You are now about to enter the head of the imaginarium:
After earning a philosophy degree I was uncertain which direction to head in and found myself working as a salesman in a bank which gave me an insight into the mundane existence of an office worker and the sleazy and corrupt world of sales. Eventually I broke free and a quick trip around Europe gave me time to think about where I wanted to go next. I decided that I would never become a corporate whore again.
When I returned to Scotland, I worked as a care and support worker within the homeless community of Edinburgh. This experience was very fulfilling and rewarding, I felt I was actually making some kind of contribution to society.
My thirst for travel and culture always surrounded me and I eventually decide to step into the world of ESL. I was seduced by the idea of travelling and teaching in other countries; I would become a learner of cultures and teacher of the English language. It sounded too good to be true.
I first stepped into the world of ESL when I taught for a year at a private school in S.Korea. This was an eye-opening experience and was a case of fight or flight. unfortunately the working conditions were very poor and my boss was corrupt. I gritted my teeth however, and lasted the year. South Korea was stunning, but the job experience was dreadful.
After S.Korea I was more sensible about applying for a job in a foreign country . I have spent the last two wonderful years teaching elementary, Junior High and High School students in Japan. I’m finally realising my potential as an English teacher and savouring every moment of my time in Japan.
I am very enthusiastic about furthering my career in ESL and continuing to be creative with the ESL Imaginarium.
I’m now going on a bit. The last thing I want to do is bore you, so here is my attempt at summarising myself in the form of a tweet (140max.)
Floating in space, head in the clouds, philosophical rants, inspiration & imagination. Indulging in music n films & soaking up culture.
Activity idea: Tweet ‘about me’
Try to get your students to write a tweet about themselves. They have to try to write-up to 140 characters but no longer. The teacher collects the tweets and shuffles the papers. The teacher reads out the tweet and the students have to guess who it’s about.
Students use their tweet as an inspiration to draw a picture.
Attach the tweet to the picture and put the papers up on the class walls for the students to look at.
Click on the links below for more postings about me
September 8th 2010: さよなら Japan,おひさしぶり Scotland