I definitely don’t want to turn this blog into a space for personal rants but something happened the other day which I really felt I had to share. I was struck by unexpected angst in the middle of an interview when asked the question: “Looking at your CV I see 17 separate jobs. How can you… Continue reading A tiny bit of soapboxing….
After a blissful few weeks’ teaching in Vietnam it was a bit of a shock to the system beginning my first pre-sessional at Warwick University. I have some EAP experience, mostly in-sessional at undergrad level, but the postgrad pre-sessional is quite unique so this was a real crash course. The Warwick course has 2 strands: Text Based Studies… Continue reading My First Postgrad Pre-sessional – Advice to the future me (and whoever else)
I’ve been trying more actively to incorporate elements of storytelling of late, and found a nice opportunity for a mini-videotelling this week which I wanted to share, along with the revisions I’d make. Videotelling, a term coined by Jamie Keddie, describes a kind of storytelling for the youtube age, exploiting the narrative of an engaging videoclip through… Continue reading Videotelling: Narrative Tenses with ‘A Thousand Words’
Oops, it appears I’m already halfway through Summer School at BC Ho Chi Minh City, so a post is well overdue. What can I say, I’ve been busy shovelling delicious Vietnamese food in my face between Brexit-wallow sobs. I love summer school as an opportunity to focus on teaching different age groups (young teens this year), as I… Continue reading Teen Summer School HCMC: Successes and Struggles
Ok this is a silly little post. I’ve just arrived in Ho Chi Minh City and everything’s been a bit hectic (expect a mega-blog-post in the next day or two) but despite being busy, I’m apparently still doomed to see everything through lens of lesson planning. Today’s inspiration for a cheeky lead-in activity came courtesy of… Continue reading DIY YL Jigsaw
This post was inspired by an ELTJam post I recently came across and is also an excuse to… a. make my FIRST EVER GIF!!! and… b. revive cuisenaire rods. Poor little things deserted in the back of staffroom cupboards around the world. While avoiding the term l***ning sty*e here, I absolutely love the visceral handling of these… Continue reading My Life Story: Expressing the Hypothetical with Cuisenaire Rods
Teacher empowerment was the theme of this weekend’s Innovate 2016, my second ever conference. It was a hotbed of ELT activism, the perfect foil to the big-hitter IH BCN, and I left, yes, feeling really empowered. The best evidence of this being the massive to-do list I made, in fact so massive I may follow this up with a second… Continue reading Power to the Teacher!!: Innovate 2016