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    • #6893

      Please tell us about yourself. Where do you teach? Who do you teach? Or if you aren’t teaching, what types of students do you have experience with? Have you already been traditionally published (in any language) or have you already done some self-publishing?

      Also, please include a brief description of the project you’re working on during this course.

       

    • #6894

      DOROTHY ZEMACH
      Participant

      Hi, Dorothy here. I don’t have a full-time teaching position anymore, although I do sporadic teacher training and occasional teaching throughout the year. My teaching areas though are writing, reading, testing, some business English, and pretty much only adults (which for me includes high school students) (okay, some high school students). I also spend a good chunk of my professional life editing (ELT and fiction), and my own writing/authoring when I can squeeze it in.

      I’ve published ELT textbooks with OUP, CUP, Macmillan, Pearson, UMP, and here and there. I started self-pubbing in 2012, which I’m still doing today. I also run a small publishing company that publishes other people, but that’s the umbrella under which I do my self-publishing.

      One of my first books was a collection of essays that had been previously published in TESOL’s “Essential Teacher” magazine. I’ll be doing something similar during our class; I had a bunch of blog posts up on Betty Azar’s site, but she’s taking the site down. I asked if I could have my columns back to publish, and she said sure.

      My biggest challenge in writing my own books is carving out time for myself–I feel I have to do paid work for other people first, and that seems to eat up all the time! So this course will keep me focused, and I’ll be following the same deadlines I set for you guys. I did this last year too, and I did indeed get a book out of it (on using Facebook, for non-native English speakers).

      Looking forward to digging into it all with you!

      • #7102

        Rebecca Valdovinos
        Participant

        Hello Everyone!!!
        I’m Rebecca Torres Valdovinos from the beautiful Pacific Northwest state of Oregon. I’m a transplant from Los Angeles, California. I’m a newly retired teacher of 35 years. I started as a pre-school teacher in the “barrio” of East Los Angeles, went on to secondary education as a history teacher for ESL high schoolers. Then continued to community college where I wrote my thesis curriculum for immigrant students. Moved to the state of Washington as a single mother with 4 children in tow. Continued teaching ESL and became an administrator for my community college. Since then, my career has taken me to higher education which I have been an adjunct since my days in southern California. In Oregon, I taught for Oregon State University and ended my career as the Director of the English Language Institute at George Fox University. I found by teaching in southern California that the world came to me. With regard to my publishing, I’ve created a number of curricula for content ESL along with numerous accreditation reports. My own publishing started with a chapter in the book Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education. I have shied away from publication because it wasn’t my forte. As a classroom teacher, my strength was in speaking, listening, content ESL, classroom assessment, and teacher training. But now as I venture into a new season in my life, I want to give back to the next generation of teachers, specifically Mexican-American women. My topic is very unique. It’s an expansion of the chapter I wrote for the book mentioned. I would like to give hope and a future to those Latina professionals who are trying to figure out how to navigate the complexities and challenges of their culture, career and families. My perspective is from one that has made this journey and succeeded in raising 4 adults who are flourishing.

      • #7105

        DOROTHY ZEMACH
        Participant

        Hi Rebecca, Where in Oregon are you? I’m guessing Portland… if you ever make it down to Eugene, let me know and we’ll go have coffee or something. 🙂  You say, “As a classroom teacher, my strength was in speaking, listening, content ESL, classroom assessment, and teacher training”–but those strengths are what make great materials! The rest you can learn relatively quickly. But all that stuff… that took decades. 🙂

    • #6896

      I’ll usually be in the background during the course, making sure things run smoothly and trying to fix them when they don’t. Each week, I’ll send you an email reminder before our live session, and then another email after each session with a recording, a copy of Dorothy’s slides, a transcript of the live session chat, and assignments and readings for the week.

      I’ve created a HELP topic in the forum, if you run into problems or have questions. You can also always email or contact me via social media.

      I’m looking forward to a month of learning together with you!

    • #6906

      Denise Epp
      Participant

      “Where do you teach? Who do you teach? Or if you aren’t teaching, what types of students do you have experience with? Have you already been traditionally published (in any language) or have you already done some self-publishing?”

      Hello! Denise Epp here, teaching English at a pharmacy school in Japan. My students are generally 18-25 years old and of course, Japanese. This year I have a few Korean and Chinese students, too. When not teaching at the uni, I have some classes at a local Kindergarten, which is part of the same education company. I am a licensed school teacher in Canada and have taught elementary to JHS. I have published papers in pharmacy education (for my job and PhD here) and music education (when I was teaching elem. school). My students keep nagging at me to get the notes and information online, so I want to work on putting my 4th-year clinical pharmacy English communication class notes and activities into an ebook style.

      • #7099

        Shi Min (Eunice)
        Participant

        Hello Denise! You mentioned you published something on Music Education and that caught my attention. I am a musician too in addition to my job as an English language teacher in a secondary school! Hope to get in touch with you. 🙂

      • #7108

        Denise Epp
        Participant

        Hi, Eunice. It’s nice to meet you here! I published a paper on assessment in the elementary school music classroom. Many people think that music should not be assessed, but if you have to give a mark on the report card, it is good to have some way to assess them. I did assessments on their singing and instrument playing, creative writing, rhythms, etc. all using a simple rubric that I would make for each assignment. The kids never got nervous about it and became quite used to it. I was teaching Japanese children in English immersion, which was both challenging but rewarding. The surprising thing, compared to teaching music in a Canadian school, is the children come into first grade singing on pitch and used to performing! The 3 years of Kindie here is excellent education and very well-rounded, in my opinion.

      • #7167

        Shi Min (Eunice)
        Participant

        Hi, Eunice. It’s nice to meet you here! I published a paper on assessment in the elementary school music classroom. Many people think that music should not be assessed, but if you have to give a mark on the report card, it is good to have some way to assess them. I did assessments on their singing and instrument playing, creative writing, rhythms, etc. all using a simple rubric that I would make for each assignment. The kids never got nervous about it and became quite used to it. I was teaching Japanese children in English immersion, which was both challenging but rewarding. The surprising thing, compared to teaching music in a Canadian school, is the children come into first grade singing on pitch and used to performing! The 3 years of Kindie here is excellent education and very well-rounded, in my opinion.

        Hello Denise,

        Thanks for sharing about your paper on music assessment here. I am interested to look at your actual paper, if you don’t mind sharing the link?

        Yes, music somehow got sidelined in the education system and a lot of people think there is no need for assessment for music at school, which is why I have this idea of incorporating the elements of music in a core subject, eg English language, in Malaysian schools. I am experimenting this idea with some elementary school students currently, by teaching English through music. I am also designing worksheets for them, which is also my project for this course. I would love to get your opinion on this since you have experience teaching music to elementary school students. 🙂

      • #7103

        Rebecca Valdovinos
        Participant

        Hi Denise,
        I want you to teach me how to make a “cut & paste” quote as nicely as you did on your introduction!

      • #7110

        Denise Epp
        Participant

        Oh! I’m not sure! I just highlighted it and pasted it on my reply, hoping to remember what I was supposed to write, and then forgot to erase it before posting it!

      • #7166

        Shi Min (Eunice)
        Participant

        Hello Rebecca,

        I believe the “block quote” button is the one that you’re looking for. It’s the third button after the Bold and Italic buttons at the editing pane when you reply.

    • #6908

      Beth Konomoto
      Participant

      I teach at Camosun College in Victoria, BC, Canada. My classes are a mix of international and domestic students who range in age and experience. I usually teach low-intermediate to high-intermediate levels; our levels are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks. The nationality and language mix of our classes is very diverse. This is a very different context than when I started in ELT in 2005 in Japan at a conversation school. I taught the gamut of monolingual classes including kindergarten, junior high, business, military pilots, private lessons, and more!

      I published one article in a peer reviewed journal, a few guest blog posts as well as several attempts at personal blogs. Self-publishing could help me satisfy my writing itch and I think this course will help get the ball rolling. Like Dorothy said, it’s difficult to carve out the time for unpaid work.

      After returning to Canada in 2012, I had boxes and boxes of journals shipped back. Most of the writing is my ideas about language, culture, teaching, learning, and humanity and the life-altering ways they changed as a result of being an English language teacher in Japan. This is my project: The Japan Journals.;Also, I have a lovely 6-month-old Welsh Terrier puppy who is my writing assistant. He keeps my lap warm and reminds me to go for walks every once in a while.

      • #7044

        Wilma Luth
        Participant

        Hi Beth! I also moved back to Canada from Japan in 2012. Sometimes it still feels like I’m getting used to life here. I love your writing idea! I’m sure there are lots of ideas and insights in those journals. Looking forward to learning together.

    • #6914

      Annette
      Participant

      Hello! My most recent teaching experience was last year at the English Program for Internationals at the University of South Carolina where I taught a Speaking class. I had a fun group of mainly Chinese, Korean, Saudi and Japanese young adults aspiring to learn enough English to enrol in college courses. It was a taste of what teaching is like again as I hadn’t been in the classroom for a while before that.

      Since 2008, I’ve been publishing textbooks with Macmillan, Richmond and Pearson, mainly for the Latin American markets. My bestseller is a course book for preschool level. Fond memories of teaching children in Japan and working wth preschool teachers in Mexico, Central and South America have led me to propose a book of ideas for flashcard activities for young learners.

      I’m looking forward to learning from Dorothy about the mechanics of self-publishing. At this stage, I’m simultaneously filled with self-doubt and excitement about stepping into a new, for me, area of publishing.

    • #6916

      Matt Cotter
      Participant

      Hi everyone. I’m formally a NZ primary school teacher but have now made Japan my home for the last 20 years.   I have written a few in-house ESL textbooks with colleagues to suit our student level at the university 1st – 2nd grade level for Oral Communication and also one on presenting in English.  One is on its 3rd edition.  I have also published another textbook on ‘Sports and English’ with a publisher here in Japan. My next project to be published (someday!…publisher is a bit slow) is a graded reader (short story for ESL readers) about restoring pride and identity of Maori people in New Zealand.   In the contract I have included a clause that if I want to rewrite the book as teenage novel for native English readers, I can do that but has to be over 40,000 words. That is what I will be aiming for!

      • #7045

        Wilma Luth
        Participant

        Hi Matt! I saw in your bio that you live in Sapporo and teach at Hokusei Junior College. 19 of my 21 years in Japan were in Sapporo and Hokusei Tandai was one of my absolute favourite places to teach! (I was there part time for 18 years, from 1994 – 2012.) It’s such a great school.

    • #6940

      Maria Anna Casoria
      Participant

      Hi everyone. I’m Marianna and I have been teaching English as foreign language for 13 years.
      I’m located in the north of Italy (Bolzano), where I teach in a Professional School.
      I have never done self-publishing, but I like creating my own materials for my everyday lessons .
      Looking forward to start this course!

      • #7109

        Denise Epp
        Participant

        Hello, Marianna! I have been trying to learn some Italian on my Duolingo app every day. Not sure it is doing any good, but it helps to give me a break from my marking or to distract me from the everyday stress at work. I hope to go to Italy someday for a visit.

    • #6947

      Anna Loseva
      Participant

      Hello everyone!

      My name is Anna, and within a few days from now I will be based somewhere in Vietnam (in fact, I guess I will be on the plane during the first live session of the course..!). In the almost 13 years of teaching in Russia and Japan, I’ve worked the most – for 8 years – with university students, and also high school students and adults. At the moment I don’t teach (will be looking for a job in Vietnam)… As for my publishing history, I wrote and published materials for the department I worked at in Moscow State University, including co-authoring 2 coursebooks for internal use. I’ve published 3 academic articles and some more casual writing in ELT magazines… Throghout the years, I’ve had quite a few ideas on the projects that seemed cool for self-publishing, but, as Dorothy mentioned, paid work always takes the priority, so… =)

      For my project in this course, I’d like to make a set/book of self-study materials for Buddhist learners of English. For about a year I’ve been creating “content” (videos and activities) for Vietnamese Buddhist learners (both clergy and laymen practitioners), members of a *very big* Facebook group. It’s been very rewarding and I feel I want to give these students more! The pressure of the course could be what I need to get going.

       

      • #7051

        Wilma Luth
        Participant

        Hi Anna, great to see you here! What a cool project. And a great reason to move to Vietnam. Good luck with the job hunt & take care crossing the street!

        Looking forward to learning a lot together!

    • #6948

      Alex Semakin
      Participant

      Hi everyone,

      It seems that I’m just about the only person here who has no links with Japan. Most of my teaching career has taken place here in Russia, though I also taught a little bit privately while living in Israel for a year, and I taught Russian as a foreign language during my year-long stay in the USA (which was far more challenging than teaching the language you once learned yourself!)  As an English teacher, I specialise in higher levels and exam courses and I have worked mostly with teenagers and adults.

      In the last 17 years, I’ve also been working for UK-based online TEFL courses as a teacher-trainer. In this role, I have written and edited some course materials, but obviously my name is not on them. I’d been creating such online materials as well as materials for my own classes for years, when one fine day I felt the urge to write something for more people, put my name on it and maybe someday make a living out of it. I came up with what I thought was an original idea for a grammar book, wrote it, almost got it published, but the independent publisher I had initially struck a deal with had to walk out on me because the project had turned out too big. I’m trying to sell it to larger publishers now. According to Dorothy, my book may not lend itself to self-publishing so well, as there are lots of charts and colour, but I feel I really need the knowledge and skills that this course should provide me with to expand my range of options for the future.

      I look forward to collaborating with all of you.

      • #7104

        Rebecca Valdovinos
        Participant

        Hello Alex,
        I also have not taught in Japan, but I taught many Japanese when I was an adjunct at Cal State Unviersity Los Angeles.

    • #6956

      Kevin Ryan
      Participant

      Kevin Ryan here, another Japan-person. I’ve been here 34 years, 28 of those at my university, in the English Department. I’ve concentrated on CALL (using tech for teaching) and have some materials in that area. I plan to put together an introduction to IT for my publication. This does not really work well for the idea of “publish to the market” as the market may be pretty small. But I have other materials not quite ready, and a summer (August/Sept) for putting the ideas to work, so this is great timing.

    • #6965

      Deborah Kellermann
      Participant

      Please tell us about yourself. Where do you teach? Who do you teach? Or if you aren’t teaching, what types of students do you have experience with? Have you already been traditionally published (in any language) or have you already done some self-publishing? Also, please include a brief description of the project you’re working on during this course.

      Hello, Everyone,

      My name is Debbie Kellermann. I just retired last year from my full-time faculty position at the University of Florida (UFL) in their IEP Department titled The English Language Institute. I had been teaching there for more than 10 years after teaching ESOL and English for a number of years at several universities and colleges throughout the Southeastern US. The majority of students I taught were enrolled in the total immersion program at the college level. Some were as young as 17 or 18  years old and just graduated from high school in their native countries. Most had earned undergraduate degrees from their country and were enrolled in our program to acquire the necessary English language skills to succeed in college in the US. Most classes included students from around the world and were a diverse multicultural mixture from many countries. While I have not published any books, I have co-authored and published several articles about leadership and education. I have also published a number of PowerPoints as part of my presentation packages at various regional TESOL conferences in the US. My proposed e-book presents expanding the outcomes of journaling for ELL students.

      I am taking Dorothy’s course for the second time. A word of caution that I learned from the experience of failing to complete my book and the course the first time, don’t fall behind or fail to follow up with the weekly tasks. It is very easy to get overwhelmed. I am looking forward to working with Dorothy again and succeeding at this publishing venture. I am also looking forward to meeting and working with new international educators and writers!

       

      • #7046

        Wilma Luth
        Participant

        Hi Debbie – good to see you here again! I completely agree with your advice to keep up with the weekly lessons and not fall behind. Last year I got really stuck on creating a book cover and learning about styles in Microsoft Word.

        Good luck on the course. Looking forward to learning together!

      • #7164

        Shi Min (Eunice)
        Participant

        Thanks for your worthy advice based on your previous experience of joining this course, Deborah! I hope you will publish a great book this time. 🙂

    • #6967

      Sam Berry
      Participant

      Hello everyone,

      I’m Sam, from Sheffield, UK, but now based in Japan (yes, another one!), working at a senior high school in Tokyo. My students are 15-18. On the compulsory courses, we tend not to use the required ministry-approved textbooks, and so I write a lot of my own materials. I’m very keen to reduce the amount of paper I use, and also the amount of time I use for printing, and with the school transitioning towards one device per student, it seems a great time to look into stuff like self-publishing. It would also be good for our part-time teachers, too, to be able to see and access all the materials in one place. I’m going to try and keep my expectations modest during this course (the majority of my free time at the minute is my commute to and from work!), however, and focus on collating a few articles for discussion I’ve made for my elective Media class. My plan/hope is to make it available for free for students to download and to use it instead of handing out physical copies in the next term (after the summer holiday). Hopefully after getting a bit of a handle on self-publishing I will be better able to envisage bigger projects in the future.

      Cheers!

      Sam

    • #6973

      Anne Hendler
      Participant

      Hello, everyone. I’m Anne. I’m currently based in Okinawa, Japan. I work at an after-school program with kindergarten and elementary-school-aged kids from all over the world. I don’t have any experience with self-publishing at all. In my free time, I do freelance work as an editor and proofreader. In the past, I’ve also written for publishers of ELT coursebooks.

      I’m currently working with a colleague to compile and transform an iTDi advanced skills course (videos and forum posts, with the permission of the participants) into an ebook that can serve as both a case study of the formation of a reflective practice community and a handbook of sorts for teachers who wish to engage in reflective practice / form their own reflective groups. During this course, we’re aiming to learn self-publishing skills and put chapter 1 out as a sort of taster to get feedback on our work so far and also to practice the skills taught in this course.

      I look forward to working with everyone here.

      • #7017

        Anna Loseva
        Participant

        You’ve got one reader lining up for that chapter and that book, right here. =)

        Hi!

      • #7018

        Anne Hendler
        Participant

        Thanks! I’d be happy to hear your feedback!

      • #7020

        Deborah Kellermann
        Participant

        Anne Hendler, That sounds like an awesome idea for an e-book and actually works well with the expanding journaling tasks ebook I am writing! I actually have self-reflection and other reflective practices as example writing prompts! We need to chat a little on the side and possibly do some collaboration!

        Debbie Kellermann

      • #7050

        Wilma Luth
        Participant

        Hi Anne, that sounds like a very cool project! Looking forward to reading it. And let me know if you need a reader for feedback, etc.

      • #7052

        Anne Hendler
        Participant

        Thanks! Let’s talk about it.

    • #6974

      Corina Kousidou
      Participant

      Hello everyone! I’m Corina. I am currently based in Cyprus where I am the managing director of a language school. I also own a language school in Athens, Greece but my favourite thing to do is teach! I have developed a lot of material through the 18 years of my career, mostly exam preparation material but also grammar workbooks and have used them with my students. However, I have never thought that this work could be turned into something more solid like a published piece of work. I am now exploring the opportunity of developing and self publishing material for both of the organisations that I manage both for the students and the teachers. Any advice is welcome.

      I am looking forward to meeting you all.

      Corina

      • #7021

        Deborah Kellermann
        Participant

        Corina, I am also looking foward to meeting you and all the students in the class!

        Debbie Kellermann

    • #7003

      Michael Free
      Participant

      Hello all!

      Michael here. I live and work in South Korea, where I’ve been for a long time now. I’m currently a Visiting Professor at Kangwon National University, a small provincial university about an hour’s drive east of Seoul. I primarily teach courses in the liberal arts building (speaking / presentation skills), but also have courses in other departments including English Language and Lit. Dept (which is where I have my *favourite* — and most demanding — classes).

      I must sheepishly admit this is my third time in this course, because I never finished the project. This is entirely my fault, so don’t blame this on Dorothy! It’s all my fault! (As is everything – just ask my wife!)

      This time around I have a strategy for getting things done: I’m using someone else’s material (with his permission, of course!) and will turn that already finished text into an e-book. I also have a couple of other ideas I may work on, as well.

      A pleasure to be here — and hi to Anne and Anna!

      M. 🙂

      • #7006

        DOROTHY ZEMACH
        Participant

        Well, as I like to say–books aren’t milk; they won’t spoil! When you have the time,  you’ll have the skills. I have a book that’s like 1-2 months away from being done, and I’ve had it at that stage for 3 years now! lol Someday, someday.

      • #7022

        Deborah Kellermann
        Participant

        Dorothy, I really love that saying and will be using if that’s okay with you!

        Debbie Kellermann

      • #7023

        DOROTHY ZEMACH
        Participant

        Debbie, help yourself! 🙂

         

      • #7016

        Anna Loseva
        Participant

        Hi M.!

        Good to see you here! =)

        This, I think now, is my second time attempting the course, so if I don’t finish a book of however many pages, I won’t be beating myself too much 😉

      • #7019

        Anne Hendler
        Participant

        Hello, Mr. Free. It’s good to see you here.

      • #7047

        Wilma Luth
        Participant

        Hi Michael – it’s great to see you here again! Thanks for bravely stating that it’s the third time through the course for you. Now I feel less embarrassed admitting the same. Third time’s the charm! Looking forward to seeing our finished books this year!

    • #7026

      Hello everyone!

      Aleksandra (Alex) here. I’m originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina but I’ve been living in North Macedonia for about 25 years now.

      I own a language school and a company for translating that recently added teacher training as part of its offer. I’ve been teaching for 22 years, all ages and levels (general English and exam preparation courses) and delivering teacher training for different institutions. During my MA at NILE I decided to take their Materials Development module and that’s how I got interested in materials writing. As part of my dissertation on materials development I wrote a teenage fiction book and that’s the reason why I decided to take this course – try and publish it. It’s not a reader but Language Learner Literature.

      I have recently written an online course for a UK teacher training provider.

      I also write materials for my classes. I tried blogging but realized I didn’t have time for that. Maybe I’ll come back to it at some point.

      Looking forward to the course and working with all of you!

      Alex

      • #7170

        Alex Semakin
        Participant

        Hi Alex,

        Nice to see you here. I was the first person you greeted in the still empty conference room at the latest joint MaW-Lit SIG event in Liverpool, as I came early. You probably don’t remember. 🙂 I think you were head of the SIG but aren’t anymore, is that correct?  So we both have written courses for UK teacher-training providers. Good luck with your fiction project!

        Alex

      • #7172

        Hi, Alex.

        I do remember you 🙂 I’m still MaWSIG Coordinator and already getting ready for PCE 2020. Hope to see you in Manchester!

      • #7173

        Alex Semakin
        Participant

        Oh, great! I must have got you confused with someone else who no longer are what they were. 🙂 Good to know you still coordinate the group, and I definitely plan to come to Manchester.

    • #7041

      Fatime Losonci
      Participant

      Hi you all,

      Nice to connect with so many of you also interested in self-publishing your stuff!

      I don’t actively teach anymore, but I’ve been in ELT for 20 years, during which I taught general and business English, exam preparation courses of all sorts (e.g Cambridge KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC, ILEC, ICFE, IELTS –both General and Academic), EAP (especially academic writing), ESP (engineering, law, medicine, aviation, marketing, PR) in Europe, Australia, and Mexico one-on-one and to groups of different ages and nationalities (e.g Hungarian, South- Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican). I have always preferred working with, and then writing for adults and mostly higher levels (CEFR B2+ and above).

      Besides teaching I’ve also worked as a language school owner, IELTS coordinator, corporate business English trainer, Director of Studies, and teacher trainer in different places. Nowadays I author for CUP and OUP and sometimes still work as an itemwriter for Euroexam International as well. As you can tell, I love exams! 😀 LOL My current ELT interests include teacher training, EAP, IELTS, assessment, teaching writing, materials design, CLIL, life skills/SEL, critical thinking, digital literacy, learner autonomy, learning styles from a psychological angle (…), the application of Bloom’s taxonomy in the classroom and the use of integrated skills.

      A while back I created a website, http://www.iamielts.com, for which I have been writing some teacher training materials aimed at IELTS teachers and I’d like to organize and publish these sometime this year…?! (…but see “paid” work taking preference over pet projects… Will see).

      Looking forward to connecting with and learning from you all!

      Fatime

    • #7049

      Wilma Luth
      Participant

      Hi everyone!

      I’m Wilma. I’m based in the very small town in Ontario, Canada that I moved to after living in Japan for 21 years. Most of those years were spent in the beautiful city of Sapporo where I taught at the college and university level. I’ve also taught in conversation schools, company classes and junior and senior high schools. I was very involved in JALT (Japan Association of Language Teaching) and helped to run the Writer’s Peer Support Group for the monthly publication The Language Teacher for a bunch of years.

      I loved teaching but I really, really love working with teachers. As a teacher trainer, I’ve done freelance work in South Korea, Canada, the USA, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Currently I’m working on an online training course for English language teachers in Mexico.

      Oh, and this is my third time through the course because I haven’t finished my project yet. (And as Michael said earlier, totally my fault, not Dorothy’s!)

      My writing project is a short book called “Reflectively Recharge your Teaching Practice.” It explores John Dewey’s six attitudes for reflective teaching and provides some ideas for developing those attitudes. I’m really excited about finishing this project (and starting another one!)

      One step that I’ve taken that will help me finish this summer is that I’ll be repurposing blog posts about the reflective attitudes that I’ve written and posted on  teachandreflect.com   So most of the writing is done.

      Really looking forward to learning together on this course!

       

      • #7054

        Anne Hendler
        Participant

        Hi, Wilma! It’s lovely to see you here. Is this the same book you mentioned when I last saw you in Korea (at one of the Daegu Reflective Practice meetings, I think)? I’ll be one of your first customers!

    • #7120

      Judy Boyle
      Participant

      Hello there everyone,

      This is Judy – I am originally from New Zealand – Aotearoa and I have lived and worked in quite a few different countries – alas I have never been to Japan though! Anyway, I have been based in Athens Greece for some time which is where I am now in a scorching 38C. I have been around ELT as a teacher, trainer (CELTA) and author for sometime – mostly with Pearson devising and writing  junior through to teen course books. However, for the last several years my ELT experience and background in professional theatre/arts has been devoted to quite a different area. I am the founder of The NO Project, an award-winning global educational campaign against human trafficking and modern slavery. (It’s about now at parties that people go ‘Oh! That’s interesting’ – and then walk off to get a drink!) I do not usually talk about what I do for obvious security reasons… but this is a field I have been around for nearly 20 years. Just to clarify – The NO Project does not work with survivors – we are educators and focus on ELT. We do not work with teachers of little ones, our target audience is 16-25 year olds, but interestingly, more recently ELT teachers of business people and teachers of L2 academics have been using the material. Anyway, my goal in taking Dorothy’s course is, to be blunt, to earn some kind of income. The NO Project downloadable teaching material is all free and I have spent hundreds of hours on it. Time to get back into the real world of earning some kind of income though writing. I saw the great comments above about keeping up with the course tasks – mini panic already! Anyway, it is lovely meet you all. My project is a reader for young adults/adults B1  – based on one area of modern slavery – forced marriage. Several characters involved who intersect ultimately. I guess I think in film scenes. So sorry this got a bit long. See you soon, Judy

    • #7165

      Shi Min (Eunice)
      Participant

      Please tell us about yourself. Where do you teach? Who do you teach? Or if you aren’t teaching, what types of students do you have experience with? Have you already been traditionally published (in any language) or have you already done some self-publishing?

      Also, please include a brief description of the project you’re working on during this course.

      Hello everyone. I am Shi Min from Malaysia, you can call me Eunice if that’s easier for you to pronounce. 🙂

      I teach students aged 13-17 years old in a secondary school in the state of Kedah in Malaysia. My students are made up of a mix of 90% Malays and 10% Siamese background. They don’t really speak English at home and English lessons are their only platform to learn and practice the language.

      I have published a few English language modules with worksheets and examination papers for high school students with some other teachers in my state and district. I have no experience on self-publishing at all prior to this.

      As for my project, I plan to publish a complementary workbook for a 8-week English through Music short course that I am doing for a music school this coming July. The course is targeting Year 5 and 6 students who will sit for their UPSR ( the final assessment for primary school students in Malaysia) English test. Since it’s a English-through-Music course, there will be elements of songs, rhythm, music history and orchestra in the workbook. Potentially, I plan to publish a teacher’s handbook to use the workbook or to conduct the course itself too, but I will save that as another project.

      If you have musical background, or a music lover, or would like to know more about my project, please get in touch with me! 🙂

      • #7169

        Rebecca Valdovinos
        Participant

        Hello Shi Min,
        That’s a wonderful project, music! I have found that using some form of physical activity to help students acquire language is a great way to lower the Affective Filter. Your book will be of great use to others.

        Rebecca

    • #7190

      Mike Griffin
      Participant

      Hello everyone. I am a bit late to this discussion. My apologies.

      I worked in South Korea for many years and very recently left a university I worked at for 9 years.
      I taught two types of students at my most recent job (I technically guess it’s my current job till September).

      One type of student I taught was mostly international graduate students (even though it’s Korea 70% of these students were Chinese) a few different courses including courses entitled “English in the World” (something like a CBI course on the role of English in the world), “International Discussion,” Professional Communication and “Academic Reading and Writing.” These students were enrolled in an English medium graduate program studying “International Studies” which was basically economics and international affairs.

      The second type of student I taught there was future interpreters. My class was practice and feedback interpreting Korean speeches into English.

      I also do some teacher education online (through the New School and World Learning).

      I guess going forward I am something of a “digital nomad” and freelance trainer and editor for at least a year or so. I hope to have some/more time write and publish my own stuff.

      I have very limited experience (despite a longstanding interest) in publishing but some experience in editing.
      I did most of the editing on this book: https://www.amazon.com/Teachers-Toolbox-Presentation-Based-Tim-Thompson-ebook/dp/B07DWHPW8B

      Thank you for reading! I am looking forward to working with you.

      Mike (currently in Ho Chi Minh City)

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