My name is Brian Engquist – Chicago-area native, long time resident of Spain, English teacher and trainer and cycling nut.
Before starting to work exclusively for Pearson in September 2011 I spent practically the entirety of my adult life teaching English, mainly to adults and teens, and doing teacher training in and around Madrid.
Since then my work has given me the opportunity to travel to just about every corner of Spain and Portugal and see for myself the hard work, excitement and innovation that teachers and students are putting into learning English. Because while a lot of what I do involves sharing something with others, be it through training for teachers or cultural talks for students, the most fulfilling part comes from learning from the vast experience of so many of the people I have been fortunate enough to meet.
Still somewhat of a newbie to the whole tech teaching scene (I didn’t even have a Facebook account or smart phone before working for Pearson!) I’ve been on a very steep learning curve since then. But if I were forced to define my attitude to technology applied to teaching I would have to say that it is a mix of child-like amazement and a healthy dose of common sense scepticism.
Or to put it another way, if I don’t see the “why” behind using a tool, no matter how flashy it is, it tends to leave me flat. Because as a language teacher the most important letter for me in ICT is the C – communication!