Teaching, writing and translating

Kymberly Fergusson, writer and English teacherI’m Kymberly Fergusson, an English teacher, writer and translator, originally from Melbourne in Australia, but now based in Villingen-Schwenningen in Germany.

My working life is firmly centered around curiosity – learning, languages, teaching and creating content. My teaching career has been varied: first a music teacher as a teenager, teaching computer science and programming languages at university, computer skills to remote communities around Victoria, then English in Japan and Germany.

Between leaving my lecturer’s position and teaching in Japan, I worked as a senior technical writer at Moldflow (now Autodesk), getting my first experience of scrum and agile methods first hand. Since arriving in Germany, I’ve focused on freelance writing for IT companies and medical researchers, translation (IT, medical and legal) and photography.

Experience, education and past clients

On this site, I publish my thoughts, experiences and advice about work-related topics – languages (teaching and learning), translation, writing and editing. The blog is sporadically updated with posts as time allows.

On Patreon: Resources for teachers, students, writers and translators

As I am constantly asked to provide lesson materials, cheat sheets, etc. for English teachers and students around the world, I’ve started to make these available for a small fee over on my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/learnedwords

Patreon is a monthly subscription service where you pledge a certain amount each month and receive rewards: puzzles, tips, lesson plans, cheat sheets, handouts, discussions, Q&A posts, etc. The Discord rewards for patrons let you chat with other teachers, students, writers and translators and for the higher tier Patrons, you can join me for a cup of coffee and a chat in the voice channel.

Currently there are two months worth of conversation (or writing) prompts, puzzles, vocabulary exercises, tips and lesson plans available, and the resource library there will only keep growing! When you sign up, you receive access to all previously published posts and resources.

If you like my work, and want to get access to resources to help you teach, learn, write or translate, sneak a peek at my creative habits, ask me questions and get feedback on your writing or translations, or simply want to support me, I would love for you to become my patron!

Thank you for your support!

I am very grateful for all of the support I receive, which will enable me to put more time into creating resources to help you. And it will mean I have to take on fewer energy-draining side gigs and focus on reaching my goals, as listed on my Patreon overview.

I’ve set goals for myself to reach on Patreon too – once I reach the first one, I will introduce a new tier, especially for English teachers where I publish a full lesson plan for a 90 minute class. All patrons can see a couple of bonus lesson plans right now.