The Journey of Teaching

Teaching a language is, in many ways, comparable to going on a lengthy journey. When planning a trip, we can look at guidebooks and investigate other source material beforehand but, in reality, the journey only really begins once we leave the comfort and security of our homes and set off on discovering new things and ideas. In a similar manner, we can plan and do research for our classes but the real teaching and learning begins when we leave the confines of that which we already know and are accustomed to doing to explore alternative ideas or techniques. Just like in real life journeys, we each embark on the adventure of language teaching with different levels of enthusiasm and with different capabilities and interests. When planning a trip we take into account different possible routes for travel and make choices about what we want to see and do en route and at the destination. When teaching, we also take into account a number of factors and make decisions based on them.

As travellers and as teachers it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to decide what to do with limited time and limited resources. Where do we want to go? How do we want to get there? What do we want to accomplish when we get there? In this talk we will explore techniques and material to make our teaching journeys as enjoyable, effective and fruitful as possible for us and for our students.


About the lecturer

Nina Lauder is an ELT and CLIL expert who has been working in the field of education for decades. Born in Canada, she is now based in Seville, Spain where she works as a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. She has given workshops in a number of different countries around the world and has collaborated with the British Council, Bell International and the Spanish Ministry of Education on professional development programs. She is co-author of the Explorers series (OUP) and has recently co-authored books for the Think! Do! Learn! Series (OUPE-CLIL). She is also the author of JET: Projects Across the Curriculum (Mary Glasgow Magazines, 2006), co-author of Pandy the Panda (ELI) and has written worksheets and activities for Dancing English ( She is the editor of the Oxford Magazine for Pre-Primary and Primary Teachers ( and currently works as an educational consultant in schools throughout Spain. For more information visit her website: