I have been involved in ELT since 1995, as a teacher, a teacher trainer, a writer, and a speaker.
Technology has always fascinated me and been an integral part of my life, and this is reflected in my teaching and training practices. I teach and train both face-to-face and on-line, and endeavour to find learning solutions to facilitate positive learning outcomes of both the students and teaching professionals I work with. I enjoy experimenting with technology and collaborating in online projects. I share my ideas here and on Twitter @katrobb21.
I am the tutor and course developer for the online Cambridge exams, EAP & IELTS teacher development courses run by Oxford Tefl in Barcelona, where I also tutor on the Trinity DipTESOL. In addition to preparing learners for the Cambridge main suite exams, I spend the summers working at a British university teaching EAP. I consider teaching a fundamental element which scaffolds the training I do, and affords me the knowledge and ideas I share. I also work as a part of the Cambridge Assessment English presenter network in Spain, preparing and delivering teacher-training seminars. In addition, I write for the print journals: Modern English Teacher and English Teaching Professional.
My passion, and current field of research is the use of robots for language learning; RALL (robot assisted language learning). This includes investigations regarding how the use of robots and autonomous systems can scaffold language learning, the affordances they offer, and in which specific contexts. I am equally intrigued by the affective effects of using autonomous robots for language learning, and the value human robot interaction (HRI). I am interested in the cognitive capacity of robots to respond in language-learning contexts, and how using robots enables us to gain a greater understanding of cognitive neuroscience and the language learning process. I am currently exploring the potential of chatbot teachers to assist language learning and effective learner interaction.