Thank you for visiting this blog. My name is Joanne and I usually live in Canberra, Australia. In 2014 though, I taught in a university in Malang in Indonesia, a government high school in rural Thailand, and in Dharamsala, India. Since then, I have spent considerably more time in Dharamsala teaching English.
Before that adventure, I undertook graduate studies in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Canberra and volunteered as a classroom assistant with qualified teachers in the Adult Migrant English Program. I learnt about pedagogical theories, sociolinguistics, the structure of language and language acquisition, while the volunteer work taught me about their applications.
I even managed to learn a lot about English grammar (which is no mean feat for an Australian who is a native speaker of English) and then studied different ways that grammar can be taught and learned.
In 2015, I came back in Canberra, doing some further study to convert my Graduate Diploma to a Masters degree and teaching English for Academic Purposes at the Australian National University and University of Canberra. However, the lure of teaching in India again meant that after completing one more subject, Research Methods, I went back to India. That is where I am now.
This blog is my English teaching experiences, reflections and dilemmas. If you are a fellow student, a teacher or one of my friends, I hope that we can learn together.