About me


Joris Van den Bosch started his teaching career in 2005 and taught ESL in language academies in Thailand, Vietnam and Spain before returning to Belgium, his home country with his bilingual family. He taught for eight years English as an Additional Language and Geography at the British School of Brussels. In 2019 he moved to Kuala Lumpur where he currently teaches Grade 8 EAL at the International School of Kuala Lumpur. He has a great passion for international-minded teaching, educational equity and the creative use of students’ home language(s) in the multilingual classroom. As well as being multilingual, Joris has a Masters in Physiotherapy and a Post Graduate in Education. He shares his innovative and practical ideas presenting at international conferences, professional development events, and through this blog.

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Teaching Experience

08/2019 – present: Grade 6/8 EAL Teacher 

The International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Teaching English language learners, co-teaching in the mainstream and supporting EAL students in developing confidence and competence necessary to achieve their linguistic and academic goals as well as personal wellbeing.

11/2011 – 07/2019: Secondary EAL Teacher 

The British School of Brussels, Belgium. Teaching English language learners and support them in developing confidence and competence necessary to achieve their academic goals and personal wellbeing.

09/2017 – 07/2019: Secondary Geography Teacher

The British School of Brussels, Belgium. Teaching KS3 Year 7 and 8 Geography

08/2006 – 07/2010: Head of ESL and ESL Teacher

Route66idiomas, Valencia, Spain Teaching all levels of English to adults in school and businesses.  Responsibilities also included teacher observations, writing lesson plans, student placements and compiling level tests, curricula and exams.

05/2006 – 04/2007: ESL Teacher

Wallstreet Institute, Valencia, Spain. Teaching all levels of English to adults in businesses based in and around Valencia, Spain

04/2005 – 11/2005: ESL Teacher

SITC Language School, Hanoi, Vietnam. Teaching all levels of English to children and adults in mixed classes of up to thirty. Responsibilities also included interviewing and placing students in the appropriate levels.

Education and courses completed

01/2012 – 01/2014

Postgraduate Certificate in Education: ‘Specifieke Lerarenopleiding’ – TSM Mechelen, Belgium.

11/2011 – 05/2012

ESLMS course, The British School of Brussels, Belgium


TEFL course Ban Phe, Thailand – TESOL Certification. 

09/2002 – 02/2003

General Information Cycle Certificate– Belgian Technical Cooperation This residential training course provides a general survey of international cooperation by means of a multidisciplinary approach to the problems of North-South relations.

1992 – 1998

Masters in Physiotherapy – University of Ghent, Belgium. Passed with Distinction.

Conference talks


ECIS ESLMT (European Council of International Schools ESL and Mother tongue) – Copenhagen, Denmark – ‘Innovative use of home languages in the multilingual classroom’  http://bit.ly/2qlbTDG


IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language)Birmingham and BELTA (Belgian English Language Teachers Association) – Brussels, Belgium – ‘Innovative use of home languages in the multilingual classroom’: http://bit.ly/2qhWC8G


BELTA – Brussels, Belgium – ‘My classroom, a HOME for EAL Learners‘


01/ 2018

Chapter 9: ‘Innovative use of Home Languages in the Multilingual Classroom’.  Contribution to Translanguaging in the Secondary School – by Patricia Mertin.


‘The Middle Path: L1 as a Superb Resource’ for BELTA: http://bit.l/2yr7ZrK1


Making active and creative use of all the languages in your classroom’, for Lexicallab – Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley: http://bit.ly/1Ew2yYp

Travel experiences

09/2010 – 10/2011

Western Australia, Malaysia, Thailand.  Travelled with my wife and two daughters, aged 1 and 3, to the remotest parts of Western Australia in a 12ft caravan and across Thailand using local transport. This experience included working on organic farms, cooking course, wildlife watching, photography and home schooling our children.

12/2004 – 11/2005

Singapore, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam and India.  Travelled and taught English as a Second Language in Asia. During this time I completed a TEFL course, learned about local life, history and customs, travelled widely using local transport and stayed with local families and enjoyed wildlife watching and photography.

07/2003 – 06/2004

Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Tasmania, Singapore, Brunei and Borneo.  Backpacked through Southeast Asia and drove through Australia. Additional experiences included staying with local families, learning local languages, trekking, rousabouting, working in a vineyard, A-licence skydiving, snorkelling, bird watching and photography.

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