Jess Gosling: British international Early Years teacher

Welcome to my page! Thank you for taking the time to visit.

I am an Early Years teacher who has been working internationally in difffierent settings, including international schools, for more than 10 years.

My current international placement is in Taipei, Taiwan. Prior to my move to East Asia, I have taught in both local/state and international schools in England, Egypt, Japan, and Vietnam.

My roles have varied, beginning as an Assistant Langauge Teacher (EAL), moving on to a Teaching Assistant and then to qualify as a Teacher in 2008. My specialism was KS1, but over time my passion has grown in the Early Years sector.

The aim of this website is two-fold, to encourage dialogue with others relating to all things Early Years and to support teachers’ move internationally. I’m keen to see where this page could lead!

Please feel free to contact me with questions, I am always happy to help when I can.

I have a several platforms including this page to support international teachers. The first is a Facebook page and group, so if you want your questions answered by a number of teachers, try here: New International Teachers group on Facebook. The second is on the Teacheroo! app, which offers a ‘chat’ experience in real-time.

My plans this year:

To publish a ‘pocket-guide’ for new teachers in 2021, wishing to begin their international teaching career. This will be a guide written from a teacher’s perspective in an informal, direct style. It will also include the perspective, views and advice of multiple teachers, heads and recruiters. This guide will give you all the basics, in one place, saving you time and energy! If you are interested please contact me through the contact page and I will add you to the mailing list.

As I continue to write and contribute to podcasts/training, I will add these to my ‘about me’ page. Please check this to see if any of this work with support you. The podcasts in particular provide insights into working abroad.

Early Years EAL in International Schools

I’m excited to be partaking in the FOBISIA online EJaws for Early Years Language, Communication and Literacy at The International School @ ParkCity this Friday. This is my second FOBISIA EJaws for Early Years I have attended, so I am really looking forward to networking and making new connections.
However, this time I am presenting a webinar! I will speak about using focus groups to drive forward teaching and learning and how to best support English Language Learners. If you would like to read the summary of our focus group findings then head to my new Research page.

I’m on the schedule for FOBISIA EJaws

Free DEI plans and stories

I wanted to share this link as the resources are fantastic for parents with children or those of us teaching young children.

The company is thinkequal.org. Right now they offer free resources to teach Personal/Social/Emotion learning to young kids, I think the resources could work all the way through Primary school age.

Especially useful are the 6 weeks plans/activities you can download for free. Each week has its own PDF book. Week 6 has a book based on the coronavirus, entitled something like ‘Seeing Rainbows’. If you have anxious children right now this book is really clear and honest, not scary at all.

I shared it with my daughter today and I really like the ending when the world has returned to normal, as I just don’t think kids can envision this right now.
The organization is not for profit and offering all of the 6 weeks (books and ideas) for free as they are just, well, excellent people. If you like it, you can donate.

A fabulous organization.

Speaker at a Summit – EAL and international teaching

I’m absolutely delighted to say that I’m going to be a speaker at the upcoming Early Years Summit on Speech, Language and Communication led by Kathy Brodie.

If you’re not familiar with the Early Years Summit, it’s a brilliant week-long CPD online event where leading experts share their knowledge, insights and practical tips on an important topic. This year the focus is Speech Language and Communication.

There’s an amazing line-up of 30 speakers covering topics like stuttering, selective mutism, teaching English as an Additional Language, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Makaton and babies’ communication from birth to three. 

I’ll be talking about being an EYFS international teacher working within a language enrichment programme and working with children who speak languages other than English.

All the interviews are completely free to watch (as many times as you want!) during the summit week of Monday May 31st to Sunday June 6th. Or if you want, you can buy a copy of the recordings to keep and watch forever.

If you’d like to watch the summit free online you can sign up using this link: https://www.earlyyearssummit.com/jessgosling

Podcasts coming up!

I have been very fortunate to podcast for two wonderful people recently.

The first is #antismalltalks with Shuaib Khan. Here I discuss my journey into international teaching, why I chose to make it and top tips for moving abroad.

The second podcast is #themuddypuddleteacher. I talk to Sarah, whom I trained with, about how I use outdoor learning in my international school.

Both podcasts were really fun to make, I will post here when they are released.