My name is Michael. I am a native speaker and live and work in the UK. I am a qualified English language teacher, and I specialise in one to one online teaching. I have taught in language schools as well as small ESOL classes but I now mainly teach online and develop online teaching methods for others.I have also worked as an English Language teacher for Eastbourne Cultural and Communities Network, helping people who have come to the UK to work to learn and develop English language skills.
I am a Member of Cambridge English Teacher, the online professional development service from Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment. I teach conversational English as well as IELTS and other exam preparations. I teach teenagers who wish to supplement their school English classes and I also teach business English for specialised professions such as computing, psychology, geology, business, and finance. I have a wide range of experience with students of all ages from all over the world. Finally I love teaching, it gives me a great deal of satisfaction to see students develop and gain a new language. For me it is a vocation and one which I enjoy very much.
Cambridge PTLLS (ESOL)
Certificate in Language Analysis
Cambridge English Teacher Professional Development – How to Teach IELTS
Cambridge English Teacher Professional Development – How to Teach Teach Young Learners
Cambridge English Teacher Professional Development – Blended Learning
Cambridge English Teacher Professional Development – Language Awareness
Cambridge English Teacher Professional Development – Vocabulary & Pronunciation
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – Teaching Speaking Skills for the Workplace
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – Understanding the IELTS Speaking Test
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – How the CAE Writing Paper is Assessed
Cambridge English Teacher Professional Development – The Professional Life of Teachers
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – How to Get the Most Out of Social Networks
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): Understanding and using the CEFR for teaching and learning
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – Achievement in the young learner classroom
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – Writing skills for Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – Teaching Advanced Level Grammar
IELTS Webinar – Introducing IELTS Life Skills
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – From teacher to trainer and beyond – the Cambridge English Trainer Framework
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – Creating effective lessons with IELTS practice tests.
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – Preparing learners for the 21st century.
Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers – Exam preparation and support for learners with special educational needs
I have experience in the following areas of English teaching:
Teaching young learners.
Teaching classes ESOL students from overseas.
Teaching Business English.
I have also experience within specific areas such as English for accounting and finance, computing, psychology, and geology.
My approach is professional yet friendly and I try to build confidence in my learners and encourage them to speak as much as possible in the lessons. For me it's important to make the learner feel reeled and comfortable in their lesson, and to give them as much help, support and encouragement as possible. I tailor my lessons around the student's requirements and their specific aims and goals. I always spend time finding out as much about my student as possible to enable me to give the the best I can. I always let my students determine what they want, and I see myself as a facilitator to support them to achieve their own goals in whatever area they would like to succeed.
Many of my students have gone onto very successful and high profile careers using their English language skills and qualifications. I base my teaching on my Cambridge CELTA training and the experience which I have gained with my students over the last 5 years. I have also attended many specialised courses and webinars over the years to develop my teaching within specific areas. I feel that I have now developed into an efficient and successful English language teacher and I have many recommendations from both my current and past students.
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