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Luke Thompson is an English Language teacher from London but now he teaches English at a university in Paris, while working on other projects including Luke’s English Podcast. He started Luke’s English Podcast in 2009. He is also a stand-up comedian, which means that he likes to stand up in front of audiences of people, and make them laugh.
He has experience of teaching courses in business English, academic English, legal English, general English and English for exam courses like FCE, IELTS and BEC.
He graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 1999 with a BA Hons degree in Media and Cultural Studies. He worked at various media production companies before going into English language teaching. He took his CELTA in 2001 and then his Higher Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) in 2006 at UCL.
He writes a lot of ELT materials, and he develops a lot of courses in business English and EAP. He has written original courses for English for the Pharmaceutical Industry, English for the Oil and Gas Industries and English for Journalists, as well as communication skills workshops in presentations, meetings and negotiations. He is a semi-published author with some of his work being used in materials publications in several countries.
1. English is not just something I know, it’s something I can do. It’s no good if you can just learn words, and just understand what people say – it doesn’t stop there. English is not just something I know, it’s something I can do.
2. I love using new words that I’ve learned. New words to me are like golden coins which I collect and then use later.
3. English is part of my personality. There is no separation between the English language, and me. We exist together. It’s not separate from me, it’s part of me. When I use English, it’s my language too.
4. I might not think in English every day, but I know that English exists in my sub-conscious and it helps me to understand and to communicate effectively.
5. I feel like a better person now because I can do more with English.
6. I know that I don’t need to learn everything in one go. I’m becoming a good speaker of English every day, bit by bit, step by step.
7. English gives me the freedom to become a different person when I use it.
8. I love to really listen and investigate the English that I hear. When I study something in English, I feel like a detective solving a puzzle.
9. Because it’s a mental challenge, learning English is a really good way for me to keep my brain fresh and young.
10. English gives me an opportunity to take risks, and I know that when I take risks I learn more quickly.
11. English is frustrating sometimes, but I enjoy the challenge. And what is life if it isn’t a challenge?
12. I like to ask questions because if I don’t ask, I don’t learn.
13. I don’t just need English. I’ve learned that I want English too.
14. We’re all individuals, and we have our own unique ways of learning English. I like discovering my own particular learning strategies and then using them.
15. I am a bit embarrassed by my mistakes sometimes, but I see them as a great opportunity to learn.
16. I like learning English with others, because it makes me feel like I’m part of a group of people who are sharing the same experience as me.
17. I love the variety, colour and history of the English language. It’s amazing to see how people in history have used it for so many things, and when I use English I become part of that long tradition.
18. Speaking English is a physical action. I don’t just use my mouth to do it, I use my whole body.
19. The culture of the English language is different to my first language. So it’s fun to think and act in a new way when I speak English.
20. English liberates me. It gives me the freedom to communicate with everyone, and connect with the whole world.
21. I know that if I had the time, I could master this language.
22. I enjoy finding out about things I love in English. I use the internet to help me to do this. I watch YouTube videos and listen to podcasts in English, for fun.
23. Sometimes English is confusing for me, but I can make sense of it if I have time.
24. The journey is the best part, not just the destination. This is true in English, but also in life.
25. Actually, I do use English well and I do communicate in English every time I use it. So, really, I’ve already started speaking English and I’ve already started communicating in English effectively.
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