Sylvia Guinan has been teaching English for over twenty years.
She graduated with a B.A. in English literature and History at University College Galway before going on to take the Higher Diploma in Education, which is the teaching qualification in Ireland. After moving abroad, circumstances led her into the English Language Teaching field, which has entailed continuous professional development and opened up new interests and opportunities.
She started working online in 2010 as a way to work from home and balance motherhood with her professional life. She now works as an online English teacher, writer and blogger who facilitates professional development online. She uses brain-friendly techniques to help students and teachers around the world. She designs educational materials, develops courses, and runs teacher training courses online. Her work is the result of much research into the psychology of learning, as well as hands-on experience with multi-media technology.
She also does a lot of voluntary and community work.
She is currently Joint Web Editor of the IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group.
She has also contributed a lot of time, thought, presentations, articles and resources to organisations such as The Electronic Village Online, The Reform Symposium, The iTDi, Digital ELT Ireland, TESOL Greece, The Virtual Round Table,The 30 Goals Challenge, Blog Festivals, Massive Open Online Courses, EFL Talks, and more. These contributions manifested themselves in the various roles of organiser, course builder, moderator, presenter, blogger, facilitator, materials designer, social media community builder and buzz agent.
Browse through samples of her professional profiles and collaborations below.