Posts by Neil McMillan

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Pitching services for ELT freelancers: a SLB webinar

On Saturday June 1 2019 we held an open webinar on pitching services for ELT freelancers, entitled ‘Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf’. Why this title? Well, it referred to the fear that selling to clients often instils in […]

SLB launches e-learning platform, learn.SLB

Two years ago, several SLB cooperative members decided to invest extra time and money into building an e-learning platform. We are now finally launching that platform, learn.SLB, with its first teacher-training and language-learning courses. Why launch an e-learning platform? As […]

SLB Review of 2017!

The year has already passed for some of the world as I’m typing this, so before the bells toll for us, and we down our grapes, cava, whiskey, or whatever, we’ve just about got time to squeeze out a quick […]

New law for autónomo workers in Spain: now active!

A while back we reported on the formulation of a new law for autónomo workers in Spain (autónomos are officially registered freelancers). Well, it took a while but a good part of that bill has now passed into law, with more elements […]

For Love’s Sake

The original post has been taken down in the interests of furthering the peace and harmony we eventually seemed to arrive at. Long may it continue! Many thanks to all who contributed to the discussion. I’ve “unapproved” your comments for […]

The Guillotine: an SLB Parody Clip

Here we share with you the video clip that I used for my talk on SLB at the recent Innovate ELT conference. Taken from Pedro Olea’s 1992 movie El Maestro de Esgrima (The Fencing Teacher), the clip is set in […]

Innovate ELT 2016 Conference: A Critical Preflection

In less than a fortnight’s time, the Innovate ELT 2016 conference, run by ELT Jam and Oxford TEFL, will get underway in Barcelona. SLB are delighted to be represented by yours truly – I’ll be giving a talk on the […]

Workers’ Rights for TEFL Teachers in Catalonia and Spain

At the cooperative SLB we regularly receive messages from disgruntled TEFL teachers who have been at the wrong end of some shabby treatment by private academies or agencies. Whether they’ve not been paid for several months, or have found themselves […]

20D: What Spain’s political parties are promising freelancers

In the run-up to the Spanish General Election on December 20th 2015 (20D), promises are flowing like so much cheap cava. But just what are the main Spanish political parties promising for freelancers, or autónomos as they are known here? It’s […]

SLB Validate TEFL Iberia’s Teacher-Training Course

Last week we confirmed our validation of TEFL Iberia’s 160-hour initial training programme for candidates seeking to become teachers of English as a foreign language. The course, based in Barcelona at the plush premises of Languages for Life, was found […]