Gwyneth Hamann : Welsh

Gwyneth Hamann
Subject : Welsh
Native : English
United States
(3) Lessons
100%      
(2) Reviews
Last class : 8+ days
4 days ago
Offline
45 Min : $30.66 / £23.99 / €28.66
Trial: 60% OFF

Hello, my name is Gwyneth Hamann and I'm 30 years old and currently living in United States. I am a native English speaker and teach English, Welsh. I have taught online with Verbalplanet.com since January 2016. I can speak the following languages fluently: English, Welsh. I am currently offering a discounted initial trial lesson at 60% of my normal lesson price for new students.

Detailed Profile in English

About me

I am a native English and Welsh speaker - I grew up in North Wales, with one Welsh-speaking parent and one English-speaking. My education was provided in a mixture of both Welsh and English, meaning that I was comfortably bilingual from a young age.

After completing my degree in Psychology from the University of Manchester in 2009, I applied to teach English in Japan (I was curious about the culture). I lived there for almost a year and a half, and it's also where I met the guy who's now my husband (he's from the USA). We went on to Prague, Czech Republic, to continue teaching English and travelling.

In 2013, we got married, and after that we moved to the UK. I attended a part-time Masters course in Applied Positive Psychology while working in a variety of places, including a Business English school. My husband busked (played the piano on the streets) while doing his Masters in International Development. We lived in Straford-upon-Avon and then Birmingham. However, in late 2015 we decided to move again - this time to Romania, to pursue work in the field of peace-building with an organisation here. I continue to teach Welsh and English online as it's something I really enjoy doing.

Qualifications & Experience

BSc (Hons) Psychology - 2:1 - University of Manchester, UK. Achieved July 2009

MSc (Hons) Applied Positive Psychology - Distinction - University of East London, UK. Achieved July 2015.

TEFL 120 Certificate - Distinction - TEFL Worldwide Prague, Czech Republic. Achieved September 2011.

Experience:

English Teacher - Marcus Evans Linguarama

2014 - 2015; Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Teaching Business English to adults who came to the UK to complete intensive English courses.

English Teacher - Freelance

2011 - 2013; Prague, Czech Republic

Teaching English from beginner to advanced (adults), business and general English, Cambridge test preparation.

Assistant Language Teacher - Interac

2010 - 2011; Hamamatsu, Japan

Teaching English to beginners (aged 10-15) at elementary and junior high schools. Also taught some freelance lessons to adult learners of varying levels.

Throughout this time I have taught English and Welsh via Skype for 3-4 hours a week on average.

Teaching Approach

I can teach grammar, listening, speaking, reading, writing, or can just do conversation practice. I am especially interested in psychology, cooking, the environment, politics and travelling, so if these are things you like to talk about, let me know!

My approach to teaching starts by giving you the blocks you need to build new sentences. For example, in Welsh, if you say "Rydw i yn ____" it means "I am _____". If I ask "Sut wyt ti?" it means "How are you?" I would teach you this along with a few words to put into your reply, before moving on to teaching you how to say, for example, "you are____", "he is____" etc. I don't believe in repetition of stock phrases unless you know how to construct your own sentences - although some repetition is helpful. But here's another thing - you can't expect to learn the language if you don't put the effort and practice in outside of lessons. I set homework!

I also believe that lessons should be about things that interest you. So, I don't spend time forcing students to talk about really boring subjects. I like to find out what your interests and hobbies are, then teach you how to talk about those things. As we talk, plenty of new words and grammar will pop up, which we can focus in on.

I believe that making mistakes is good, and it's how you learn. This means I'm a pretty patient, nice teacher - not someone who will shout at you if you get it wrong! So, put those horrible memories of school behind you.. this is going to be something different.


My last class was :
8+ days ago.

 
12 Jun 2016
By : Llanfairfechan
Subject : Welsh 

Another great lesson. I am really enjoying getting to grips with Welsh grammar which Gwyneth explains very clearly.

 
29 May 2016
By : Llanfairfechan
Subject : Welsh 

Excellent lesson - da iawn! Very helpful explanations. I was also very impressed by the technology, especially being able to share a document to enhance the lesson.

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