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Hi, I’m Cathal. I’m Irish, and I mostly teach Spanish speakers. Have lived in Mexico and Galicia, Spain, but, as I married a Swede, I live, alas, in Sweden (a terrible place for an English teacher, language learner, or chatty person to live — but, on the other hand, a great place for parents of a toddler and a baby. Swings and roundabouts). I speak decent Spanish, choppy, often incoherent, Swedish and, despite growing up surrounded by farmers and livestock in the west of Ireland, speak English without much of an Irish accent (this is at least what I get told in the west of Ireland and Sweden). I write a Substack which applies performance psychology to language teaching and language learning. It’s called The Performing Mind. Since mid-August it’s been on a hiatus as I’ve been dedicating all my spare time to building a pronunciation course. Apart from my regular students, I currently have one guinea pig client I’m experimenting the materials on, and the first client expecting a coherent course is signed up to start on the days after Christmas. I have the skeleton of the course created, but I feel like I still have so much to learn. That’s why I’m taking the Speaking, Pronunciation and Autonomy Course, and why I’m looking forward to the discussions on the boards. And why pronunciation? Why am I making that my niche? Well, because it’s arguably the most psychologically enigmatic aspect of foreign language speaking, and so, to me, it’s the most fascinating. If you like, add me on LinkedIn or follow my newsletter: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathal-larkin/ https://cathallarkin.substack.com/
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Cathal Larkin
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Hi. When people ask me the question "where are you from?" l'm never quite sure how to answer, as I was born in South Africa, grew up in Ireland and now live in the UK in Northern Ireland. I'm a qualified primary teacher, currently employed as a classroom assistant and occasionally do substitute teaching in schools but also teach English online through a well-known, underpaying platform, which I enjoy but which also frustrates me. Recently I have got a private student also but lack confidence to grow this. I would love to teach online full time but some things are holding me back. Hoping that through some of the courses on here, I'll gain knowledge and courage to take steps to get where I'd like to be. Thank you for this community!
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Sandra Armstrong
New comment 12h ago
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Hello community! I am thrilled to be a part of this learning journey. I'm Debbie, a South African primary school teacher. The students in my class are Zulu home language learners, but our language for teaching and learning is English. In the classroom, I encourage code-switching and embrace a play-based approach to learning. Despite not having ventured into online teaching yet, I'm eager to explore this new frontier. I'm uncertain about naming my business and defining my niche. By joining this course and community, I hope to gain the confidence needed to dive into the world of online teaching.
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Andrew Woodbury
New comment 2d ago
Ciao a tutti!
I'm Elisa and I'm an Italian native language teacher. I'm a freelance and I work only from remote. I have a visual approach to my lessons and my students love it, therefore I'd like to make this my own signature (plus something else??). I'm here because I feel a bit frustrated to have a lot of work, a low income and the feeling of not being able to express my full potential. My goal for the next 30 days is to gain a bit of inspiration and courage from this community.
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Elisa Galbusera
New comment 8d ago
Hello World
Larren Heah (+6)0124158100/larren.heah@gmail.com 4 November 2023 An experienced trainer and educator, I have a Level 5 TEFL UK diploma and a master’s degree. A native English speaker from Malaysia, grew up with the language as my mother tongue Malay and Hokkien. I have a lot of experience in research specializing in art, multimedia, design and science having read a lot of articles and written on my blog. Over ten years in teaching, training and managing programs and people, I am a charismatic individual that is able to deliver excellent results in learning outcomes and performance of stakeholders from all levels. I also have a good eye for detail and provide solutions to address contingencies.
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Andrew Woodbury
Larren Heah
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