Gwen Zeldenrust and Lynn Schneider - ESL Teachers and Video Producers

canada video producer Dec 04, 2016

Gwen Zeldenrust and Lynn Schneider took up the challenge of producing a video and teaching materials to teach pragmatics. They are both talented and creative teacherpreneurs residing in Canada.

You and Lynn worked together on Impressions:  Making Positive Impressions in Conversation Video Program. How did the idea come about?

G:  The idea for Impressions first came about when I started teaching ELT (English Language Training – a program for internationally trained immigrants to Canada). In the beginning I wasn't quite sure what I needed to teach these students because they had high levels of English. I finally understood that they needed to learn about how we use English in this culture.

Did you find many materials to teach pragmatics?

G:  No, I had a lot of difficulty finding resources to support my lessons. I find that teaching pragmatics is very abstract when using text based resources. I really needed to show the students how to do it. Using video...

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Alberto González - ESL Teacher, Translator, Writer

Alberto González is an experienced ESL teacher, translator, and the author of Spanish for English Speakers. Read how Alberto used his expertise and skills as a native speaker of Spanish to write his first book.

Alberto, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

Sure, I teach in an international language institute called Berlitz Languages in the United States. Also, I have tutored in colleges and have provided freelance services to college and high school students.

How long have you been teaching?

8 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

There are a variety of courses offered, from a couple of hours per week to a full time week, 6-month long, full course. Taking the full course as an example, students go through an assessment/placement test to determine their level of proficiency. When the course start, the first thing I do is to keep assessing the students in terms of aptitude and attitude, to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses managing the...

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Walton Burns – ESL Teacher, Author, Owner of Alphabet Publishing

Walton Burns is the author of 50 Activities for the First Day of School and two other books. He is the owner of Alphabet Publishing. Find out how a brave student inspired him to write his book.

 

Thank you for doing this interview Walton. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

At the moment, I do some freelance tutoring mainly for international students or adults living in the area New Haven area of Connecticut, USA but I’m currently doing more materials writing as it allows me to spend time with my son.

How long have you been teaching?

I began teaching in 2001 when I traveled to Vanuatu in the Peace Corps and I started writing materials professionally in 2007.

Can you describe a typical working day?

After breakfast, I usually run up to my home office and answer emails for half an hour or take care of some other small quick business, like paying bills. My wife gets our son ready for preschool. It’s my job to take my son to preschool, he has decided....

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Drew Smith - ESL teacher, Writer

canada writer Nov 29, 2016

Drew Smith is an ESL teacher and published author.  Drew believes that "all teachers have a book or two in them".  Do you?

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’ve been teaching with St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for the last 14 years.  Currently I have a class in a wonderful school called Circle of Friends.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My typical teaching day involves a healthy mix of instructing, listening, and entertaining.  I aim for learners to learn and smile at the same time.  A great mood in the classroom always encourages great learning. 

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

Music, reading and the great outdoors!

What is your biggest challenge as a teacher?

I would say that innovating is the biggest challenge as a teacher.  I think every teacher has a lot of great habits, but also a lot of bad habits.  The longer you teach in one...

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