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Ever since I finished kindergarten, I knew I wanted to teach. In January 1998, it all began in Seoul. Since then, I’ve moved from the classroom to management to a mixture of both. I currently work and reside in Toronto, Canada and do design work for education on the side.


Primary Work

Current professional roles

Talks & freelance work

I have given talks, plenaries, keynotes, and workshops at nearly 100 events since 2009.

For more on talks I’ve given, please go here.

For more on training and consultancy, see here.

Publications outside 4CinELT

Seburn, T. (2023). International perspectives on taboos in foreign language education. In C. Ludwig and T. Summers (Eds.), Taboos and Controversial Issues in Foreign Language Education: Critical Language Pedagogy in Theory, Research and Practice. Routledge.

Seburn, T. (2021). Why Race & Queerness in ELT? An introduction to this volume. IATEFL Teacher Development Academic Journal 2(1), p. 8-9.

Seburn, T. (2021, August). Queering materials so that everyone belongs. Connections.

Seburn, T. (2021). How to Write Inclusive Materials. ELT Teacher 2 Writer.

Seburn, T. (2019, September). Podcasts: a multiskill tool. Oxford TEFL [blog]

Seburn, T. (2018, April). Fake news, questioning, and happiness proteins. Garnet Education [blog].

Seburn, T. (2018, Spring). LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the language classroom: attitudes and considerations. TESL Ontario Contact (pp. 18-24).

Seburn, T. (2018, April). Up for debate. EL Gazette.

Saumell, V. and Seburn, T. (2018). Teaching presence in Edmodo and Facebook groups in Argentinian and Canadian blended language learning contexts. In A. Palalas (Ed.), Blended Language learning: International Perspectives on Innovative Practices (pp. 329-358). China Central Radio 7 TV University Press Co., Ltd.

Seburn, T. (2017, September 17). ARC: Engaging learners with texts by digging deeply into the meaning. American TESOL Institute.

Seburn, T. (2017). Learner-sourced visuals for deeper text engagement and conceptual comprehension. In K. Donaghy and D. Xerri. (Ed.), The Image in English Language Teaching (pp. 79-88)Malta: ELT Council.

Seburn, T. (2017, July). Critical readers in the misinformation age. EFL Magazine

Seburn, T. (2016, December 6). The age-old age debate: is technology a turn-off for older teachers? Pearson English.

Seburn, T. (2016, January). Beyond the comprehension question: perspectives on using Academic Reading Circles for deep reading. ELTAS Newsletter.

Seburn, T. (2016, January). Unconventional: publishing with the round. EFL Magazine

Seburn, T. (2016). Academic Reading Circles (Print Ed). the round.

Seburn, T. (2015, August). Because grammar (and cats). TESL Ontario Contact

Seburn, T. (2015). R is for racism. In PARSNIPS in ELT: Stepping out of the comfort zone (Vol. 3). Digital Platform: Smashwords.

Seburn, T. (2014, January 9). Give credit where credit is due? Garnet Education blog.


MA (with Merit), EdTech and TESOL. University of Manchester, UK
TESL Canada Certificate (Standard 2 Permanent)
TESL Ontario Certificate (lapsed membership)
BA, Philosophy. Western University, Canada


For a full CV, including projects, publication details, and a complete list of all talks given, please visit my LinkedIn profile. 

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