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
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
Last week I finished my first presentation skills course with a group of first year business undergrads, culminating in assessed 15-minute group presentations on some business-themed aspect of one of the MINT countries (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey – it’s a business thing). I’ve never taught a course devoted to presentations before (in fact I’ve often argued against doing presentations)… Continue reading Presentation Skills Course Take 2