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Experiences= “knowledge gained by actually doing or living through something” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Teaching is About Caring and Sharing

Oaklands Elementary School

Oaklands Elementary School

Teaching is one of the most rewarding activities I have experienced in my life. Over the years I have taught a variety of subjects but English as a Second Language is one field that I find I relate to most closely.

I grew up in a household where my first language was Estonian. I clearly remember the day my mother took me by the hand to a big red brick building.  I was five and my sixth birthday was right around the corner. Leaving me to sit alone in the hallway within hearing range of the school principal's office, I could hear my mother arguing with him.  At the time I didn't understand the words but I knew my mother was very adamant about something.  Years later I realized she was speaking in her broken English determined to have me to go into kindergarten rather than grade one.

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Cambridge University Press Speakers at Trinity Western University

Cambridge University Press Presentation

Cambridge University Press Presentation

On November 16 I had the good fortune to attend a workshop hosted by Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C.

 

Invited by the university to come to Canada and present the event were two guests from the US who produce and coordinating dynamic teaching publications for learners of the English language. Our visitors from south of the border were Dennis Johnson who co-wrote the Ventures series of ESL books for Cambridge University Press that are used in many of the local ESL programs in the Fraser River Valley. Marie Louise Baez who is the national training specialist for Cambridge University Press also came to present the broader perspective on the latest developments by the respected publishing house.

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