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.
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!
Great lesson as always! We spoke about meetings and action points. Another good tuition for me to practice Business English.
Diana challenged me with "homophones" - words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. Fun exercise though pretty tough (...tuff ;) in the beginning! : )