Topics: PLN, Learning Styles, Business English, Creativity in the classroom, EFL, NLP, Teaching English, Female Leadership, Leadership, Presentation Skills, Diversity, Edupreneurship, Women's Leadership in Education
Services: Keynote, presenter, blogger
Originally from New Jersey, I have been in Europe since 1981 where I taught at tertiary level for over 20 years and ran in-company courses at a number of companies in the area. At the moment, I am a research assistant at the University of Graz, work with corporate clients, and write articles, course books and other materials. I have written two methodology books, ‘Creating Activities for Different Learner Types (2016: Wayzgoose Press) and 'Spotlight on Learning Styles' (2013: Delta Publishing). My other books are in the field of business English and I am a core author on ‘Business Partner’, a new multi-level course (2017 – ongoing: Pearson). I also wrote two of the workbooks for the Business Advantage series (2012: Cambridge University Press) as well as ‘English for Banking and Finance 2 (2012: Pearson). Till mid 2015 I worked as a speaking examiner for FCE and CAE and worked on CD-ROM materials for an FCE and a CAE course book (2014: Cambridge University Press).
In addition, I am an NLP trainer and have run courses on NLP for teachers and companies. Travelling is a big part of my life and I love giving workshops in other cities and going to conferences to present, meet colleagues and gather new ideas. As volunteering for teacher associations has made up a major part of my professional life, I served as the IATEFL BESIG Coordinator from 2009-2015 and on the Membership Committee of IATEFL where one of my duties was running the IATEFL Webinar Series. In January 2015 I stood unopposed for the position of Vice President/President of IATEFL and served as IATEFL President from April 2015 - April 2017. I stood down from the IATEFL Board of Trustees in April 2018.
My major at university was music so I also welcome the chance to sing and have performed at the Open Mic night at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Harrogate, UK, in the ‘Shakespeare and Music’ evening at the 50th IATEFL Conference in Birmingham and in the evening of ‘Love and Protest’ songs at the 52nd IATEFL Conference in Brighton.
Since I have cut back on teaching, I have begun to give plenaries at international conferences around the globe and have now held 24 plenaries in 20 countries. The topics of these talks include: ‘Getting Unstuck – stretching out of our comfort zones’, ‘Making lessons memorable’, ‘The transition from general English to business English’, and ‘Embrace the Differences.
I blog on reflections on teaching and learning at http://learnerasteacher.wordpress.com/
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