You may or may not have heard of the name; you may or may not have seen the face, but what is probable is that you would have seen idioms being tweeted by RolloffTongue, or you may have participated in the idioms quizzes dished out by the Facebook group Rolls off the Tongue.
Andy Martin has been in the education sector for a long time, so I was keen to speak to him, to try to squeeze something out of him by which we can all learn, or be inspired.
Andy Martin has been in the field of ELT for over 45 years. Trained by the US Peace Corps in the 1960’s, he’s worked internationally, and in the US, in Primary, Secondary, College and Adult Ed Programs. With an M.Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University, he was a teacher, supervisor, teacher trainer, and curriculum consultant for the first ½ of his career. The second half was spent in the ESL textbook publishing industry, starting out as an author for Longman and then doing mostly marketing, sales and a little editorial at eight other publishing houses. Andy retired two years ago and has since been running two ESL blogs directed primarily towards English teachers who are not native speakers of English. The first is Rolls off the Tongue, done in collaboration with textbook illustrator, Andrew Lange. This website teaches English idioms through cartoon illustrations. The second blog, What’s So Funny? is a twice daily mini-podcast which murders jokes by deconstructing them for English learners, one joke at a time. It’s also on Facebook.
Both blogs, strangely enough, have a number of native speaking fans.
Video editing was done on Virtual Dub 1.9.11 and Windows Live Movie Maker.