“Not all who wander are lost”. J R R Tolkien
I’m Paul Walsh, originally from the UK, and I’ve taught English in Poland, the Balkans, Saudi Arabia. I’m currently working in Berlin, Germany.
After completing my TESOL diploma in 2011 I caught the blogging bug and with two other Diploma grads started a blog for TESOL dip candidates here.
Why did you decide to do this blog? I got into a rut working here in Germany, not really developing in any particular direction.
This blog is an attempt to cultivate some originality and overcome some inertia.
I started teaching a Business English class in a Berlin startup where the learners were very receptive to new ideas, and I had compete control over the syllabus and materials.
And so a new blog was born…
What brought you to Decentralisation?
While completing my Master’s I became interested in themes such as globalisation, influence of the EU and Decentralisation. This led me me to create the concept of Decentralisation in ELT, as I believe that the teaching of languages is over-centralised.
What teaching approaches have influenced you?
I have been especially influenced by Task-based learning, the Lexical Approach, Dogme/ Teaching Unplugged and the ongoing influence of the somewhat older Learner Autonomy movement.
Describe Decentralised Teaching in one sentence…
I think the central tenet of Decentralised Teaching would be
‘devolving power down to the learner in order to optimise learning‘.
Looking forward to your comments!