May 21, 2018

It’s report-writing season again! Despite it being something dreaded by many, report-writing is an excellent way to reflect on your students’ progress – and the miraculous transformations you have brought about! 

For me, report-writing has always a very satisfying...

March 12, 2018

Parent-teacher interviews (PTIs, sometimes also called  ‘parent-teacher conversations’) can be a daunting experience, particularly for beginning teachers. Apart from being one of the rare occasions when the three most important parties in student learning (parents, stu...

September 28, 2017

Language learning has been a passion engrained in me since birth; it was inevitable with the melting pot of cultures that is my family tree. My mother tongue is English, I conquered the complexities of German through school and university, tried my best in Italian with...

May 11, 2017

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a concept rooted in Buddhism, and has been around for about 2000 years. The concept as we know it today was brought to the West by Jon Kabat-Zinn–a professor who studied meditation with Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. In 1979, Kabat-...

April 14, 2017

As we approach the recruitment season, it is time to consider how you can best prepare yourself to apply for Languages teaching positions. While the selection process varies between schools, it is common for schools to shortlist only a few candidates for face-to-face i...

March 16, 2017

During my first year as a graduate teacher, I did not have a social life.

I arrived at school at 7:30 am and left at 6 or 7pm. I was working from home on weekends and, as a result, I spent the first week of term one holidays completely exhausted on my couch.

I wanted to...

February 19, 2017

Just back from Japan? Saving up for a sabbatical in the UK? Been reading philosophy? Taken up Arabic? Preparing to study in New Caledonia? Writing music for another album? Finishing an architecture degree? Planning to teach English overseas?

When a bunch of my ex-studen...

February 5, 2017

As a language teacher, you will hopefully have the joy of taking students on exchange and watching them fumble and flourish as they put their communication skills into practice. After accompanying, overseeing and planning countless study tours in my 17 years of languag...

January 16, 2017

I started my yoga teacher training six months before I began teaching at university, and thank God for that! By incorporating simple yoga philosophies and practices into my teaching, I saved myself a whole lot of extracurricular stress. Now, I enjoy teaching so much mo...

November 22, 2016

5:30pm, February 2014. A backyard in the Wimmera region, VIC.

The long, spiky grass crackled like fireworks under my bare feet as I danced around the oven-hot concrete pathway to the Hills Hoist. I usually avoided doing anything at all after school, but I needed undies...

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