The Undiscovered Country

It is a time of change and confusions, and so I chose a title to indicate both. The first confusion lies in the providence of the quote, which I’m sure some of you will have mistakenly identified as Shakespeare, W. from his work Hamlet. However, I am in fact quoting Roddenberry, G. and his creation Star Trek. The second confusion is that I am not, in fact, about to discuss either the post-life human condition commonly known as death, or a country that hasn’t been discovered, but South Korea. The third confusion, for those of you so presumptuous to have thought ahead, is the expected continuation of the metaphor… “from whose bourn no traveller returns….” No one can speak for certain of the future, and at this point there are still big question marks over whether I’ll make it to Korea or not, but if I do, I have every intention of returning in a very much alive condition.

There, I’m glad we got all that settled. More

The power of play

Remember that story about Einstein forgetting how to tie his shoelaces so he could remember to work out how the universe works? Remember when you left school at 16 and could do quadratic equations, remember the Periodic Table and quote Dickens? It’s amazing how knowledge that seems to take forever going in falls out remarkably quickly.

It’s only been a little over 18 months since I finished my CELTA and started teaching, and other than a spell of a couple of months between countries, I’ve been working constantly since. And yet… today I recalled Basic Lesson No. 1 from that glorious training ground, the Kamala tiki hut classroom in Ecuador paradise.

Make learning fun.

So simple, so effective, so elusive, so easily forgotten. More

My recent guest post on ESL Hell.

ESL Hell

I’m in my second year of teaching experience. With a career change in mind and a CELTA in hand I decided to make a go of life in Latin America.

Before I even got that far, I’d had to contend with CELTA vs CertTESOL vs TEFL. Which to choose? What did they mean? Which one was the best? I did my research and realised that the CELTA and CertTESOL were roughly equally highly regarded, and certainly the only two certificates worth the twin investment of time and money. The differences between the two are minimal, or so I understand.  CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the TEFL certificate offered by the University of Cambridge. CertTESOL is accredited by Trinity College, London. Both are respected by employers worldwide. In my case, the CELTA won out based on little other than the fact that there was a…

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