CONTENT+ EDucation + IB + ENGlish
= CONTENTED BEING
My name is Alan and I am the creator of all of the resources on this site.
In my 34 years as an educator, I have been a primary school teacher, a secondary school teacher, a teacher trainer, and a content writer for education companies.
During my career, I've taught First Language English, IGCSE English as a Second Language, IB English B, EAL, and ESL test-preparation classes that include IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge FCE, PET, KET and the Young Learners tests.
I am also an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed novelist, playwright, poet, screenplay writer, and creator of poetry videos.
I am constantly curious about the craft of teaching, and always researching ways to make my classes more engaging, relevant and student-focused.
Here is a sample of my notes made this year as part of my personal CPD endeavors.
All of the resources on this site, therefore, use a wide range of established second language acquisition methodologies and a distillation of many years of teaching experience. My lessons and my Mentor Texts are not AI-generated.
It is my hope that these resources will benefit not just your students, but will also provide you with a wide range of teaching strategies and ideas to enhance your good practice.
My approach to teaching English B is slightly different to others: instead of teaching text types through the topics, I explore the themes through text types.
In other words, I make the production of the text type the main focus of my planning.
I also strongly believe that students should work harder than the teacher during the lesson - which is why all of my resources make the students do the work, freeing you up to support them.
Now that AI apps and programs are able to write convincing texts, it is imperative that we, as IB English B teachers, encourage students to make the entire writing process from brainstorming, researching, planning, drafting and re-drafting absolutely visible.
Therefore, I have written a series of workbooks wherein students handwrite the entire writing process using guided prompts, worksheets, task cards, answer templates and planning pages.
Because I thoroughly enjoy the writing process, and because I want to be able to explain that process to my students, I can assure you I have written each mentor text without the aid of any artificial intelligence writing software, websites, apps, or programmes.
Oh, the name 'Contented Being' is aspirational: I hope it will describe you after your have purchased and used the resources. :-)
I am always looking for constructive feedback to improve the quality of my work.
You're welcome to contact me with any questions or suggestions.
Have a great year!
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