Dan O'Toole

November 2020

Teaching and training ELT practitioners in Cameroon, like other low-resource contexts, is primarily characterised by hierarchical structures that quickly breed a fixed cycle of teaching and learning. In this kind of situation, it becomes very challenging to change directions since practitioners are comfortable in the way they already do things. Having experienced this on the …

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March 2021

In Globe, in recognition of the building pressures on language teachers around the world, we commissioned the Mental Health Professional Learning Community. Run by Phil Longwell, this is an active group that discusses risks, mitigations and strategies for supporting mental health across the profession.

August 2021

We are delighted that Sarah Mount has just been appointed as the new Treasurer of the IATEFL Literature Special Interest Group (LITSIG). Sarah will both lend her financial expertise and contribute to the growth of the group as a whole on a volunteer basis. Alan Pulverness remains an advisor to the LITSIG committee.

August 30, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Globe – our Communities of Practice and ELT Incubator – is now free for all. Although this online collaborative community is in its infancy, we do have a large number of mentors already initiating their communities of practice (15 in total). We have committed significant research and development funds …

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British Council ESFE Programmatic Framework

Chinese temple + Skyscraper: Photo by Arisa Chattasa on Unsplash In December 2020, British Council East Asia commissioned Alan Mackenzie to develop a detailed technical proposal for a programmatic framework shifting the strategy for English for Education Systems (EES) within the East Asia region away from providing teacher training to a delivery innovation, research and insight-led approach, …

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Materials & Resources Development PLC MATSDA Presentation

Materials & Resources Development PLC MATSDA Presentation In their book ‘Creative approaches to problem-solving’, Scott et al (2011) advocate seeing problems as challenges and welcoming challenges as opportunities to get creative. During a Coffee and Chat in the Globe Virtual Café back in May this year, we talked about the challenges of online teaching and …

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