|Dale in St.Petersburg, Russia, April, 2013|
I am Dale, a teacher of English as a Second Language. I am also the Education Manager of Duke Street Community House, a small learning centre in Melbourne, Australia.
I have almost thirty years experience teaching English as a Second Language as well as Adult Literacy & Basic Education. I also specialize in E Learning and using electronic media in the classroom with people new to computers and the internet.
My first job was as a volunteer school teacher in Maharashtra, India. I lived overseas through the 1980s. I have taught English as a Foreign Language in Turkey, Mexico and Costa Rica.
In 1990 I returned to Australia and started teaching Adult Basic Education as well as English as a Second Language. I also worked for the Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC) in publishing, editing and writing.
I was editor of VALBEC's journal, Fine Print, and writer of a simple English newspaper, The World Times. The newspaper was funded by the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau (Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs).
In the late 1990s I returned to Duke Street where I established a Writing and Technology program for Adult Basic Education and English Language students. I was a representative of the Duke Street team at the 1998 Global Bangemann Challenge in Stockholm, Sweden. We were finalist in the innovative community and education category.
From 2000 to 2005, I was manager of the ACENET Flexible Learning Network, creating and delivering lots of different courses via the TAFE Virtual Campus. I also designed and taught the Online.ace Teachers Course, one of the first entirely online, e-learning courses established for community based teachers across Australia. This was inspired by the book, Online.Ace (ACFE, 1999) which I co-authored with Mark Russell. I have written other books, many articles for journals and presented at conferences locally, nationally and internationally.
For the last six or seven years I have continued to teach and coordinate the English as a Second Language Program. Last year I became Education Manager and I now coordinate all of Duke Street's English Language, Information Technology, accredited and pre-accredited courses.
I love travelling and am a keen student of French, Italian and Spanish. I spend my free time playing with my cats, reading and writing. I started this blog, Dale Pobega's Free ESL Club, in 2009.
Nowadays I work closely with other local community educators and organisations on many language and technology projects. I am strongly committed to community education and development.