About the Bloggers

Hi, I’m Steve. I live in Madrid and work at the British Council in Alcalá de Henares. I’ve worked in ELT  for twenty years and have taught English to young learners and adults in Egypt, Hong Kong and Spain. Like a lot of people, I stumbled into teaching, found out that I love it and can probably say I’m in it for life.

Things I’m interested in the classroom include using clips from film and TV to work on a variety of language areas and skills, vocabulary acquisition, pronunciation, and getting students to speak more and better.





I’ve been teaching English for over 20 years and have spent the last 15 at the British Council in Madrid designing and teaching courses for adult learners. I’m also a freelance teacher trainer and am fascinated by the areas of motivation, group dynamics and a more personalised methodology via practical applications of the Dogme approach, for example.

I enjoy finding and/or adapting authentic materials for use with students and am a big fan of technology as a useful tool – not a panacea – in the classroom.


15 Comments on “About the Bloggers”

  1. Sonia Chislett says:

    Great! Really impressive. I loved the film and the idea of using the beginning is very good. I’ll try is out next week.
    More please!

  2. Ceri says:

    Hi Great to see the two of you entering the blogosphere :)

  3. Hi,
    I’m really impressed with your blog. Great use of video and very motivating activities. Keep up the good work!
    All the best,

  4. All.at.C says:

    Thanks for coming by and commenting, Kieran. Always happy to see updates to the great selection of video and activities on your blog.

  5. Patti Trimborn says:

    Hi, Tom and Steve,

    I was just introduced to this blog, but will keep looking around and will definitely share it with my colleages. Congratulations on the award and all the great work.

    Best wishes,

  6. Excellent work, I will add you up to my blogroll!

  7. Sara says:

    Hola Tom
    Just wondering. Where were you in july-august 1991 or 1992, sorry I need to check again,? maybe working as a teacher in a sort of summer camp in CR? Just to say that I still remember you and your classes; I was in the advanced levels and you opened a new world in terms of English. I remember songs like polka-do-pyjamas or something like that
    Thank you so much. I see you have become even a greater professional

    • All.at.C says:

      Hi Sara. I did indeed spend 5 very happy summers many years ago in C-LM working on those courses. Thanks very much for your kind words! It’s nice to be remembered and it’s even better to see that you went on to greater things with your English! Lovely to hear from you again.

  8. Fran says:

    Thanks for sharing all your hard work with us in Palma de Mallorca

  9. Emma GL says:

    Hello there! Thank you so much for adding me to your blogroll! I really appreciate it. And of course thank you for all your lessons – they are always interesting and were a real help to me when I got my first CAE class (3 hours with teenagers on a Friday afternoon). I used your My Blackberry isn’t working lesson with a class yesterday. The class was groaning at all the jokes but we enjoyed it too. We finished with a chat about technology names, phones and jokes. Thank you!

    • All.at.C says:

      Hi Emma. It’s great to hear you like the activities and even better to hear that your students do too! And if you’re on our blogroll it’s because we like your ideas as well! Thanks for commenting and enjoy your teaching down south.

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