The Hook: Helping Students Love English
Published on Apr 9, 2013
Sandy talks about the tips & ideas for continuing professional development that we can get from the IATEFL conference; how we can help students to build and retain vocabulary and what we can do to make our students love English.
Sandy is a native English speaker, currently living and working in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north-east England.
From 2007 to 2008 I did my CELTA (Certificate in English Teaching to Adults) part-time at Durham University Language Centre during my final year of university.
From 2008 to 2011 I worked at International House Brno as an EFL teacher September-June and for Kaplan / WELS International Centres (formerly owned by IH) at their Ardingly Centre in the UK for a few weeks each July and August. I am now working for International House Newcastle (since July 2011).
I am passionate about teaching, and am constantly trying to develop professionally. To that end, I am a member of twitter (@sandymillin) where I follow many interesting educators who constantly provide useful tips – highly recommended. I have attended local conferences in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and international conferences in Paris (2011) and Glasgow (2012). I am a member of both TESOL France and IATEFL.
I have also completed the following additional teaching certificates:
IH BET (Business English Certificate, 2008-2009)
IHCYL (Young Learners Certificate, 2009-2010)
IH CAM (Certificate in Advanced Methodology>, 2010-2011)
IH COLT (Certificate in Online Tutoring, Oct-Nov 2011)
In my free time, I love reading, Bookcrossing (@sandyundead), films and travelling. However, my main addiction is learning languages. I currently speak English, French, German, Spanish, some Czech and a very little Modern Greek. If you would like to practice any of these languages with me, please let me know!
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