I’ve had 30 years of teaching experience teaching in Singapore (22 years) and then about 3 years in a mainstream English class in Queensland. Almost 5 years ago, I started at this  centre for adolescent ESL learners. In Singapore, I taught the O’levels, and in Queensland I taught mainstream grade 8s to 11s. I now teach students who may be at middle school and high school age, but require basic literacy and numeracy skills. Many of these students are refugees and quite a few have very limited educational experiences.

Through this blog I hope to clarify my thoughts on what it is to teach the ESL learner. Through my experiences I hope to provide a window for others who may also be in the same position.


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