I’m Paul Walsh. I’ve taught English in Poland, the Balkans and Saudi Arabia and I currently work in Berlin, Germany.
After completing my TESOL diploma I caught the blogging bug and with two other Diploma grads started a blog for TESOL diploma candidates.
Why did you decide to do this blog?
I got into a rut working here in Germany, not really developing. This was an attempt to cultivate some originality and overcome some inertia.
And I’m glad to say it worked!
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 syllabus and materials. And so a new blog was born…
Now I’m interested in spreading decentralised teaching and learning – reaching out to other teachers.
See below for a ‘dummies guide’ (click on Options to adjust settings).
What brought you to Decentralisation?
While completing my M.A. I became interested in themes such as Globalisation, the influence of the E.U. 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 Learner Autonomy movement.
Describe Decentralised Teaching in one sentence…
The central tenet of Decentralised Teaching would be:
Devolving power, resources and responsibility down to the learner in order to optimise learning.
Where else do you hang out?
You can also catch me on:
I’m also the founder of Berlin Language Worker GAS (grassroots association), an informal, grassroots group aiming to improve working conditions for language workers in Berlin.
Take a look at our new website!
I also founded Teachers as Workers SIG – here is our G+ group – you can join the discussion group by clicking on the logo on the right; there’s also a signup for our mailing list (no spam, leave when you want).
My new project is Teacher Stories – where ELT teachers get to tell their own stories.
Do you have a story to tell?
Look forward to hearing from you – spread the decentralised word!