Jellybeanqueen: A TEFL blog

a story about bad grammar and non-existent punctuation and my TEFL adventures

About me

This is it, this is me and this is, essentially, the inside of my head.

Ever since I can remember, I have had a fascination for language. Words, sentences, grammar – any language will do, but English in particular

Very cleverly then, the powers that be conspired with the universe so that I managed to fall into the world of TEFL teaching, and before I knew it, I was in love.

Since 2003 I have been travelling the world, teaching, learning and generally being that annoying person that points out spelling mistakes. I have delved into the world of materials writing, written a coursebook and so decided I should probably join the 21st century and write a blog.

So this is what this is. A trip down memory lane, a reconstruction of my time spent in classrooms in Thailand, China, England, Spain and South Africa. While now I am based in Cape Town, I am trying to tame my itchy feet by experiencing my journey all over again.

Welcome to my world and my life. Enjoy the journey.

10 comments on “About me

  1. layaaiesha
    March 19, 2015

    I’m really interested in doing a TEFL course over the summer! Your blog is awesome! Tells it like it is.

  2. Kirsten C
    March 19, 2015

    Thanks for visiting my blog – glad you like it 🙂 If there are any specific questions you have, let me know and I can see if I can address them. You are about to start a very exciting journey!!

  3. Viv
    March 31, 2015

    Hi Kirsten, It’s lovely to see your blog and read about your TEFL travels and experiences. It’s a great idea.
    I have a blog too – it’s a site for students to practise their listening.
    http://www.englishoneminute.com
    Will keep checking in.
    Viv x

    • Kirsten C
      April 1, 2015

      Hi Viv! So nice to hear from you! Your site is great, by the way. Hope things are going well for you. much love K.

  4. Celta in Ecuador
    May 30, 2015

    Hola from Ecuador … we just set up our CELTA blog today (a techy challenge if ever there was one – for me, anyway!), as on Monday we started the first CELTA course ever to run in the lovely city of Cuenca … I am ‘following’ your blog, Kirsten, as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed what I’ve read so far and think our trainees might find it enlightening …. we have one course now and two later in the year, so hopefully our blog will develop into something as substantial as yours with the passing months!
    PS – love that grafitti

  5. Kirsten C
    May 31, 2015

    Thanks for the rad message 🙂 It’s always nice to hear what’s going on in other parts of the world. Hopefully your trainees will enjoy reading my blog and find something inspirational!

    Looking forward to your blog.

  6. Sarah
    May 15, 2016

    I love your blog. It’s so useful, especially as I’m just really starting out in TEFL. I’ve nominated your blog for a Liebster Award if you’re interested so everyone knows you’ve got something good going on! http://guttertoglobe.com/liebster-award/. Whether you accept it or not, I look forward to keeping reading.

    • Kirsten C
      May 16, 2016

      Sarah – thanks so much 🙂 Will get around to formally accepting it this weekend. Thanks for making my Monday that much more awesome!

  7. geoffjordan
    July 16, 2016

    Great photo!

    • Kirsten C
      July 20, 2016

      Thanks Geoff! I found it while walking the streets of Kuala Lumpur and I couldn’t resist 🙂

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