Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) – Episode 83 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Teaching English as a second language has played a very important role in my life (and the life of this blog, in fact!). It was for a TESOL/TEFL job that I left Australia and lived in Japan, Slovakia and Germany - this was "back in the day" when earning money online wasn't a thing, and teaching … [Read more...]

One day I will teach ESL again …

I was working away at my desk yesterday when a Facebook message notification popped up on my screen. I usually ignore them, but this one was from one of my Korean students from eight years ago when I was last teaching English as a second language, or ESL. Connecting with people through ESL … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 20 – English Names, Widows and PNG in the 1950s

It's funny how, when you're producing something weekly and you just keep plodding along, you can very quickly start reaching big numbers, like 20. Big to me, anyway, to think that this is the 20th episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, something I've imagined making for so long and finally this … [Read more...]

Learning English in Australia: ESL books that sound like we do

Before my son was born, I taught English as a second language (ESL) for almost a decade, mostly to adults. It's the job that took me to Japan, Slovakia and Germany before returning to Perth to teach English to people who'd come to Australia from South America, Europe and Asia - some to improve their … [Read more...]

Life as an ESL teacher: When Pedro tried to cheat at his English test …

Some of my very favourite multicultural experiences have come from my years spent working as an ESL teacher, both abroad and here in Australia. Teaching English to students from every continent not only got me wondering just how many continents there are, it also had me regularly wondering if my … [Read more...]

Multicultural madness

My new day job - teaching English to foreigners at St Mark's International College in Perth - not only pays the bills, but gives me plenty of inspiration. Just as I learned so much from my fantastic students back in Germany (and elsewhere!), spending my day with people of many nationalities ensures … [Read more...]