I want to use these postings to help English language learners improve their skills. When I learned French and later Indonesian years ago one of the most powerful things for me was dealing with small ,yet well used bits of language. These could be individual words or simple phrases (the use of quand même in French is a good example) but what they had in common was they could revolutionise the way you produced the language and make it sound more natural. I hope that my postings will provide some useful expressions in English that will have the same effect.
I started my career as an English Language teacher in September 1977 in Medan Indonesia. I taught at the University of North Sumatra where it was my job to develop the English language skills of university lecturers to enable them to travel to the UK, US and Australia for further training in their own subject areas.
Since then I have worked in various institutions both overseas and in the UK helping students to improve their English language skills for work, study, travel or fun.
I have also trained teachers and helped them with their professional development.
I have been an examiner of English language too so I know what examiners are looking for in a student’s work.
In 2007 I developed an online language learning tool called Gapfillers. www.gapfillers.co.uk this is aimed at more advanced level students who need to keep developing their skills yet have only limited time to do this. The site delivers 4 new exercises everyday to help you practice regularly (everything is then archived) We are now looking at M-learning and will shortly release our mobile phone daily English practice www.gapfillers.mobi – watch this space!!
I want to use my years of experience as both teacher and language learner to help students put that extra gloss on their language and make an impression.