Ruthanne brings a depth of experience and knowledge of ESOL teaching to her role as
eprincipal of the ESOL VC.
Coming from an extensive background of classroom teaching, Ruthanne developed an interest in working with students from diverse language backgrounds, and for the last eight years has worked as ESOL teacher and coordinator at two schools in Wellington. She completed a Graduate Diploma at Victoria and is now working towards completing a Masters in Applied Linguistics. Through study and practical experience she has developed a thorough knowledge of ESOL teaching and learning principles.
Ruthanne has also continued to develop an interest in using information technology to empower student learning. In 2013 she joined the ELLINZ online team as an eTeacher and taught groups of English Language Learners online using a range of tools including Skype, Adobe Connect, Google docs, ELGG, Moodle and VoiceThread. She is now using this experience to help lead the ESOL VC team.
- English Language Learning Progressions
- Using technology with ELLs
- Creating and adapting resources for ELLs
- Wellington Association of Teachers of ESOL
- New Zealand Educational Institute
I really enjoy learning new things and have been enrolled in some form of educational institution since I was five. Distance learning has allowed me to keep studying throughout full time work and full time childcare then back to full time work. However, taking one paper at a time makes gaining a qualification a very slow process.
I have three kids, a husband and a cat, and have lived in Tawa for over 10 years. I am originally from Canterbury, and was schooled in Picton before returning to Christchurch to train and work.
I enjoy participating in amateur theatre, and am a singer in a big band (Swing/Jazz music mostly from the 30s and 40s).