EFL – Teacher
2008 to Present
International House Bielsko-Biala: Teacher and Exams Co-ordinator
I have been a teacher with International House Bielsko-Biala in the south of Poland since 2008, though this includes a one-year break to go travelling through Eastern Europe and Africa. I have taught every level and age combination that there is to teach, though in recent years I have specialised more in the teaching of exam classes. Since 2015 I have worked as the school’s Exams Co-ordinator. The role covers running training workshops for the teachers on teaching exam classes, and arranging mock exams and exam clubs for students interested in taking one of the Cambridge exams at the school.
2019 Summer School
Stirling School of English: Lead Tutor
I spent the summer of 2019 working for the Stirling School of English, teaching mixed ability classes of teenagers and adults. As the lead tutor I was responsible for syllabus design and assisting the other teachers with their lesson planning and content delivery.
2015 to 2016
PWSZ Oswiecim: Speaking Tutor
Responsible for planning and delivering speaking lessons to students in Years 2 and 3 of the Uczelnia Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa, a tertiary educational establishment in Oswiecim. I also devised midyear and end of year speaking tests for the students.
2006 to 2007
EFL Teacher at International House Krakow
I taught lessons to university students at C1 and C2 level, and young learners at A1 and A2 level. This was my first post-CELTA experience.
EFL – Speaker
Recently I have begun to attend EFL conferences as a speaker.
- October 2019: Skyteach Festival: Ordinary Conversation vs Broadcast Interview
- October 2019: IATEFL Hungary: Helping Learners Become Autodidacts
- September 2019: SCELT Bratislava: Supporting Teachers With Dyslexia
- September 2019: IATEFL Poland: A Framework for Writing Stories in Class
- May 2019: IH World Online Conference: The Importance of Teacher Development
- March 2019: IH Torun Teacher Training Day: Zero Preparation Games
EFL – Cambridge Assessment Speaking Examiner
From 2010 to 2019 I worked for Cambridge Assessment as a speaking examiner for the following exams: pre-A1 Starters, A1 Movers, A2 Flyers, A2 Key, and B2 First & First for Schools. My time as a speaking examiner came to an end when Cambridge announced that they would not permit speaking examiners to teach the same levels that they examined.
EFL – Articles
- 2018 – ‘Write With Your Head, Not With Your Heart‘ – Humanising Language Teaching
- 2020 (ongoing) MA Applied Linguistics & TESOL, The University of Leicester
- 2019 Teacher Training Certificate, International House World
- 2019 Certificate in Teaching Young Learners, International House World
- 2017 Language Awareness Course, International House World
- 2006 CELTA (Pass B), International House Krakow
- 2004 Certificate in the Humanities, The Open University
- 2001 BSc (Hons) Physics (2.2), The University of Leicester
As well as creating EFL resources, I am also a keen writer. My work has been published in a number of journals and anthologies, as listed below, and I have also self-published several novels through Amazon.
- ‘You Are Here‘ – a collection of stories all with a cartographic bent. My story ‘The Wall’ is included here.
- ‘In Medias Res‘ – tales from life in the middle. Including my short story ‘The Cough.’
- ‘Circuits & Slippers‘ – sci-fi retellings of classic fairy tales. Includes my story ‘Some Assembly Required.’
- ‘Eeny Meeny Miney Mo‘ – stories for children, including my tale, ‘The Purple Giraffe.’
- ‘My Daughter Listens to Trees‘ – a story in 200 words (200CC)
- ‘Oniomania‘ – a curious addiction to shopping (Scrittura).
- ‘Perspective‘ – the difficult nature of drawing (Scrittura).
- ‘The Castle‘ – life in a drowned world (The Nabu Review).
- ‘The Monastery at Tyniec‘ (pdf download) – a short story set in Poland (Spinebind).
- ‘Sara the Writer‘ – a short history of a girl dreaming of becoming a writer (Lakeview).
- ‘The Watchmaker of 11 Listopada‘ – another story set in Poland (Paragon).
- ‘The Castle‘ – a story set in a flooded world (Nabu Review).
- ‘Fairground Fun in Tbilisi‘ – travel writing which won the ‘Just Back’ competition in the Telegraph newspaper in the UK.
- ‘Painter Interrupted: Mary Cassatt and Illness‘ – a short piece in Hektoen International.
- ‘Two Tales of Talipes Equinovarus’ – a short piece in Hektoen International
- ‘Gabon‘ – a short piece with accompanying photograph in the journal Fractured Nuance.
- ‘Slawomir Mrozek‘ – a biographical piece about the Polish satirist/absurdist, published through Asymptote Journal.
- ‘The Man in the Mango Tree‘ – an illustrated book for younger readers. A boy who lives in a mango tree outside an African village must learn how to be brave if he is to save the people he loves.
- ‘Hit the Bottom and Escape‘ – a novel about trying to cope in Ghana and Nigeria.
- ‘Sara the Writer and Other Stories‘ – a collection of short stories set in Poland.
- ‘The Amnesiac and Other Stories‘ – a collection of short stories, with genres ranging from literary to horror to science-fiction.
- ‘The Stars Too Can Die of Sadness‘ – a short novel that examines the nature of existence.