TeflGuy

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Experienced ESL professional with 14 years in the classroom
 
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This successful and engaging activity asks students to consider which punishments are suitable in the case of three very different crimes. It relies on reading for detail, vocabulary skills, persuasion, negotiation and compromise, and brings up
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This is an integrated skills activity for students in the 9th grade and higher, or intermediate to advanced ESL classes. Following the unexpected death of a famous actress, students are asked to read details about her life and relationships, and
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This fun, classic ESL exercise works in almost any classroom and at almost any level. It requires the students to consider the relative importance to society of various occupations, ranking them in order. It also builds in moral choices connected
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This integrated skills activity has been a success with intermediate to advanced ESL classes. It includes an initial brainstorm and/or crossword puzzle, a reading and note-taking exercise, group discussions and final presentations. The four cities –
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A fun maze game to help students practice the difference between the short and long vowel sounds /I/ and /i:/. This is particularly useful for students whose first language is Spanish. Teacher's notes and solution included. By TeflGuy
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been lucky enough to teach in Asia, Europe and the US, leading ESL classes from beginner to advanced levels. My students have included business people, undergraduates, university applicants and young learners, working both both one-to-one and in classes of every size. I began writing materials when working for VSO in rural China, where resources were scarce, and have enjoyed adding to my files of games, exercises, readings, quizzes and other activities ever since.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My first serious ESL job was as a teacher trainer, and so I gained a respect for Communicative Methodology, developing methods of maximizing student engagement, enthusiasm and participation. I have the firm belief that the best way to learn is to *do*, and regard the spontaneous production of language as the true aim of ESL teaching. I enjoy posing ethical and moral problems, requiring students to argue against or defend a position, and challenging pre-conceived notions which stem from culture and history. More times than I can remember, I have seen long-standing cultural barriers broken down by an increased ability to use English, and think of language as a fantastic way to broaden horizons and encourage tolerance and friendship among ethnically various classes.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In 1996 and 1997 I received scholarships to study the trumpet at Oxford, and my 1999 masters thesis on the music of Alexander Scriabin was awarded a Distinction. I won the Boston University Composers Competition in 2009. More recently, I was awarded 'Teacher of the Year' at EF Boston for 2013.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I was fortunate to be invited to study at Oxford University and Trinity College of Music, where I gained BA (hons) and MMus degrees in music, focusing on trumpet performance. I then earned my CELTA certification at Regents Oxford and spent the next seven years gaining teaching experience in Asia and Britain. In 2007, I began a Doctorate in Music Composition at Boston University, graduating in 2011.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Having lived all over the world, I am based in Boston where I'm supporting my amazing wife Jenny as she finishes her PhD in archaeology. When not writing fiction and scholarly articles, I continue to play the trumpet and compose music, love the beach and snorkeling and play squash. I'm becoming an enthusiastic amateur chef and watch a lot of movies.

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