Hi! I’ve been teaching for over 20 years; my teaching and training experience has been in Europe, the Middle East, the UK, and Japan. I’ve taught at Higher Education since my 20’s, as well as being an in-company trainer for International Communication in the Business World.
Although I have been involved in language teaching for most of my career (English & German), I have also taught Law Translation and other content subjects such as literary studies, translation, and contemporary cultural studies. I don’t believe in “experts” – it’s a term that I find curious and very often, misleading. Does it mean that the “expert” knows all and has nothing else to learn with anyone at all?
However, I have trained and worked within the field of language, so perhaps I may be regarded as a “specialist” – someone who knows the field and is always learning. The two areas I have worked the most in, are English for Academic Purposes and English for Specific Purposes, with many years of training top management as well as undergraduates and post-graduates on business courses. Within English for Management, I taught both language and content; not the “hard-core” accountancy and strategic planning, but rather the soft, intangible skills that professionals in management need in their everyday life.
Because of my background and having grown up in different parts of the world, cross-cultural issues are very much part of my learning and teaching experience as well. I have also done ethnographic research and tend to practice a more qualitative approach to knowledge and reality, though perhaps today, my perceptions and understandings are more eclectic and unsurprisingly, post-modern.
Although I have always believed in life-long learning, I think that today with the speed of change, constant learning, regular reflection and professional development are as necessary as that first cup of coffee in the morning.
This blog began with a course at Tampere University of Applied Sciences and has now become a space where I continue reflecting, questioning and weaving issues in current education; an attempt to make sense of the rapid changes we are living.
Thank you for visiting. Let the connecting commence!
All opinions and statements are my own and in no way related nor connected with my employer.