Listed below are the people who have contributed to making esl-lounge Premium the great site it is.
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Clive Hawkins - Clive Hawkins attained his qualification in 1999 and promptly embarked on a round-the-world teaching mission. His first port of call was Sardinia in Italy where he just as promptly decided to stay. It was clearly one of his better decisions as he now has a beautiful Italian wife, a beautiful Anglo-Sardinian daughter and son, and a not too disagreeable English school.
"Has living in Sardinia changed you at all?" "Yes. I wave my hands a lot and have wine with lunch."
He has recently opened his website dedicated to teaching English in Sardinia, Italy.
Svjetlana Faukovic-Mach has helped in the preparation of the lesson plans for young learners.
These are the people whose voices you hear on the audio files on the Premium site:
Sean Banville is a freelance materials writer, based near Osaka, Japan. His first experience in an ESL classroom was in Barcelona, Spain, in 1992. He has since taught in Turkey, Thailand and Japan. He has traveled to more than 35 countries. He gained a Master's degree in TEFL/TESL from the U.K.'s Birmingham University in 2003. His latest project is his news materials website, www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com.
Courtney Campbell is alumna of the University of Michigan-Flint with a B.A. in Spanish and International Studies and a B.A. in French. In the states, she taught Spanish to adults and children and assisted English language learners in the university. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay from 2001 to 2003, before moving to Brazil where she studies Education and works as an EFL teacher at the Associação Brasil-América (ABA).
Karen St. Aubin and Dave St.Aubin - Karen is an ESL teacher based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She has been teaching LINC and ESL for Credit at the two community colleges in Ottawa since 2004. Dave works at Nortel and enjoys hearing Karen's stories about her students. They have two children who are very involved in sports. In between work, the kids' baseball and hockey games, and of course, recording dialogues for Neil, Dave and Karen manage to find a moment or two to sit down and relax and even enjoy a bottle of wine!
Devaki Groulx has been teaching ESL for over 25 years. She joined McGill University's Department of English and French in 1981 and teaches in in both the Intensive (day) and (evening) credit courses. She was also a children's entertainer performing a ventriloquist with a variety of puppets. Vidura Groulx works at Cambrian Distribution Florale, a flower importing company. The couple, who have two adorable cats, also dedicate their time to runnning a meditation centre in Montreal, Canada.
Craig and Mary Vogel - Mary graduated with a B.A. in French, but it was not until many years later that she found her true calling in ESL. She taught an intermediate level class for two years in an all-volunteer program and has spent five years as a volunteer helping individual students in her home.
Craig has a busy career in mechanical engineering. As his high school French class proved, his strength is in math, not language, but he has thoroughly enjoyed the friendships that have developed with the international students who have passed through their lives.
Karen Walker lives in the most beautiful corner of Canada, the Yukon Territory, where she teaches ESL to a small group of immigrants. She is new to ESL teaching, having completed her TESL certificate at Brock University in 2004-05. For 25 years before joining the teaching profession, Karen was a freelance writer-editor and business owner. She is co-owner of Well-Read Books, the Yukon's only used bookstore, and is the former managing partner of a successful graphic design/advertising agency. For ten years Karen reviewed movies on CBC Yukon.
Jim and Shelly Jamieson have been married for over 24 years. They have adopted 4 children. Shelly is a professional vocalist, musician, and piano teacher. Jim has had a 20 year career as a professional speaker and is currently completing a Master's of Education degree in TESL. The Jamiesons live in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
The superb artwork that has gone into our flashcards was created by local Sardinian artist, Michela Cocco.