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Spring/March 2015 - Vol 29 No 1
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Dear Everybody,

Welcome to the first issue of our 29th Volume! Rod Bolitho is well known for his classic co-authored book Discover English and so we are very fortunate to have a lead article by him on page 2 about language awareness in teacher education and training. It includes lots of practical tasks.

There are plenty of other articles useful for those working with pre-service and in-service teachers too. The business of trainers giving demonstration lessons in authentic classes is discussed on page 6. A way of mentoring to make sure teachers use EFL video activities effectively is detailed on page 9. The article on page 17 reports on an attempt to encourage student teachers to be more autonomous themselves, rather than simply asking them to encourage autonomy amongst their own students. And, if you have access to newer technology, you might be interested in the article on page 21 that shows how a piece of software can improve teachers’ English and give them experience of co-operative activities in the teacher training and then the language learning class room.


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:
Lucia Cunderlikova, Slovakia
Emma Cosgrave, Singapore
Virginia Collinge, Australia
Lauren Kenyon, UK
Rudolph Schaeppi, Thailand
Michael Fennel, UK
Cambridge Education Group
Illya Arnet, Switzerland
Tim Melling, UK
The Anglo Mexican Foundation, Mexico
Linnaeus University, Sweden
Indu Arora, USA
Liliana Sanchez, Mexico
Dorothy Metaxopoulou, Vietnam
Anna Provodnikova, Russian Federation



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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:

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