Your teacher –
“Since qualifying as an EFL teacher in 1980, I have taught in a variety of language schools. In Singapore, for instance, I taught many Japanese students. I also have extensive experience as both a Special Needs and English Language teacher, providing learning support in mainstream Secondary Schools.
“This experience, combined with Dramatherapy training and courses on Personal Development and therapeutic teaching, inform the way I teach English. In one Secondary School I was the staff member responsible for leading a programme on SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning). This confirmed to me the importance of these factors in the learning process.
“Learning a language is a social and communicative skill. I believe that it is most effective when there is a good rapport between the teacher and student. My aim is to motivate you through the use of stimulating and creative techniques based on a sound methodology, with the most up-to-date teaching materials. In this way I am able to provide a learning environment which suits your learning style, so that you can achieve to the best of your ability.”
Your host –
Jeremy is the support for Penny’s teaching, in doing much of the housekeeping, cooking and looking after students’ needs. This includes driving to various nearby sites (such as Wells, Glastonbury and Bristol) as part of our overall programme of ‘immersion’ in English language, history and culture.
Jeremy has worked as an archaeologist at various sites over the last 45 years, specializing in industrial and urban archaeology and history in the Saxon and early Norman period in Britain (roughly between 800-1150 AD). Although retired, he still publishes books and papers in the field of history and archaeology. Many of these can be read on the web site http://jeremyhaslam.wordpress.com
Jeremy is also a photographer, and has worked at times as a professional landscape and architectural photographer. Many of his photos can be seen on the web site www.flickr.com/photos/artisan7. He also publishes series of photographic greetings cards of Bath and neighbouring places. Details of these are on the website http://landlinecards.wordpress.com .
He also organises Art and Craft Fairs in Bath on a regular basis. Information on these can be found at http://bathartists.wordpress.com