I am a native English speaker from Australia living in Managua, Nicaragua. I have been living here for a year and a half, and manage an English Academy for kids. I love to cook, watch movies and travel, and I have a passion for nature and the environment. When I am not working, I love to travel, especially in Latin America, as I love the music, the food, the culture, and the history here.
I learned Spanish before moving to Latin America, and am still learning it now, so I understand how challenging it can be to learn another language.
I have a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communication and Language, a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and a Certificate in Workplace Training and Assessment. I am currently completing the Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I have been teaching English since I arrived in Nicaragua in January 2015, and have taught to students aged between 4 and 60 years old.
I currently manage an English Academy in Managua and write all the curriculum and lesson plans, recruit and train teachers for the Academy. In my spare time I also tutor students in English and run some adult classes in the afternoons to small groups from beginner to advanced level. Before moving to Nicaragua, I worked in the Human Resources field in Australia for 10 years, predominantly in Learning and Development. My last role in HR was managing a team of 8 workplace trainers and working with various teams to develop effective workplace training solutions. In my younger years while completing my Bachelor Degree I also taught piano to children.
I believe that teaching anything needs to be both fun and practical. I have experience teaching English from kids as young as four to adults in their 50s and no matter the age, people need to be engaged as much as possible for them to learn English. This means tailoring the content and subject matter to be appropriate to the audience and also being enthusiastic and engaging as a teacher. Languages also need to be taught and learned in a practical way so that the learner can apply them in a realistic situation and context with real language that is used relevant to the learners' needs.
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