I am a 58 year old female, living in sunny Cape Town, South Africa. I am married and have a 28 year old son. I am interested in assisting people to learn English. I have a gentle, nurturing method when teaching and have the patience required to teach English as a second language. I enjoy walking, arts and crafts and baking. We have two adorable pets, a dog called Ringo and a kitten called Nina. I have travelled extensively to many places and learnt so much about different cultures and people.
I have a TEFL qualification from Inlingua, Cape Town. For several years I taught at Inlingua, Cape Town. Inlingua is a leader in language training worldwide. Prior to that I worked in the administration department of a large, progressive and modern school. I have a degree in Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town, a diploma in Journalism and have passed several computer courses. I have a high degree of computer literacy. For over 10 years I have also assisted foreign speaking students by editing and proofreading their English theses.I now teach students privately online via Skype.
I use the communicative approach to teach English. The emphasis is on encouraging the student to talk as much as possible and to keep teacher talking time to a minimum. The structure of my lesson would be as follows: I would teach the student the target language, (for example the present tense), then I would give the students exercises in the target language, after that the student would be given the opportunity to practice the new target language as if in a normal setting. I use many exciting media and also like to use games and puzzles.
Today, we spoke about India's plan to abandone cash money. We read an article and did fun exercises like bringing order into a mixed up text. It was a good lesson again, well prepared and it serves my needs perfectly. Diana is a brilliant teacher!
Brilliant lesson as always! We adressed the topic of business ethics and discussed different situations when tough decisions have to be made. I learned new vocabulary such as "debilitating" and "to veer off course". :)
This time we discussed different forms of writing business letters: very formal, neutral and informal. Again, Diana's exercises helped me a lot and the lesson was a great pleasure. : )
Today's class was about helpful phrases for business meetings. Diana prepared the exercises well and was very patient with me. It is great to add words that are more sophisticated to my spoken English (to adjourn, to collaborate...). Thanks so much!