My name is Robert (robito) Chatwin and I have almost 20 years experience teaching in primary, secondary and higher education institutions around the world.
I trained in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Psychology at university in Oxford, and later obtained a unique, dual Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from both the UK and Austria through a special training programme awarded at the Houses of Parliament in the UK.
Over the years, I have delivered training workshops in many countries, including Austria, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia and Bulgaria, and I have worked directly with the Ministry of Education in Russia and Kazakhstan.
From Then to Now
As my 20-year career teaching languages evolved, I developed an interest in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
At universities in the UK, I help students develop the ability to critically evaluate – neither accepting nor rejecting a given hypothesis until all the evidence has been properly analysed – and basing opinions on objectivity and open-minded examination by following facts and evidence, rather than assumptions and preconceived ideas, in order to form a position.
This led me to first start teaching, what I call, The Art of Critical Thinking, or “developing and mastering the ability to form objective opinions and make informed decisions”.
At the same time, I have also spent the last 20+ years travelling the world on a spiritual journey, or a quest for meaning – who are we, why are we here, what is consciousness, and what is happiness?
All this has led me to develop my own subject: Personal & Global Wellness Training: “the science of how to achieve and maintain health and well-being on a personal and global scale”.
Today, I work every summer as a Tutor of EAP at one of the most prestigious universities in the UK, teaching critical thinking skills to help international students prepare for study. The rest of the year I study, practise and teach Personal & Global Wellness Training, and present the latest findings here.