Who are you and why do you think you can advise and teach other educators?

Teaching English for speakers of other languages is my craft. I have been doing this for over 15 years. I have worked in different ESL programs and for a number of organisations, private and government. I also ran a tutoring business for 5 years. Teaching is not just a day job for me – it has been a big part of my life. The knowledge and skills I have developed helped me with challenging work related transitions, shaped me as a versatile educator and earned me a reputation of a quality ESL teacher among my students. I am at the stage of my career that I feel compelled to share my experience and skills with those interested in professional growth, productivity and effective teaching strategies in the ESL industry.
I never think of myself as a TESOL expert though, as I believe gaining expertise is an ongoing journey of continuous learning. The TESOL field these days is quite broad and includes a number of domains: learning theory, ever changing teaching methodology, human communication, cognitive science, cross-cultural communication, information technology for learning a foreign language and many other areas of knowledge. It’s impossible to retain all of this information and no one can be competent in all of those areas. However, it is essential for every educator to develop sound skills in identifying, accessing and sharing knowledge. All the above can be achieved through collaboration, networking and social media. We gain expertise when we share what we have learnt from others in a meaningful way.

Why does an ESL teacher need a website?

This is the most frequently asked question. I see my website as a platform for self-reflection and also an outlet for my energies and skills. Assisting other ESL educators with learning by sharing my ideas and finds as well as documenting my experiences in the public domain is my way of becoming a TESOL pro.

How can I use your resources?

You can:

What are you working on now?

I create learning resources on a weekly basis. I have also been brainstorming ideas for professional development courses for ESL teachers.