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Sue Woodward

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Meet Sue, our onestopenglish diarist for the 2013-4 term! Sue taught German and French in UK secondary schools and set up her own tutoring business before turning to ELT. After moving to the Auvergne region of France four years ago, she managed to secure a variety of teaching work, including young learners, Business English telephone lessons and group lessons in industrial or commercial locations - despite her remote location at 1,200 metres altitude. She is a member of an online writers’ group and enjoys penning short stories.

Sue's diary entries

  • Diary from France: A life less ordinary

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her winning first diary entry, Sue Woodward talks about her varied experience of teaching English in rural France and the importance of dressing for the snowy winter in Auvergne!

  • Diary from France: In working order

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her second diary entry, Sue Woodward prepares for the academic year and exhausts her one-to-one student with an enthusiast first lesson.

  • Diary from France: Communication is everything

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her third diary entry, Sue Woodward tells us about an intensive course with her print work students who face their fears of communicating in English.

  • Diary from France: Technically speaking

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her fourth diary entry, Sue Woodward gives us some insight into teaching technical English to students who work in an industrial setting.

  • Diary from France: Telephone lessons in the snow

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her fifth diary entry, Sue Woodward shares tips on preparation and the practicalities of giving telephone lessons. Her cat tries to get involved too!

  • Diary from France: Mathilde

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her sixth diary entry, Sue Woodward reminisces about a past student who asked for her help to pass a challenging university English exam.

  • Diary from France: 'Les petits'

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her seventh diary entry, Sue Woodward is faced with the challenge of teaching a group of young learners ranging in age from five to ten. How does she cope?

  • Diary from France: Swapping shoes

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her eighth diary entry, Sue Woodward remembers first moving to France and how it helped her to empathize with struggling students.

  • Diary from France: The good, the bad and the hot cross buns

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her ninth diary entry, Sue Woodward shares her experiences of teaching two very different groups of adult learners.

  • Diary from France: Friends or enemies?

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her tenth diary entry, Sue Woodward takes us through some of her common class misunderstandings and pronunciation difficulties.

  • Diary from France: Where is Brian?

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her eleventh diary entry, Sue Woodward tells us about the start of the summer in Issoire and what makes her beginner students laugh.

  • Diary from France: A look back

    Author: Sue Woodward Type: Article

    In her twelfth diary entry, Sue Woodward reflects on her year of teaching English in France.

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