Professional Development Series | TEFL in Cape Town

Join us as we present a series of professional development workshops aimed at all EFL teachers in Cape Town. Attendance is FREE! Come and network with like-minded professionals and share your knowledge with others in the indsutry!

TEFL Cape Town | CPD series
South African industry experts are coming together to share their knowledge and expertise, and you are invited to join in. This series has been designed to inspire teachers at all levels addressing topics ranging from how to enhance your lessons to how to advance your TEFL career.

Join us at a series of workshops and talks to be held on Friday afternoons, between 2pm and 4:45 pm on select dates. Attendance is free, but please email to let us know of your intention so that we can ensure there is enough space for all.

Friday, 8 June 2018
Digital storytelling | Catherine Scott
Unbook your coursebook: Maximizing Learning | Juliette Hartmann

Friday, 3 August 2018
Language learning through mobile devices | Warren Lilley
Helping students recognise implied meaning | Daniella Favis

Friday, 14 September 2018
Focus on Reading: Understanding the process | Christelle van Niekerk
A peek into the world of ELT publishing | Sarah Gaylard

Friday, 9 November 2018
Focus on vocabulary: Maximising retention | Alex Abdellah
Blended learning | Nicoletta Di Gia


Alex Abdellah | Delta, CELTA, BA (Hons)
Since training in Oxford 10 years ago, Alex has worked in a range of teaching, teacher training and ELT management positions in tertiary institutions and private language school in both South Africa and the UK. He is particularly interested in ELT metacognitive learning strategies, lexical retention and recall as well as learner motivation in ELT. Currently Alex serves as assistant director of studies at UCT ELC, as well as teaching general English, academic English and exam preparation classes.

Nicoletta de Gia | Dip TESOL, Cert TESOL, CELTA
For 15 years Nicoletta has worked as a TEFL teacher, academic director and teacher trainer in language schools and universities in both Italy and South Africa. Her areas of interest are course and syllabus design for ESP and EAP, teacher development and holistic teaching. She now co-owns a boutique English Language school in Cape Town, English One, where she has built up and is running her own academic department and team, which specialises in ESP.

Daniella Favis | MA (Education and TEFL), Cert TESOL, Cert TEFL, BJourn (Hons)
Daniella began her education career by managing an early literacy programme in poorly performing schools, as well as tutoring university students.  Since then, she has taught English in elementary schools in South Korea, presented teacher training workshops, taught on TEFL courses and assisted with the development of TEFL curriculum.  She currently works in developing and teaching TEFL, intensive English courses and other language acquisition related short courses at Stellenbosch University.

Sarah Gaylard | Delta, CELTA, BA (Hons)
Sarah has been in ELT for 19 years, and has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, CELTA assessor and director of studies. Since 2016 she has been working freelance and, while she still does some teaching and teacher training, she mainly works now in ELT publishing, doing a range of editorial tasks including content editing, copy editing, proofreading and curriculum mapping of print products, as well as editorial checks of digital products. 

Juliette Hartmann | MA TESOL, Dip TESOL, Delta, Cert TEFL
Juliette has worked in ELT for over 20 years as a teacher, teacher trainer and director of studies in private language schools, Helderberg College and the University of Stellenbosch. Her areas of interest are teacher training and coaching, experiential learning and dealing with anxiety in language learning. She currently works at UCT English Language Centre where she is focusing her attention on teacher development as well as expanding the TEFL training portfolio. 

Warren Lilley | PhD in Education (current), M. Ed., PGCE, CELTA, BSocSc.
Since completing his CELTA Warren has taught in a variety of positions in both South Africa and the Middle East. He is a Cambridge certified trainer as well as a Google certified level 2 educator and trainer. His passion for both technology and research has lead him to present his findings at conferences around the world.  When he isn’t busy writing his PhD on mobile assisted language learning, Warren trains teachers on the UCT TEFL programme as well as for Google Schools, the UCT School of Education and the Western Cape Department of Education. 

Catherine Scott | Cert TEFL, BSocSc (Hons)
Catherine has worked in Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) and EFL since 2003 in both South Africa and Spain. She ran EFL, EAP and TEFL courses at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) before joining ELC in 2016. She is interested in teaching English for academic purposes as well as in using digital storytelling as a tool for teaching in ELT. She currently teaches English at UCT English Language Centre, and she also helps students to find suitable accommodation in Cape Town.

Christelle van Niekerk | Delta, Cert TESOL, BA (Hons)
Christelle moved from a career in chartered insurance into ELT where she has taught in universities and private language schools in London, Manchester and Cape Town. When teaching she pays particular attention to discourse in written production, as well as in developing learner autonomy. Christelle joined UCT English Language Centre in 2015 where she presently serves as a TEFL trainer as well as teaching general English, academic English and IELTS preparation classes.   

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