Duncan Foord

About the Author

I was born in London in 1961. A friend of mine called Gerry, who is a kind of memory man, can tell you what was number one in the charts on the week you were born. In my case Walking Back to Happiness by Helen Shapiro he tells me, but you might want to check on that. Anyway here is some more crucial information about me. I have been in ELT since 1984. I started my ELT life as a language assistant in a secondary school in Lyon, France. I’ve also worked in London, Oviedo, Prague and Barcelona. I’ve taught English to all sorts of people (and a bit of German once), trained teachers on Trinity CertTESOL and Dip TESOL courses and worked as a Director of Studies and school manager. I am co-founder of OxfordTEFL, a teacher training and language training school with centres in Prague and Barcelona so I’ve had quite a bit of involvement with both the academic and business sides of ELT. I work for Trinity College London, moderating CertTESOL courses. I have completed Cert, Dip and MEd TESOLqualifications. The Developing Teacher is my second book. The first is the Language Teacher’s Survival Handbook, co-authored with Lindsay Clandfield and published by Its Magazines.

I have lived in Barcelona for the last 18 years.

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Duncan's Recent Blog Posts

  • Developing with colleagues

    We looked at activities from circle one and circle two in the first two weeks. Developining alone and developing with your students.  Circle three is for development activities you can do with your colleagues. Here are some developmental activities that teachers can share. What are your experiences with these? How useful have they been for [...]

  • Video of Duncan Foord discussing The Developing Teacher

    Following on from his discussion of the 5 Circles of Development, this video interview sees Duncan Foord develop the ideas regarding professional development and motivation he put forward in The Developing Teacher. The video acts as an excellent companion to Duncan’s blog this month because it further expands upon the themes developed in his book.

  • Developing with your students – circle two

    The second circle for teachers to develop in is with their students. This is arguably the most important circle of all. Our students know our teaching better than anyone and are probably the best people to help us improve it.

  • Five Circles of Development

        In my book the Developing teacher I identify five areas of teacher development, which I call five circles.   You You and your students You and your colleagues You and your school You and your profession     This month on the blog I would like to explore one activity from each of [...]

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