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Jim George
Works at Cambridge English Language Assessment
Attended Lancaster University
Lives in Matsumoto, Japan
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I think without Ken Mattingly in the simulator at mission control during Apollo 13's crisis, things might not have turned out so well. He knew every inch of the space craft, from the wiring on up...
English language school in the heart of the Japanese Alps, and English language learners sharing their experiences online. Teachers post regular items about teaching, learning tools, events in the school, their day to day experiences living & working in a foreign country.
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The wandering English teacher checks into Hiroshima - only taken 27 years to get there.
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A student sends classmates a postcard from Naples
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Well, I think this is an excellent PD opportunity - instantly applicable to your teaching situation, can widen your perspectives in teaching philosophy to a more global approach, adds a notch to your all round skills, and looks very good on the CV - as you can ply your examining trade worldwide.

Apply now!
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We took a Luna group to the Lake District years ago, and stayed near Kendall. We then visited York (by train) & the Railway Museum. Everyone fell asleep watching 'Cats' in the West End after a huge meal!
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Eastern Europe has changed massively since the Berlin Wall/Iron Curtain fell in 1989. Do you think all the changes have been for the good?
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I enjoyed reading your posting on my iPhone, Reiko. I used my iPad to read it again & my PC to reply...
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Trailblazing the way to Australia, our Eleanor reports in
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Well, this event also an absolute belter!
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Nanako's page In class last week, my brother and I studied about American icons, like the Hollywood sign and the Statue of Liberty. this was easy because we lived in America and we visited lots of places. We loved living in America, and going to school ther...
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Japan also developed a robot teacher - do you think that is a good move for education & future generations of children? Or are some teachers already "robots"?
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Nice posting Yoko - a dangerous time to live in England. Who was more dangerous - Elizabeth or Mary?
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Occupation
English school owner/teacher, examiner....
Skills
English language speaking & writing assessment. English teacher recruitment, training & professional development. iOS/app/EdTech in the classroom. Exam preparation. Teaching YLEs, Business English & returnees. Proofreading medical scripts. Conference planning & implementation. Brand development. Examiner training. Event photography.
Employment
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment
    Team Leader, 2005 - present
    Cambridge English Language Assessment speaking examiner (SE) trainer (TL). Responsible to CEMs for recruiting, training, certifying, & monitoring SEs in Japan.
  • Luna International
    English school owner/teacher, examiner...., 1999 - present
    DoS & owner, senior teacher/trainer; materials developer, collector, collator; crash test dummy (piloting); curriculum & materials development, test preparation, very young learners, young learners, returnees, exam preparation & Business English. PhD thesis/Presentation/Speech/article proofreader (Surgical, Medical, Pharmaceutical, Dental, Tourism, IT, Marketing, Hospitality, Civic, Restaurant, Museum) Network mechanic, apps hunter, photographer, choreographer, SMS architect & strategist. Gardener, mechanic, DIY fixer, decorator, short-cut specialist.
  • Sasabe Kindergarten
    English experience provider, 2013 - 2015
    Targeted English language experience events to large groups (30 - 120) of very young learners. Content creation Material production LP actualisation co-teacher development day-long 'buddy' program immersion exposure parent greeting child-safety special event co-ordinator eg Xmas specials subject to ongoing negotiation
  • Club Med, Noumea, New Caledonia
    snorkelling & picnic teacher, 1991 - 1991
    Day to day job = teaching novice/non-swimmers snorkelling (to non-English speaking guests). This included 'grande performance exceptionelle' twice weekly...daily trips to off-shore island. Also generally helping out 'Sports' team. Twice weekly "Picnic Instructor" = taking 80+ guests to deserted tropical island to snorkel, have a slap up BBQ & enjoy a 'duty free' day. Was also member of 'Entertainment' staff, conducting daily restaurant passage & evening events. On stage nightly. Occasional DJ.
  • The Sheaf, Sheffield.
    bar staff, seasonal, 1984 - 1986
    Keeping some very grumpy locals happy with the state of their hand drawn Tetleys. Keeping some very childish local yobs happy with the state of their lager & cheap cocktails. Working all hours in school/uni holidays for very nice landlord.
  • Camp Blue Star, Hendersonville, NC, USA
    pot washer & assistant counsellor, 1985 - 1985
    Scrub everything spotless, 100% humidity, kosher kitchen, 3 meals/day. 1,200 eaters. Lived-in + counsellors & teen boys.
  • Binna Burra Lodges, Carnarvon Gorge, Qld, Australia
    jack of all trades, 1988
    Bus Driver (lethal, vertical shift transmission on dirt roads) Tour Guide (dawn/dusk platypus spotting, long distance gorge walks) Groundsman Maintenance Assistance Kitchen Assistant
  • Phillip Morris, Moorabbin, Melbourne, Australia
    various, 1987 - 1988
    floor sweeper, chopper/infuser (primary) packer/stacker, dogsbody (secondary) warehouseman (tertiary - bonded)
  • Shinshu JALT
    Publicity Chair, 2012 - 2015
    Maintain, develop, improve the local chapter's public image & internal flow of information to members. Tweet, FB & photograph local events Highlights: co-organising & photographing 2012 PANSIG Conference Networking Party at Matsumoto Castle photographing 2011 CALL/ER Conference & assisting hosting Photographing 2013 PANSIG Conference in Nagoya
  • Camp Blue Star, Hendersonville, NC, USA
    Chef's asssistant, 1986 - 1986
    Promotion from pot wash but short-lived; ACL/MCL surgery = camp gimp. Hosted hospitalised Mexico World Cup matches to 'not busy' colleagues, including one infamous one that broke all my stitches. Unable to walk for next 10 months.
  • Camp Blue Star, Hendersonville, NC, USA
    various, 1987 - 1987
    Undertook every job I could to repay previous year's generosity & kindness of owners, including; pre-camp & post camp staff to VIPs. Laundry supervisor Maintenance crew - inc. water divining, snake control, clean up, Cook-out crew - assist/lead kitchen crew Emergency Driver - on-call responder 4WD driver - serious off-road deliveries, search & rescue Ran x3 local 5km races
  • COERR, Phanat Nikhom, Thailand.
    English Teacher, 1992 - 1992
    Taught English to Hmong, Khmer, Vietnamese & Cham refugees in a Thai Army refugee camp. Life-changing experience. Could not afford to continue 'volunteering'. (Did try to get a job in Cambodia subsequently with UN but was bullshitted off).
  • Rubbaiyyat
    deck-hand, 1989 - 1989
    Crewed on a Ketch Fiji>Futuna>Fiji No GPS/self-steering & short-crewed. 1st scuba dive 1st Kava ceremony 1st & 2nd island circumnavigations on foot 1st Planter's Club snooker match 1st funeral 'hangi' 1st back-stay failure 1st deep sea catch (mai mai) 1st prow encounter + dolphins
  • Jude
    deck-hand, 1991 - 1991
    Concrete-hulled yacht, novice skipper. Coff's Harbour > Noumea, subsequent cruising around S. New Caledonia 1st mutiny! 1st 'hookah' dive 1st enormous off-shore sail 1st 4-day vomit! 1st ship outfitting (mechanical & provisions)
  • Fuzoku JHS, Matsumoto, Japan.
    ALT
  • Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan.
    English Teacher
  • Shinshu Language Service, Shiojiri, Nagano, Japan.
    Co-owner
  • ETC, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan.
    English Teacher
  • Sesame, Kotobuki, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
    English Teacher, 1990 - 1991
  • Moteki gumi, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
    labourer, 1993 - 1994
    Construction, cleaning, material delivery, driving, clean up...hippy crew.
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Currently
Matsumoto, Japan
Previously
Melbourne, Australia - Lancaster, Lancashire - Manchester, England - Gisbourne - Christchurch - Gladstone, Queensland - Phanat Nikhom, Thailand - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Victoria, British Columbia - Vancouver, British Columbia - Calgary, Alberta - Hendersonville, North Carolina - Sheffield, England - Miegle, Perthshire - Belfast -
Story
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Hello Google+, time for crop circles?
Introduction
I still have my backpack upstairs and would be hitching across another vast expanse of this beautiful planet - by truck, or donkey cart, yacht or plane...
Back in the real world I own the best language school. I teach a lot, frown too much, don't get enough exercise and don't earn nearly enough to support my hobbies, which amount to being a troll and tickling for fish in the castle moat.
Bragging rights
Does Guinness give you appendicitis?
Education
  • Lancaster University
    B.A. (Hons), Behaviour in Organisations, 1983 - 1986
  • IH Hastings
    CELTA, 1993 - 1993
    Probably the best preparation any professional English teacher can have...
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Luna students' room: Apollo 13 - the Ken Mattingly story
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Luna students' room: Apollo 13 and our dependence on computers
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Luna students' room: Postcard from...Hiroshima
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Luna students' room: Postcard from...Bulli, New South Wales (Australia).
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Luna students' room: A postcard to my friend
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Luna students' room: After-reading - Misako imagines planning a trip to ...
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Luna students' room: After-reading - robots in Japan
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Luna students' room: After-reading - Eastern Europe in the 1950s
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Luna students' room: After-reading - An e-mail to Queen Elizabeth
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Luna students' room: The Recent Weather in Ina
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Luna students' room: An inspiring colleague - I wish I was that good
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Luna students' room: After reading_Apollo 13
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Luna students' room: After reading – The Year of Sharing
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Luna students' room: After reading - The Children of the New Forest
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Luna students' room: New year holiday report
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Luna students' room: After-reading - film review of Elizabeth
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Luna students' room: Death in the Freezer - after-reading
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Luna students' room: Seasons and Celebrations - after-reading: a popular...
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Luna students' room: The Piano - after-reading: a letter to Mrs. Lark
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