My name is Phil Longwell.  I live in the United Kingdom. I am also known online as ‘Teacher Phili’ which was a nickname that some children in a Tanzanian orphanage called me and it stuck.   I have been an English language teacher since 2006. I have been working for Norfolk Adult Learning as an ESOL teacher since 2017.  I was employed on two consecutive summer Pre-sessional courses at INTO UEA (2017, 2018) and I have been an IELTS invigilator there.  I am also a freelance English language tutor offering my services in the county of Norfolk.  I teach face to face and online, specialising in IELTS preparation. I am currently working this summer for the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC), University of Sheffield Pre-sessional, but all the teaching is conducted online.

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 short films that I have created (2006-19).

If you have come here looking for private English tuition then please contact me via First Tutors.  I am flexible, depending on your needs.

I have a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) from NILE (2009) and an MA (distinction) in English Language Teaching from the University of Warwick (2012) with a specialism in ICT and mulitmedia. I started teaching by volunteering in Tanzania. I have subsequently worked in China, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.  I have worked in Cambridge for Bell Educational Trust on 3 young learner residential courses. I worked as an EAP presessional teacher at De Montfort University, Leicester (2013) and have taught at INTO UEA, Norwich on two successive presessional courses (2017, 2018). For 18 months, I was a volunteer teaching assistant with two ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes in Norwich – one of which was for Mind, the mental health charity. In addition, I have taught refugees and asylum seekers at New Routes integration, a Norwich based charity and am presently involved in teaching Syrian refugees with Norfolk Adult Learning.  In particular, I am the sole tutor on an English for Driving Theory course.  I have been employed as an IELTS exam invigilator since 2017.

I have specific interests in the areas of educational technology, learner autonomy, ICT, ESOL, EAP, teaching refugees and filmmaking.  I am particularly keen on making tutorials (screencasts) to train teachers or giving digital feedback on written tasks. I have been employed to do promotional work for the Teacher Training Videos website and have just become its communications manager.  In addition, I am interested in teacher development, attending conferences, webinars and delivering blended learning. I regularly take part in the Twitter forum #ELTchat, for which I have written sixteen summaries, making me a ‘Gold Medal’ writer and these can all be found in a separate page via the link above.

I am a member of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and the current webmaster of the Learning Technologies Special Interest Group (LTSIG).  I first attended the annual IATEFL conference in Glasgow 2012 and presented at it for the first time in Brighton 2018, on the topic of mental health. I ran a workshop in Liverpool 2019 – a recording of which is on this blog – and ran workshops in between those two conferences.  I have also presented at the 8th Image Conference when it was held in Brussels, 2019.

If you have come here looking for private English tuition then please contact me via First Tutors.  I am flexible, depending on your needs.

I have undertaken mental health training with Norwich Mind, the mental health charity, am an advocate for Time To Change and feel qualified to present on this topic. If you have come here looking for me to present at your institution in the area of mental health, please contact me by email – philiplongwell@gmail.com or via a direct message on Twitter: @teacherphili.  

This WordPress blog began in January 2014, when I switched from using Blogger. I kept a blog about my travels from 2006-2013 (‘Phil’s Adventures‘, later ‘TP TEFL Travels‘). and kept a separate blog of my ICT in ELT module (2012) whilst a student at Warwick.

If you want one-to-one tutoring, please contact me via First Tutors.

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At the UEA, Norwich (2018)

14 things about me:

As I started this blog in 2014, I will share 14 further, slightly random things about me:

1. I was born on Decimal Day and as a child had a post office savings account with ‘Decimus’ as a middle name.  I mentioned this in a recent storytelling event.

2.  I grew up in the East End of London.  Our back garden overlooked the derelict docklands on the Isle of Dogs, pre-dating the Canary Wharf complex that was built in the 1980s.

3. The first 7″ single I ever bought was ‘Summer Nights’ from the Soundtrack to the film, Grease.  This was closely followed by Rat Trap by The Boomtown Rats, which actually took over from ‘Summer Nights’ at the number one spot in the UK.  They famously made reference to this in their Top of the Pops performance in 1978.

4. The first home computer I owned and used to program was a Sinclair ZX81. I later owned and made games for my Commodore 64 console.

5. My favourite sport as secondary school was cross-country running as it was the only sport I was ever any good at.  I am, otherwise, the proud owner of ‘two left feet’. 

6. My favourite film of all time is One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), followed by Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1979), The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Groundhog Day (1993).

7.  I used to play piano and sing in an amateur traditional jazz band.  We released one CD entitled ‘First Time On Grass’, in 1993.

8. My first degree was in Sociology.  I studied at Anglia Ruskin University (formerly a polytechnic) in Cambridge, 1998-2001.

9. I worked behind a bar for two years in my hometown of Wells-next-the-Sea, 2005-7.

10. I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro  in 2007, the highest free standing mountain in the world.  I produced an hour long film about the climb entitled, ‘Phili Does Kili’.    

11. I don’t like Cricket.  I love it.

12. My favourite TV series ever is/was HBO’s Six Feet Under, followed by The Sopranos, Dexter and Game of Thrones. There seems to be a lot of death in those choices, though.

13. For 4 years I volunteered at Jimmy’s, a homeless night shelter.

14. I cook a mean moussaka and kimchi jjigae.

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