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
Gabriela is an experienced teacher who holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching from the University of Caxias do Sul (Brazil). She holds a CELTA certificate and is currently doing her DELTA. She has been teaching in Ireland for 3 years. She currently teaches at Future Learning.
- Ben Dobbs
Social Media - Dimitra Gkotosopoulou
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.
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 CPD programmes for teachers.
- Peter Lahiff
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 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
ELT Ireland Bulletin Editor - Amanda McGeer
Amanda is an English Literature graduate and has been working in ELT since obtaining her CELTA in 2018. She enjoys bringing literature into the ESL classroom and preparing students for academic and professional life in English. She has previously taught in Paris and is currently based in Dublin.
Membership Officer - Anna Maroutian
Anna is a DELTA qualified teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience. Originally from Armenia, her family travelled the world before settling down in Italy. She is passionate about photography and the ELT world in general. She moved to Ireland in 2014 and is currently the General Manager in Frances King School of English - Dublin.