A: Why are you washing your dishes in the bathtub? Do you usually wash your dishes
in the bathtub?
B: No, I don't usually wash my dishes in the bathtub, but I'm washing my dishes in
the bathtub today because my sink is broken.
Having never stayed in one place for more than a couple of years since I was 18 and despite many years of living abroad, suddenly with a family, my life has become very stable! I now live in the same road that I grew up in - I put it down to hormones; as soon as I had children it was like a salmon coming back to the spawning ground...
In 2010, I did an MA in ELT at Warwick University (which inspired elt-training.com) and in 2014, I was appointed Senior Teaching Fellow there, teaching on the MA programme. Along the way, just to fill in my spare time (!) I've had three gorgeous children, done a lot of speaking at conferences and in other colleges and acquired a cat.
ELT-Training arose from a problem. This was that on the CELTA course we frequently interview trainees who have great potential as teachers, but whose knowledge of grammar isn't strong enough to allow us to give them a place on the course. We also find that trainees who we have taken on and who have some knowledge of grammar often find that (not) knowing the nomenclature and the systems of their native language is a major stumbling block in their training. If you have learnt a foreign language to an advanced level, you probably have a good grasp of how languages hang together. If you are over 80 years old (as my parents are), you may have parsed sentences into their constituent elements and learnt Latin. However, if you do not fall into one of these categories (as I didn't), you probably don't know much about English grammar, despite the fact that you can speak the language eloquently and write it fluently!There are lots of great grammar books out there, and you can learn it this way, but sometimes it's hard to know where to start. I wanted to develop a pre-course that would give trainees a basic grounding and the tools to go away, reflect on it and study further themselves and discovering a lot more about technology in my MA course with Russell Stannard at Warwick, I decided that this provided a possible space to run such a course. And here we are! I've had some very positive feedback from trainees so far, and I really hope that you find it helpful.