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ALEX- I have 22 years' experience in TEFL. After gaining my CELTA in Madrid after university (BA Business and Law), I taught in Barcelona for 6 years before returning to the UK. I have worked in various TEFL specialisms over the years, from general English in traditional language schools, to exam preparation, private lessons, online teaching, Business English, young learners, and TEFL publishing, in positions ranging from EFL teacher to DOS. I have been involved in EFL teacher training for the last 10 years, involving face to face and online tutoring as well as writing course materials, and most recently completed a course to become a Linguaskill speaking examiner.
I have worked for Tefl.org since very shortly after it began in 2008. I started as a classroom tutor doing the face-to-face 20 and 30-hour courses and have been an online tutor too for around 8 years now. I am also directly involved in writing online course materials for an accredited TEFL training organization.
THOMAS- I am currently the Online & Academic Manager at TEFL Org, where I have worked since 2008.
I have been teaching English for 32 years, and a teacher trainer for 25 years. I have taught in France & Portugal, but most of my teaching has been in Madrid, Spain, where I have been living now for 30 years.
I have taught from general English in traditional language schools, to exam preparation, private lessons, online teaching, Business English, young learners in positions ranging from EFL teacher to Director of Studies. I was also a Cambridge examiner at the British Council for several years. My experience as an online teacher trainer started in 2000.
Over the years, I have also written teaching materials for online and face to face learning.
My qualifications include a TEFL certificate, Trinity Diploma in Teaching English as a second/another language, and a master's degree in Education Leadership & Management.
DEE- My name is Denise. I have been involved in the TEFL world for almost 40 years. I started teaching English locally when I was a young adult to new immigrants. I went to university as a mature student at the ripe old age of 24, where I graduated with a BA (Hons).
In 1992, I completed my CELTA teacher training. In the wake of the Barcelona Olympics, I moved to Spain, where I worked as an English teacher, head of studies, and a school director before opening my language school. Throughout my time in Spain, I was involved in teacher training and professional development courses, as well as communication skills training for high-level business executives in English. I also worked as a coursebook writer and editor for an EFL publishing company. I started writing and working with blended learning courses when they were in their infancy, which led to the advent of 100% online learning in the early 2000s.
I am also an Internal Quality Assessor and have also written several TEFL training courses over the last 20 years.
ASIF- I started academic and professional life in the law; however, I often found myself in situations where I was having to decipher, learn, analyze, or teach aspects of language. As this took-up more and more of my time, the decision to make language my full-time occupation did not take long to make, and I became and remain a secondary-school teacher, the classroom being my favorite place. Knowing what you do needs a firm understanding of language, to which I credit my academic grounding in applied linguistics and many years in the classroom. Academically, my primary research interest lies in language testing, a field in which I have supervised several research candidates, some at the doctoral level. This affords me an in-depth understanding of the thinking behind the syllabuses and exams you will come across in different parts of the world. It allows me to take a step back and fit exams and the like into a fit-for-purpose context.
I have worked for an accredited TEFL training organization for 10 years as a classroom and online tutor. My qualifications include a master's degree in Applied Linguistics and a master's degree in TESOL. I may be preparing executives for a press conference one weekend; I may be teaching basic English to refugees another, delivering teacher-training courses the weekend after, and marking online assessments too.