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.
We were exploring how to play around with language and create new English words. The exercises were a lot of fun and will make me think of many new words during the next weeks - both in English and German. ; )
As writing business letters, memos etc. is one of my weak points in Business English, Diana prepared two exercises for me to practice. Again, this helped a lot! Thanks so much!
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". :)