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An article by the C Group member Peter Brereton and Shoko Kita exploring their understandings and experiences of teaching creativity is in the new Teacher Development Academic Journal from IATEFL's TDSIG.
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A very, very sad day... Paul Davis, a Senior Pilgrims trainer and author of many influential books, passed on 6th May in Cambridge, where he lived. Paul was a beautifully eccentric soul, a brilliant mind, a maverick, as kind and generous as he was mischievous, and one heck of a trainer. A(nother) HUGE chunk of Pilgrims (and the whole ELT world) gone. He will be sorely missed. The Pilgrims community is grieving his loss and gathers around our friend and colleague Hania, Paul's longtime partner.
This is just to remind C Group members that they can access free-of-charge the British Council publication, Developing Expertise Through Experience. Click on the image to be directed to the British Council page:
The link will take you to a page where you can access:
~ Developing Expertise Through Experience. (the book)
~ Developing Expertise Through Experience: Ideas for continuing professional development.
The book has attracted considerable interest in the profession.
14 of the 20 contributors are members of the C group.
Brian Tomlinson and Hitomi Masuhara
Friday July 3rd to Sunday July 5th
Aston University, Birmingham
Developing Materials Which Match What We Know About How Languages Are Best Acquired
Friday July 3rd: 17.00-20.00
Input sessions with Brian and Hitomi
Saturday July 4th: 09.30-16.30
Developing units of material + feedback from Brian and Hitomi
Sunday July 5th: 09.30- 16.00
Monitoring and presentation of material
(to include all sessions + lunch on Saturday and Sunday and refreshments on all three days):
MATSDA members: £130
Contact Brian Tomlinson at
to apply for a workshop place and for information about payment of fees.
1 Britannia Hotel (New Street, Birmingham B2 4RX https://www.britanniahotels.com/hotels/the-britannia-hotel-birmingham
2 Conference Aston Hotel (on-campus) https://www.hotelscombined.com/Hotel/Conference_Aston_Hotel.htm?gclsrc=aw.ds&=&gclid=Cj0KCQiA7OnxBRCNARIsAIW53B9QQTGe43ZH9vuNX-MfbdSE_q1_TLMq0PX_CgPOuRmkNAV6XgE5CMsaAhgBEALw_wcB
SEE YOU IN JULY
Join us on 24 January 2020 at 12:00pm UK time for our webinar 'Storytelling for diverse voices' with David Heathfield and Alla Göksu.
Date: 24 January 2020
Time: 12:00pm UK time (what time is this where you are?)
About the webinar
When we share a folk story from a minority culture, students with roots in that culture sense that they are included and their heritages are esteemed. Through storytelling students grow in resilience and self-esteem, find their own unique voices, feel encouraged to tell their own personal stories and develop as autonomous learners.
In this inclusive workshop, you will:
About the speakers
David Heathfield is a freelance storyteller, teacher and teacher trainer. He is the author of Storytelling With Our Students: Techniques for Telling Tales from Around the World and Spontaneous Speaking: Drama Activities for Confidence and Fluency, both published by DELTA Publishing. He is a member of The Creativity Group.
Alla Göksu enjoys teaching students from diverse cultural heritages and with different dispositions towards learning at a comprehensive school in Lower Saxony, Germany. She is a member of the school leadership team, an expert in learner autonomy and has been a speaker at IATEFL and Nordic Conferences.
Find out more about inclusive practices around the world in our free publication: Creating an inclusive school environment
Planning lessons is a well-known preoccupation in ELT. Yet teachers also realize that much of what is best in the class happens spontaneously in response to the moment. Planning and Preparation are well documented in our methodology. Yet spontaneity has no discourse, is not researched, and remains an undiscussed skill in teacher development.
This webinar will:
1. Examine the concept that a vital part of enacting any plan with professional artistry lies in developing the human creative capacity for spontaneity
2. Illustrate activities that enable participants to identify their own experiences of spontaneity in teaching
3. Provide a forum for live discussion and online responses
4. Investigate ways that participants can explore this further through their own practice
For more information about this event and our speaker, visit the events page
When is the webinar?
Saturday 4th January 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm UK time
How to register
To register for this event please follow the link:
Please note: registration does not guarantee you a place at the webinar. Places in the room are limited and virtual seats will be allocated to the first 500 participants attending on the day.
How do I check the time in my local area?
The event time is in UK GMT time, to check the time in your location please look at the world clock.
To find the latest information about our webinar programme, please visit our website.
For more information about Adobe Connect, take a look at our Participant's Guide.
We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you online!
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
You may have heard the sad news …Jim Wright is no longer with us.
It is a great loss to us all and it fills us with immense sadness
I would like to commemorate, remember and honour Jim in HLT.
The December issue is virtually closed and it would be very short notice to ask you to contribute a piece remembering Jim. I also understand you may need some time before you are able to write your contribution.
So I will put together a text In Memoriam to be published in the December issue.
I would like to invite you to contribute a text remembering Jim, to be published in the February issue of HLT.
I am aware some of you may have left their messages on Facebook
but one does not exclude the other.
What I have in mind is a longer text, up to 500 words long which talks about Jim as person, boss, friend, colleague, remembers a story or anecdote involving Jim or other. If you wish to write a poem or make a collage of images, it is fine too.
I am aware I may not reach out to everyone so do pass on the information to other people you think would like to contribute.
I look forward to hearing from you
The C Group members
Adrian Underhill and Alan Maley
put spontaneity on the training agenda:
The e-file 'Developing expertise through experience: Ideas for continuing professional development' accompanying the latest BC book publication 'Developing expertise through experience' has just been launched.
Both book and e-file can be downloaded for free from this link:
Developing Expertise Through Experience, edited by C Group founder Alan Maley, is a new book focussed on the role of experience in teacher training and life-long development.
It is an exploration and extension of Prabhu’s concept of ‘the teacher’s sense of plausibility’. Prabhu suggests that whatever forms of training and professional development teachers are exposed to, they will make sense of them in their own way, drawing on their own values, beliefs and experiences and their evolving sense of what will be appropriate for them in their specific context.
Twenty seasoned practitioners world-wide were invited to reflect on their own career trajectories in the light of Prabhu’s idea. Their responses offer fascinating insights into the way places, publications, ideas and key people have influenced the professional and personal development of the contributors.
The book concludes that it would be timely to incorporate trainees’ narratives and personal experiences as part of pre- and in-service training programmes and in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in general. There are suggestions for practical activities to achieve this in the accompanying e-file.
It can be freely downloadable here:
And from the British Council’s websites:
English Agenda: https://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/