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June 6, 2020

Join us for a day of teaching, learning and giving.

Register for FREE to participate in all classes and Q&As with teachers.

Or catch us Live on our YouTube channel on June 6th!

Teachathon 2020!


Jo Tomlinson & Fi Aish 



8:00 (ET) / 13:00 (UK) / 14:00 (Madrid)

We are IELTS coursebook writers and we want to help you improve your IELTS score. In this session, you can ask us any questions about IELTS and we’ll give you some tips and advice.

Fiona Aish and Jo Tomlinson are partners at Target English, a company that provides tailor-made solutions in testing, content creation and teacher training. Fiona and Jo have co-authored various IELTS titles for Collins and Pearson including 'Listening for IELTS' and 'Expert IELTS', as well as 'Lectures' from the ELTons award winning Collins English for Academic Skills series.


Tina Seeley



8:35am (ET) / 13:35pm (UK)

What are articles and why are they difficult to use? Let's try and make it clear.

Hi, I’m Tina. I’ve been teaching English for more than 20 years and have taught in Lisbon Portugal, Brussels Belgium, London England and now in Cambridge England. I love teaching English, especially grammar, and am happy to have often been called a grammar nerd.


Helen Eames


Making Grammar Relevant 

9:10 (ET) / 14:10 (UK)

Grammar… the very word makes a lot of people groan. Students have often spent many years of their lives memorizing grammar rules for tests at school and beyond. ‘Why do I have to learn grammar?’ I want to be able to speak English.’ For me, these two things must go together. This session aims to help teachers better support their learners by carefully considering how they are teaching grammar

Hi, I’m Helen in London. I have been teaching since 2001, starting in South Korea and in London since I realised it was easier to wait for the students to come to me! I have taught ages from 3 to 85 and more nationalities than I even knew existed before I became a teacher. I also have a strong interest in teacher training and have been involved in that aspect of teaching in some of the biggest language schools in London. I am always inspired by what I can learn from my students and can’t wait to get back on a plane and visit a few more of their home countries.


Chia Suan Chong


Intercultural Communication

9:45 (ET) / 14:45 (UK)

With English being used as the global language of trade, education and science, English users of different cultural norms have to find ways of successfully communicating with each other. The ability to accommodate and adapt to our conversation partners is essential in oiling the wheels of international communication and helping us to build better relationships. It’s time for English language teaching to go beyond the teaching of grammar and lexis and include communication training. This is an interactive session where Chia will be using critical thinking activities and storytelling to explore ways we can help learners develop an awareness of different communication styles and cultural expectations and become better at communicating internationally.

Chia Suan Chong is a writer, communication skills trainer and a teacher trainer. She is the author of Successful International Communication. Delivering both online and face-to-face training to clients around the globe, Chia specializes in interactive workshops that encourage reflection for more effective international communication and improved collaboration. Currently based in York, Chia was English Teaching Professional’s award-winning resident blogger between 2012 and 2019 and now has a regular feature ‘Not Only But Also’ in the bi-monthly ETp magazine. Chia also writes Business English materials for the British Council Learn English website, is a regular ELT conference speaker and holds a DELTA and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and ELT.


Paul Breen 


Passives – things made in the UK and Ireland

10:20 (ET) / 15:20 (UK)

Paul will talk and teach about using the passive voice when speaking of things that are made in Britain and Ireland. Students will learn about life in Britain and Ireland at the same time as getting a lesson on using a particular grammatical form in an everyday situation.

Paul Breen is a senior lecturer in the University of Westminster in London and the author of several books about teaching. He has taught English and other subjects in Australia, Britain, China, South Korea and Ireland where he is originally from.


Renata Delaney


Teaching English on Instagram

10:55 (ET) / 15:55 (UK)

FOMO (Fear of missing out?) or FOJI (Fear of joining in)? Social media has been impacting us and changing the way we teach and the way our students learn. It can be exciting but also overwhelming and scary. Together, we will explore ways teachers can use Instagram to teach English, maximize student engagement and collaboration online. We will also focus on tools to create engaging content in order to grow a Social Media presence and strategies to look after your mental well-being in this ever-changing landscape.

Renata Delaney is the Unity Certified Instructor Program Manager at Unity 3D Technologies and the founder on English This Way, an online teaching and teacher training company. Renata has been in Education for over two decades as a teacher, teacher trainer, examiner, academic manager, instructional designer and university tutor in the UK and overseas. She holds a PRINCE 2 project management certification, the DELTA and an MA in Applied Linguistics.


Jo McVey

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Reflective Writing and Practice

11:20 (ET) / 16:20 (UK)

What is reflective practice and why is it so important for successful academic study? This talk will take you through this skill, giving you some tips and advice on how to be a successful reflective writer.

I have been teaching English as an additional language for over 17 years, and have taught at all levels of linguistic ability, including first language speakers. My research interests include: study skills and the learner experience, translation and how it can be managed, speaking and communication to develop critical thinking skills.


Julie Butters and Emma Ní Charthaigh


Dealing with sensitive cultural issues in the classroom

11:55 (ET) / 16:55 (Ireland)

Dealing with sensitive cultural issues in the classroom to enhance intercultural sensitivity 

Julie Butters an Academic Coordinator and English language teacher at University College Cork, Language Centre in Ireland, and a co-chair of EAP in Ireland. She has been teaching for 18 years, including 14 years in higher education. She is currently taking part in a national teaching and learning project called Disciplines Inquiring Into Societal Challenges. She has also been involved in developing CPD sessions on critical approaches to intercultural sensitivity. She has an MA in ELT and Applied Linguistics. Her areas of interest include social justice in education, inclusivity and critical discourses.


Emma McCarthy is a Director of Studies in Ireland. An EFL Teacher and Manager with a Master’s in ELT and Applied Linguistics, she has worked in EFL Management and Teaching in Ireland and the UK and is a co-chair of EAP in Ireland. Her interests include Teacher Education, Intercultural Communication, Sociolinguistics, Engaging Pedagogy, Social Justice, and the role of Culture in the classroom.


Caroline McKinnon


Web Questing

12:30 (ET) / 12:30 (Eastern US)

Caroline will show you how to promote autonomous learning through webquesting: a journey through the skills and sometimes through history, geography or popular culture.  

Caroline has been a teacher and teacher training for over 20 years.  She has worked in over 15 countries with communities of refugees, Immigrants, and private language students. As a writer and a teacher, Caroline loves to incorporate experiential learning into her lessons, no matter where they are delivered.  Caroline is a great believer in accessible education and believes that whether a class is delivered online or in person, it is the quality of materials and approach that make the student experience the best. Caroline is the Director of Courses for Rennert TESOL in NYC, and founder of FeLT NYC, a non-profit offering education to immigrant and refugee women.


Jessica Garska


Discussion practice: Immigration tolerance vs. acceptance

14:05 (ET) / 19:05 (Ireland)

This 30 minute discussion class is based on a reading text about immigration and the difference between tolerance and acceptance. Please complete the reading in advance of the class (link:, with optional at-home materials


(link: Please read the text before the class, as the class is built on this text. A B2+ level is needed for this class.  

Jessica Garska is a 3rd-year college studentship-funded Ph.D. student in the Centre for Language and Communication Studies. Originally from the United States, she has had an international career as an English language teacher before successfully completing with a Distinction Grade the Masters in English Language Teaching at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interrogates the notion of academic literacies and examines the intersection of power, identity and culture in the academic setting. She additionally has taught EAP in Ireland for the past five years.


Nicole Johnson


Alternative Forms of Assessment

14:40 (ET) / 11:40 (Pacific US)

This presentation will provide participants with an overview of alternative forms of assessment for English language learners. It will cover some of the differences between formative and summative assessment, explain the advantages of using alternative forms of assessment in the EFL/ESL classroom. and provide practical examples of alternative forms of assessment for language learners.  

Nicole Angela Johnson is a language assessment specialist with an MA in Language Testing from Lancaster University. She has worked in the field of language testing and assessment for nearly a decade, and she has taught English to speakers of other languages in Europe and the Middle East for much longer. She currently works as a Language Test Development Specialist in the USA.


Anne Crutchfield


Syllables, sounds and haiku writing

15:15 (ET) / 12:15 (Pacific US)

This mini-lesson will review the basic pronunciation rules for syllables and word stress followed by a haiku writing task. Haikus are traditional Japanese poems structured around syllables.  If you enjoy creative writing and also want to improve your English pronunciation knowledge, this lesson is a good fit for you!

Dr. Anne Crutchfield is a Los Angeles-based ESL professor and private tutor, visit LA English Tutor for more information.  She completed a PhD in Education and MA in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and has 15 years of experience teaching multilingual learners in Germany, Hawaii, and California. 


Melanie Johnson


Where are we now?

15:50 (ET) / 12:50 (Pacific US)

Who would have thought at the beginning of Winter term that just two months later our lives would have changed so dramatically?
The past few months have seen incredible efforts on the part of administrators, instructors, and students moving very quickly to transition the classes that they had been teaching face to face to online course delivery.
However, in our rush to maintain continuity for our students, have we given adequate consideration to the emotional impact these disruptions have caused?
In this talk, speaker Melanie Johnson will share some techniques for managing uncertainty and mitigating its potential impact on all of our lives.

Melanie Johnson is the founder of BounceEnglish, a company that aims to incorporate more inclusive practices into English language teaching and training. She has been teaching for nearly twenty years across Europe, North America and the Middle East, and was awarded Academic Director/Teacher of the year by LEAD 50/50 in 2017. Melanie is passionate about equity issues in education, and the power of communication to positively transform the world.

Give back if you can.

Our goal is to raise money for money for food banks, which have seen unprecedented surges in demand during the CoVid-19 crisis.

We humbly ask you to donate to one of our selected charities or to your local food bank.


GFN unites and empowers organizations that support those in need by reducing food waste and cultivating sustainable relationships that save lives. Donate.

Feeding America network of food banks, pantries and meal programs serve virtually every community in the United States — 40 million people, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. Donate.


Our mission: Bringing communities together to end hunger and poverty in the UK by providing compassionate, practical help with dignity whilst challenging injustice. Donate.


Frequently Asked Questions


A Teachathon? What’s that?
BounceEnglish will be hosting an day of FREE online English language lessons for students and training sessions for teachers and administrators.

What's our goal?

To raise money for money to food banks, which have seen unprecedented surges in demand during the CoVid-19 crisis.

How’s it going to raise money?
We will be asking everyone who attends to donate what they can to our list of food banks or their own local charity.

I'm an English Language teacher, can I teach a lesson?

Our schedule is all booked up for the June 6th Teachathon. However, we will have more opportunities. Please email and let us know that you're interested!

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