I had a lot of fun answering Jennifer Lebedev’s questions for this interview on her blog: Making Discoveries: An ESL Story. I particularly enjoyed recalling that vocational school I worked at for a semester in Astana, Kazakhstan. As if teaching total beginners wasn’t a challenge enough, and the -30 Astana winters weren’t a hostile enough environment, there were the joys of the outhouse and the barebones classroom.
I do wonder what happened to those future hairdressers, cooks, and fashion designers of Kazakhstan. I wonder if any of them use English now at all. I wonder what they think of me and my class. Maybe, some day when we visit Kazakhstan again, we’ll run into someone a former student. Or I can drop by. Funnily enough even though we got lost for 2 hours trying to find the school the first time we went out there, I remember the road so well now. I’m sure I drive there without getting lost once.
I won’t spoil the interview anymore than I have, but if you want to find out how I became a teacher, my advice for designing lesson plans, or my favorite icebreaker, go check out the interview. And be sure to browse around Jennifer’s site for other great articles and interviews!Liked this post? Check out some of my books on