Beth Melia-Leigh, Nicholas Northall

ETpedia Teacher Training

Resource Book

500 ideas for teacher training in English language teaching

ETpedia Teacher Training is the must-have resource for new and experienced teacher trainers.



ETpedia Teacher Training provides both new and more experienced teacher trainers with pointers, ideas and activities to support both pre- and in-service teachers. In addition, you can use it in a variety of different teaching contexts, including in the classroom and online. Each unit of 10 tips is easy to use and will aid or inspire you whether you are dipping in for a quick idea or looking for more comprehensive guidance.

Here are 10 reasons to use it as part of your teacher training practice:

  1. Learn more about the different aspects of a teacher trainer’s role
  2. Get support with making the transition from teacher to trainer
  3. Make your training more engaging
  4. Get inspiration for preparing input sessions
  5. Recap techniques and activities you haven’t used in a while
  6. Supplement your repertoire with fresh new ideas
  7. Develop your mentoring skills
  8. Use alternative approaches to observation
  9. Fine-tune your feedback skills
  10. Integrate online training techniques.

Whether you’re a new teacher trainer looking for support, or a more experienced teacher trainer, this is the book for you. ETpedia Teaching Training is packed with ideas for beginning TT courses, input sessions, teaching practice, lesson planning, lesson observations, self-reflection, giving feedback, assignments and written tasks, different training contexts, further development and ending TT courses.

You can view a sample chapter from ETpedia Teacher Training here.

ETpedia Teacher Training is part of the ETpedia series. Each title offers practical tips and ideas across a wide range of topics. You can explore the full range here.


“I don’t often fall in love with books at first glance, but I have to admit I was pretty close to it when I opened my kindle version. For a new CELTA tutor or teacher trainer in a different context, this book will be a ‘go-to’ resource for many years to come.” – Sandee Thompson, Modern English Teacher, April 2021.

“Transferability, thy name is ETpedia! This book has accessible and immediately applicable resources, ‘top tips’ and ideas for using in a wide range of contexts, and is a refreshingly easy yet informative and practical read. The fully photocopiable resources are well selected, professional looking, and deal with a wide range of areas”. Rufus James, English Australia Journal, 2020. You can read the full detailed review here.

“Given the current, emergency shift to online teaching, I was delighted to read Unit 43 on online and blended teacher training, and further tips on using online forums. There is useful input on mentoring, dealing with difficult trainees and self-reflection; the Appendix is extensive. This highly-practical book will certainly be welcomed by teacher trainers.” – Pete Sharma, EL Gazette, July 2020. You can read the full book of the month review here.


ETpedia Teacher Training is ideal for both new and experienced ELT teacher trainers, working in any context. Whether you deliver occasional workshops, observe practising teachers, mentor new teachers or work on accredited teacher training courses, it offers you plenty of new and useful ideas.



ISBN: 978-1-913414-16-0

Publication date: 9 March 2020

Contents: Coming soon


Beth Melia-Leigh and Nicholas Northall have a wealth of experience of working with both entry level and practising teachers in a range of different contexts. They currently work on a variety of accredited teacher training courses, both face-to-face and online, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate TESOL modules at the University of Sheffield. They also have experience of designing and delivering bespoke teacher training and train-the-trainer courses. Given the lack of support available for teacher trainers, ETpedia Teacher Training offers a much-needed collection of tips and advice which the busy teacher trainer can easily and conveniently access.

Kindle Edition

If you would like to get your copy immediately or save on postage costs, you can now buy a Kindle version of ETpedia Teacher TrainingYou can also take a look inside before you buy. Kindle editions can be read on the Kindle app across most devices, including phones, tablets and computers, so you do not need a Kindle device to purchase a copy.

On the Kindle version, in the Appendix you will also find photocopiable handouts with additional training activities. These can be used exactly as they are, or adapted and developed to suit your own context. You will also find a link to a digital version of the handouts at the start of the Appendix section so you can download you own version or make print outs when you need them.


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