More Excellent Winners of Mental Health Friendly Lesson Plan Competition.

WP_20151023_011Over the last two weeks it has been a great pleasure to meet more of the mental health lesson plan competition winners. Paul Connell travelled up from Tarragona for the day with his wife, Helen, to officially receive second prize, a free on-line teacher training course, donated by Oxford House. Paul and Helen can be seen in the centre of the picture (taken in the gardens of Oxford House). Paul received his award from Duncan Foord,  Director of Training at Oxford House (on Paul’s right in the photo). Paul is a very experienced teacher from Escola Idiomas Tarragona (formerly Inlingua) and it was a real delight to talk with him and Helen about his excellent lesson plan and our plans to take the Mental Health Friendly project forward. In fact, with the agreement of Oxford House, Paul chose an on-line course in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and generously donated the course to a teacher friend who works in the Sate Sector, where CLIL has taken on a real importance over the last few years.

WP_20151029_001Then there was the pleasure of meeting Anna Conway a teacher here in Barcelona at Merit School. Anna won third prize which was an extremely generous pack of teaching materials donated by Macmillan Education. Anna and I can be seen in Macmillan’s office  where she kindly popped in to receive her prize and talk about the project. Anna is also studying Public Health here in Barcelona so it made it an particularly interesting conversation for me.

Hopefully, we will be able to share all the excellent lesson plans with you in the new year, when working with the winners, Macmillan and La Federación de Salut Mental de Catalunya, we can ensure these excellent lessons have maximum impact inside and outside the classroom.

A really big thank you to everyone who participated in the competition.


Innovate ELT Conference

The Innovate ELT Conference will be held at Oxford TEFL Barcelona 8-9 May.


The two of us will be there to listen and particpate in a wide range of discussions about English Language Training and the exciting new trends and innovations surfacing within the field. Speakers will include Nicky Hockly, Lindsey Clanfield and Scott Thornbury.

It will be a real pleasure to attend and give our contribution to this fascinating series of discussions. The hosts, Oxford House, are a key player in the Mental Health Friendly Initiative here in Barcelona and can be relied on to provide a dynamic and  empowering vision for the future of ELT.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here

We will of course report back on the event and tell you how well (or not) our own particular contribution was received.