Kymberly Fergusson

is creating resources for learners, teachers, writers & translators

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Tippers
$2
per month
Welcome! Thank you so much for joining my Patreon community. Every little bit helps, so thank you for your support!! 

  • Tips for teachers, learners, writers and translators: Short tips  on a variety of topics, published weekly exclusively on Patreon. 
  • Tips and tricks community: Patron-only rooms on my Discord server for members to share their tips and tricks.
  • Voting rights: Vote in Patreon-exclusive polls for future content, tips, teaching resources, etc. 
  • Monthly chat on Discord: held during a weekday, usually in the evening (CET). Patrons are welcome to pick my brain about anything to do with learning, language, or teaching, or simply chat about life over a cup of coffee. These are unrecorded live audio chats in a private room in Discord.
Includes Discord benefits
Questioners
$5
per month
Welcome! Thank you, your support means so much to me. You'll get all the benefits of the previous tier, plus:

  • Ask me anything: I'll answer one or more questions in depth each month, more if there are questions submitted by patrons. Ask anything you want about learning, teaching, languages, creativity.
  • Dedicated question room: Ask your questions in this room in Discord, and I'll answer short questions there. Longer answers will be published in the monthly Patreon Q&A post.
  • Puzzles and games: You'll get access to two PDF puzzles, quizzes or word games every month that you can use to improve your English or give to your students.
  • Sneak peek every two months: See how the book of ESL projects is progressing.
Includes Discord benefits
Chatters
$10
per month
Thank you so much for your support! You'll get all the benefits of the previous tiers, plus:

  • Critique: Are you wondering if you are on the right track? Send me a file with a short piece of writing, a translation, or a lesson plan outline (in English) to get a once-off quick critique (never mean, always helpful).
  • Conversation prompts: A handout with conversation or writing prompts, focused around a different theme or grammar each month.
  • Cheat sheet or lesson plan: Handouts and instructions that should (hopefully) make your language teaching lesson planning shorter! The activities and cheat sheets are also great if you are a student, studying outside of class.
Includes Discord benefits

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About

Hello and welcome!

I'm Kym, a creator, teacher, writer and translator, originally from Melbourne in Australia, but now based in Villingen-Schwenningen in Germany.

 

A love of words and helping people learn

My life is firmly centered around curiosity - learning, languages, teaching and creating.

My love of words saw me eat through my school and local libraries and regularly clean out the book sellers at flea markets. Although the first languages I learned were all programming languages, I've since picked up Japanese and German, and am planning more. 

I fell into teaching at 14, with piano and music theory, then lectured in computer science and became a technical writer. Finally I returned to actual teaching - English - in Japan and Germany.



Why Patreon?

I receive a lot of requests and questions from language teachers around the world, and from students requesting feedback on their written work, and asking for help to learn. If you like my work, and want access to resources to help you teach, learn, write or translate, or if you simply want to support me, I would love for you to become my patron!

Every bit of support helps!
With the support I receive, I can put more time into creating resources to help you. Your financial support will also help me pay off 6 years of student debt - 11K to go, down from 50K!

By pledging a monthly amount, you are not only supporting me, but you also receive a range of neat rewards (depending on which tier you choose).

Please note that I will occasionally update my rewards based on what I feel will suit my patrons. I don’t plan to do it often, and I will always give plenty of notice!

Patrons are welcome to use the resources I have created and made available here for non-commercial purposes only. Please don't resell these resources!


It's not just words!

My creation-addiction isn't limited to words - creative hobbies too: photography, piano, patchwork, cross-stitch, crochet, painting, knitting ... I also game regularly to calm my overactive curious mind, and am a tea addict, coffee snob, chocoholic, cookie monster, and crazy cat lady with two adorable and very fluffy cats.



A difficult journey
Chronic ill health meant I had to stop teaching and writing full time, and dial back my hobbies. After five operations, I moved to Japan in 2010 to teach English in Fukushima with the JET Programme, but the huge quake and subsequent stress made the psoriatic arthritis flare badly.

After moving to Germany, spent months in hospital in 2015, first to deal with endometriosis and then to get the arthritis under control. A couple of years later I was diagnosed with breast cancer (two unrelated tumors!) and had a massive DIEP operation in 2017. So far (touch wood), my follow-up tests have been clear.



My goals for 2020
  • Finish a draft of my ESL projects book
  • Publish a semester's worth of cheat sheets and conversation prompts here on Patreon
  • Design a course for conversation class teachers who have never taught before
  • Buy a cello and start learning to play it (my dream since I was a kid!)

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To celebrate reaching this milestone, you'll get the following bonuses.

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  • 10 extra large word puzzles
  • 10 detailed writing prompts
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