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Curriculum Vitae   JOHANNA STIRLING

I am an experienced, well-qualified and committed freelance EFL teacher/teacher trainer/consultant/materials writer.  I have written published learning materials, presented workshops at international conferences and had articles published in a wide range of journals. I have an MA (Distinction) in Professional Development for Language Education. I am a NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education) Associate Trainer.

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Teaching and Teacher Training experience

  • Over 20 years of experience teaching a wide range of levels and types of adult groups, including general intensive English, business English, Cambridge Examination preparation classes, IELTS, ESOL and ESP courses.

  • CELTA tutor/course director  since 1994 (over 20 courses), at Bell Norwich, Norwich Institute for Language Education and Holmes College, Melbourne, Australia. 

  • Directed and taught on a variety of overseas teachers’ development courses, mainly at Bell International and Norwich Institute for Language Education. I am a NILE Associate Trainer.

  • Directed many closed group and one-to-one courses.

  • Founded, ran and taught in a small ESOL organisation in Norwich.

Materials written include

  • English for Telephoning CD-ROM, published by DELTA Publishing (2004).

  • Spelling section of Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary Resource Book (2005)

  • Two modules of online Business English course. Bell Distance Learning Unit (2001).

  • The English Language Garden .Website for teachers and learners (2003).

  • Spelling Workout – Spelling Training for Adult English Language Learners. Currently writing self-access materials and producing companion website:

  • Many in-house teaching materials for Bell International.

  • Interactive whiteboard software development for Cambridge University Press (UK and USA) .

  • Vocabulary worksheets for face2face Advanced Teachers' Book for Cambridge University Press. Communication Activities for Unlimited Starter Teacher's CD-Rom.

Articles Published include

  • Review of spelling materials ELT Journal (Vol 59/3 July 2005)

  • “The Dog Ate My Homework”  English Teaching Professional (Issue 38 May 2005). Winner of  September 2004 Onestopenglish Methodology Challenge.

  • “The Portable Electronic Dictionary – Faithful friend or faceless foe?” Modern English Teacher (Vol 14, No 3 July 2005)

  • “Waht can Teatchers Do to Halp Bor Spillers?” TESOL – Spain Newsletter Volume 28 Autumn 2004 and IATEFL 2004, Liverpool Conference Selections.

  • “The Business Vocabox” The Journal of TESOL France Vol. 7 2000 and Tempus Vol. 6 2002

  • “Make Friends with Electronic Dictionaries” Guardian Weekly October 20-26 Vol 175 / No18

  • "Talking about Verbs" English Teaching Professional (No. 60 January 2009).

  • "Power2learn" IATEFL 2008, Exeter Conference Selections.


  • "The Portable Electronic Dictionary: friend or foe?" at IATEFL (Harrogate) 2006

  • Spelling for Mouses” TESOL Spain 2005

  •  “Waht can Teatchers Do to Halp Bor Spillers?” at IATEFL (Liverpool) 2004 and TESOL Spain 2004.

  • “Writing Multimedia Materials”  Guest lecture on the MA in Materials Development at Leeds Metropolitan University (2004 and 2005).

  •  “The Business Vocabox” at TESOL Paris 1999.

  •  “The Vocabox”  at IATEFL (Manchester) 1998

  • Several in-service teacher development sessions at Bell Centres in UK and Malta.

  • Currently working for Cambridge University Press as Product Champion for a range of adult and teenage coursebooks giving teacher development workshops and presentations around the world. For this year's events, see the News page.

Management experience

  • Held several six-month posts as Assistant Academic Manager / Course Co-Ordinator at Bell Norwich.

  • Ran my own small language teaching business 2007-2008 - Living English Language Consultants, Norwich. Teaching ESOL, general English and IELTS Preparation.

Professional Development

  • MA in Professional Development for Language Education with Leeds Metropolitan University and Norwich Institute for Language Education.  Included modules on Multimedia and New Technology in Language Teaching, Materials Development for Language Teaching and a Dissertation: “The Need for a Diverse and Integrated Approach to the Teaching of Spelling in Adult EFL”. 

  • Special interests: Teaching spelling. Interactive whiteboards, Web 2.0 and other new technologies in teaching.



Sept 2006 - present

Freelance ELT consultant (work has included teaching, teacher training, materials writing, presenting and management) at NILE, Cambridge University Press and Living English - my own school)

July 91- Sept 2006

EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Course Co-Ordinator at Bell Norwich

Oct 90 - Apr 91

EFL Teacher at International Language Centre, Paris

Oct 86 - Oct 90

Social Programme Organiser at Bell Language School, Old House, Norwich (plus part-time teaching ).

1980 - 1986

Various jobs including theatre administrator, marketing officer, travel agent, advice worker, running own small catering business.

Academic Qualifications:

1980  BA Hons Degree: Creative Arts (2:1) (Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, England)

1989  RSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults:  Grade B (Bell School, Norwich, England)

1991  RSA Diploma:  Teaching English as a Foreign Language to AdultsPass (Bell School, Norwich, England)

2005  MA Professional Development for Language Education: Distinction. (Leeds Metropolitan University and Norwich Institute for Language Education)
The Materials Development Association (MATSDA) Prize for the best overall performance by a post-graduate student.






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