I just had to reblog this really interesting and informative 30 minute interview with John Hughes on the topic of teacher training here. The whole thing is worth the half hour, but if you’re interested in a specific aspect of training like input, lesson planning, or giving feedback there’s a helpful outline of the interview at the start with start times for each of the seven areas covered.
On a personal note, I was excited to find this interview because I’ve found John Hughes writing about and materials for teacher training (on his blog and in publication) extremely helpful. There are only so many authoritative non-academic voices and only so much material truly focused on the most practical matters of teacher training and development, and John Hughes is consistently a source of practical, sense-making information for the likes of me. I’ve now been a teacher-trainer for three years but have yet to lose the feeling of being a basic learner of the craft. Ever the newbie! John Hughes has been a great source of both information and inspiration.
Finally, I’d just like to add a note that John is an active member of the greater ELT PLN online and you can easily find him on twitter here. Not so long ago when I was preparing to present on the #ELTwhiteboard phenomenon at a local conference, John got in touch to compare notes and explore how #ELTwhiteboard activity might connect to other means of teacher reflection and lesson study. Needless to say, this newbie was thrilled that the author of “A Practical Introduction to Teacher Training in ELT” found it worthwhile to chat with me about such things!
That experience bolstered my feeling that for all the challenges, we work in a field full of real people whose professional work is imbued with real sincerity, dedication, and personal authenticity.
And with that, here’s John Hughes…(video through link below).
*Please use the comment section to post any thoughts or issues sparked by the interview you’d like to chat about! I’d love to connect!*