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25th April 2016

About Athena Teacher Training

At Athena Teacher Training we provide the Trinity CertTESOL course, which will qualify you to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL). The Trinity CertTEOSL is a leading industry qualification, which you can use to teach in British Council accredited schools around the world.


Welcome back. Hope you had a nice, gloriously sunny bank holiday. Last week I went off at a bit of a tangent, talking about the importance of ‘Comprehensible Input’, a theory thought to be at the heart of how a foreign language is learned or acquired. I make no apologies for this. J I know […]

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Before or After?

“If I was in Australia, I would play cricket.”

Last week I asked you to consider this sentence and decide on a context where it could be used to refer to time ‘before the point now’ or time ‘after the point now’. How about this:

When the speaker was young, (s)he was the child of parents who travelled a […]

By |May 24th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments


I began this blog, (Blog 1, September 26th), by stating: “the success of any communication can be judged on the result you get.” I said you could probably communicate most things through facial expression, body language and a few choice grunts! I went on to say the blog was going to focus on the stuff […]

By |May 21st, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments


Hi, welcome back. I trust you had a brilliant Bank Holiday, if you were in Britain. If you weren’t in the UK, I have to tell you that the weather in sunny Bournemouth yesterday was absolutely ‘sunny’. Anyway, last week I asked you to consider the following two sentences:

When I was young I would […]

By |May 8th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Grammar: Oh dear!

The success of any communication can be judged on the result you get. You can probably communicate most things through facial expression, body language and a few choice grunts!

However, this blog is going to focus on verbal communication in English, the use of words and grammar, which goes alongside the non-verbal, to help you to […]

By |September 26th, 2017|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Interview with Anke Jacobs

Anke Jacobs came down especially from Birmingham to take the CertTESOL at Athena Teacher Training in October 2016. Here she writes about her experiences before, during and after the course.

“There were unexpected learning opportunities and insights, making the course more valuable than I had anticipated.”

What did you do before you took your course at […]

By |June 12th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Living in Brazil

Everton is a teacher at ETC International College. He took the CertTESOL at Athena Teacher Training in November 2014. This year he has joined the Athena Teacher Training team, as the Unknown Foreign Language teacher, teaching firstly his native Brazilian Portuguese, and more recently Swahili

By |June 5th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Teaching in Naples

Jon Wilton took his CertTESOL course in May 2013.  He worked at ETC International College for a few years, before heading off to Italy.
He tells us of his experiences here:

By |May 18th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

What is the Phonemic Chart?

When you’ve checked something on Wikipedia, you’ve probably noticed those strange symbols after an entry, and perhaps you’ve wondered what on earth they are. Or you may have been in an EFL classroom, and noticed a chart like this hanging on the wall. Why, you may ask yourself, are teachers wasting time on these hieroglyphics?

In […]

By |April 14th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

What is CPD?

There is much talk in the TEFL world of CPD. At any job interview, this may well be a topic that comes up: either because the interviewer will ask you about your experience of it, or you may want to ask your prospective employers what they offer. But what does CPD mean?

CPD stands for Continuing […]

By |March 31st, 2017|News|0 Comments