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