Teacher and writer Dr Rosemary Westwell made her first move overseas from Tasmania when she flew across the Bass Strait to study School Music at Melbourne University. After returning for a short bout of teaching in Tasmania, she sailed to England and eventually settled in a Cambridgeshire village where she acquired successively an English husband, two daughters and a number of grandchildren.
As she neared retirement, she inherited a house in Tasmania – rather a long way to go for holidays, so she exchanged it for a flat in Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Learning Spanish from scratch, she recorded her learning experiences as the data for her PhD research thesis. Out of a Learner’s Mouth is a frank and humorous account of her experiences.
In the UK, she reviews concerts, teaches Piano, Singing and English, and entertains local societies with talks about her life in Tasmania. She runs The Isle Singers, a ladies’ choir which gives regular concerts, and may be found carolling at Ely Station at Christmas. .
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Teaching Language Learners
by Rosemary Westwell
Approx. 25,250 words.
Published on August 18, 2011.
Teaching Language Learners is a book of ideas for teaching languages. It focuses directly on how our students acquire language.
The first section takes the reader through the process of language acquisition. This is followed by pages of ideas that encourage students to learn by engaging this process in a quick, easy and direct way using a minimum of resources.
Out of a Learner's Mouth
by Rosemary Westwell
Approx. 41,560 words.
Published on July 17, 2010.
In a series of amusing anecdotes a determined language learner shares the trials and tribulations of learning Spanish. The book is an essential companion for those contemplating learning Spanish, or planning a holiday in a Spanish-speaking country, and for those in the language learning, researching, and teaching and teacher-training businesses.
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