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 freelance English language tutor offering my services in the county of Norfolk, UK.  I teach face to face and online. This blog is my space to write about things to do with English Language Teaching, conferences, webinars, ELTchat summaries, reflections and a place to host the films I’ve created.

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) and will do so again in 2018. 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 Syrian 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.

If you have come here looking for private English tuition then please contact me via First Tutors.  However, from June 2018 I will be employed full-time and will be unable to take on new students.  I should be available again in October 2018.

I have undertaken mental health training with Norwich Mind, the mental health charity, am an advocate for Time To Change and feel qualified to present on this topic, given my own personal experiences. If you have come here looking for me to train your ELT institution in the area of mental health, please contact me by email, which I can give to you via my Facebook page or through a direct message on Twitter: @teacherphili.

I have specific interests in the areas of educational technology, learner autonomy, ICT, ESL/ESOL, EAP, teaching refugees, film making and using images in the class.  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 and delivering blended learning. I regularly take part in the Twitter forum #ELTchat, for which I have written several summaries and these can be found via the links above.

I am an member of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), the current newsletter editor of the Learning Technologies Special Interest Group (LTSIG) and a member of the Teacher Development Special Interest group (TDSIG).  I have attended five IATEFL annual conferences to date and 4 PCEs. In addition, I have so far been to teacher conferences in Barcelona and Malta – The inaugural Image conference in Barcelona, the 6th ELT Malta conference held by the ELT Council and the International House ELT conference in Barcelona, February 2018.  I will be a speaker at the 7th ELT Malta conference in October 2018.

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‘, later ‘TP TEFL Travels‘). and kept a separate blog of my ICT in ELT module (2012) whilst a student at Warwick.

If you want one-to-one tutoring, please contact me via First Tutors. Please note: From June 2018 I will be employed full-time and will be unable to take on new students.  I should be available again in October 2018.

Click here for my LinkedIn Profile

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 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), followed by Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1979), 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.


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Bahrain, October 2016.


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