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There is an art to writing a good proposal. It is increasingly
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By Luke Vyner, Founding Director of London Language ExperienceI started teaching at the Aristotle University
of Thessaloniki, Greece, in the third year of a Theatre Studies degree at Kent
University. I returned to England and finished my degree before scurrying off
to London in search of bright lights or something of that nature.
I decided upon a CELTA course and before I knew
it I was teaching at a school called Internexus in the heart of Regents
In the few years I taught there I
learnt a great deal through the wonderful people I had around me. It was here
in this comfortable and creative environment I discovered the process of
I soon realised that my favourite part of being a teacher
was the scheming and the thinking up of new and creative ways to explore the
I also, quite naturally, began to deconstruct the materials available
to me, finding material I loved and loathed and learning that a lot of the
material I desired didn't actually exist or, in some cases as I discovered
later, was out of print.
I couldn't find much material on London as a
resource and I certainly couldn't find interesting listening material. This is how the idea of London Language
Experience was born but before going any further, I strode off gallantly to do
a DELTA course which although rigorous and often exhausting, did help to give
me the theoretical backbone and confidence to believe in what it was I was
aiming to create.
London Language Experience began as set of four
courses marketed to Language providers in London. Each course is based on a cinematic
audio tour of a well-known location, a course book of associated classroom
lessons and an on-location teaching training session. They come available to
schools on subscription and were produced alongside my brother, James - a sound
designer, scriptwriter, and the co-author of all the original literary content
From the design of these courses, to setting up
a company and the process involved in marketing on a zero budget, I discovered
that the part I was truly passionate about was the writing of the materials and
the cinematic audio production. In early
2012 myself and James relaunched LLE as an educational audio production and
course design company. We've since written materials for One Stop English and
are in talks with Macmillan about a number of exciting projects for the
future. I am also looking forward to
representing One Stop at IATEFL 2013 in Liverpool to present a workshop on the
'Use of Sound' in EFL.
My advice to aspiring material writers is to
keep exploring until you find your own voice, know exactly what you want to
achieve, be creative and always think about the teachers and learners you're
writing for. Also remember writing is no
quick route to a lucrative career, it takes stamina, hard work and
determination and even then you still need to be able to deliver.