CPD: ChatGPT in the Language Classroom and AI Tools for the English Language Classroom

 “AI won’t take your job. It’s somebody using AI that will take your job” Richard Baldwin, Economist. Read more

CPD: Trinity Cert PT in EAP

The Trinity Cert PT

I’d never heard of a Cert PT before finding this course. It is the Trinity Certificate for Practising Teachers. It’s a level 6 qualification, which places it between the CELTA (level 5) and DELTA (level 7). As I understand it, it is possible to take a Cert PT in different specialisations e.g. Young Learners, Online Teaching, Business English etc. However, I am told that the certificates awarded don’t actually name the specialism, which seems odd. Read more

CPD British Council Teaching English Courses


These are short self-study courses, made up of three modules plus an introductory module which you only need do once. I’m not sure how much time they suggest for each course but a whole course can be completed in 2 – 3 hours. Read more

CPD: How to Teach IELTS

I’ve been teaching IELTS for years but feel that a lot of my material has grown stale. Also I’m increasingly asked to take on IELTS students of lower levels, but most of my current materials cater to those aiming for a 6.5 and above. Read more

Useful Online Resources

This is a (slowly growing) list of useful online resources for teachers & students, in no particular order. If you have any favourite sites, please let me know. Read more

ChatGPT in the Classroom

I became interested in ChatGPT because it has become such an issue in pre-sessional courses. There are great, valid, concerns about ChatGPT in education but, when used appropriately, it can offer some interesting benefits. Read more

CPD Course 7: ChatGPT in the Language Classroom

The course I took on online teaching mentions PeacheyPublications.com as a good source of online tools and materials. I haven’t had much time to explore the site as I got distracted by this course it offers on teaching with ChatGPT. This has been a recurring topic in pre-sessionals and the course is only £40 so I signed up.

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CPD Course 6: Teaching English Online

Another FutureLearn course in association with Cambridge University Press & Assessment.  This one was really useful. It’s worth taking courses on online teaching regularly as everything online changes so quickly. The courses need to be updated regularly too. This one seems to be quite up to date although they do mention Edmodo at one point which is now obsolete (and I miss it – Google classroom is not the same).

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CPD Course 5:: Teaching English through Literature

This is a free British Council course. It’s different from the graded reader course as it includes poetry and how to exploit literature to work on all four skills. There wasn’t much that was new to me but I got some good example texts to use.

CPD Course 4: How to use Graded Readers in the English Language Classroom

This is another short course by ‘Language Fuel’ and FutureLearn. It’s a good introductory course explaining Extensive Reading and giving practical ideas for using graded readers with students.
I researched this as a resources creator at British Study Centre 20 years ago and the activities were similar.
Nik Peachey’s course on ChatGPT opens up a lot of new, really interesting ways of using graded readers with students.