Hi, I’m Chia Suan, but most people call me Chia.
I am a communication skills and intercultural skills trainer, a Business English specialist and an EFL teacher trainer based in York. I was teaching General English and Business English in London from 2003 – 2012, working mainly at International House London, but I moved to Munich in 2012 and started working freelance, dealing with in-company corporate training, and intensive teacher training and intercultural training workshops and seminars. I moved back to the UK in late 2013 and continued freelancing as a communications and intercultural trainer.
I am also involved in materials development of language teaching resources and consultancy for training organisations. I have been the resident blogger for etprofessional.com since 2012 on topics surrounding language, culture, education and communication. I also manage the social media accounts for ETp, Business English UK, and York Associates.
Aside from my original Bachelor degree in Communication Studies (Broadcast and Electronic Media) and my CELTA and DELTA qualifications, I also have a LCCI Cert TEB in teaching Business English, and a MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching from King’s College London where my dissertation focused on politeness in intercultural communication and ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) scenarios.
See below for a list of conferences, workshops, and online webinars that I have delivered. Also see below for the publications that I have been involved in.
|Conferences & Workshops||“A Coursebook-less Classroom”, English UK Business Trainers’ Conference 2009
“International English – An Alternative Model to ELF”, IATEFL BESIG Poznan 2009; English UK Business Trainers’ Conference 2010.
“Improvised Principled Eclecticism – a Dogme research project”, IATEFL Harrogate 2010.
“Systemic Functional Grammar – Why have most Business English teachers never heard of it?”, IATEFL BESIG Bielefeld 2010.
“Systemic Functional Grammar – Can SFG resolve those myths pedagogic grammar perpetuates?”, IATEFL Brighton 2011.
“Intelligibility or Impressions? – Requests in ELF scenarios”, IATEFL BESIG Dubrovnik 2011.
“My Conversion into ELF”, IH DOS Conference Plenary Speech 2012.
“My Journey with ELF”, IATEFL Glasgow 2012 BESIG Pre-Conference Event Opening Presentation.
“Constructing Politeness in ELF Service Encounters – Lessons for the language classroom”, ELF 5, Istanbul, May 2012.
“Myths and Controversies in Business English Teaching”, BESIG Paris Summer Symposium, June 2012.
“Creating the Right Impression – the politeness and pragmatics of ELF“, ETAS ZUG SIG Day, Switzerland, Sept 2012.
“Paying Lip Service to Applied Linguistics“, Closing Plenary for the English UK Teachers’ Conference, Nov 2012.
“(Mis)-Applied Linguistics“, Closing Plenary for TESOL France conference, Nov 2012.
“Devil’s Kitchen: cooking up food for thought”, IATEFL Liverpool 2013.
“Failure Fest”, IATEFL Liverpool 2013.
“English as a Lingua Franca”, MELTA Workshop, April 2013.
“Controversies in ELT”, Opening Plenary for TESOL France Strasbourg Spring Day.
“Top tips for using mini-white boards in the Business English classroom”, BESIG Prague, Nov 2013.
“Creating the right impression: the politeness and pragmatics of ELF”, ETp Live!, June 2014.
“ELF and the intercultural language student”, ELTABB workshop, Berlin, Jan 2015.
“The pragmatics of successful business communication”, IATEFL Manchester 2015.
Host and presenter, Pecha Kucha evening, IATEFL Manchester 2015.
“Teaching adaptation and accommodation skills”, Innovate ELT, Barcelona, May 2016.
“What teachers should not be afraid to say to students”, Closing plenary, Innovate ELT, Barcelona, May 2016.
Live Blogger and Interviewer, British Council ELTons, June 2016.
|Online presentations/webinars||“The Politeness and Pragmatics of ELF”, IATEFL BESIG Online Workshop, Feb 2012
.“Plugging in the Unplugged Classroom”, 5thVirtual Round Table, April 2012.
“A trip down memory lane of methodology”, British Council webinar, Nov 2012.
“Where do I go from here?”, English House Corporate, Oct 2013.
“ELT: How far have we really come?”, 4C in ELT, April 2014.
“What do ELT teachers do all day?”, Web Conference Closing, IATEFL Online, Oct 2014.
“Communicating in a global village 1”, Cornelsen Webinar, Nov 2015.
“Communicating in a global village 2”, Cornelsen Webinar, Feb 2016.
“Communcating in a global village 3”, Cornelsen Webinar, April 2016.
“Learning to communicate internationally (whether you are a native speaker or not)”, TEFL Equity, Oct 2016.
|Publications||‘Politeness and Pragmatics in NNS Interactions’, IATEFL Global Issues Special Interest Group Newsletter, 28, 47-49
‘Business English Drama’, with Phil Wade. IATEFL Business Issues SIG Newsletter, Issue 81.
‘Politeness and Pragmatics in NNS Interactions’, IH Journal, Issue 32.
Book review: ‘Teaching the Pronunciation of ELF’, IH Journal, Issue 32.
‘Politeness, Pragmatics and ELF’, ETAS Journal, Vol. 29 No. 3 Summer, 2012.
Why I Changed My Mind About ELF – A Literature Review for the Practitioner, Language Issues, Vol. 23. No. 1, 2012.
What does a CELTA tutor do?, English Teaching Professional, Issue 82, Oct 2012.
Ten things that teachers should never forget, Teaching Times, Fall Issue, Nov 2012.
Head-to-Head on ‘Are English Exams useful?’, Business Spotlight, Jan-Feb, 1/2013.
‘My trainees’ 10 (+1) maxims of teaching’, IH Journal, Issue 33.
“Death by Idioms”, Humanising Language Teaching, Dec 2013.
“11 things students say that break my heart – Part 1”, Teaching Times, Issue 68.
“11 things students say that break my heart – Part 2”, Teaching Times, Issue 67.
Writing and Speaking Supplements, IELTS Dictionary, Collins, 2013.
Contributor, New Ways of Teaching Business English, TESOL Press, 2014.
Tips on the Speaking, Writing, Listening, Reading papers, IELTS Practice Tests 2 , Harper Collins, 2014.
Global English online resource material, Simply Business B1, Cornelsen, 2015.
Global English online resource material, Simply Business B1+, Cornelsen, 2016.
Advisor on Global English sections, Simply Business B1+, Cornelsen, 2015.
Advisor on Global English sections, Simply Business A2, Cornelsen, 2016.
Regular blogger for http://www.etprofessional.com (official website for ELT Journal ETp)