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15th July 2013 - Jason R. Levine

Jason Levine 

Jason R Levine (Jase, for short) has 15 years of experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer, and materials writer. He is the creator of ColloLearn, an approach to English language learning based on the songs he writes and performs as Fluency MC. ‪He also teaches in the online MA TESOL program at the New School and works as an English Specialist for the U.S. Department of State.‬‬

Age: 42

Place of residence: New York

1. Tell us a little about yourself. What are you doing these days?
I create materials, mainly songs and videos, to connect to as many passionate English language learners and teachers as possible. The moment I got a taste of online teaching and learning-how far we can REACH when we TEACH-there was no turning back.
Why sit in a classroom with 15 or 30 people with the door closed to the rest of the world?
I'm about to launch a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on WizIQ for English teachers and teachers-in-training. Anyone, anywhere, at any level of experience can join. And it's free! This will be an exciting opportunity for all of us teaching and learning from one another on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc. to get even more connected-and connect more meaningfully on a professional level.
I also have plans to meet with the good people of Gallery Languages in Italy to explore ways of working together in the future!

2. How would you describe your teaching style?
It varies according to my learners and their needs; whatever motivates them, inspires them, energizes them as language learners, I do it.
More often than not it's high-energy (bordering on manic); and it's always highly communicative, to allow students to really dig in and get the practice (and build the confidence) they need to progress.

3. How is technology changing ELT?
To my mind, the most valuable change is that any English language learner or teacher with an Internet connection now has access to a plethora of outstanding materials, teachers, training, and other resources, most of which are free of charge.
Moreover, they can easily share materials they create or curate themselves. Volumes of knowledge and experience are moving around the globe at exhilarating speeds.
It's language learning and professional development on steroids! I LOVE it!

4. What are some of your favorite teaching websites and blogs?
My short list: WizIQ, Gallery Languages, Language Teaching Professionals, Edudemic, Edutopia, Educational Technology, ESLBrain, Fair Languages, LearnOutLive, Technology in Language Teaching, elearners Professionals Group.

5. What advice would you give to a new teacher?

6. What language do you want to learn next and why?
It's hard to choose, but I would say Spanish, to speak it better than I do now, and Mandarin because I don't know it at all and it fascinates me.

7. Complete the blanks.
I want to... MC the ESLebration!.
Before I started teaching... I was messing around in the music business!
If education... were focused on learners teaching other learners, then... we would all be better educated (and soon it will so we will be).
My favorite word in a foreign language is... synergique (French).