Contact: glenys.hanson at wanadoo.fr
I’ve always enjoyed trying out new ideas and dealing with challenges. So I was lucky I spent most of my professional life working in an institution where I was almost totally free to experiment as I wished in the classroom.
Career at the CLA
I taught English as a foreign language at the Centre de linguistique appliquée of the Université de Franche-Comté in France from 1977 to 2010, mainly in adult education, but also with university and high school students.
The Silent Way
Not long before I arrived at the CLA, I had come across the Silent Way and embarked on a journey of exploration and discovery which is far from over 40 years later. This post-constructivist pedagogy provided me with mental tools which enabled me to put my students in situations where they could take responsibility for their own learning.
These ideas have inspired me to apply the concepts of subordinating teaching to learning to the creation of on-line interactive exercises. It’s not easy and though I’ve made hundreds of Hot Potatoes exercises I’m far from satisfied with the results. While I was working at the CLA, I created English Online France, a site of resources for people learning English and their teachers. It’s been redesigned but most of the content I created remains the same. I also had the opportunity of creating alnd running a dozen on-line distance courses in the same spirit..
At the same time, I created a site for the association Une Education Pour Demain from 2001-2013 but it was redesigned in 2014 and the content is now different.
At the moment, I’m revamping and moving the English Grammar Exercises and English Pronunciation Exercises to the ESL EXOS website and doing my best to improve them: pedagogically, technically and aesthetically. I have a Glenys Hanson YouTube account which I use mainly to publish video tutorials showing students how to do the exercises.
My objective in creating this new blog is to make it easier for language teachers in search of new ideas to find resources.
This short video might give you some idea of how I worked in the classroom.