This Ginger is named Stewart, and he hails from Australia, but currently resides in Bangkok.
Before my ELT life
I did my bachelor’s in biotechnology but didn’t find much passion there (or future in it, for me, anyway). I was voluntarily teaching tai chi during my university years and found skill and enjoyment in it. After university, I wanted to get out of Australia “for a while”. The result? I moved to Thailand in 2009 to teach English, and I’ve been there since.
My ELT life
I’ve been teaching English in Thailand for over 6 years now. I began teaching primary school children in a government school, which lasted one school year, then moved to teach Science and English at a government high school for a semester. After that, I moved to a private language centre, teaching mostly English conversation with a sprinkling of grammar, exam preparation (mostly GED) and business and hotel English. A year or so later, I became a freelance contractor, teaching phonics and reading to children, corporate English to adults, and academic English and IELTS preparation to high school and university students. I really enjoyed the latter and joined RMIT English Worldwide (REW) in Bangkok full-time.
I’ve been with REW ever since. Most of my teaching time have been spent on IELTS prep and EAP, or academic-focused 4-skills courses done as preparation for those EAP or IELTS ones. I have also done a long list of other group classes, one-to-one courses, and workshops, in areas including TOEIC, SAT, academic writing, business English, hotel English, and children’s phonics and reading.
My ELT qualifications
I did an unrecognised TEFL course (1-month, full-time) that was attached to the first teaching agency I was employed by (it was free!), before starting at the government primary school in 2009. Although unrecognised, it was still an invaluable primer to ELT.
I took my CELTA in 2014 to consolidate where I was in the teacher development path and to gain a recognised qualification. I found it useful – but considering I’d already had over 4 years of wide experience – also easy.
My Delta adventure
I’m about to embark on probably the most difficult endeavour of my life: the Cambridge Delta modules.
I’m going to use this blog to record and reflect on this experience.
I’m hoping for daily posts- probably while taking the subway to and from days on the course – but let’s see how much reading, assignments, sleep, and other higher priority things get in the way.
This blog is also dedicated to my grandma and grandpa, who are very excited to see me entering further study. They’re living their twilight years in a land far away (a land down under, ha), so posts here will, I hope, help them to follow my struggles and triumphs.