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 a study skills tutor in the Centre for Collaborative Learning at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. I have previously been employed by Adult Learning (Norfolk County Council) as a non-accredited tutor and trainer. I was an ESOL tutor with Norfolk Community Learning Services for three years. For two consecutive summers (2020-21), I worked for the English Language Teaching Centre at the University of Sheffield, on their 10-week pre-sessional programme. I have worked for several other organisations over the years, including INTO UEA (2017-20) on two consecutive pre-sessional courses and as an IELTS invigilator throughout the year. Earlier in my teaching career, I had several short-term contracts with Bell Educational Trust, including one that lead to a 5 month ‘tour of duty’ at King Saud University in Riyadh. I have also worked in South Korea (2007-8), Beijing (2009-10), Cambridge (2009-11) and Vietnam (2012).
I am also a freelance English language tutor offering face-to-face and online tutoring. Please see my profile on First Tutors for more details.
For three years (also 2017-20), I was a committee member of the IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group, first as newsletter editor, then webmaster. Finally, I carried out promotional work for Teacher Training Videos (2017-20) and ELT Training (2020-21).
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 (2006-21). It also acts as my personal and public blog.
last updated: November 2021