Hello there, ladies and gentlemen! My name is John Stubley and I am a native of Leeds, England.
I have had a real passion for words, both spoken and written, for as long as I can remember, and I believe that this is what lead me into the teaching profession. My masters degree is in literature, focusing on the development of the novel form in the 18th century before writing my thesis on the work of Daniel Defoe. I am now engaged in doctoral study in the field of teaching ESP (English for specific purposes), on a research project of my own design.
My professional career to date has been varied and exciting and I have a broad range of teaching experiences; from teaching conversational and academic English as a college professor in South Korea to working with more challenging students in a young offenders institution in England. I have also worked as a journalist, critic, and editor in both print and online media covering such diverse topics as sports, music and culinary arts.
In what little free time I have, I am a passionate football fan and watch games from all over the world, but am an especially keen supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. I also love listening to and making music, and have played the guitar for many years; I even appeared on a radio show in Gwangju, South Korea! Other hobbies I have of course include reading a variety of fiction, non-fiction, and comic books, watching movies, while I also enjoy a little gaming if I
have the time.
I am very excited about being part of the Sprout program and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of making classes interesting, fun and, above all, useful for my students. It is important to me that my students feel at ease and comfortable, and I work very hard to maintain a positive, relaxed classroom atmosphere in which my students are happy and eager to learn from, and contribute to, our classes.