My name is Phil Longwell. I live in the United Kingdom. I am known online as ‘Teacher Phili’, which was a nickname that some children in a Tanzanian orphanage called me and it stuck! It has been my Twitter handle since August 2009. I have been an English language teacher since 2006. I am currently employed by Adult Learning (Norfolk County Council) as a non-accredited tutor and trainer. I have previously been an ESOL tutor with Norfolk Community Learning Services, which became Adult Learning in 2019. In the summer of 2020, I worked for the English Language Teaching Centre at the University of Sheffield, on their 10-week pre-sessional programme, returning in 2021.
I have worked for several other organisations over the years. For example, I was employed by INTO UEA (2017-20) on two consecutive pre-sessional courses and as an IELTS invigilator throughout the year. Between 2009-11, I had several short-term contracts with Bell Educational Trust, including one that lead to a 5 month ‘tour of duty’ in Riyadh. I have also worked in South Korea (2007-8), Beijing (2009-10) and Vietnam (2012). For three years (also 2017-20), I was a committee member of the IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group, including being newsletter editor, then webmaster. Finally, I carried out promotional work for Teacher Training Videos from 2017-2020, along with some occasional social media work for ELT Training since 2021.
I am also a freelance English language tutor offering my services in the county of Norfolk, although since 2020 this has solely online using Skype and Zoom, because of the covid-19 pandemic restrictions to work.
This WordPress site is my space to write about my experiences in English Language Teaching, conferences, webinars, ELTchat summaries, reflections and a place to showcase some of the films that I have created (2006-20). It also acts as my personal and public blog.
last updated: September 2020