Corinne first got into teaching EFL in her early 20s when, in a flash of inspiration, she embarked on her CELTA in Bournemouth. It was life changing in many ways, and it laid the foundations of a diverse teaching career in private schools, public institutions, private companies and universities.
CELTA in pocket, she moved to Germany and spent a few amazing years teaching English and Business English to adults in a variety of schools and companies. She has always had an interest in social communication and dialogue and in the late 90s was offered the chance to do a PhD connecting dialogue to democracy. So began 4 years of PhD study supported by summer English teaching in the UK. Then 10 years of research and teaching in Russell group universities. She gained the prestigious Vice Chancellor's award in the Univerity of Southampton for excellence and innovation in teaching - but she will tell you that all she did was introduce the communicative EFL methodology and its repertoire of teaching techniques to unsuspecting politics undergraduates!
In 2010 she moved to Edinburgh and returned to the field of TESOL. Re-discovering her passion for teaching international students, she resumed her EFL career and since then has taken her Trinity DipTESOL and various professional courses in Education & Applied Linguistics. She has worked in teaching EFL, ESOL and EAP; in academic management and teacher training (Trinity Cert and DipTESOL). She has also designed General English courses for teenagers and adults, CLIL courses (A-level politics, economics and history) and a range of Academic English courses.
She loves working with Diploma students because their development is often full of inspiring Eureka moments as they discover more about their own capacities and professional practice. Supporting fellow teachers on their way to achieving their own personal goals and ambitions also means she meets many people who share her passion - and don't get bored of that EFL conversation.
|Like many teachers, Stephen entered ELT with no firm idea of the direction it would take him. Little did he expect that he would go on to live and work on three continents in a range of institutions and positions.|
His initial CELTA took him to Urumqi, Xinjiang in north-west China. A year there, a short stint in Linares, Spain, and then back to Urumqi for another year, and he was now certain that ELT was going to be his career.
A move east, this time to Xi'an saw him quickly promoted, first to Assistant DoS and then to fully-fledged Director of Studies at English First Xi'an. It was here that he realised there was much more to teaching than turning up with a coursebook page to fill an hour or so of learners' time. He began reading widely and experimenting with different methods and approaches in the classroom. In addition, he discovered the value of establishing personal learning networks as a way of continuing professional development in both formal and informal ways.
Itchy feet inspired him to move once again, this time to Tunis to work for the British Council shortly after the Arab Spring uprising. The next year, Stephen returned once again to Xi'an, to his previous DoS role. One final move, this time to a small town in central Catalonia, and then it was back to Auld Reekie in 2014. Along the way he had spent time in academic management, co-designed published materials and courses, trained both experienced and new teachers and managers, obtained his own DipTESOL and even appeared on Chinese television.
Now based back in Edinburgh, Stephen works as a teacher and also as an examiner for the Trinity GESE and ISE examinations. His interest in ensuring high standards in the ELT industry as well as a desire to help others make their own career as rewarding and fulfilling as possible continues to motivate him as a DipTESOL tutor.