Creativity & The Mother Tongue: Interview with Chia Suan Chong at IATEFL Liverpool 2013

Published on Apr 11, 2013

Chia is one of the TeachingEnglish award winning bloggers (http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/fea…), She talks about how we can keep our students motivated in class; how we can encourage students to speak in English and what we should do when they only want to speak in their mother tongue and how we can get creative in the classroom.

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About Chia Suan Chong

Hi, I’m Chia Suan, but most people call me Chia.

I am a communication skills and intercultural skills trainer, a Business English specialist and an EFL teacher trainer based in Munich. I was teaching General English, Business English and exam classes in London from 2003 – 2012, working mainly at International House London. But since my move to Munich, I now work freelance, dealing with in-company corporate training, and intensive teacher training and intercultural training workshops and seminars.

Aside from my original Bachelor degree in Communication Studies (Broadcast and Electronic Media) and my CELTA and DELTA qualifications, I also have a LCCI Cert TEB in teaching Business English, and a MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching from King’s College London where my dissertation focused on politeness in intercultural communication and ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) scenarios.

I am interested in teaching approaches and methodologies, especially in Dogme and coursebook-less classrooms, ELF and Sociolinguistics, and am fascinated with the interplay between culture, communication, language and thought. As a result, I find myself writing a lot about these topics in blogs and journals (see below). In addition to being the regular blogger of ELTKnowledge.com (the official website of ELT journals ETp and MET), I also am involved in materials development of language teaching resources and consultancy for training organisations.

Aside from communications training and and teacher training e.g. running CELTA and CERT IBET courses, I spend a lot of my time blogging, tweeting (@chiasuan), and Skyping. I have spoken at several conferences (see below) about Dogme and unplugged teaching, using technology with Dogme, ELF, politeness and pragmatics, intercultural awareness, Second Language Acquisition (SLA), and drama in classrooms.

Almost nothing excites me more than having a passionate discussion about language and communication. In my free time, I am an avid DVD collector and like wasting my time staring at my 500-600 DVD collection arranged in alphabetical order.

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF. Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty one (61) books, all available on Amazon http://amzn.to/Qxmoec . The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
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