Lifelong Language learner
My name is Mathew Armstrong. I work as a teacher trainer in Beijing and help English teachers. Most of my work week involves observing teachers, assessing written assignments, and giving lots of feedback.
For the last few years I’ve been working mostly as a Celta, Celt-S, and Celt-P tutor. Beforehand I worked as an English teacher of all ages and spent some time in ELT management getting my hands dirty and learning a lot in a short time. When I teach I enjoy a variety of class types and ages.
On my journey into teacher training, I have tried a lot and I’d like to share that here. Teaching language and studying languages are my passion.
I started learning French in seventh grade and then decided to learn Spanish as well in high school. By the time I graduated from university, I had reached the equivalent of the fourth semester of university study in Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian. I’ve had my fair share of success and failure in language learning. During the past three years I’ve developed a range of study habits with using the 4 Strands with at least 20 other languages. I insist though that I have some knowledge of many languages, but I’m only at best intermediate in a few.
This site is a way for me to share my experiences and help others who are on the same road as me.
More about me
I was born and raised in the States where I had a monolingual upbringing. After finishing university I went to China to further my learning of Mandarin and I fell into teaching. For the past six or seven years I’ve been living in abroad. When I’m not studying or doing anything language-related, I’m taking care of my messy turtle name Libai, cycling all over the place, cooking up strange dishes in the kitchen, and trying new ways to get healthier and more fit.