Hi, my name is Rob Puffett and I teach English as a Second Language (ESL) in Sydney, Australia. Reinvent English is a blog and a philosophy about English language teaching (ELT). This blog has grown out of my experiences as an ESL teacher over many years, and from experiences in the corporate world as an English Language Teaching (ELT) consultant for a major educational publishing company.
This blog is a departure from other ELT blogs that cover the ‘nuts & bolts’ of ELT, such as how to teach grammar, listening, pronunciation and so on. The focus is on process more than content.
The aim of this blog is to cover more active and contemporary ideas of ELT and teaching in general as well as not directly related topics.
Topics could include but not limited to:
- Culture – Western, Eastern, Pop, Youth
- Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy
- Educational theory – ESL, General, Age specific
- Contemporary and active lesson ideas (see Project section)
- Audio Visual material – Pictures, YouTube, TED, ESL specific
- Links – both ESL and non-ESL
- Funny stuff – Cartoons, Observations
- Travel and tourism (see Project section)
One of this blog’s main aims is to get learning English out into the real world. With the world as a classroom, anything is possible.
Perhaps walk along the Sydney coastline while on a treasure hunt then finish your adventure in a conference room at Bondi beach with dinner and drinks. Or learn vocabulary and grammar associated with golf in the clubhouse before walking out on to the course or driving range and teeing off.
Numerous studies have shown that ‘learning by doing’ is far more successful than traditional pedagogies. Reinvent English is experiential learning which aims to make ESL learning fun and unique. It is an idea whose time has come! Often the best day for students and teachers alike is excursion day, where the change of environment enhances the learning process.
Think of Reinvent English as a mix of study tour, event planning, excursion day, game show, variety show, conversation club, social event, class, corporate training and anything else really. Reinvent English gives both learner and teacher creative freedom to choose how to learn or teach.
This blog is for you, so please comment and reply, and please submit and share and let’s reinvent English!