June 12, 2018
1. You taught in Hong Kong for a while, what took you there?
I think it was a culmination of things, but ultimately it boiled down to wanting a challenge: getting out of my comfort zone, working on my professional development, diversifying my experience. At the time I was in a comfortable work situation at Wall Street English, and freelancing on the side, and it dawned on me that I was already settling – at 24! So, my partner and… Read the rest
May 11, 2018
Website: eigenenglish.de exitroute.org
1. What was the best/worst thing about managing a language school?
Sharing success/failing personally.
2. Do you think managing a language schools gave new insights into teaching?
Yes, plenty. Especially with all the practical work with teachers: 1000s of hours of observations, feedback sessions, doing new teacher onboarding, taking about PDP and teaching goals, and running teacher workshops. I got to find out how dozens of other teachers think about teaching and working in the classroom. It… Read the rest
April 3, 2018
How do you incorporate intercultural competence in your language classes?
For me, intercultural competence is a core skill these days, especially when people have to work in international teams. I like to introduce specific intercultural critical incidents and use this as a basis for discussion. What happened, why did it happen and what could have been done to prevent it? Equally important, given the incident has happened, what can be done to rectify the situation, if anything.
Do you have… Read the rest
March 4, 2018
You teach young learners and business English, do these learners have much in common?
Every adult is a kid at heart and nothing is more motivating while learning a language than relaxing, enjoying what you are doing and having fun.
My BA is in Business and German and I worked for an international company in my native Florida and in Germany for several years before I started teaching, so it seemed only natural to teach business people. On the other… Read the rest
January 23, 2018
Having worked in a number of different fields, what has been your favourite ELT job?
There have been two: Helping pioneer teaching via video-conferencing in a European telecom project in the early 80s was great fun. The technology has changed from needing a floor full of technicians to today’s using a Skype application on our laptops. My favourite job, however, has been working in an American pharma company for years, which gave me the freedom to get involved in all… Read the rest
December 11, 2017
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your ELT professional life?
Probably having to move from general ELT to ESP and then to EAP. It meant spending a lot of time understanding the needs in each particular form of ELT, reading literature, developing new material and familiarizing myself with the needs of different kinds of students. In addition to that, accepting the fact that as a non-native speaker I will always have to deal with the odd student/employer… Read the rest
November 2, 2017
What’s been your favourite ELTABB moment?
There have been so many great moments. I think one of the first was seeing ELTABB really take off. And then I think other special moments have happened every time a new chair and new committee came along. For me this turnover of committee members and the willingness of people to come forward and volunteer has been the sign of a healthy organisation. Too many teacher associations are run by the same… Read the rest
October 10, 2017
What was the subject of your Masters thesis and why did you choose it?
The title of my thesis is “Language Use of International Adoptive Families in Taiwan” which is a qualitative study analysing the language use of Taiwanese/Chinese children adopted by native English-speaking parents from the U.S. and Canada. Unlike other studies I had read where the analysis focused on the internationally adopted children moving to the home country of the adoptive parents and experiencing language change,… Read the rest
September 8, 2017
What was the subject of your doctoral thesis and why did you choose it?
I was among the first students who studied European Bilingual Education at the University of Education in Karlsruhe. By that time, I wanted to become a primary school teacher. I chose the programme because meant I wouldn’t only learn how to teach English, but also how to teach Geography in English. Although it was already mentioned in the curriculum that teachers should use Content and Language… Read the rest
August 16, 2017
How and why did you get into teaching?
Funnily enough, I’d never wanted to be a teacher as I come from a family of teachers. That’s why I I chose to do a Master’s degree at Potsdam University majoring in English linguistics, choosing Political Science and Political Economy as minor subjects. My idea back then was to go into journalism. Well, that failed for a number of reasons but mainly because I didn’t feel passionate about that kind… Read the rest