Briony is a language teaching consultant, teacher trainer and materials writer. She taught English in a British secondary state school (PGCE and QTS) for several years before moving into teaching EFL, later becoming the DoS in a very large adult education institute. She is a NILE Associate Teacher Trainer, who has worked with teachers in many countries around the world, and who currently supervises students on the NILE MA course.

"Course participants love sharing their learning with others from around the world"

Briony is a Cambridge Teaching Awards Delta tutor, assessor and moderator. She has served as the Co-ordinator of the Teacher Trainers’ and Educators’ Special Interest Group of IATEFL and was Editor of IATEFL Conference Selections for five years. She has presented at many international conferences and has written coursebooks for Oxford University Press and for Cornelsen Verlag, and a number of specially commissioned teacher training and trainer training courses, as well as publishing in professional journals. Her ELT qualifications include the UCLES Dip. TEFL and a Doctorate of Education in TEFL.   

Publications

  • Headfirst, Cornelsen and Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Headfirst Teacher's Book, Cornelsen and Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Headstart, Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Lift Off 1, Cornelsen and Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Lift Off 2, Cornelsen and Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Lift Off 3, Cornelsen and Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Lift Off to Conversation, Cornelsen and Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Lift Off to Conversation Teacher's Book, Cornelsen and Oxford University Press, 2000
  • New Headfirst, Cornelsen and Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • First Choice Interactive Lesson Planner, Cornelsen Verlag, 2007. (CD-Rom)
  • First Choice B1, Cornelsen Verlag, 2007.
  • Joint editor with S. Borg. The Role of Research in Teacher Education; the Teacher Trainers and Educators SIG and Research SIG Nottingham Conference Proceedings. IATEFL Publications, 2003.
  • Co-editor of MELTA News, the magazine of the Munich English Language Teachers' Association, 1997-1999.
  • Editor IATEFL Conference Selections. 2005-2009.
  • ‘News in our Field’ regular columnist. The Teacher Trainer. 2009-2013.
  • It’s more complicated than you’d think’. In P. Byrd (Ed.), Sustaining Professionalism (pp.81-88). TESOL Publications. (2003).
  • ‘Reading, researching, reconstructing, reliving; a practical enterprise shaped by investigation’. In B. Beaven and S. Borg (Eds.), The Role of Research in Teacher Education; the Teacher Trainers and Educators SIG and Research SIG Nottingham Conference Proceedings (pp. 31-35). IATEFL Publications. (2003).
  • ‘Constructivism in the CELTA classroom’. In Bogenreiter-Fogl, E. (Ed.) Paradigmenwechsel? Sprachenlernen im 21.Jahrhundert: Szenarios-Anforderungen-Profile-Ausbildung (pp. 106-109). VÖV-Editionen. (2008).
  • ‘Headway Upper Intermediate for movers and shakers.’ Headway Teacher’s Magazine, 2, Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • ‘Training for primary English.’ The Teacher Trainer 9/2, Pilgrims, 1995.
  • ‘On line to real English.’ Oxford News, 3, Cornelsen and Oxford, 1995.
  • ‘Discourse markers: a classroom activity.’ MELTA News, 36, Munich English Language Teachers’ Association, 1998.
  • ‘Ganzheitliche Grammatik im Englischunterricht.’ Skripten zu den 19. Mittelfränkischer Lehrertag 1998.
  • ‘A plan and a perusal.’ IATEFL Teacher Trainers’ Special Interest Group Newsletter, 2/2001.
  • ‘Training with English experts on video.’ IATEFL Teacher Trainers’ and Educators’ Special Interest Group Newsletter, 1/2004.
  • 'From teachers to teacher trainers - How do they do it?’ IATEFL Teacher Trainers’ and Educators’ Special Interest Group Newsletter, 2/2004.
  • ‘From teachers to teacher trainers – How do they do it?’ In A. Pulverness (Ed.), IATEFL 2004 Liverpool Conference Selections (pp. 97-98). Canterbury: IATEFL.
  • 'Training for lesson observation: a minimalist approach.’ In B. Beaven (Ed.), IATEFL 2005 Cardiff Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL.
  • ‘Practical ideas for trainer training and teacher development’. In B. Beaven (Ed.), IATEFL 2006 Harrogate Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL.
  • ‘How to write successfully for IATEFL Conference Selections.’ In B. Beaven (Ed.), IATEFL 2007 Aberdeen Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL.
  • ‘Quality assurance in a multilingual teacher education programme.’ In B. Beaven (Ed.), IATEFL 2008 Exeter Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL.
  • Review of Introduction to teaching English (Hadfield, J.and C.). In MELTA Newsletter, April 2009 Munich: Germany.
  • ‘A social constructivist approach to background reading on CELTA courses.’ In B. Beaven (Ed.), IATEFL 2009 Cardiff Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL.
  • ‘A social constructivist approach to background reading on CELTA courses: an individualised reading scheme.’ In IATEFL Teacher Training and Education Special Interest Group Newsletter, 2/2009.


  • Conference for Online Courses | Amsterdam, The Netherlands | September 2013
  • ‘Becoming an ELT teacher trainer’. The Teacher Trainer 23/3, Pilgrims 2009: p.11-15.


  • ‘Teacher stories and teacher trainer stories: Sharing and learning’. In IATEFL Teacher Training and Education Special Interest Group Newsletter, 2/2010.


  • ‘”Do you have that as well”’: Teacher stories and teacher trainer stories.’ In T. Pattison (Ed.), IATEFL 2010 Harrogate Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL.
  • ‘Recognising and creating ‘good’ materials for teacher education’. Folio: Journal of the Materials Development Association 14/2. December 2010.
  • ‘Storytelling Revisited: Making sense of our professional practice. In T. Pattison (Ed.), IATEFL 2011 Brighton Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL.
  • ‘What and How?’ English Teaching professional, Issue 74, May 2011.
  • ‘Materials in teacher education’. In IATEFL Teacher Training and Education Special Interest Group Newsletter. 1/2012.
  • Teaching Monolingual Classes: A Study Guide for Delta Module 3 candidates. Commissioned by and for NILE, Norwich. 2011.
  • Oral Practice in Classroom Language for Student Teachers. Commissioned by and for the Department of Anglistik, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität, Munich, 2011.
  • Trainer Development Course. Commissioned by and for the British Council, China, 2012.
  • Integrated skills in New Headway: A holistic approach. Commissioned by and for Oxford University Press. 2013.
  • Spoken English: What do we know about it? What can we do with our learners? Commissioned by and for Oxford Teachers’ Academy, Oxford University Press. 2013.
Briony Beaven NILE Trainer
Briony Beaven NILE Trainer

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