I'm an EFL teacher and have been one for more than 15 years. I have also taught Portuguese to expats and taught French for a while.
Unlike other foreign language teachers, I have always made it a point to ONLY use the target language when teaching, e.g. only use English when teaching English, even when students were just starting out. Some might wonder how and that's one of the reasons I've started this blog: to share what I have learned so far.
I love coming up with new and better ways of getting a grammar point through to students or making them learn new strategies to read texts more closely.
Unfortunately, I'm no longer in a classroom. Leaving the classroom was a very difficult choice to make, but let's just say that teachers don't get the respect they should around here. I guess a lot of teachers out there will understand what I'm talking about. I've been tutoring for a while now and I'm at peace with my decision.
My students would tell you that my lessons are lively with lots of hands-on activities.
My colleagues would tell you that I'm reliable and generous (I actually asked them, so I'm not making this up!).
My husband would tell you that I worry too much (but he thinks it's cute!).
I will tell you that I'm getting on this blog journey with an open heart and faith that life will take me where I have to go!
Oh, one more thing, my name's not really Lucy. When I was a teenage exchange student in Chicago back in the 90s, nobody at my school could pronounce my name correctly. So, I would tell them to call me Lucy, which is kind of a shorter version of my real name. To this day, whenever I'm in the US, I say Lucy when Starbuck's employees ask me for my name.
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