And We’re Back!

With the summer holiday over in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to get back to work! As per usual, I still have the same range of services available. These lessons can incorporate whatever interests a student has in order to facilitate their learning, and they can be done in-person or online (depending on a person’s […]


Connecting with and through Stories

Because of how school is structured, a lot of students aren’t really exposed to a wide range of texts. They’re exposed to things that, according to whatever curriculum they’re working within, are placed within a specific canon or hold a particular kind of importance to a culture or a state. That doesn’t mean these texts […]


Reading Together is Fun

For the past couple months, I’ve been reading two different manga with one of my students. This was largely their decision as an activity, though I did have to restrict it to manga that I could access and was in English. Though I call it a restriction, this really has kept things much more accessible […]


Using Silent Films

Silent films are wonderful tools. They can be used in so many ways, providing a background for discussion and story development. It allows people to talk about what they see as opposed to what they hear, which just supports people in developing a larger range of communication. Not all of us watch the same thing, whether it’s […]


Using Conversational References

Far too often, the conversations that people have during language lessons feel stilted and not at all realistic. They feel forced, which means that people are less likely to really engage in them because they feel like something they must do instead of something they want to do. This is pretty clear when you look at the […]