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Trying to keep fit. Learning to play musical instruments and collecting them. Developing a personallearning network and keeping a blog about my Arabic learning


Developing as a primary and early years specialist while continuing to develop teacher training, and teacher development competencies.


Currently working for the British Council Singapore's Teacher Development Centre.

Nearly ten years of varied, developmental teaching, training, leading and examining on three continents.

Successfully completed MA TESOL & Teacher Education. Working on carving journal articles from dissertation currently.

• Awarded Trinity TESOL Certificate (2003) & Cambridge Diploma in ELT (2006) Young Learner extension certificate (2009).• Skilled at customizing courses, course writing, client relationship management, and product / project development.• Led numerous workshops at conferences:IATEFL BESIG, ISTEK, ATEL,VRT, BETA, RATE and in-house for British Council.

Some things I do

Work experience

Jun 2011Present

Pre-sessional tutor & teacher trainer

University of Manchester

Teacher Educator  

Worked with a group of Chinese English teachers.

Focus areas:

  • Advanced Language knowledge
  • British Cultural Studies
  • Teaching and Learning Languages

Pre-sessional Course Tutor

Working with undergraduate and post-graduate humanities students,  preparing them for Anglo-Amercian Academia and their lives in Manchester more generally. Focus on skills development within an EAP paradigm. Here is a link to our class blog

Aug 2012Present

Teacher Trainer

British Council Singapore

Teacher Development Centre

Working in a team of teacher trainers. Trained to be a CELTA assistant course tutor.

Leading public courses on Pronunciation, Text Types, Kindergarten teaching, Grammar and more  for teachers, assistants, parents and tutors.

Working on projects, like the whole school approach to effective communication, for the Ministry of Education, districts, and schools. 

Oct 2011Jul 2012

Freelance Teacher Trainer

British Council Palestine

Researching, writing and delivering workshops for Palestinian Ministry of Education, UNRWA and university ELT trainees on:

  • spelling & punctuation,
  • giving motivating feedback on writing,
  • informal assessment,
  • doing listening

I delivered three off the shelf British Council Classroom Language courses to pre-service teachers at Hebron University.

I completed a research report  about pre-service teacher education in Palestine.

I worked with a variety of teachers on less formal teacher development activities (helping with research, lesson & course planning, editing a newsletter for Palestinian ELTs)

May 2011Jul 2011

Reading for academic purposes tutor

Iraqi Student Project

Working with 7 Iraqi students who planned to enter US colleges in the coming academic year. Focus areas included academic reading:

  • developing students' critical reading skills
  • extending students using genre analysis
Jun 2011Jun 2011

Writing Skills Workshop Leader

Agha Khan Development Network

Successfully ran a customized one day writing skills workshop for twelve Agha Khan employees and volunteers.

Sep 2010Mar 2011

Lecturer - Effective Writing

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management
  • Developed my teaching of writing by bringing new insights on culture, motivation, feedback, error correction linked to my MA project, presentation here (download version has audio).
  • Used new tools, moodle and etherpad in my classroom blend.
  • Taught EAP to foundation level students entering a University context.
Sep 2007Sep 2010

Corporate Training Manager

British Council
  • Generated GBP45K of income (2009-10) and had input on academic affairs.
  • Gained qualifications: CELTYL extension, IMA (interactive marketing award), began MA.
  • Designed, wrote and successfully delivered online courses using screencasting.
  • Line managed and supported trainers, hourly paid teachers, & mentored state school teachers.
  • Led workshops on assessment for state school teachers
  • Ran collegial training sessions on teaching 'culture', integrating technology, and pronunciation.
  • Published a book chapter on work in this period 
Jul 2005Jul 2007

Teacher of English

British Council

• Led teacher training sessions for colleagues on using blogs and on pronunciation andspeaking for Thai state school FL teachers.• Began experimenting with using blogs in ELT providing a new medium and audience for learners.• Completed DELTA & IELTS examiner training.

Feb 2002Jun 2005

Teacher of English / Social Programme Manager / Summer operations manager

ISIS education and Travel / Greenwich School of English

ISIS Greenwich School of English, London, Jan 2002 - June 2005Teacher of English / Social Programme Manager / Summer operations Manager (FT)• Led on logistics and extra-curricular activities for large groups.• Developed my teaching over a wide variety of levels and ages in multilingual classes, includingtime on secondment to a US summer camp teaching 1:1 to VIP non-native speaker youngsters.

Oct 2000Jun 2001

Student Activities Organiser

Westminster Kingsway College

Youth work role in challenging south London environment.

Led training sessions on computer skills, and driving theory.

Attended training about young men and sexuality provided by the FPA.Organised a number of events, including college talent shows.


Sep 2009Sep 2012

MA TESOL and Educational Technology

University of Manchester


General Computer Skills
Can use MS office, or open office equivalents of Excel, Word, Power point.
Developing Personal Learning Networks on Twitter
Bulgarian Language
A1 - beginner Bulgarian.
French Language
A2 (Common European Framework) spoken French, based on schoolboy GCSE French, plus time living in the French speaking part of Switzerland.  
Arabic Language
A1 (CEF Level) One month study at University of Damascus, and four months living in Syria.