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Meet our expert team of Trinity DipTESOL tutors part 1


We are excited to introduce to you our expert team of tutors on our upcoming Trinity DipTESOL course. Our team have a wealth of experience to guide you through the course, help guarantee you reach your maximum learning potential and pass the course successfully. They have accumulated many years of experience working in a variety of ELT contexts from teachers to trainers, from materials writers to publishers.

Trinity DipTESOL tutors

Guest tutors:

Adrian Underhill:

Adrian is series editor of the Macmillan Books for Teachers, author of Sound Foundations: Learning and Teaching Pronunciation and an advisor in the development of the new Macmillan English Dictionary. He has been a teacher and trainer for many years and was director of the International Teacher Training Institute at International House in Hastings until 1999. Now, he works as an international ELT consultant and trainer, running training courses in various countries, writing articles, working with Macmillan Books for Teachers, speaking at conferences and also school consultancy.

Scott Thornbury:

Scott is a teacher and teacher educator, with over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching, and an MA from the University of Reading. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and in his native New Zealand. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, as well as authoring a number of papers and book chapters on language and language teaching. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP) and is the co-founder of the dogme ELT group.

Chris Graham:

Chris has been working in English language teaching since 1981, as a teacher, director of studies and corporate courses manager. Subsequent to this, he was the founder and then managing director of English Worldwide, an ELT consultancy running projects across the globe. Amongst these projects was the nine-year ELT curriculum renewal process in the Sultanate of Oman, the setting up of a distance-learning Trinity College TESOL Diploma in Italy and the organising of EFL teaching operations for energy companies in remote parts of Russia and the Caucasus. In total he has worked in over 30 countries as an ELT consultant and he is cofounder of ELT Footprint which is a Facebook group specifically for contributing ideas about how to reduce our climate/carbon/plastic footprints across the ELT profession.  

Full time tutors:

Lindsay Clandfield is a well-known course book author, writer, teacher, conference speaker and teacher trainer. He is a tutor on our Grammar modules and also runs live grammar revision sessions which he aptly calls the Grammar Slammers! These are very popular events on the course. In the online modules he moderates forum discussions, does live video lessons and marks and gives feedback on cour se assignments.

Ceri Jones is a well-known course book author, teacher blogger, conference speaker and teacher trainer. She is a tutor on our Technology module. In this module she helps share ideas about how we can integrate technology into learning both inside and outside the classroom. She moderates forum discussions, teaches live video lessons and marks and gives feedback on course assignments.

Duncan Foord is the Director of OxfordTEFL, Barcelona. He has 30 years experience in language teaching, teacher training and school leadership and management. He is the author of “From English Teacher to Learner Coach” (with Dan Barber, The Round 2014) The Developing Teacher (Delta Publishing, 2009) and The Language Teachers Survival Handbook with Lindsay Clandfield (Its Magazines, 2008). He is the tutor of the Oxford TEFL Leadership in ELT course. He will be providing tutorials to help you manage your learning and develop self-leadership.

Mark McKinnon is a very experienced teacher trainer, teacher and writer. His main interests are phonology and teaching senior learners, which he has spoken about at recent conferences. He is the tutor on the Phonology modules and also a main tutor on our face to face session in Barcelona. He moderates the forum discussions and does live video lessons as well as marking and giving feedback course assignments.

Sinéad Laffan is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer, as well as an Oxford TEFL graduate of both the CertTESOL and DipTESOL courses. She is the main tutor on the Teacher Development module, and brings her experience as a former coordinator of the IATEFL TDSIG to this module. Her other big passion is Phonology and she has been working with her co-tutor Mark McKinnon on these modules for the past six years. She also works on the Learners module and the Speaking/Listening module. In all modules, she moderates forum discussions, shares ideas in live video lessons and gives feedback on assignments. Sinéad has been working with us for over ten years and we are excited to have her on the team again this year. 

David Young is a very experienced teacher trainer and teacher. He has been working with Oxford TEFL for many years on our Trinity CertTESOL course and Trinity DipTESOL courses, both online and face to face. He also tutors the Lexis module, looking at how to teach vocabulary more effectively. He will help you develop via his participation in forum discussions, doing live video lessons and marking and giving feedback on course assignments.

Daniel Baines is an experienced teacher trainer, teacher, conference speaker and writer. He is interested in equal rights for teachers and an active member of the TEFL equity advocates group. He is a tutor on the Lexis module where he looks at how we can teach vocabulary more effectively. As well as moderating forums discussions, he does live video lessons and marks and gives feedback on course assignments.

Chris Roland is a writer, teacher, teacher trainer and conference speaker. He specialises in teaching young learners and teenagers and runs out YL module. He looks at how we can manage, motivate and effectively teach younger language learners. As well as moderating forums discussions he does live video lessons and marks and gives feedback on course assignments.

Anthony Gaughan is a very experienced teacher trainer, writer, teacher and occasional conference presenter. He is the tutor on the first module we do on the course about Learners and the Methods module. In the Learners module he moderates discussions about learning strategies, motivation, learners’ needs and lesson planning. He also does live video lessons and marks and gives feedback on course assignments. 

Tyson Seburn is an EAP instructor and Assistant Academic Director of International Programs at New College, University of Toronto. He holds an MA Educational Technology & TESOL from the University of Manchester. His main interest focuses on identity and its various impacts on teacher development. He is currently also exploring inclusive and critical pedagogy and their applications to language teaching contexts. He writes about these interests in an EAP discussion group, #tleap; his blog, 4CinELT  and through his role as Coordinator of the IATEFL Teacher Development Special Interest Group committee. He is the author of Academic Reading Circles (The Round, 2015).

Nicola Meldrum, is your Course Director. She will be there to support you throughout the online and face to face parts of the course. She is always there to answer questions, help with problems and discuss your development on the course and offers unlimited support via email and Skype. Nicola has helped over 500 teachers obtain their Trinity DipTESOL at Oxford TEFL. She is a very experienced Diploma tutor, teacher trainer, teacher, writer and conference speaker.

Would you like to learn from our team? Are you looking for a way to transfrom your teaching, move into other areas of ELT or apply for some of the most sought after positions? The Trinity DipTESOL is an advanced qualification in ELT and is recognised worldwide.

Here is a summary of our the Trinity DipTESOL course at Oxford TEFL can help you:

  • Blended: Study for 7 months online (about 10-15 hours per week) followed by 4 weeks face to face in Barcelona, Prague, Cádiz, Hong Kong or Kerala. 
  • Practical: emphasis throughout the course on developing teaching skills and applying insights to your classroom
  • Phonology: emphasis on teaching pronunciation unique to the Trinity course and highly valued by our graduates.
  • Convenient: Option to submit video observations with young learners or adults
  • Flexible: work at times to suit your weekly schedule. Choose from 3 dates for the written exam and submit your portfolio when you are ready. Take up to 3 years to complete the course if you need to.
  • Professional: Learn from world class full time and guest tutors, including Lindsay Clandfield, Scott Thornbury and Adrian Underhill.
  • Supportive: receive unlimited support via email and Skype from our Course Director.
  • Transformational: Develop your teaching skills and improve your chances of finding some of the best positions in ELT via our careers service
  • Recognised: Gain a prestigious, internationally-recognized and advanced qualification in ELT.

Don’t miss your opportunity to take your teaching and career to the next level. Apply for the course here to find out if you meet the requirements and attend your Skype/ face-to-face interview with Nicola Meldrum.

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