I first ‘met’ Janet during my early days of blogging, and we started communicating even more recently due to our separate projects on idioms. She was creating cartoons to teach them, while I was creating identify-and-click games. So, naturally, I was interested in getting her to join us here, and was very pleased when she accepted. However, due to our various commitments, we weren’t able to do the interview until recently.
So, here it is, in all its HD splendour – I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
I have worked in the field of EFL both as a teacher and teacher trainer since 1979. I have a BA in French, and Post Graduate Certificate in Education in TEFL, and also the DELTA. I started my lifelong profession of teaching EFL in Madrid, Spain. I’ve also worked in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) teaching most of the population in the tiny fishing village of Gran Tarajal. I taught for a year in Dresden, former German Democratic Republic, teaching from beginner level English to top East German professors and leading scientists at the Technical University of Dresden. I also taught for three years in Patras, Greece
I then worked for over 20 years at the Lake School of English in Oxford and taught hundreds of students of all ages and levels. It was while at the Lake School that I began teaching on teacher refresher courses for teachers of EFL from around the world. I realised that I loved being with teachers, as I enjoyed the “buzz” and sharing all our experiences.
My life changed irrevocably when I left England in 2008 to move to Abruzzo, in central Italy. After 30 years of continuous non-stop teaching (bar the usual holidays, of course) I decided to take a sabbatical and chose to do my very first online course with the Consultants-E, taking the Blogs and then the Wikis courses. That was when the technophobe in me finally tamed my fear of all things technological and I actually began to enjoy experimenting with web 2.0 tools. The rest so they say is now virtual history.
I have presented at global e-conferences such as the Virtual Round Table, Reform Symposium and Connecting Online. I presented face to face at TESOL Italy Rome in November 2010 and IATEFL Brighton in April this year.
I love writing my Janet’s Abruzzo Edublog. It has revolutionised my life!!
Camera: Sony Z – 7
Clip microphone used
Computer: Apple Mac
Editing Software: Final Cut Studio
Jan was assisted by Andy (Thanks very much, Andy!), who runs a small company called Panache Productions. Check it out!
Camera: Acer Crystal Eye
Cheapo headset used
Then, I edited it all together with: