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March 06, 2021 07:49 AM PST

This episode is the latest in a series of interviews with ELT influencers, chosen by our TDSIG competition winners. This time Tania speaks to Jim Scrivener, who was chosen by Oleg Lesechko. They speak about demand high teaching and how to apply it in the classroom.

January 26, 2021 09:44 AM PST

This episode is the second part of our look at our web conference with GISIG at the end of 2020. The event centred around Race and Queerness in ELT, and this time we’ll be speaking to two of our presenters, Taylor Veigga and Akemi Iwasa, who spoke about issues related to race.

Taylor’s Presentation at the Web Carnival:


Useful Links Taylor mentioned:


Akemi’s Presentation at the Web Carnival:


January 03, 2021 04:14 PM PST

James and Christian reflect on aspects of the recent TDSIG/GISIG web carnival on 'Race and Queerness in ELT'.

In this episode the focus is on inclusion from the point of view of queerness. Christian interviews Adam Scott, who expands on his talk "Making ELT Resources More LGBTQI+ Inclusive".

Adam is a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer and is also involved in a collaborative teacher development project Brighton Language Teachers
@BLTeachers. He may be contacted on social media @teachadam

Adam Scott's talk:

Helen Slee's talk:

David Valente's talk:

The ABCs of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+

December 01, 2020 01:58 AM PST

This episode is the third in a series of interviews with 'ELT influencers' chosen by our TDSIG competition winners.

Nik Peachey talks about his early involvement in technology and the likely forthcoming evolutions in language learning technology including artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Nik is interviewed by Christian and answers questions conceived by teacher, trainer and EdTech enthusiast Tamara Parsons, who was one of the TDSIG competition winners.

Nik Peachey is Director of Pedagogy at Peachey Publications, an independent digital publishing company that specialises in the design of digital learning materials. He has been involved in Education since 1990 and has more than 20 years experience of working specifically with online and blended learning environments.
He has worked all over the world training teachers and developing innovative and creative products and is a two-time British Council Innovations award winner.
His customers include British Council, Eton College, Open University, Google Creative Labs and International House.

His more recent projects have included two years as pedagogical manager for a 100% online school owned by Macmillan ELT, Head of Content development for EtonX a 100% online school owned by Eton College and content developer for an English and Interfaith Dialogue course designed for the British Council and Al-Azhar University in Cairo.

His books include:
Hacking Creativity (Shortlisted for the 2020 British Council award for Innovation in Teacher resources) https://payhip.com/b/HDeb
Digital Tools for Teachers - Trainer's edition (Shortlisted for the 2018 British Council award for Innovation in Teacher resources) https://payhip.com/b/B34N
Thinking Critically through Digital Media https://payhip.com/b/CjXN
Digital Video - A Manual for Language Teachers (Winner of the 2016 British Council award for Innovation in Teacher resources) https://payhip.com/b/5n90
Conversation & Listening - A series of lesson for the digital classroom https://payhip.com/b/7fru

He also co-edited Creativity in the ELT Classroom and Creativity and the Sustainable Development Goals for the British Council
He is editor of the Edtech & ELT Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/technogogy/

Company Website: https://peacheypublications.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NikPeachey
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikpeachey

Tamara Parsons is a teacher, trainer, EdTech enthusiast, conference speaker and founder of ELT.Training, a collaborative organisation with the aim of sharing teacher development ideas.


October 28, 2020 06:50 AM PDT

In this, the 25th episode of Developod, we look back on our careers as teachers with the help of the TDSIG committee. Plus we have a chat with our coordinator Tyson Seburn on the history of TDSIG and our upcoming Web Carnival (tdsig.org/webcarnival)

September 19, 2020 07:40 AM PDT

This episode is the second in a series of interviews with ELT influencers, chosen by our TDSIG competition winners. We hear from Jane Willis, who clarifies aspects of Task-Based Learning, for Jo, who is a teacher in Colombia and one of the competition winners.

Show notes including Jane's bio. and useful links are available at: http://bit.ly/developod24

PLUS! We'd like to know more about how you listen to Developod, so to help us, please complete the survey at the link below - We'd appreciate it!

August 28, 2020 05:24 AM PDT

This episode is the first in a series of interviews with ELT influencers, chosen by our TDSIG competition winners. We kick things off with an interview with drama specialist David Farmer, who was chosen by Thais Olivieri. Tania asks him about introverted learners and how drama can be used for more than just getting students speaking.

David Farmer’s website:

To access his free online course:

Other useful links to drama related materials

We'd like to know more about how you listen to Developod, so to help us, please complete the survey at the link below - we'd appreciate it!


July 16, 2020 07:16 AM PDT

In this episode, Christian, Tania and James look back on the past three episodes and reflect on the themes of teaching online, mental health and the impact of Black Lives Matter on ELT.


Emergency Remote Teaching Playbook https://mailchi.mp/078478802be2/free-playbook-emergency-remote-teaching

Episodes of Developod discussed:

Episode 19 - Teaching Online https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/developod/episodes/2020-04-15T15_59_04-07_00

Episode 20 - Mental Health With Phil Longwell

Episode 21 - Avoiding Burnout With Rachael Roberts

June 18, 2020 01:07 PM PDT

Continuing on with the theme of Mental Health, in this episode Tania interviews Rachel Roberts, a teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer, avid blogger, and life coach. Using their own personal experiences as examples, they discuss the causes of teacher burnout, key symptoms and warning signs, and ideas and resources to help avoid and deal with unhealthy stress levels.




May 22, 2020 07:39 AM PDT

To mark Mental Health Week in the UK, in this episode Christian interviews Phil Longwell, a teacher, teacher trainer and mental health advocate. They discuss Phil's personal experiences with mental health issues, what ELT employers can do to help their employees, and what teachers can do to manage their own well being.

Phil's blog: https://teacherphili.com/

IATEFL Q&A on Phil Longwell’s Webinar on Mental Health in ELT:

Screencast Recording from Phil Longwell on Improving the Mental Health of English Language Teachers:

Blog from Phil Longwell on Covid-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing:

Mental Health First Aid Training Courses e.g.:

Free courses:

Understand the Physiological impact of lockdown on our Wellbeing and Mental Health on Maudsley Learning and Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s course (the UK's premier mental health training organisation): https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/psychological-impact-of-covid-19

Help Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression with the University of Reading: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/low-mood-during-covid-19

Manage Mental Health and Stress on Coventry University's course: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/managing-mental-health

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