Issue 1

March 2017

TEFL Qatar News

Training and development opportunites for the local, regional and global English Language Teaching community

Trends in Research: Global English

You need to go back to school to relearn English

by Lennox Morrison

“With non-native English speakers outnumbering native speakers, it’s up to Anglophones to learn how to speak their language within a global community.”

Conferences & Seminars

Smart Exchange

Elt Research In Action (ELTRIA): Bridging The Gap Between Research And Classroom Practice

The Teacher Development Department at the University of Barcelona is hosting their ELTRIA conference on April 21-22, 2017.


Teaching Ideas & Resources

Smart Exchange

This website features lesson plans, resources and games for classrooms equipped with SMART Boards

Apps For Education

Smart Exchange

This app is a writing prompt generator that has a database of over 600 prompts to start your students' writing projects. It uses pictures, colors, words and different writing genres to provide creative inspiration.


Teacher Profile

Alex Acuyo, Qatar Aeronautical College

Teacher Profile

My name is Alex Acuyo and I was born in a town called Alicante in Southern Spain. By my 4th birthday, my family had moved to the UK where I was brought up.


Language and culture has always been intriguing to me, since I grew up speaking English as my mother tongue, while at the same time communicating in Spanish with my family. I therefore grew up in an environment where switching from my L1 (English) and L2 (Spanish) was an everyday occurrence.


My interest in Teaching English as a Foreign Language started after completing my BA in International Communications at the University of Nottingham, at which point I decided to go straight into a CELTA course in London. From there, I spent a year finding my roots while teaching at an English academy in Spain. After this, I decided to quench my thirst for adventure by teaching for International House in Kazakhstan for 2 years. During my time in Kazakhstan, I did a great deal of professional development, including the DELTA, IELTS examiner training and academic management. I even got married!


I then moved to Qatar with my wife to work for the British Council while completing an MA in TESOL & Applied Linguistics. I finally moved to the Qatar Aeronautical College, where I have been happily teaching future Qatar Airways' pilots and engineers for the last couple of years.


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