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Vicky Turner

At the time of writing this diary, Vicky was an ESOL teacher in Vermont, USA.

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  • Desert islands

    Author: Vicky Turner Type: Reference material

    Today I arrived in the old annexe room to find a nice new whiteboard in place of the shoddy old thing that was all scratched to pieces and the size of a postage stamp. It was almost too large to fit into the corner where the old one precariously perched on its ailing metal legs. I am both delighted and horrified. Whilst doing my CELTA qualification, my ‘whiteboard management’ was always on my list of action points. I could never seem to stick to my plan, and the carefully considered ...

  • It don't hurt much ma'am

    Author: Vicky Turner Type: Reference material

    A couple of months ago I heard on the ESOL grapevine that the Refugee Programme was looking for a tutor for their one and only Somali Bantu interpreter. In the last 6 months, a small but steady stream of Somali Bantu families have been ‘resettled’ in our small Vermont town. Their interpreter, a refugee herself, was a busy woman, spending her days with newly arrived families, helping them navigate the maze of settling into a new country. She had pretty good English I ...

  • Beginner class

    Author: Vicky Turner Type: Reference material

    On Mondays, I go to a local community centre where ESOL classes are taught by the local Adult Education Organisation. I teach a supplementary beginners class after the ‘proper’ class; the teacher sends students to me who are struggling, or just need all the help they can get with their English. Some weeks there are 2 students, some weeks there are 10. This morning my beginner class is made up of seven Somali Bantus and a married couple from Peru. The seven recently arrived ...

  • Czech mate

    Author: Vicky Turner Type: Reference material

    In the evening library class, which is a free, drop in class for any level of student (yes, very challenging), I’ve been seeing more and more European and South American au-pairs in the class in recent months. They offer horrific stories of spoilt American children and sometimes arrive late to class after last-minute babysitting schedule changes or long negotiations with their host families over use of the car to get to class. They all have good English and the class ...

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