1. What is your main ESL activity now?
We offer four-week TESOL certificate courses in 17
cities around the world.
In 2005 we should surpass Trinity as the second
largest certificate course
in the world with approximately 2,500 graduates.
We are now developing ESL schools in India, China,
Vietnam and South Korea
and an Immersion program in Thailand.
We are developing an English singing contest in Asia
that will be televised
initially by Channel 3 in Thailand.
2. How did you start your ESL related career?
I began teaching English in 1992 when I was stranded
in Hong Kong. My
teaching has been greatly influenced by my own
experience studying Cantonese
and Mandarin--basically that the study of texts and
was a complete waste of my time!
3. What are some of the language/culture backgrounds with which you are most familiar?
I am lucky enough to travel around the world and see
a variety of different
styles. I think it is obvious that students learn
despite us, not because
4. If you had to give three pieces of advice to a new teacher working with English language learners, what would these be?
1. Get out of their way!
2. Let them have fun.
3. Do not take your job too seriously.
Interview by Robb Scott
2006 ESL MiniConference Online