I've been teaching English for 15 years at international schools, colleges, and universities in Canada and abroad. Most of my experience has been with high school students and young adults at college and first year university. I've specialized in teaching English to speakers of other languages; I'm also a research specialist and a writing specialist.
You know, I've vacillated about my teaching style for years, as new teaching trends come and go, with the research I read, and with my own teaching experiences. Preparing students for the world they're going to inhabit is probably my top priority... and then, finding the significance in the information and concepts that I'm delivering and presenting it all in such a way that students get it. At the same time, I expect students to work hard... but more, I expect them to engage in hard work. It's rewarding.
Recogniton of Excellence as a TA, Carleton Universiy; Ottawa, Canada, 2016
I've got my Honours degree in English and Applied Linguistics and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Analysis. For my masters, I focused on multimodal communication - which works out to how meaning is constructed in verbal and visual environments - and I did my thesis on the differences in meaning-making in Engineering and English textbooks.
I've just recently taken a hiatus to work on a research project - partly inspired by my recent year-long go at my PhD, which I'll return to when the timing is right - so for now, I have the time, finally, to write the killer lesson plans I'd always dreamed of wriiting.