Dorothy Zemach

Teacher Training

I give short and long-term workshops and training sessions (1.5 hours to a month long) to English teachers. I’ll travel to any country that lets me in. Recently I’ve given workshops in curriculum development, classroom management, testing and test-item writing, business English, and the teaching of writing, reading, vocabulary, listening, speaking, and study skills. Contact me if you need something else; if I can’t do it, I can probably recommend someone who can. My workshops emphasize practical, hands-on training with immediate classroom applications.

Middle East / North Africa

  • Algeria, 2018-2021. Training middle school and high school English inspectors to deliver teacher training. Focus on improving teaching of speaking and writing, especially for STEM-track students; and receptive skills (reading and listening. 2020-2021 sessions were conducted online.
  • TunisBizerteSfax, and DjerbaTunisia, November 2016. Workshops for in-service teachers and MA students on teaching writing, classroom management, and business English.
  • Tripoli and Zliten, Libya, February 2013. Workshops on writing skills, teaching integrated skills courses, and classroom management.
  • Sana’aYemen, September-October 2010 and February 2011. Curriculum development and advising, teacher training, and general support for the Yemen-America Language Institute, as an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State. Also provided outreach and support for area ELT programs.
  • Misurata, Benghazi, and Tripoli, Libya, October 2009. Workshops in ELT methodology and methods for the Graduate Academy, as an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State.
  • Batna, Algeria, July 3 – 18, 2009. Training workshops in the competency-based approach for Algerian middle school English inspectors, for World Learning (Brattleboro, VT).
  • Tripoli, Libya, April 3 – 18, 2009. Workshops in ELT methodology and methods for Libyan universities and private language schools, as an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State.

North America

  • Portland, Oregon, July 2017. Workshop on self-publishing educational materials for PIVOT.
  • Fullerton, California, January 26, 2008. Full-day workshop for CATESOL Orange County on teaching writing.
  • East Lansing, Michigan, October 12, 2007. Full-day workshop for the Michigan ESL Professional Advisory Committee on teaching writing and meeting standards for adult ed ESL programs.
  • Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1998 – 2001. Periodic workshops at Central Michigan University for the Writing Center staff on coping with international students’ writing, the College of Business Administration faculty on intercultural awareness, and incoming international students in the MBA program.


Teachers using a conversation game in Algeria.

Teachers using a conversation game in Algeria.

Latin America

  • Santa Cruz, Bolivia, January 2019. National conference plenary and workshops around the city on using coursebooks effectively and classroom management.
  • Santiago and surrounding areas, Chile, September 2018. t]Teadcher training workshops on teaching speaking, integrated skills, and study skills.
  • Huancayo and Lima, Peru, February – March 2017. Workshops on academic writing, business English, and teaching study skills.
  • Belem, Salvador, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Riberão Preto, BeloHorizonte,and Porto Alegre, Brazil, July 2016. Workshops on classroom management, teaching study skills, using a coursebook effectively, and teaching integrated skills.
  • Guayaquil, Ecuador, May 2016. Workshops on materials development and ebooks.
  • Managua, Nicaragua, December 2014. Workshops on teaching vocabulary and teaching writing.
  • Santiago, Chile, July 2014. Workshops on teaching writing, classroom management, teaching skills, and using coursebooks effectively.
  • Mexico City, Toluca, Puebla, Léon, Culiacán, and Monterrey,Mexico, February 2012. Workshops on teaching skills in integrated courses and on using coursebooks effectively.
  • San José, Costa Rica, January 2012. Workshops on professional development and teaching writing.


  • Paris, France, July 2017. Workshop for EdYOUFest on self-publishing.
  • Kavala and various sites in Northern Greece, October-November 2013 and November 2014. Taught business English, academic writing, and presentation skills to Technological Education Institute undergraduate and graduate students. Gave teacher-training workshops on teaching skills, using coursebooks, teaching writing, communicative activities, and classroom management for at various locations, as an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State.
  • Lviv, Ukraine, April 2003. A variety of teacher-training workshops to ESL faculty at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.


  • Tokyo, Osaka, Gifu, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka, Japan, November-December 2017. Workshops teaching reading and teaching writing.
  • Taipei and Taichung, Taiwan, November 2–5, 2008. Workshops on process writing at language schools and universities.
  • Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, China, May 2004. Workshops on using video in the classroom, and integrating standards into teaching and professional development.