Hi! My name's Giles Parker. By way of a brief resume, I'm a dynamic EFL and ESL classroom teacher, a CELTA-qualified teacher-trainer, and an academic manager - which is like herding cats. I have 28 years teaching, training and managing experience in the UK, Asia, the USA, and now Italy, where I am based. I have published and presented research on ways teachers can improve ESL/EFL learning in a variety of forums. I developed an innovative teacher-training program for a large-scale client in the fast-food industry in the USA and led a development team to create revolutionary entrance exams at a major Japanese university during the 1990's. I was also repeatedly invited as a teacher-trainer for large-scale regional faculty development in Japan. I managed the expansion of a major (and to my mind still the best) online EFL teacher-training program in USA and guided the growth of CELTA training program there. I also managed and trained the great staff for a leading community college ESL lab - more cats!
In the EFL/ESL world it is important to have a couple of specialisms and I guess mine are focused on developing learner autonomy and learner-centered active learning strategies. I especially love the day-to-day teaching of academic composition and academic presentation for EFL and ESL students who usually have such low expectations at first but who are blown away when their writing dramatically improves, as it usually does. Another passion I have is for training and mentoring new EFL and ESL teachers. It is great to watch new teachers create better and better lessons for their students. Lastly, I really like representing the needs of ESL students to the wider community - there is a lot of misunderstanding out there. I hope this gives you a bit an insight into my background. Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to working with you in my courses.