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About John Harrop
A small, freckled traveler from Liverpool, John never imagined he’d end up working in education. Then, one night in a British pub, he met some Spanish students, ended up moving to Spain and the rest, as they say, is history. Based in Seville, he now spends his time teacher-training, teaching, writing and performing interactive puppet shows with Bat-i-Burrillo Teatro de Títeres.
Latest posts by John Harrop (see all)
- How to use your TEFL skills to get into coursebook writing - December 16, 2016
- Summer (School) Madness: working as a summer course director - April 12, 2016
- Un Auténtico Chorizo: Teaching for a Cowboy Outfit in Madrid - December 17, 2015
March 27, 2014 | John Harrop 6
Following my first story, My First Day of Teaching (How I Almost Caused a Diplomatic Incident), about the toughest year of teaching I had following my CELTA, I thought it might be useful to give some tips to ease the pain! This list is unashamedly personal and far from exhaustive, but hopefully it will be useful for those of you embarking on your first adventure in teaching.
February 27, 2014 | John Harrop 2
Hey TEFL Teachers!
Have you noticed how animated your students get when classroom discussions veer toward the controversial? Do you …
February 21, 2014 | John Harrop 26
(Lessons Learned from My Post-Diplomatic Incident)
Tuesday morning came around far too quickly. I’d had yet another fitful night’s sleep, partly plagued by nightmares about being thrown off a moving bus by rowdy French teenagers. But it was mainly down to the fact that it was the BIG DAY. My first day teaching English!
January 18, 2014 | John Harrop 20
“Hey John, there’s some bloke on the phone for you!” shouted one of my flatmates.
I’d been trying to catch up on some sleep after an early shift working at a local bread factory, so I mumbled a rather unenthusiastic “Hello” into the phone. To which I was greeted with a chirpy, “Hi my name’s Neil! You applied for a post at our school.”