This time I interviewed Guido (a.k.a @europeaantje). I met Guido on Twitter, and had the pleasure of tweeting him this year , at the TESOL Spain Convention in Madrid in March. Guido is from Belgium but lives in Sevilla , you can find him on twitter and he has a toolshed somewhere too. Many thanks to Guido because he took the time to be interviewed, even though he's planning a big move! A big #FF to YOU!
1) If your students were to label you with 3 adjectives, what might they be?
I asked my teenage students. This is what they said:
2) What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
the usual breakfast food, sandwich fillings, yoghurt, veggies and some left-over gazpacho;
the special homemade candy to make brigadeiro …. and lots of drinks (the local Cruzcampo beer, summer wine etc) for our Big Farewell Do in the park Sunday 19 June. Guido and his family are moving back to his native Belgium this summer in search of an even brighter future...
3) If you weren’t a teacher, what might your profession be?
A postman, a builder or a fruit farmer (nearly became one in New Zealand)
4) What do you find most difficult about the teaching profession, or What has been your most difficult class as a teacher?
The most difficult part of being an EFL teacher in Spain is getting to the end of the month with the money I make. Something´s that been grating me for a long time is the fact that a teacher who contributes to the education of children and adds value to society makes infinitely less than bankers who shift other people´s money and immerse the planet in an economic crisis that others need to try and pay their way out of.
I can´t remember ever having taught a really difficult class but that is probably saying more about my memory than about the classes I´ve had.
5) What was the last book/movie you read/saw, and what have you seen/read way too many times?
Last books: the Spanish translation of “O Homem Duplicado” by José Saramago and “The Stories of English” by David Crystal.
Last movie: I can´t watch movies til the end. I can´t help but see people pretending to be someone they are not.
Seen too often: Here´s a real Belgian. After too many viewings my kids now think this is their grandfather. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QksqWRqEfy0
We met online on twitter and you did a presentation at TESOL Spain in March about Twitter so, my extra question to you is, What are the top three reasons teachers should use Twitter?
● to learn and develop professionally
● to connect, share and collaborate
● to have fun (and make conference going more fun)
There´s real people behind those funny names:
@bcnpaul1=Paul; @fuertesun=you!; @sallyswinfen=Sally; she who doesn´t tweet=Alison; @lingliziya=Kirsten; esolcourses=Sue; @michelleworgan=Michelle