Martyn has been an ELT professional for 30 years and in more than fifteen countries in UK, Europe, Central America and Africa. He has taught English at all levels and in many contexts from one-to-one in financial institutions to rural schools with classes of eighty students.
In my experience, all teachers genuinely feel they can make world just a little bit better. It’s this realistic optimism about life that makes them so inspiring to work with.
As a consultant teacher trainer and advisor he has experience in numerous education development projects around the world including both pre-service and in-service programmes in Ethiopia, Laos, Djibouti and Mexico. He has designed and taught on UK under- and post-graduate teacher development programmes for the University of St Mark and St John covering areas of teaching and training methodology, mentoring, and observation supervision. He is an Oxford Teachers Academy trainer and has designed and delivered courses on EAP and ELT Management. He has delivered professional development webinars for Oxford University Press, and currently manages the Global Webinar project and the OTA Community of teachers. He has delivered OUP teacher development seminars and workshops across Europe and the Middle East for ten years.
His management experience includes three years as Director of Operations for a group of language schools in the UK and Ireland, responsible for all academic, administrative, and HR functions of the organisation. In this role he oversaw the project management of professional development systems, including 360 appraisal and mentoring support initiatives, as well as a syllabus review and reform project.His main professional interests lie in two main areas. First, the processes of professional development and how this is fostered by management within organisations to create a culture of support and learning. The other related area is in the approaches and practices of mentoring and teacher supervision.
Learning at Work: Approaches and activities for CPD
EnglishUK SW Annual Conference, Bicton, Devon, October 2015
Managing Change… Managing Expectations
EnglishUK AGM, London, May 2014
EnglishUK Management Conference, Bristol, March 2014
Beyond comprehension – practical activities for exploiting texts
Learner Autonomy: 3 key competences
Swiss English Teachers Association (ETAS) Conference, Sierre, Switzerland, June 2013
Synergy in exam preparation
Cambridge ESOL Conference, Rotterdam, November 2012
Encouraging communication: Language, motivation, and opportunity
Brighton English Language Teaching Event (BELTE), October 2012
20th HUPE Conference (Croatian English Teachers Association), Opatia, Croatia, April 2012
Assessment for learning in (and out of) the EFL classroom
TED 5th International Conference, Istanbul, Turkey March 2012
Achieving results in writing: meeting the criteria.
Cambridge ESOL Conference, Rotterdam, November 2011
It’s not just the language: Holistic level testing
Montpellier ELT Association Conference, June 2011
Getting from B to C on the CEFR.
Oxford Teachers’ Day, Bucharest, Romania, May 2011
A blended solution for FCE preparation
ELT Exam Conference, OUP, Manchester, UK, April 2011
Creating speaking activities from the CEFR
OUP ELT Teacher Conference, Luxembourg, February 2010
Culture and language: Does it matter?
Publishers Christmas Event, Krakow, Poland, December 2009
Enhancing self-assessment in the learning process
OUP Russian EFL Teachers Association, Moscow, October 2009
Bridging the gap between FCE and CAE
Cambridge ESOL Spring Seminar, Horgen, Switzerland, March 2009
Synergy in FCE Preparation
Cambridge ESOL Spring Seminar, Horgen, Switzerland, March 2008
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