My name is Phil Longwell.  I am also known online as ‘Teacher Phili’ which was a nickname that some children in a Tanzanian orphanage called me and it stuck.   I currently work for Norfolk Community Learning Services (NCLS) as an ESOL teacher and  Functional Skills Tutor.  I am also a private, self-employed English language tutor offering my services in the county of Norfolk, UK.  I teach face to face and online via Skype and Zoom. This is my space to write about things to do with teaching English as a Foreign Language, conferences, webinars, ELTchat summaries and reflections.

If you have come here looking for private English tuition then please contact me via First Tutors or via my Facebook Page.  A first lesson is free with further lessons reasonably priced. Times and locations can be negotiated, depending on your situation and needs.  I can travel to your home or we can meet in a convenient location for you.

I have a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) from NILE (2009) and an MA (distinction) in English Language Teaching from the University of Warwick (2012) with a specialism in ICT and mulitmedia. I started teaching by volunteering in Tanzania. I have subsequently worked in China, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.  I have worked in Cambridge for Bell Educational Trust on 3 young learner residential courses. I worked as an EAP presessional teacher in Leicester (2013) and at INTO UEA – Norwich (2017). For 18 months, I was a volunteer teaching assistant with two ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes in Norwich – one of which was for Mind, the mental health charity. I have also taught refugees and asylum seekers at New Routes integration, a Norwich based charity and am presently involved in teaching refugees with NCLS.  In summer 2016, I taught Chinese students online as part of their preparation for the British Council IELTS speaking exam. I am also an IELTS exam invigilator at INTO UEA.

I have specific interests in the areas of educational technology, learner autonomy, ICT, ESL/ESOL, EAP, teaching refugees, using film and images.  I am particularly keen on making tutorials (screencasts) to train teachers and do promotional work for the Teacher Training Videos website. In addition, I am interested in teacher development, attending conferences, webinars, blogging, blended learning and the flipped classroom. I regularly take part in the Twitter forum #ELTchat, for which I have written several summaries which can be found via the links above.

This WordPress blog began in January 2014, when I switched from using Blogger. I kept a blog about my travels from 2006-2013 (‘Phil’s Adventures‘, ‘TP TEFL Travels‘). and kept a separate blog of my ICT in ELT module (2012) whilst a student at Warwick.

I am an member of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), a sub-committee member of the Learning Technologies Special Interest Group (LTSIG) and a member of the Teacher Development Special Interest group (TDSIG).  I have been to several teacher conferences, mostly recently the 6th ELT Malta conference held by the ELT Council.

Please contact me via First Tutors or via my @TPTEFLTutor Facebook Page.

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14 things about me:

As I started this blog in 2014, I will share 14 further, slightly random things about me:

1. I was born on Decimal Day and as a child had a post office savings account with ‘Decimus’ as a middle name.

2.  I grew up in the East End of London.  Our back garden overlooked the derelict docklands on the Isle of Dogs, pre-dating the Canary Wharf complex that was built in the 1980s.

3. The first 7″ single I ever bought was ‘Summer Nights’ from the Soundtrack to the film, Grease.  This was closely followed by Rat Trap by The Boomtown Rats, which actually took over from ‘Summer Nights’ at the number one spot in the UK.

4. The first home computer I owned and used to program was a Sinclair ZX81.

5. My favourite sport as secondary school was cross-country running as it was the only sport I was ever any good at.  I am, otherwise, the proud owner of ‘two left feet’. 

6. My favourite film of all time is Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1979), followed by The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Groundhog Day (1993).

7.  I used to play piano and sing in an amateur traditional jazz band.  We released one CD entitled ‘First Time On Grass’, in 1993.

8. My first degree was in Sociology.  I studied at Anglia Ruskin University (formerly a polytechnic) in Cambridge, 1998-2001.

9. I worked behind a bar for two years in my hometown of Wells-next-the-Sea, 2005-7.

10. I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro  in 2007, the highest free standing mountain in the world.  I produced an hour long film about the climb entitled, ‘Phili Does Kili’.    

11. I don’t like Cricket.  I love it.

12. My favourite TV series ever is/was HBO’s Six Feet Under, followed by The Sopranos, Game of Thrones and Dexter.

13. For 4 years I volunteered at a homeless night shelter.

14. I cook a mean moussaka and kimchi jjigae.

at Warwick, Feb 2012

at University of Warwick, Feb 2012

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Phil,

    I’ve been reading your blog, which I found via your Twitter profile. I’ve very much enjoyed reading it and I wanted to get in touch. I hope you don’t mind me contacting you.

    I work for Garnet Education, an ELT publisher in Reading that specialises in EAP. We would like to invite you to write a guest post for our blog (which you can see here: http://www.garneteducation.com/blog/). To date, a lot of the posts have been very product-focused, which is something I’d like to step back from. Our audience is primarily UK-based EAP teachers, so I feel they would really enjoy your writing. If this is something you would like to pursue, the topic of the post would be up to you. I’d be happy to discuss ideas. Posts are shared via our social media and newsletter.

    We’re also on the look-out for book reviewers. I didn’t spot any book reviews on your blog, but if you would be interested in posting a review on your blog of any of our books, have a browse of our website and let me know if anything takes your fancy.

    I realise you’ve probably got a lot on your plate though (including your own blog!), so don’t worry about saying no!

    Best wishes,


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