Helpful resources for language teachers and students, writers and translators

I built this site as somewhere I can provide you with helpful resources.

But it’s become clear that I need to update and migrate thanks to a broken WordPress installation. Images and uploaded files in the media library have gone missing (they are still there in the back-end!) Plus, WordPress plugins only partially function. This is the third time software problems have got in the way of a smoothly functioning site.

This time, I’ve taken the time to sit and think about the direction I want to take this site in the long term.

Limitations: time & energy

I receive many requests each week for cheat sheets, lesson plans and tips from teachers, students and writers from around the world. Both via this site and from my articles on the Hubpages sites. As I’ve been recovering from the cancer operations, I only had enough energy for my day job.

But I have become more and more disgruntled with the limited scope of tasks assigned to me. I don’t want only to write and translate, but also to help language teachers, students and more. I want to produce useful resources that you can use in your studies, when teaching classes or simply to have fun with language. Creating such helpful resources to make teaching and learning fun is something I’ve loved doing ever since I was a teenager teaching music and music theory.

Unfortunately as I’m not actually teaching right now, any new resources I create need to be developed around the jobs that pay my monthly bills.

But I want to help teachers & students!

Recently, I’ve discovered platforms like Patreon and Teachable which let everyone support creators of videos, art, training courses, etc. Places where you can access resources that you find valuable, for just a tiny fee or monthly commission. Having seen a few of my friends successfully transition to such platforms, helped nurture this idea.

I could create lesson plans, puzzles, conversation prompts, language games, teaching and translation tips, writing prompts and more! My patrons’ small contributions would help me reduce my reliance on a day job AND let me let me regularly create teaching and learning resources for you. This is an idea that makes me excited and happy!

So…. here’s a preview of my super-secret Patreon project!

 

New resources: Patreon now live!

You can become a patron now to receive English-language self-study and teaching resources. I am looking forward to growing this community and am very grateful for your support.

Teachers and students will be free to use these resources as they are provided, to teach language classes or to study. But these resources can not be used reproduced for commercial purposes, or submitted as material for their secondary or tertiary assessments.

I do plan to migrate the free resources from this website before I rebuild this site, but they’ll be public (free) posts there too.