What is the Barefoot TEFL Teacher?

Hi, I’m David Weller. Nice to meet you!

The Barefoot TEFL Teacher is a newsletter I publish twice a month for teachers, trainers and managers who want to learn and improve.

Barefoot doctors in China wandered between villages giving help and advice. As a barefoot TEFL teacher, I want to do the same - but instead of me visiting, the newsletter will come to you.

My goal is to regularly help 100,000 teachers level up their teaching and career.

Two Principles

There are two principles I follow in every newsletter:

  1. Teaching focus. I talk about educational issues, not politics or the latest news headlines.

  2. Actionable advice. In every newsletter, I will try to give at least one practical suggestion to try in your next lesson.

Topics include:

  • Teaching

  • Lesson planning

  • Classroom and online activities

  • Learning theory

  • Technology and ed-tech

  • Mindset

  • Teacher training

  • School management

  • TEFL and education sectors

  • Book and tool reviews

  • Jobs and career guidance

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Free subscribers receive a newsletter every two weeks.

Old editions are available in the archive.

Become a barefoot TEFL teacher!

Who is the Barefoot TEFL Teacher?

My name’s David Weller, and I've been a language educator since 2003.

I have a diploma and a master's degree in teaching English (TESOL).

I’ve been a teacher, senior teacher, director of studies, an area manager (for 24 schools), an IELTS examiner, a CertTESOL & DipTESOL trainer and course director, and a CertTESOL moderator and DipTESOL examiner with Trinity College London.

I also consult with schools for their academic programs and marketing and sales funnels. Most recently, I’ve helped an ed-tech company grow the number of young learners using their language learning apps.

I’ve also written three books for sale on Amazon:

It’s nice to ‘meet’ you here, and I wish you all the best on your teaching journey!

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David Weller
The Barefoot TEFL Teacher | Trying to help 100K teachers level up | Writes about learning, teaching and thinking | 3x author.