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Spring/March 2016 - Vol 30 No 1
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Dear Everybody,

Welcome to a very special bumper issue with a full 32 pages this time. It’s the first issue of our 30th, Volume! Yes, the journal is thirty years old now so we are celebrating! The issue is available as usual in this print edition and also online. Also online is a free selection of back articles and some extras in TTTJ Plus!
As this is a special issue it has some unusual features. On the inside front cover, you can see the banners of friendly organisations who have stuck with us over the years. On page 2 is a piece about the thirty years of the publication. I thought it was time that the rest of the journal team took a bow too so you will find their friendly faces on page 9. Lots of readers have written in with appreciative memories of the 90 issues so far! You can see their comments on page14. I invited writers who have often been published in our pages to write for this special issue. Happily, Penny Ur, Alan Maley, Briony Beaven, Nicky Hockly, and Jill Hadfield responded to my invitation with enthusiasm. A small change is that, from now on, I will include, in each issue, full information on preparing an article to send in to the journal (See page 11) and on subscribing (See page 17).

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The Fair List, UK was short-listed

The Fair List, UK was short-listed for a British Council ELTons award.
This will help mightily with letting people know what The Fair List is and does!

If you would like to support The Fair List and read more current news about it, please visit


New Subscribers!

Here are some recent additions to our community of teacher trainers, mentors and teacher educators:
Helen Strong, Germany
British Council, Burma
Gelareh Naji-Holbrook, Scotland
Georgeta Bradatan, UK
Deniz Hinds, USA
Melitta Breitender, Austria
John Hughes, UK
Rashidah Chowdhury, Saudi Arabia
Steve Button, UK
Laura Brunwin, Spain
Shinji Matsuzawa, Japan
Suzan Ozgelen Yilmaz, Turkey
Catherine McFarlane, Spain
Durham University
Said Dahmani, Algeria
Daniel Flynn, Colombia



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Tessa Woodward's web events

If you would like to watch some webinars given by Tessa and relevant to teacher training, please try the following links:

Teachers as Writers: Writing Your Way to Professional Development
The Professional Life Cycles of Teachers

‘Enjoying personal and professional creativity’
In this IATEFL webinar (available to view if you are a member of IATEFL at Tessa encouraged participants to consider what creativity involves, if it’s a good thing, and whether we are born creative or can learn to be more so. If we can learn to be even more creative than we already are, then what classic techniques can we employ and what can we apply them to?

British Council event November 29th 2014:
'Can continuing professional development change lives?'
This event for English language teaching professionals was streamed live from Delhi and London. Don't worry if you missed it, you can watch it again in full on the BC YouTube channel.

Opening plenary IATEFL conference
by Tessa Woodward

Tessa Woodward, the editor of The Teacher Trainer journal, gave the opening plenary at the IATEFL conference in Harrogate, UK in April, 2010. The topic was "The professional life cycles of teachers". Below you can watch Part 1 of her plenary.

Part 2 (approx.  45 minutes) of Tessa's Opening Plenary is available on the IATEFL web site. Please follow this link to continue viewing.

Tessa was also the October 2009 guest writer for the BBC Teaching English web site. And the subject was all about being a teacher trainer! You can still see her articles on the 'Guest Writer' section:

Digital Subscriptions:

This is now a very popular way to subscribe, giving our readers a print journal for the bookshelf along with an easy to read version on your computer screen. All digital subscriptions give access to our archives from Volume 20 onwards along with the latest issue. Our website is secure for receiving payments for digital subscriptions.

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