I’m Luke. I’m an Academic Co-ordinator for a company based in England. We send teachers out all around Europe to teach short courses in state and private schools, and my role is to equip them with all the information and resources they need. I no longer do much teaching, but I have a lot of fun writing materials for our teachers to use.
I joined the English teaching industry in 2008, with a two-year stint in Japanese elementary schools. In 2011 I got CELTA-qualified in Hamburg, followed by several years of being constantly on the move; during this time I worked in Poland, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, the UK and China. Most of my work was with teenagers on short, intensive courses and during this time I got interested in the practice of lesson planning and creating content and activities for use in the classroom.
In 2015-16 I worked in a small and well-resourced school in Andorra, where I got the opportunity to use an online platform to create lessons based on current news, viral videos and the kinds of social memes that get students talking.
Since then, the ideas on this blog have been stewing in my mind. I hope you’ll find them useful.
A note on copyright
All of the written content here is freely available and you may download, copy, store or print it: if you do this, please add a note acknowledging it as my work. You may not re-upload or republish any of this material on any other website nor use it for any commercial purposes other than teaching it to a class.
Most of the photos and videos on this site are not mine and the copyright belongs to their respective owners.
I’m Ayah. I’ve worked as a developer and project manager for several companies in my home city of Cairo. I’ve also taught Arabic and English, but my main focus is software. I’m helping Luke to design and market this site and also giving him a kick up the backside when he gets lazy!