Our Top 8 ESL Teacher Blogs To Follow
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Sometimes we all need a little inspiration. Sometimes we need to connect with other teachers who are in the classrooms every day, like us. 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 our top 8 ESL teacher blogs to follow (in no particular order) when we need some motivation.
ESL Teacher Blogs
Sandy is a teacher, teacher trainer and writer and is currently working as a Director of Studies in Poland. She writes her ESL teacher Blogs 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.
Sandy is super passionate about teaching english and strives to grow professionally day by day. She regularly attends conferences in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and the UK. Also, presenting at TESOL France (2011) and Innovate ELF (2016) conferences. Sandy is also a member of IATEFL. Some really interesting pieces that she has recently included; ‘Testing Times’, ‘The End of Normal Teaching’ and ‘Ideas for Adapting Group Lessons’
Alex Case is a teacher, teacher trainer, trainer and Director of Studies. TEFLtastic has experience in Turkey, Thailand, UK, Spain, Greece, Italy, Japan and Korea and has now settled in Japan. Alex has been a Cambridge Delta tutor and various other positions in the ESL teacher world for the last 23 years. This ESL teacher blog was set up in 2007 to help other people along the way and share the wisdom they have gathered over the years.
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.
Teacher Training Videos was set up at the start of 2007. The ESL teacher blog serves to offer free videos to its audience. The main focus is around helping teachers incorporate technology into their teaching and learning. Teachers often feel overwhelmed by the range of technology that is available. The moto of this ESL teacher blog is ‘Simple Tech Help for Teachers’.
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 ESL teacher blog! His posts are well-researched and well thought out and he writes on a range of topics related to teaching and learning.
Gianfranco has been in the business for over 30 years, so he knows a thing or two! Some recent articles he has written include, ‘How to Design and Use Narrow Reading’, ‘Listening as Part of an Integrated Instructional Sequence’ and ‘Language Teachers and Research – Of Growth Seekers and I-Know-Best Autocrats’
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. Hana has over 25 years of experience as an EFL teacher and holds a number of teaching qualifications in the field. She is extremely passionate about thought-provoking discussion on ELF topics and education. The ‘How I See It Now’ door is always open to DM’s to according to Hana. So feel free to go ahead and ask!
Anthony Teacher writes highly entertaining posts on teaching methods, theories of learning and linguistics. This ESL teacher blog is a little on the complex side but if you ready to dive in at the deep end, go for it! Anthony has covered topics like;
- The Cost of International Education
- Big Data in Education: Piddling around with IPEDS
- The data are/is in!
- Statistics: What does the data mean?
- Statistics: Know your limits
- Playing with PlayPhrase
Pete Clements has taught in South Korea, Hungary, the UK, Spain, Vietnam and is currently in Thailand. His ESL teacher blog is a mix of tips and advice, personal stories and lesson plans and ideas. The blog is self described as a collection of teaching tips, reviews, reflections and bad puns! (which we are always up for). There a tonnes of exciting topics on this blog but the following has really caught our attention of late. ‘Self-Observation of Online Teaching’ and ‘ELT Publishing Professionals – It it Worth Signing Up?’
Lessons Plans Digger
Gosia Kwiatkowska’s blog is a real gem of an ESL teacher 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.
Gosia has been an ESL teacher for a pretty long time, with experience in Poland, Dominican Republic, Spain, and Germany. As she says herself “What I love about my job is that it constantly keeps me on my toes, it is never boring and allows me to unleash my inner performer.” Gosia is always on the lookout for new ideas and is open to sharing interesting stories with other teachers.
Our Top ESL Teacher Blogs
To be honest, there are so many ESL teacher blogs 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.
Should finding out about the travelling aspect of teaching English interest you, 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.
Disclaimer: The TEFL Academy has no relationship with these blogs; we believe our teachers will find them useful and informative. Ideas and opinions expressed by these bloggers are not necessarily the same as that of The TEFL Academy.
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- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.