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Summary

Sylvia Guinan is an online English teacher, writer and blogger who facilitates professional development online. She uses brain-friendly techniques to help students and teachers around the world. She designs educational materials and runs teacher training courses. Her work is the result of much research into the psychology of learning, as well as hands-on experience with multi-media technology. She blogs and runs courses online and runs her own website. She is also Joint Web Editor for the IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group.

Work History

 Editor - in - Chief

Learning Technologies Special Interest Group IATEFL
May 2015Present

Building, designing and maintaining the website and blog for the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Learning Technologies Special Interest Group.

The Website and blog serve to build, encourage and consolidate a strong international community of teachers who experiment, share, study, conduct academic and action reseach, and present their work and writings to the world stage.

Online English Teacher, Teacher-trainer, Blogger, Professional Development Facilitator

Sylvia's English Online
Jan 2010Present
As an online English Teacher I specialise in exams preparation and business English . I do this through a focused, creative multi-media approach that allows students to excel on multiple levels. The goal is never just the next exam or the next business meeting. The ultimate goal is personal and professional development for students and clients through setting challenges that develop strong linguistic and cognitive skills. That's what makes the difference in language, examinations and in the business world. Through my blogs and webinars I extend my experience to others in the profession. I also organise and facilitate massive open online courses. Writing is the main passion that encompasses everything that I do. My writing takes the form of blogs, books, materials development, visual design, and creating brain-friendly digital courses.

Educational Technology facilitator

WiziQ
Sep 2014Jun 2015

Reaching out to teachers around the world through:

1) Creating and running the new Build your Teaching Business Online course with Jason R. Levine

2) Blogging.

2) Community building through social media.

3) Building free online professional development courses.

4) Organising free online professional development courses.

5) Moderating and running free online professional development courses.

6) Empowering teachers to set up their own online courses.

7) Supporting teachers in using educational technology.

8) Encouraging creative uses of technology for pedagogical purposes.

Professional Development facilitator

WiziQ
Apr 2012Present

I have organised, facilitated and presented at numerous online conferences on the subjects of educational technology, innovation, creativity, language learning and blogging.

The webinars have included professional development courses on WiziQ, The Virtual Round Table, The Electronic Village Online, The Reform Symposium and EFL Talks.

Apart from presenting at conferences online, I have helped run, organise and moderate the ELT MOOCs on WiziQ, co-create The Build Your Teaching Business Online Course with Jason R.Levine, promote and blog about The Reform Symposium and moderate Shelly Terrell's EVO annual eperfect ebook writer's initiative.

Most recently I was Buzz Agent, Social Media Content Creator and Workshop leader for the Digital Ireland ELT Conference 2015, as well as being plenary speaker for Digital ELT in 2014. I also presented at TESOL Greece 2015.

I am now Joint Content Editor for the IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group.

Business English Online

Virtual Teacher's Agency
Mar 2012Jun 2014

Teaching socialising business English  English, presentations, meetings, negotiations, emailing to Japanese business clients.

Educational Blogger for WiZiQ

www.WizIQ.com
Jan 2013Oct 2015
I blog about teaching English online, online learning, psychology of learning, brain-friendly tools, methods, resources, environments and communities.

Contributing Blogger at Fair Languages

Fair Languages
Jan 2012Sep 2014
Blogging about teaching online, creativity, education and edupreneuring. My column is called Brainfriendly insights.

Online English Teacher

WiziQ
Jan 2010May 2013

Running group courses online for IELTS, Advanced English, Film & news courses, and many other courses that you can see on my moodle learning management system.Experimenting with creative games, poetry, stories and music in the online broadcasting Edupunk movement.

ELT Writer

Kaplan International Colleges
Jul 2012Aug 2012

Contract as digital content developer and writer.

Exam specialist

Freelance English Language teacher.
Sep 2000Jun 2005

I specialised in running group exam classes, mostly for proficiency level with university students from 2000 to 2005.

English Language Teacher

English Language school Terzis
Sep 2000Jun 2001

Teaching all levels for general English; specialising in speaking, writing, grammar, listening and exam preparation.

English Language teacher

The Emerald Cultural institute, Palmerston Park Rathgar
Jun 2000Sep 2000

Summer school

Teaching international students at intermediate level. emphasis on communication, speaking, fun and fluency development.

Primary school teacher

Sep 1999Jun 2000

Teaching first and second class students ( 6-7 year olds)

Experience with specific learning disabilities.

Academic editor/proof reader

Democritus University of Thrace
Oct 1996Jun 1998

Editing and proofreading translated papers for PhD students and tutoring University students on a one to one basis in the English language

Editing and proofreading academic papers for university professors

ESL teacher

Terzis language school
Oct 1994Jun 1998

I taught all levels of students from beginners to proficiency and specuialised in exam preparation, grammar, listening, writing and speaking skills.

Education

Higher Diploma in Education

National University of Ireland
Sep 1992Jun 1993

Teacher training for secondary schools

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and History.

National University of Ireland Galway 
Sep 1989Jun 1992

Skills

Teaching English online

As an online English Teacher I specialise in exams preparation, conversational and business English .

I do this through a focused, creative multi-media approach that allows students to excel on multiple levels.

The goal is never just the next exam or the next business meeting. The ultimate goal is personal and professional development for students and clients through setting challenges that develop strong linguistic and cognitive skills.

Professional Development Facilitation and Teacher Training

I have organised, facilitated and presented at numerous online conferences on the subjects of educational technology, innovation, creativity, language learning and blogging.


Blogging and Writing

Blogging about teaching English online, online learning, psychology of learning, brain-friendly tools, methods, resources, environments and communities.

I also write ebooks and publish stories.

Web Editor

Co-building, designing and maintaining the website and blog for the Learning Technologies SIG in association with the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

eLearning Design and Materials Development

Designing multi-media courses and content

Business English Presentations, & Social Networking

Business English specialisations online.