When I saw this question on Walton Burns' website, it made me pause and reflect on what it must be like to be an ESL student, and how as teachers, we may contribute to our students' boredom. I had the pleasure of interviewing Walton who is an experienced teacher, materials writer and the Chair of the Materials Writer Interest Section of TESOL. Find out what happened when a brave student piped up about Two Truths and a Lie.
Here is my interview:
Thank you for doing this interview Walton. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?
At the moment, I do some freelance tutoring mainly for international students or adults living in the area New Haven area of Connecticut, USA but I’m currently doing more materials writing as it allows me to spend time with my son.
How long have you been teaching?
I began teaching in 2001 when I traveled to Vanuatu in the Peace Corps and I started writing materials professionally in 2007.
Can you describe a typical working day?
After breakfast, I...