Hi, I’m David Weller. Nice to meet you!
The Barefoot TEFL Teacher is a newsletter I publish twice a month for language teachers, trainers and managers.
Barefoot doctors in China used to wander between villages giving help and advice. I want to do the same - but instead of me wandering, the newsletter will come to you.
My goal is to help 100,000 teachers improve their professional practice regularly.
There are two principles I follow in every newsletter:
Teaching focus. I talk about educational issues, not politics or the latest news headlines.
Actionable advice. In every newsletter, I will try to give at least one practical suggestion to try in your next lesson.
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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 their marketing. Most recently, I’ve helped an ed-tech company grow the number of young learners using their language learning apps.
I’ve also written five 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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2023-04-19 Trinity College London - How to Integrate AI into Language Teaching & Learning
2020-12-03 IATEFL YLTSIG - 100 Years of Learning Through Play
2020-10-08 Studycat - But Really, Why Lesson Plan?
2020-11-05 Studycat - Task-Based Language Teaching
2023-04-23 - How to Use Stories in Class
2022-08-22 - How to Promote Your Writing
2022-04-18 - Do Coursebooks Stop Teachers Developing?
2021-07-05 - Classroom Interaction Patterns
2021-01-04 - How to Plan Lessons Aims and Why
2020-01-13 - Ethics of English Education
2019-10-07 - The Best Way to Learn a Language
2019-08-12 - Why Students Don’t Like Language Class
2019-07-15 - What Have You Changed Your Mind About?
2019-07-01 - Principles for Designing Better Tasks
2019-04-15 - How to Challenge Yourself as a Teacher or Trainer
2019-04-08 - Highlights from IATEFL 2019
2018-12-10 - Learning from Theory, Learning from Practice
2018-04-13 - Highlights from IATEFL 2018 (Pt1)
2018-04-23 - Highlights from IATEFL 2018 (Pt2)
2018-02-26 - The Native / Non-Native English Teacher Debate
2017-04-17 - Highlights from IATEFL 2017
2016-10-31 - How Much of What We Know is Wrong?
2021-01-12 TESOL POP podcast - S2E5: Cognitive Load