M.A. in English Language Teaching (within which the the Delta was integrated), also with distinction.
- IH Young Learner
- IH Tutor Training certificate training courses, in Palermo
- Cambridge speaking examiner training for KET, PET and FCE exams
- Cambridge YL Suite of Starters, Movers and Flyers
- Summer 2014 – a week-long induction prior to starting work on the 10-week pre-sessional programme at the ELTC, in which the majority of the sessions were dedicated to training us in teaching English for Academic purposes and in using relevant tools such as their VLE (virtual learning environment) which is a branded version of Blackboard, Google Drive and Turnitin.
- Peer-reviewed journal article – Looking outwards: using learning materials to help learners harness out-of-class learning opportunities in Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching DOI: 10.1080/17501229.2015.1090997
- Edited book chapter: Harnessing technology to foster learner autonomy via reflection in Teaching Reflectively with Technology
- For the IH Journal – Special interest column – 30 things to enhance your teaching? the first of which appeared in the Autumn 2013 edition.
- Article for the first IATEFL Materials Writing SIG newsletter
- Book reviews for the ETAS (English Teachers Association in Switzerland) journal and for English Teaching Professional magazine.
Materials development, research and presentations
- An exciting achievement was when I won a British Council ELTon (The Macmillan New Talent in Writing Award) for a set of materials that I made for my dissertation project at Leeds Met. I have since worked with an editor from Macmillan to prepare these materials for publication on their Onestopenglish website
- A1 level reading worksheets for Richmond ELT,
- More recently, I have contributed and continue to contribute to in-house EAP materials at my current place of work.
- Presented a number of times at conferences such as MATSDA and IATEFL, based on research done in my own classroom
- Delivered a number of webinars for British Council TeachingEnglish, International House, BELTA and IATEFL TD SIG
- Revisited my old stomping ground (Leeds Met) to deliver some guest sessions on the M.A. ELT Multimedia module.
I’m blogging because I’ve loved reading other teachers’ blogs about their ideas and experiences and want to send my own little boat off into that big sea of shared knowledge. My blog contains information about my materials development, research project and presentations as well as reflective writing, a range of classroom activities and a wealth of links related to the Cambridge Delta and the Leeds Met M.A. ELT.
I have also recently joined forces with Sandy Millin, over at Independent English , a blog aimed at learners of English, full of ideas for independent language learning. Hopefully this collaboration will lead to a proliferation of new ideas! 🙂
Finally, you can find me on Twitter too: @LizziePinard
If you have any training, writing, materials development, research, workshop or presentation – related projects you’d like me to be involved with, please do not hesitate to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
*All views are just my own…