We are a group of Irish-based ELT professionals, who have come together to develop a network of teachers in Ireland to share knowledge and experience and promote best practice in English language teaching. ELT Ireland was born out of conversations at the Digital ELT Ireland conference held in Dublin in November 2013 and a public meeting the following January. Since our inaugural event in April 2014 we have been active in Dublin and around Ireland, as well as on the internet, in promoting the development of ELT.
- Laura O'Grady
Laura has been working in ELT since 2008, as a teacher and Cambridge examiner and recently as a director of studies in a junior centre, in Ireland and Spain. She currently teaches in Centre of English Studies in Dublin. She has recently finished her DELTA qualification. Her interests range from teaching to management and CPD.
- Gabriela Pozza
- Ben Dobbs
- Liam Tyrrell
- Peter Lahiff
Gabriela has been in the ELT field since 2011 and has recently participated in the Erasmus + project “Activate your English for Teaching”. She has always been interested in strategies to enhance students confidence and autonomy in the target language inside and outside the classroom. She currently teaches at Future Learning.
Ben is an independent communications and leadership trainer working internationally. He has worked with several large companies and universities in the areas of intercultural communication, interpersonal skills, coaching and leadership. Most recently he has been delivering training in the UAE, Russia and China.
Liam has been working in ELT since 2009, completed DELTA in 2016 and has recently taken IDLTM at Queensland University. He is an active member of various ELT associations and has presented at national and international conferences. Liam has recently joined Future Learning as Head of Teaching and Learning.
Peter works on the development and management of project-based and technology enhanced language courses for young learners and adults at Future Learning where he is the Academic Director. He is a founding committee member and former president of ELT Ireland.
Joanne Mitten has been working in the UK State Education and ELT sectors since 2009. Having run busy year-round language schools, she is currently Summer Academic Director a large Dublin Language School. She has delivered teacher development sessions on topics such as Syllabus Development, Assessment for Learning, Planning for Differentiation and Using Media in Lessons.
Treasurer - Joanne Mitten
Social Media - Dimitra Gkotosopoulou
Dimitra has been working in the ELT sector in Greece and Ireland for almost a decade, and has always been interested in experimenting with creative methods and approaches. She is currently a Senior Teacher and focuses on providing support, as well as organizing in-house Continuous Professional Development programmes for teachers.