Welcome to my blog, A Muse Amuses, the place where I discuss language and how it can be taught in Loving Language and share the best of the workshops and talks I’ve given and share resources, materials and lesson plans I’ve produced in Loving Learning. Oh, and do a little bit of running and singing and football and art on the side, in Loving Life.
Looking forward to sharing with you and hearing from you.
I am a teacher and teacher trainer living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I have worked for International House since my second year of teaching in the Czech Republic.
After four years in Prague (where I worked at a secondary school before joining Akcent (now IH Prague), doing the Delta in 2000) and a summer stint at IH London, I moved to Buenos Aires.
I have worked as a teacher at IH Buenos Aires Recoleta, was DoS of IH Buenos Aires Belgrano for four and a half years, and now work as a senior teacher trainer at IH Buenos Aires Teacher Training, mostly delivering CELTA and Delta Modules courses, with the odd month of teaching General and Business English thrown in for good measure.
I am also the Academic Coordinator for Resources and Dos Support for the International House World Organisation (IHWO), which gives me the opportunity to help the DoSes of IH schools with their day to day jobs, as well as commissioning, editing (and sometimes writing) new materials writing projects (such as the IHWO Games Bank) for IH teachers to use.
I also tutor online teacher development courses (such as IHCAM, IHDOS, IHCOLT, IHCERT, as well as online workshops) at the IHWO Online Teacher Training Institute.
I am also an IHWO Quality & Standards inspector and have inspected IH schools in Uruguay, Mexico, Costa Rica and Chile.
Loving Language is where I discuss my views of language and how it could be taught in the classroom.
Printing Press is where you can find a review of my published work, from journal articles to teacher resources, from youtube videos to random lesson plans.
Reworking Workshops is the place I’ll be revisiting all of the workshops and input sessions I’ve done over the years, sharing their content with you and giving them a fresh look.
Random updates on my runs, especially the races and the ones that help me think.
I love singing and have irregularly written many unsung songs over the years. I share them with you here, just because otherwise they’ll never get published anywhere, and maybe there’s someone out there somewhere who may enjoy the odd phrase here or there. Profuse apologies to the rest of you who arrive here for the unbridled navel-gazing you witness. Please head back to the rest of the blog as quick as you can and forget you ever came here .