English Native with 5 years TEFL experience living in Paris. I am enjoying a life of wine and pain au chocolat while teaching in the city.
I am originally from a small seaside town near Brighton on the South East coast of England. Incorrectly dubbed the 'Sunshine Coast' (It is a lie - don't see for yourself!)
My hometown is a centre for Language schools in the UK, hence why I have 5 years teaching experience despite my relatively young age.
I am a big fan of movies, sports (football) and cycling. I am also a keen independent journalist
Teaching Work Experience:
2013 – Present CORPORATE TRAINER, MyConnecting Languages, Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris
Works onsite at the client’s various offices around the city. Regular clients include L’Oreal, GDF Suez, Sagemcom, SNCF & Publicis.
Preparing a syllabus and lesson plans for each individual need. Devising and producing original worksheets and teaching methods that help a wide range of learners of all abilities.
Providing 2hr lessons, ensuring each learner has their own personalised teaching schedule with customised curriculum. Writing lesson reports for all of clients’ sessions, commenting on their progress shown during each lesson. Providing a check-list about areas they could focus on away from class.
Detailing each learner’s progress, and goals to achieve. Commenting on their work, the grammar and nuances of the English language
Recommending alternative media (TV, Podcasts, Various International journalists) that is not only educational but also far more significant than reading worksheets. Thus stimulating lively debate about areas such as Economics, Business, Ecology, Technology, Politics, and Philosophy in lessons where clients are encouraged to share and gain confidence about their linguistic capabilities.
Numerous clients ask for advice on how to cope or deal with people from English speaking countries. Provide a valuable cultural reference point in order to have a different perspective of an issue in the workplace.
2009 – 2013 TEACHER, Jurgen Mathes Language School, London & Brighton
Responsible for effectively teaching English to German students, planning, preparing and delivering tailor-made courses to a range of classes, age groups and relative abilities.
Conveying information to students in ways that are as interesting as possible, devising, writing and producing new materials to aid learning to include audio and visual resources.
Marking and providing appropriate feedback on oral and written work, encouraging improvements.
Organising several sport tournaments and day trips for the students in order to further build team spirit and improve language skills.
Business Management, BA (Honours) Degree, University of Westminster, London
Modules include – ‘European Union Law’, ‘International Banking’, ‘Comparative International Management’, ‘Cultural Differences & People Management’, ‘The Psychology of Coaching & Mentoring’, ‘Global Markets’, ‘Business Law’, ‘Value Creation’ and ‘Corporate Finance’
My teaching philosophy (sounds pretentious - I'm not) revolves around the central premise of confidence.
Throughout my teaching career, I have strived to create a fun, engaging atmosphere where clients are comfortable and willing to speak despite their initial embarrassment.
Confidence is the main obstacle when trying to learn a new language. Believe me, I know! Since I am in the same boat trying to improve my French. I will give you the basic tools needed to feel more daring when speaking English, and less frightened of making mistakes.
I also have extensive experience in the workplace, and can help with Presentation Practice, Business Mentoring and giving a different perspective on intercultural issues in the office.
Last but not least, I have an English accent, which apparently is all the rage these days. So if you want to hear my dulcet tones :) Feel free to contact me
Definitions of the English words I used:
"all the rage" - A slang expression to mean something is fashionable
"dulcet" - (especially of sound) sweet and soothing (often used ironically) - adj
"daring" - (of a person or action) adventurous or audaciously bold - adj
"strived" - make great efforts to achieve or obtain something - verb
Flexible time schedule, good lesson, highly recommended.
Good lesson, thank you!
Good lesson! Thank you!