I'm an Irish citizen and a native English speaker living in the United States.
I instruct in both US and UK English, according to requirements.
I am a fully-qualified English language instructor with over ten years' classroom experience teaching students at every level from Beginner to Upper Advanced and from every language background.
I have a clear, neutral accent and passion for education and teaching English.
I enjoy creative writing, drawing, painting, reading, cinema and the great outdoors. I am fun and easy to talk to and am proud to have routinely been described by students as 'the best teacher I have ever had'.
I took my BA and MA from University College Dublin (English, Drama and Philosophy)
I am fully qualified as a TEFL instructor: Cambridge ELT Certificate (CELTA) and have published online EFL resources and given seminars on EFL.
I am an EFL teacher trainer.
I am also a professional travel and technical writer and editor and am widely puiblished, with a comprehensive knowledge of English grammar and syntax and (I am told) a fine style.
For the last six years, I have worked with EF language schools in Dublin, Ireland whilst pursuing a career as a writer. I have worked as an events co-coordinator and a tour-guide.
I have tutored students for all of the major EFL examinations including TOEFL and TOEIC, IELTS and the Cambridge FCE, CAE and PCE exams, which I have also marked.
I have an enormous vocabulary and a comprehensive knowledge of English grammar.
I have also lectured, primarily on literature, art, politics and popular culture.
I have coordinated writing workshops and creative writing classes, art classes, drama workshops, book clubs and seminars on public speaking and presentation.
I have taught classes on English for use in every situation from Business and Marketing to Engineering and Science.
I have also generated a large amount of my own material in the form of games, tasks, exercises and guided conversation classes.
My teaching approach combines high levels of humour, energy and enthusiasm with a structured approach to progressive learning, early responsiveness to student needs and a fundamental belief that bored people cannot learn.
I am a great believer in the the concept that nothing is boring with the right approach and I am great value-for-money.
No idle chatting: conversation should be guided and supplemented with excellent board-work, specific tasks and an underlying grammatical or vocabulary point. I illustrate grammar and vocabulary with drawings and diagrams.
I excel in guided pronunciation and phonics. I also use music, art and games as part of my teaching strategy.
I prefer to work from a set syllabus with a good basic textbook, from which I can make diversions and set side-tasks according to student's needs.
I will set up a dropbox account where agreed materials and texts can be shared.
Personality and proffesionalism
Very good tutor
Great energy and professionalism.
It s been a pleasure studying with him.