I am an English as a Second Language Teacher & Author of 'English is Stupid' & 'Backpacker's Guide to Teaching English'
Hey reddit! I am an ESL teacher and author. Because I became dissatisfied with the old-fashioned way English was being taught, I founded Thompson Language Center. I wrote the curriculum for Speaking English at Sheridan College and published my course textbook English is Stupid, Students are Not. An invitation to speak at TEDx in 2009 garnered international attention for my unique approach to teaching speaking. Currently it has over a quarter of a million views. I've also written the series called The Backpacker's Guide to Teaching English, and its companion sound dictionary How Do You Say along with a mobile app to accompany it. Ask Me Anything.
Edit: I've been answering questions for 5 hours and I'm having a blast. Thank you so much for all your questions and contributions. I have to take a few hours off now but I'll be back to answer more questions as soon as I can.
Edit: Ok, I'm back for a few hours until bedtime, then I'll see you tomorrow.
Edit: I was here all day but I don't know where that edit went? Anyways, I'm off to bed again. Great questions! Great contributions. Thank you so much everyone for participating. See you tomorrow.
Edit: After three information-packed days the post is finally slowing down. Thank you all so much for the opportunity to share interesting and sometimes opposing ideas. Yours in ESL, Judy