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.