About Me

I am a DELTA qualified English as a foreign language teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer currently based in Brazil. I have taught English to adults and teenagers in Brazil, South Korea, Belgium and Costa Rica since 2007. I specialise in bespoke one-to-one lessons for business and exam students.

Along with Ilá Coimbra, I run the Raise Up! Project, arguing that ELT needs to stop excluding a wide range of social groups in coursebooks and materials. In this project, so far we have published three coursebooks and have more planned in the next few years.

With my students in Costa Rica

In August 2018, I self-published my first ebook, entitled “How Was Your Weekend? 1001 Discussion Questions To Use With Your EFL/ESL Students” and I’m currently awaiting the publication of my first coursebook series for FTD Education in Brazil.

I am also a podcast consultant, including the ELTON nominated TEFL Commute podcast, IATEFL TDSIG’s Developod, and Seven Skills For The Future.

I am the current Second-Vice President of BRAZ-TESOL and a former President and a co-founder of BELTA, the Belgian English Language Teachers Association. I am also the Second-Vice President of BRAZ-TESOL Brasília and a committee member of IATEFL TDSIG.

In 2010, I started my blog, theteacherjames.com, on which I have continued to share lesson materials and opinion pieces. I am a very active member of the ELT community and regular present at conferences, both online and offline.

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