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And this Reflector is who?

Hello, I’m Jemma Gardner, the person behind these reflections. I have been in this TEFL world for about 4 years now, starting off at ITTC and BEET in Bournemouth, England and then moving over to Hamburg, Germany in 2008. Since being here, I have worked in a freelance capacity, supporting students in-house at different companies; exam students working towards public exams such as IELTS and Cambridge Main Suite; and lots of general English too.

I completed my Delta in 2010 through the Distance Delta programme and have since become a Celta trainer working at the Hamburg School of English until February this year when I moved to London to work at St George International. 

I am interested in unplugged teaching approaches as I believe (having learnt the hard way) that the people in the room are what makes it all interesting, not what’s on the paper you take in with you. That said, I also find using authentic written material a great source of inspiration for me and my students and finding new ways to go about incorporating it into my classroom whilst still remaining unplugged continues to offer me fresh challenges.

This blog includes some of my reflections and responses to this ever-demanding world of English language teaching. Please do comment on my postings, I’m interested to hear what you have to say.

Thanks for reading!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2013 3:49 pm

    Interesting reflections on here 🙂 Came across your blog whilst looking for fluency articles as I am too, driving myself slightly insane by doing the DELTA. Last observation tomorrow so fingers crossed and I will come back to read more when I have time (after June 5th) 😀

  2. October 10, 2014 6:50 pm

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  3. Jer Hill permalink
    April 27, 2015 5:03 am

    Hello Jemma,

    I stumbled across your interesting blog while looking into just what the heck is Dogme.

    I have a quick question for you: would you be able to speak to to what extent Americans involved in TESOL have heard of Dogme, let alone have tried it out?

    It seems like Dogme, like its creator, are more of a hit across the pond in the UK with the CELTA/DELTA crowd. Am I right? I’m getting my MA TESOL at a US university right now and it doesn’t seem like Thornbury or Dogme or Meddings or other bigger ELT names are even on the radar of a lot of American U professors. Recently, I started mentioning the names Thornbury and Harmer to some of my professors (I got a faint nod of recognition but that’s it) and then I mentioned Dogme and Teaching Unplugged (nothing). My professors know everyone in their respective fields but who they know outside of their fields, well, depends. Surely Dogme has been represented at the big international TESOL conferences, but has this translated into Americans really knowing or caring about this particular teaching philosophy?

    Thank you so much for your great blog! I will keep reading 🙂

    (Note: I asked another blogger a similar question… because at the moment I don’t know where to get started answering the question!)


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