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.

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