Hello and Happy New Year (when is it too late to say HNY? Is it already too late??)
I was the first ever BBC Learning English teacher blogger, way back in 2006 and have blogged a couple of times since then, so, if we've met before, nice to see you again!
Last time I blogged, my daughter Clara helped me out by making short videos of our house and York, where we live. She is WAY too busy with her own things now to make videos for me, but I did manage to get her permission to publish her photo here... Here she is, with her older brother, Rian. As some of the other bloggers have already said, children do grow up fast.
2010 felt like a busy year, but now I look back on it, I'm not quite sure what took up all my time... Do you ever feel like that? Busy, but not sure why? I did manage to finish writing my first book though, with a colleague from York St John University and another from the University of EL Paso, Texas in the US. It comes out on February the 9th and I am very, very excited! We are planning an interactive website where teachers of additional languages will be able to talk to speech and language therapists, literacy teachers, forensic linguists, dictionary writers, translators and so on. Basically, anyone who works with language will be able to share ideas.
In the spirit of learning from other language professionals, I interviewed my friend Chandy, who used to be an English language teacher and is now a speech and language therapist. You can see the interview here. One of the things Chandy mentions is how the way we speak influences what people think of our personality. On that topic, I'm really looking forward to seeing a film that has just come out in York about the friendship between King George VI and a speech therapist who cured him of a bad stammer, The King's Speech. Have you seen it? I'll let you know what I think when I've been!
Talk to you again later in the month....