About Me

Karina Thorne

I am a 30-something British female English Teacher, based in Beijing, China. With a background in Energy Trading, and a penchant for learning languages, I am relatively new to the teaching world, with just five years under my belt. Looking to up-skill, to benefit my students, as well as myself, I reviewed my skills and interests some time ago , and found that what I really wanted was to extend and formalise the initial steps I had taken to integrate technology in my classroom. So, the up-skilling comes in the form of a Masters degree with the University of Nottingham. In order to feel contextually confident with digital tools (Kessler & Plakans, 2008), to integrate their use innovatively to attain a state of normalisation (Bax, 2003), I am reading Digital Technologies for Language Teaching.


Bax, S. (2003) “CALL – past, present and future” System 31, 1, 13-28

Kessler, G. & Plakans, L. (2008). Does Teachers’ Confidence with CALL Equal Innovative and Integrated Use?. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 21(3), 269-282

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