I am originally from Devon in the south-west of England, but am now based in Liverpool. I have been working in ELT as a teacher and teacher trainer for over fifteen years, predominantly in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. A graduate of Durham University, my academic background is actually in Theology and Philosophy. I hold a Master’s in Islamic Studies and am currently working towards a second MA in Professional Development in Language Education. My main areas of interest in ELT include materials-light teaching, creativity in teacher education and the integration of global issues and critical literacy into the EFL classroom. When I’m not working, you’ll find me hiking and wild camping in the UK’s beautiful national parks.
WHY ‘POP-UP TEACHER TRAINING’?
Pop-up restaurants are becoming popular all over the UK. In the US, food trucks are appearing on every corner. From nomadic shops to temporary studio spaces, mobile libraries to supper clubs, we are finding increasingly innovative ways to unlock the potential of physical space. The services offered by these businesses are location independent, flexible and often delivered remotely. So I thought…why not teacher training too?
Teacher training can be delivered anywhere – in classrooms, teachers’ rooms, living rooms, cafés, conference halls, hotels, even online ‘spaces’ on the internet. I’ve trained teachers at all of these locations and others besides. One of my first ever teacher training sessions was delivered to two aspiring managers in a storeroom, amongst stacks of boxes and piles of paper! At the end of the day, if teachers want to develop and learn, it doesn’t matter where they do it. It is this principle that underpins my work as a ‘pop-up trainer’.
I am committed to supporting the development of English teaching colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds, in particular those who work in less privileged contexts. With this in mind, alongside my freelance work, I try to participate regularly in the voluntary sector. In 2018, I joined the team of teacher-storytellers on the Hands Up Project, to be beamed each week by video-conferencing to an after-school club in Jabalya Refugee Camp, Gaza. I am also currently an active member of the IATEFL Global Issues SIG committee, working to promote global issues within teacher education. In 2018, through the GISIG WhatsApp Partner Project I joined up with a number of teachers in Senegal to support them remotely in their professional development. Find out more about the projects I have also set up in the past in Egypt and Libya, to mentor local teachers.
“Rose is a dynamic and enthusiastic trainer, who successfully communicates her enthusiasm to all those she works with. She creates interesting, relevant and useful training sessions which are well adapted to the needs of her trainees and models effective teaching techniques through her training sessions.”
– Jancis McGrady, Al Azhar Project Manager – British Council Egypt