Sue Lyon - Jones

I was very fortunate to connect with Sue over a year ago on Twitter. I always love her positive tweets and the work she does on her website with amazing ELT material: 

I was even more fortunate to meet her in person at TESOL France  last November! I will never forget her smile when she first saw me and the big hug we gave each other, as if we had known each other forever!

And boy, can she sing…after the first day at TESOL France she sang Let’s Stay Together by Al Green – gorgeous voice!

Over to Sue now!

1. If your students were to describe you with 3 adjectives, what would they be?

Enthusiastic, friendly and helpful, would be my guess… or at least, I’d like to think so!

2. What would we find in your fridge right now?

Fresh pesto and egg linguine pasta … lots of vegetables: potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, celery, yams, carrots, onions, cabbage, beansprouts, tomatoes, beetroot & salad stuff, herbs and spices (parsley, coriander, basil, garlic, chillies and ginger) curry paste, chutney, soya milk and fruit juice.

One or two guilty pleasures as well – dark chocolate, premium lager (his) & alcoholic ginger beer (mine) along with a forgotten lemon at the back of the fridge that looks poised to mutate into something else if it’s left there much longer, and which I probably should bin to put it out of its misery!

A banned substance (marmite!) an eye mask, and an eyebrow pencil just hanging around chilling, waiting to be sharpened🙂
(Vicky’s comment: I sure did like the chocolate part!)

3. If you weren’t an educator, what might your profession be?

I drifted into teaching by accident after taking a temporary job as a stop-gap between writing jobs for a few weeks, which ended up lasting a couple of years! If it hadn’t been for that I’d probably have carried on trying to make a living as a full-time writer.

4. What do you find most difficult about the teaching profession, or What has been your most difficult class as a teacher?

I tend to approach things in terms of being challenging rather than difficult really, which is probably a good job because the classes I teach tend to be either mixed levels or full of low level beginners – sometimes a combination of both!

I can’t recall ever teaching a group of students that gave me much in the way of grief to be honest, though I have taught one or two students who have had their moments, shall we say😉

5) What was the last book/movie you read/saw, and what have you seen/read way too many times?

I’m very busy with work these days so I tend to listen to audiobooks more often than not rather than read. I’ve just finished listening to Joseph Campbell’s “Hero With a Thousand Faces” for the umpteenth time. It’s a book about comparative mythology and if you haven’t read it yet and are interested in storytelling, it’s definitely one to add to your Christmas wish list!

(Vicky’s comment: Will do – reading is one of my favourite topics!)

The last movie I saw was The Matrix, which kills two birds with one stone very neatly to finish things off, as it falls into the category of a movie that I’ve seen way too many times as well🙂

Many many thanks to Sue for this interview! I loved learning more about you.

Sue, Anita, Shelly, Vicky and Katerina in Paris - we were all so thrilled to meet each other!