My name's Robert McCall and I'm a New Zealander, living and working as an ESL teacher in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil. I've been living here for almost 4 years and have spent most of that time teaching English face to face to executives. This year I began working online, as it seemed to make sense to me. As well as being paperless, and CO2 less, I wanted to save time, and reach a wider audience that would allow me to be more creative, and explore new frontiers.
So, here I am. I'ts indeed pleasure for me to be here. I will be participating as much as I'm able, and I'm sure learning all the time.
This is my website, and blog which I've just started.
E-learning for me has been a big learning curve, trying to find what fits for my students and for me is not an easy task.
I'm also experimenting with podcasting which has been a lot of fun, and immensely enjoyable, though I's still a little unsure where it's leading me.
My interests lie in Passion Based English Language Learning, and English for Business. My students tend to lose motivation if the content isn't relevant so I'm always trying to find ways of keeping them interested, and motivated. So, it makes sense to me to allow them to contribute to the content, and learn about something they like.
Recently I've started interviewing, and creating real content for my students. Like I have a student whose travelling to the states soon, so I will go ahead and call the travel agent, the hotel, perhaps the restaurant and make enquiries and record the conversations. Then I'll take the recordings, and integrate them into a flash based mp4 lesson which a student can listen to at will....I think it's a successful concept and I want to develop this further.
Other things I'm interested in are cooking, food history and etymology. As a chef and English teacher I'd like to get a Food History English language course, up and running soon. So, I plan to post this project here for all to contribute and see what happens.
I also have a successful recording artist, singer and songwriter interested in contributing content for an ESL course based around music. So, I'm excited about getting that off the ground too if at all possible.
As a self-employed ESL teacher I'm so grateful to have found this community. It's difficult marketing yourself, writing lesson plans, creating podcasts, and developing a business without peer support.
Many thanks for the opportunity, I look forward to helping where I can.
Feedback & Notes from my WikiNeighbours
- Very nice to meet you, Robert, in the class. It is a very warm and fuzzy community. If there is any way I can help you, please let me know. Come visit my user page. --Phil Bartle 19:53, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
(: Welcome Robert. Please, adjust your content according to given proforma. Warm wishes.Sanjay Kumar Pandagale, 9 Nov. 2009)
(: Welcome to eL4C32 Robert. I cleaned up the link to your website. Hope you like it :-) Rob Kruhlak 02:29, 12 November 2009 (UTC))
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