I love Teaching English as a Foreign Language (hence the name of this blog).
I live and work in Grenoble, in the French Alps and have been here since 2004. I teach Business English, general English, and TOEIC prep classes. I work face to face, by telephone, and over Skype–gotta mix things up from time to time!
Since moving to France, I’ve gone from being a Masters student to a Masters graduate to an English language teacher and trainer. For a brief presentation of what I do, you can check out my about.me page.
My clients or students, depending on the context, include business professionals in a range of sectors, post-high school students in 2-year professional training programs, and university students in anything from paper engineering to computer science to art history.
I’m curious about all sorts of things, which helps when you work with such varied learners. When it comes to teaching English, I’m interested in minimal-stimulus approaches like Dogme but also in combining tech + Dogme. My other teaching passions are becoming better at business through English training and what goes on in learners’ brains when listening. I also firmly believe in the value of professional development as a way to motivate teachers to strive for best practice.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy tweeting (@rebuffetbroadus), writing for English- and French-learner magazines, and blogging about teaching. I suppose if you made it to this site, I don’t really need to give you my blog address (but just as a reminder it’s https://ilovetefl.wordpress.com).
Since I live in the mountains, my rare free time is filled with jogging, cycling, hiking, and snowshoeing. I also enjoy a few nerdy hobbies like hanging out in museums, being addicted to my smartphone, trying to learn German, and packing bento lunches.
On a more professional note, here are some ways that I’m involved in the ELT profession:
Workshops and presentations
- “What is Dogme, how can I do it, and what will my students think?” TESOL France Strasbourg event, Strasbourg, France, March 2013
- “Dogme through students’ eyes”, TESOL France annual colloquium, Paris, France, November 2012
- “Teach the learners, not the lesson plan: A semester of unplugged teaching”, TESOL France Grenoble event, Grenoble, France, June 9, 2012
- “Teach the learners, not the lesson plan: A semester of unplugged teaching”, TESOL France Lyon event, Lyon, France, June 2, 2012
- “Bring out your students’ inner creativity”, TESOL France Grenoble swapshop, Grenoble, France, February 2011
- “Unplugging the coursebook,” TESOL France webinar, October 2012
- “Creative fun with the Arts”, TESOL France Newsletter, Spring 2012 Issue 64, p. 19
- Regular contributor to Go English!, English Now, and Bien Dire since 2008
If you are interested in having me speak at one of your events or contributing to your publication, please contact me.