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More European – VeryEuroBritProblems

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:29:35 +0000

Inspired by my last lesson and not only the preparation, but also the ensuing discussion coming from it, I thought I would elucidate on a few of the challenges I have faced, and any Brit may when moving to Germany. Very EuroBrit Problems Converting from imperial to metric.   I do not hear the phrase […]



Never in my classroom – avoiding stereotypes

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:22:21 +0000

Discussing characteristics that are associated with a particular culture is littering with a minefield of cliches, stereotypes, faux pas and potential conflict. So of course, finding the right way to lead into teaching the subject has its challenges.  I have switched between differing approaches but was pleasantly surprised my recent method had success. I adopted a humorous way […]



Never in my classroom – flying with Flensburg

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:29:36 +0000

    Have been a lapsed blogger of late, and especially about teaching, but my passions rise and fall these days. Sometimes it takes someone else to kick you up the arse or inspire you. So, with that in mind, I decided to try a dialogue/answer blog of sorts. Have been following the Flensburg Files […]



Never in my classroom – Klopp, and is football serious management?

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:44:49 +0000

  Recently I had two very successful lessons. One on life hacks and one on management. But let us stick with the latter, and come back to the former at a later date. The management lesson was at the end of a 4-hour block for the equivalent of a distance learners course for MBA for […]



Create5 – finding a voice in an Ensemble

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:08:21 +0000

This year I predicted would be full of changes, and one came about that has surprised me and invigorated the modes of expression of theLingoGuy. From the tender age of 17 – 19 I was in an art studio for my General National Diploma in Art and Design, and recently spoke to one of my […]



Never in my classroom – dyslexia and disinformation

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:29:07 +0000

Recently I have become aware just how badly some people view dyslexia. Having worked with some guys in the UK and experiencing being a mentor to some clients at the moment, let’s explode some myths, shall we – #1 People with dyslexia cannot write properly. This is such mistaken thinking it hurts to even start to […]



Geek or Nerd? How absurd! – took a bite back of the Apple

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:52:54 +0000

You may recall that I was a 3 OS guy awhile ago. This was more about money and tools for the job. This has changed yet again, due to necessity and loyalty. I am no longer a Linux user and miss it somewhat. Especially as you need to be a right geek to use one […]



Never in my classroom- half closing the draw on my chalk set

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:17:29 +0000

My career path has been somewhat you could say meandering, or I chop and change. This best suits me as I need to reinvent and often take stock to get the most out of life. Chop off the deadwood you could say, or know when to give up the ghost cause something has been haunting […]



Create5 & More European – maintaining Success

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 10:39:37 +0000

Becoming a success is not always easy, but staying in business for more than three years is just as hard if not harder. “Almost every third start-up project is abandoned within the first three years” – KfW BankenGruppe The added incentive and risk is also to start up in another country. This may be more […]



Never in my classroom – authenticity and communicability

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:11:01 +0000

I hold up my hands that in my early days I was a little heavy handed with removing the quirks of written and spoken English. But this has changed with time. Two things have come up recently that has thrown this into the forefront. Firstly during a mock exam presentation one of my less confident […]