The following interview is part of an interview series in which we feature education professionals from a variety of different fields in order to highlight individual efforts and creative solutions to education in the 21st century. If you want to participate simply write down and send your answers to the five below questions to info {at} learnoutlive.com and include a picture of yourself. (Please note that we reserve the right to not publish all submissions)

1. Who are you and what do you do in education?

Well… The one who loves wearing skirts and earrings! Also, I work as an English language private tutor and consultant. Working with people from their late teens up to late adulthood, I currently specialize is providing 1-on-1 tutoring in General English combined with learning skills development and personal growth. It´s my mission to show people who are sometimes trying to learn English for many years with no result, that the problem is not in them – it is in the unsuitable, way too analytical methods they may have been using. I help the learner to reflect on their true motivation for learning and also on the main blocks they have. Of course it´s usually speaking blocks. Once identified, we work towards finding out where they come from and overcoming them using effective, yet simple tools like holistic learning and relaxation techniques. My courses are led completely without course books. Instead, I use interesting and fun internet resources and mainly, I encourage people to go “out in the world” and socialize in English!
My vision in education is not to teach anyone English but to help them know how to learn by themselves in a fun way, why. I´m convinced that this is the only way we learn languages: through dialogue and social interaction but by ourselves. This is actually how we have been doing since day 1 in our lives.

2. Describe a typical work day in your life!

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I get up at 7 and feed my two pet rabbits. I have been happy enough to find an appartment with my own teaching room so I can work eco-friendly from home. My tutorings start at around 9 – on the spot or via Skype. In the afternoon I feed back on the lessons, both for me and the learners, summarizing what we have been doing and where to go next. I am kind of a lighthouse who sheds light on the process of learning so that the learner would not get lost or lose motivation. I say it is vital to enjoy the journey but it is also good to know where we want to go. Next to preparing the courses, I spend a great deal of time searching for new learning resources both online and in the city of Prague.

3. In what way has technology in general and the net in particular changed your work?

Oh dear, it has changed my work a great deal! I have found that learning a language does not need to mean only doing exercises in a course book (though I used to love them as well – I loved everything about English:-) It can include the more fun things like watching videos and singing songs. More importantly, thanks to the net, you can make sure that the English you are dealing with, is up to date. As a professional, I have benefited from the net in the sense that it has enabled me to reach my target audience – learners who are really willing to make a progress – and not just “attend a course”. Those are the ones I can help most, for you know what they say: “If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you.” I can teach people who live far away from me through Skype, I can share tools with them that are widely accessible, and I can create my own tools like teaching videos. Last but not least, it means to me a wealth of knowledge of modern teaching methods and also a place of networking with like-minded teachers.

4. What challenges do you see for education in the future?

The challenge will be that there will be so much information available (if it is not already happening) and this shall pose two questions. One, will the traditional teaching at school desks lose all its sense? And two, will we know how to manage this overload of information? My view is the one that the school system will have to be transformed into helping children (and people) develop their true potential and present them with opportunities to learn rather than function as a transmitter of facts of knowledge. Information will be widely accessible but we will have to learn (or teach children) how to learn best by themselves.

5. Where can we find you online?

My blog: lotusenglish.cz
My Facebook site: facebook.com/lotusenglish
My YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UCbr9mdbVUNOCdLUbGn3Zkcg