I’m using this blog as a place to collect useful information, links, photos, and ideas, especially for my ESL students who are new to Edmonton. Some posts are about local activities, events, and places of interest. Some are about ways to improve your English skills. Other posts will include photos and things that I have done, with or without my students. Check the categories to find what you’re looking for.
My ESL career probably started when my family moved to Thailand for 2 years, when I was a young girl. Because we lived there, we had the opportunity to travel around the world. It was so exciting to see so many places at a young age. I always wanted to travel some more, but I got busy with a career in Social Work, marriage, and raising children in Canada. Once my kids grew up, it was time to return to world travel.
I took a short TESOL course to learn how to teach ESL, and chose Viet Nam as an interesting place to live. I didn’t really know much about Viet Nam except that there was a very long war there, and I knew that I liked the food and it had a very long coastline. It seemed like a good place to begin. I thought I would go for at least 3 months, and see how things worked out. 3 years later, it was finally time to return to my family and my homeland.
While I was living, teaching and travelling in Viet Nam, I realized that I loved teaching ESL, and I chose that as my second career. I took the CELTA certificate from Cambridge University, and then a diploma in TESOL from Mount Royal University in Calgary. Next it was time to get ESL work in Canada. Luckily, I found CCI/LEX before returning to Canada. I’ve been teaching here since August/2011, and it’s a lot of fun to teach students from all over the globe (nobody from Antarctica yet!).
Please explore this site and use any information and links that are useful to you. Leave a comment anywhere, and let me know if you have any questions. Happy Learning!