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.

 


25 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 :)
    Ceri

  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,
    Kieran

  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,
    Patti

  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
    Congrats

    • 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.

      • Charo says:

        Hi, Tom!
        Actually she isn’t the only one who has been influenced by your teaching ideas. Those summers were so great, haha. And we were soooooo young.
        (Can you imagine months of reading and following this blog without knowing that your were involved in it? I should have noticed it before. Now I’m in shock!)
        Thanks you two for all this hard work plenty of awesome class ideas. And please, keep on!! ;p
        greetings,
        Charo.

      • All.at.C says:

        Thanks Charo! Nice to hear from you again. Glad you like the blog – especially as you didn’t know who was behind it!

  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.

  10. Lautridou Celine says:

    Hello Tom,

    How are you doing?
    I’m Celine, from Dublin July 2012!
    I’m going to take the agregation exam next year (French top exam for teachers) and one of the topic is the famine in Ireland. If you know of a book that would be worth reading or a person worth contacting it would be very nice of you and very helpful.
    Meeting you was really great, and so is your blog (I’ve used granny o’grimm this year and it worked pretty well)
    Thanks
    Celine

    • All.at.C says:

      Hi Celine! Lovely to hear from you and glad you like the blog!
      I know two books which are really good. The first is a fictionalised account by Liam O’Flaherty, which is simply called “Famine” and the second is by Ireland’s most respected modern historian, Tim Pat Coogan and it’s called “The Famine Plot”.
      Let me know (you have my email!) if you need anything else and the best of luck in the exam!
      Slán,
      Tom

  11. sparkybakewell says:

    I saw Tom at TESOL Madrid this year and am now hooked on his and Steve’s blog – great ideas to keep sleepy teens motivated and also interesting for businessmen who are bored with talk of presentation skills! Love it thanks Lucy (SparkyBakewell for Tom’s purpose)

  12. Tanya says:

    Wonderful BLOG with plenty of ideas!!!
    All the best,
    Tanya

  13. Haen Jung says:

    really gooood !!


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