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.  In the summer of 2020, I worked for the English Language Teaching Centre at the University of Sheffield. 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  have done some promotional work for Teacher Training Videos since 2017, along with some occasional social media work for ELT Training in 2020.

I am a freelance English language tutor offering my services in the county of Norfolk, teaching online using Skype and Zoom.  I have previously offered face-to-face tutoring, but because of the covid-19 pandemic I currently only offer an online service. I use Off2Class for most of my private, online lessons.

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.

Click on News’ to view all my blog posts, with the most recent at the top, or click on ‘About‘ to read more about me and the tutoring services that I can offer you.



last updated: September 2020