He earned his TESOL degree from Trinity College in London, England.
Ken has been teaching English since 1983, and joined PELA in 2012.
Why did you become a teacher? "I became an English teacher as a means to support myself while studying abroad. The idea of teaching English appealed to me as I was fascinated by the language acquisition process that I had gone through myself in both German and Italian."
What experience do you have learning a foreign language or living in a foreign culture? "I lived in Cologne, Germany from 1983 – 1993, and in Livorno, Italy from 1995 – 2006. I speak both German and Italian fluently, as well as having studied French at college."
How has your international experience helped your teaching? "I've learned a lot about the difference of learning English as a second language, as opposed to learning English as a foreign language. Each type of student needs to learn basic grammar, but the linguistic goals of each group are very different. I've also had the opportunity to teach quite a bit of business English abroad which has led to a number of projects as an English for specific purposes content material writer."
What do you do when you are away from school? "I spend time with my family, and I like to play golf as often as possible. I continue to sing classical music, most importantly modern classical music in the Portland area on a semi-professional basis."
Why do you like Portland? "I like Portland because it has all the metro attractions that I enjoy, while having incredibly easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, biking, etc."
Why do you recommend our school to students? "I'm very impressed by the professional quality of the staff, and, more importantly, their dedication to providing inspirational English language education. The mix of students from all over the world is an added bonus!"