Dedicated. Creative. Funny.
I love learning and I love teaching. I basically love sharing knowledge with anyone around me. I'm currently self-taught on the Ukulele, and when I'm not working, you'll find me in cafes, parks, or even open spaces, practicing the latest song I've learned on this four-stringed wonder.
I love it so much that I started a learning community on Facebook and Google+ and invite other learners of the ukulele to come, share, and play together. My passion for the ukulele reflects my attitude and belief about learning in general and in learning English: help others fall in love with what they are learning, and it becomes enjoyable and easier to learn.
If you are interested in the ukulele, by the way, look up the Saigon Orchestra of Ukulele Learners / Saigon Learners of Ukulele Group!
I have been a tutor and a teacher for a combined 12+ years.
English for University - 8 years
Exam preparation (Coaching - Tutoring / private instruction) - 6 years
Corporate English / English for Specific Purposes - 10 years
I started as an academic tutor in High School and University. I found that explaining complex concepts that I learned in class to other students helped me strengthen my understanding of what I learned.
As a Program Assistant, I worked with English Teachers to take students on field trips and do activities where they could practice the English they learned in the day time. Shortly after, I started tutoring foreign students in English and combining that with my academic knowledge to help them in 1st and 2nd year university. I enjoyed it so much that I completed my teacher training and went to China to teach English in 2004.
I have since taught TOEFL and IELTS preparation, taught Business English to doctors, engineers, hospitality staff, and managers from telecommunication companies. I came to Vietnam in 2009 and started working for an Australian University, teaching Academic English primarily. I also teach students to prepare for IELTS and BULATS.
Since 2009, I have been nominated three times for Excellence in teaching award for my work with at-risk students and use of technology in the classroom. I won the award in 2015.
I generally use a student-centred approach in my teaching. That means, you should be doing most of the work when we are learning together. Depending on your needs, I will do my best to engage you in topics that are important for you to know, but also interesting to you.
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