Published 18th January 2018

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration. Sometimes we need to connect with other teachers who are in the classrooms every day, like us. Sometimes we need to share thoughts, ideas and classroom activities that can inject a bit of oomph back into our lessons.

Luckily for us, we have the Internet, which means we don’t even have to be in the same country to be able to connect with other teachers. Here are a few of our favourite blogs to follow (in no particular order) when we need some motivation.

Sandy Millin

Sandy is a teacher, teacher trainer and writer and is currently working as a Director of Studies in Poland. She writes on a personal level but has interesting thoughts on teaching and ideas for the classroom. She is a language learner herself so is able to provide insight into the learning process as well.

TEFLtastic

Alex Case is a teacher, teacher trainer, trainer and Director of Studies, currently in Japan. TEFLtastic is an absolute treasure trove of worksheets and activities to use in the classroom – all free!

Teacher Training Videos

Russell Stannard is an award-winning educational technologist who can usually be found speaking at conferences. His website has loads of videos and lectures on any and all topics related to technology and teaching.

The Language Gym

Gianfranco Conti holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and an MA in TEFL, so he is more than qualified to write a blog! His posts are well-researched and well thought out and he writes on a range of topics related to teaching and learning.

How I See It Now

Hana Ticha is a teacher based in Czech Republic. She blogs about her teaching experiences as well as fun and creative ideas for the classroom.

Anthony Teacher

Anthony Teacher writes highly entertaining posts on teaching methods, theories of learning and linguistics.

ELT Planning

Pete Clements has taught in South Korea, Hungary, the UK, Spain, Vietnam and is currently in Thailand. His blog is a mix of tips and advice, personal stories and lesson plans and ideas.

Lessons Plans Digger

Gosia Kwiatkowska’s blog is a real gem of an ELT blog. Put together with busy teachers in mind, Gosia posts lesson plans, ideas and activities for when you’ve run out of creativity or when you’re looking to supplement your course book.

To be honest, there are so many blogs and bloggers out there dedicated to teaching English as a Foreign Language that you could follow a 1,000 and easily find 1,000 more. These are our favourite blogs at the moment because they are current and blog regularly. If you’re serious about continuous professional development you should definitely take the time to get to know these bloggers and follow their blogs.

If you are more interested in finding out about the travelling aspect of teaching English, there are also loads of blogs that are written by bloggers in specific countries. If you have a particular destination in mind, do some searching and find some teachers who are doing what you want to be doing and follow them to get a glimpse of what to expect.

Happy reading!