Hello, my name is Diana. I am a native English speaker from Vancouver, but I live in Asia. I have a clear, neutral, North American accent. I will speak at a speed that you can understand. You can ask me about Canada, South East Asia, or Europe, and you can tell me about your country, your studies, your job, or your life. You will do most of the talking!
I am an easy person to talk to. I like talking about movies, fashion, politics, economics, psychology, business, jobs, music, books, food, yoga, dating, current events, travel, health, culture, technology, and so on. I would love to learn about your culture. It’s okay if you make mistakes, and it’s okay if your English isn’t perfect. I'm here to help you improve.
I have a first-class degree in English literature, a certificate in English as a Second Language, and a diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I got straight As in all of my courses. My degree and my first certificate are from the University of British Columbia. My second diploma is from Vancouver Community College. I have 450 hours of teacher training. The industry standard is 120 hours.
I have fifteen years of classroom teaching experience at the University of British Columbia, in Canadian government programs, and in private schools. I have several years experience tutoring one-on-one. I have taken editing courses and I wrote a book on teaching English, so my grammar is very good. Because of my degree in English literature, I have lots of experience writing essays.
I have taught pronunciation classes at least 30 times, so I can target areas where you need to improve and show you exactly what to do. I won't waste your time on things you already know. I have a colour system for vowels that learners find really helpful and lots of other fun activities.
I like to teach all aspects of English, particularly conversation, pronunciation, and writing. If you choose to study conversation with me, you can pick a short video on any topic that interests you, and we can discuss it together. If you would like, I can help you choose a video or a conversation topic. I have lots of interesting resources. I can give you a short video that has a transcript (words), so you can read and listen at the same time, watch as many times as you want, and look up any words you don't know. You can do this on your own time, so you only pay for the time we spend discussing the video. If you don't have time to watch videos, we can use a discussion worksheet instead.
I will listen carefully to your English and suggest grammar exercises for you to review before our next lesson. You can do the grammar exercises for homework, and if you have any questions, ask me during our next lesson. I will also listen carefully to your pronunciation and give you feedback and exercises so you can improve. I won't interrupt you to correct every error you make, but I will give you enough feedback so you can improve with each lesson. We can also look at conversation skills such as how to interrupt politely, how to change subjects, and so on.
If you are studying for the IELTS, the TOEFL, or other tests, working on your pronunciation is one of the easiest ways to improve your score. Without good pronunciation, it is difficult to do well on these tests. Working on your pronunciation will make you more successful in job interviews and at work, and it will improve your listening skills. Having good pronunciation will allow you to have easier, longer conversations with English speakers that you meet in everyday life, so you will get more speaking practice. It's a good idea to have your pronunciation assessed as soon as possible so you don't develop bad habits that can hold you back. I will assess your pronunciation during the trial lesson.
I also like to teach writing. We can focus on writing essays, on shorter pieces, or on business writing. If you need help with essays, I can show you a few step-by-step formats that produce good results. I'll make sure you understand what your instructor is looking for. If you need to apply for university or for a job, we can work on that together too.
The type of lesson depends on your needs and English level. Students usually like to spend most of the lesson on conversation with about 20 per cent focused on grammar and pronunciation, but the choice is up to you. I will design each lesson just for you. As well as the pronunciation assessment, during the trial lesson we can chat and get to know each other. You can tell me what your goals are, so I can plan the next lesson. I look forward to working with you. I hope you will enjoy learning English as much as I enjoy teaching!
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