Interviews

6Things in 6Questions: Starring Lindsay Clandfield

 Lindsay Clandfield

Lindsay Clandfield is a teacher, teacher trainer and international author from Canada. He is the main author of  award-winning and critically acclaimed adult course Global (2010) and was a part of the author team for the popular Straightforward Series. Lindsay has won prestigious recognition for his writing, most notably for Global and Dealing with Difficulties (with co-author Luke Prodromou) both of which earned him a visit to Buckingham Palace to receive an award from the Duke of Edinburgh.

After teaching in Mexico, Spain and the UK Lindsay began his writing career with the website Onestopenglish. He became a regular after winning the Lesson Share competition three times in a row.

Lindsay has addressed teachers and given workshops in more than 20 countries. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals relating to ELT and he has written a column on language teaching for the Guardian Weekly newspaper. He was the founder of Pecha Kucha ELT (a form of short presentation) and creator of the popular blog 6 Things, a collection of miscellany from the world of English Language Teaching.

taken from English Raven – Lindsay and another rather admirable fellow we all know, Luke Meddings, have just officially launched The Round, ‘an independent collective of creative individuals in English language teaching’ which ‘arose from a series of conversations about bridging the gap between blogs and books – and about the difficulty of placing innovative, niche or critical materials with the big ELT publishers.’

Lindsay still teaches and trains teachers in the small town of Elche in southern Spain, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

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It was in 2010 that I had the chance to listen to Lindsay Clandfield’s talk for the first time. It was about Critical Thinking. He really got my attention with both the theoretical and practical stuff in his speech.

As soon as I heard he was going to be at the IATEFL SIG  conference in Istanbul, I knew it was the right time to interview him.

Even though he didn’t have much time as he had to catch his flight to Cyprus, somehow he created the time for the interview and made me the happiest girl at the conference. Such a gentleman!

The name of the post was inspired by Lindsay’s blog ‘6 Things‘…

I asked him 6 questions and 2 extra from Işıl Boy and Adam Simpson.

I hope you like it!

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Special thanks to Devrim Özdemir for helping me with the recording.

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Mingling With The Stars Part III – Ken Wilson

Two years ago.. At ISTEK ELT Conference in Istanbul..

A Girl ..

Right after having her lunch ..

Walks around alone ..

Drinking her coffee and thinking about the pleanary talk she’s just listened to ..

Then she sees a man sitting on a bank ..

He is alone too ..

And she can tell that he is thinking of something as well ..

She walks towards him ..

Two reasons ..

She also wants to sit down for a while .. feel the sunshine on her face ..

And .. she wants to exchange words with him ..

She gets closer and closer ..

And ‘Hello’ she says with a smile on her face .. But the man ..

He stands up .. without saying anything back at her ..

She feels bad for a second .. and then she hates the man ..

…  End of story …

Well, not the end of course. It was the beginning. And I will not share what she thought about him right at that moment🙂

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This was the very first 5 minutes of my first encounter with Ken Wilson. And what happened next?

a) He understood his fault (not sure if it’s a fault) and apologized to me later on

b) He didn’t apologize to me at all and we didn’t even see each other again during the conference

c) Right after the first encounter, I found out that the next workshop I chosed to attend was .. wait for it .. HIS!

And yes. The right answer is c.

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I don’t think that I can ever  forget how I felt the moment he came into the session room.

I said to myself: ‘ Oh, no. This man again! Hope he doesn’t recognize me or sits close to me.’ And yes, he didn’t recognize me (no reason for him to do so) and he didn’t sit anywhere close to me because he directly walked to the teacher’s desk and started to do things with the computer there. At that second – finally – I found out who Ken Wilson was..

The session went pretty good! I remember him giving examples of using music in the classroom. At first, I admit, I prejudged him. But later on, he made me forget about everything. He was a good speaker first of all and the activities he showed us really got my attention. At the end of the workshop, he completely changed the way I felt about him earlier.

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A couple of months ago, I shared this memory of mine with him. And when I told him that he didn’t say ‘Hello’ back at me, he said, ‘I did it on purpose.’

No, he didn’t actually say that🙂

He said, ‘ I didn’t even hear you saying that. I must have been thinking about the workshop I was going to do in 15 minutes.’

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Since then, I’ve been following him every way that I can. Facebook, Twitter, his blog.. And so far what I see is that people love him! Why shouldn’t they?

He is a great man as well as being a teacher, teacher trainer, script and ELT book writer. He used to be a performer, sketch-writer and artistic director of the English Teaching Theatre. For more information you can check his blog.

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All right.. I know I talked too much but I had to. I have so many things to say when it comes to Ken Wilson. 2 years passed and here we are in Izmir ITK Conference. This time talking to each other🙂   I will always be grateful to him as he encouraged me to do these interviews you watched . And you can’t even imagine how much I enjoyed doing it! Thank you very much Ken Wilson!

Here is a picture of us together right after the interview.

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And finally, the video.. Special thanks to Müge Bilgili (@MugeBilgili) as she helped me to do the recording. You’ll probably remember her from Ken Wilson’s post  ‘IATEFL Glasgow looms- so here’s a suggestion about your presentation..’

I guess this video is the best one compared to the other first two. Because finally I act normal!  Maybe I just got used to it. Yes, must be it! Enjoy!

PS: Dear Ken, I’m sorry as I distracted you as soon as you start talking saying ‘posing’🙂

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Four of us at the cocktail… And once again I want to thank them all!

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I hope you liked the interviews.. And I must admit that I really liked doing them..

So I know this was just the beginning..🙂

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Mingling With The Stars Part II – Jeremy Harmer

I can hear you say…

‘ I thought I was going to read about Jeremy Harmer.. So where does this unhappy girl come from all of a sudden? ‘

Dear reader,

That is a picture of me taken almost 4 years ago right before the micro-teaching I was supposed to do for the Teaching Skills lesson..

Still what does it have to do with Jeremy Harmer ?

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Well .. That year was the year I heard his name for the very first time. His ‘How To Teach’ book was our best friend for a whole school year while we were taking ‘ Teaching Skills ‘ classes at the university. Between you and me , we –me and my classmates- didn’t like Her, those days. She was a hard one to understand, and this was enough for us to hate her. Looking back, I can easily say that we didn’t really get what she was trying to say..

Even though we weren’t the best friends at those days, I know that we are NOW. And only now I truely understand her when we talk from time to time..

And Jeremy Harmer .. He was only an author for me back then. I didn’t know he was also a poet, musician (check his pictures), teacher trainer, conference presenter, seminar leader and and many other things..

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If you want to know a little more about his life before ELT, you can go and check his website.

Enough of my talk. It’s high time to watch the interview. But one thing I should tell you before watching it -. As it was the coffee break right after his talk, there were lots of people around- . I admit that the sound quality is not the best, but it is still worth watching!🙂

PS: Compared to my Luke Prodromou interview, you’ll find that I have less strange moves. But this time I was very quick asking questions as we didn’t want to miss Ken Wilson’s talk! All was in a hurry, but I hope you like it!

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In February, I was amazed by his performance ‘Bent and broken into a better shape: the magical storytelling of Charles Dickens’ . If you haven’t watched it, here it is !

Bent and broken into a better shape: the magical storytelling of Charles Dickens

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Thank you for stopping by !🙂

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Mingling With The Stars Part I – Luke Prodromou

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This interview thing.. like Jeremy Taylor said, it was like being with the stars!

It all started when I wanted to write a guest post on Ken Wilson’s blog. The plan was to interview him and then post it. After some brainstorming, he encouraged me to interview L. Prodromou and J.Harmer as well.. I sent an e-mail to them and both agreed. Thank you guys! And Thank you J.Taylor for giving me a title for the post!

Well.. So here I am.. writing the first interview post..

I asked these three amazing men the same questions and did it outside the walls as we wanted it to be as natural as it can be. That is why you will sometimes hear some other people laughing or talking .. just ignore them!

So here we go…

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Right before the interview

It was Friday evening that I really started to feel nervous as I was going to interview Luke Prodromou, Jeremy Harmer and Ken Wilson the very next day.. I had the chance to listen to and exchange couple words with J. Harmer and K. Wilson once in 2010.

But Luke Prodromou.. Even though I read his work on some websites, I’ve never seen him or listened to any of his talks before until that day.. This fact – of course – didn’t help me to feel any better.

On Saturday morning, we finally met. As soon as I introduced myself to him right after his pleanary, he did his best to comfort me and all my worries were gone. We had the lunch together, attended a workshop and finally did the interview. It was wonderful to talk about teaching, and even better- just random stuff!

I will cut it short, so you can watch the video! I could ask questions about ELT.. But you can easily find out their ideas on teaching just reading their blogs or listening to their talks or simply just reading their books.. So that’s why I asked these questions. What are they? Well, click and see it yourself.. I hope you like it!

PS: I was super excited so please ignore my weird moves🙂

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One thing I want to share ..

Luke Prodromou is a foundee- member of the Disabled Access-Friendly campaign. You can go and check the website, Disabled Access-Friendly, which provides teachers with free teaching material that can be used in class, for projects or examination practice, but at the same time stimulates students to put themselves in the shoes of someone with a mobility/disability, for a better understanding of their needs and feelings.

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Next interview post will be about Jeremy Harmer..

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