Before the ‘what I do’ spiel, I’d like to start with ‘what I am‘, and what I think I can offer that’s a bit different to the thousands of ELT blogs out there (most of which are worth investing time into, but the problem is a lack of time!) I don’t move without motivation, clear goals and plans, and I’ve taken this from the realm of sports – from completing an Ironman triathlon to several marathons (highlight so far – Boston) and ultra marathons (highlight and it will probably stay that way – Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) into my work as an English teacher and teacher trainer.
So everything you read on this blog is driven by a personal motivation that teachers value their profession and realise the potential of their influence, and that students are motivated to learn English. Once motivation is in place, we can find the details of anything. So why am I pitching myself as the ‘motivation guy’? Two main reasons – my commitment to the principles of mindset theory in both teaching teachers and students, which I haven’t come across in ELT teacher training courses and other blogs, and the realness of the activities I create for students, as the motivation to learn English should stem from a desire to connect to the world around us, if only REAL language and communication can find their way into the classroom.
So, now for the ‘what I do’ spiel, which I strive to align with ‘what I am’ of course…
I currently work as a Senior Teacher at International House Riga, Latvia. I previously worked at Nessie English Centre academy in Albacete, Spain, and studied for the Delta qualification while teaching there.
I’ve always had a passion for learning languages, and my degree from the University of Bath was focused on French and Spanish. I aim to transmit this enthusiasm to my students, and empathise with the joys and challenges of learning a language, having been there myself. I’ve recently started learning Russian too (starting with a long stretch on the alphabet!), which is reminding me of what it’s like to start a language from scratch.
This blog will share my reflections on English inside and outside the classroom, particularly on the key role of motivation in TEFL, through teacher-to-teacher ideas as well as practical lesson activities. I hope to be able to connect with teaching colleagues and students of English from around the world, and learn many things to improve my own teaching practices. So please get in touch with any comments!