My name's Teacher Phil and I'm a qualified English Teacher from the UK. Before working in education I was involved in hospitality management and my favourite part of the job was conversing and interacting with customers, so in 2012 I changed career direction. I began by volunteering in schools and returning to university to study for my Master's degree in English before being accepted to train as a teacher at one of the best universities in the UK.
Since then I have taught in the North East of England, London, Bangkok and Online to all ranges of ages, abilities and nationalities. My teaching style is simple and effective, I find out my student's goals and targets, then I find out a little about them, then we work together to find the fasted and most fun way to achieve these goals together. Whether you want to improve basic vocabulary or conversational skills or you want to fine tune advanced grammar, I will find a way for you to do it without the stress or boredom.
In 2008 I graduated with a BA in Media Production and In 2012 returned to university and gained a Master’s degree in English before training and qualifying as an English teacher from Durham University (ranked 1st in the UK for English).
Before teaching online I taught English as a foreign language directly to students ages 8-18 as well as adult students. Most recently I was the Head of Department and English Teacher for the ‘Intensive English Programme’ at Satriwithaya Girls’ School in Bangkok and was teaching English as an additional language there, to native Thai students, for over a year. I taught several courses focusing on grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension and also a listening and speaking based course focused around IELTS teaching material.
During my time in Thailand I also taught short intensive English courses at universities and private schools and held staff training courses for corporate clients as well as being a freelance tutor. My teaching experience and use of EAL teaching strategies have naturally benefited not only from my time teaching in a non-English speaking country, but also from strategies learnt from my time teaching in London where I taught as a high school English teacher; some classes that I taught there had a significant number of EAL students also (over 25% non-native speakers in some of my classes).
I approach my position as an educator using varied and flexible methodologies to teaching and learning, adapting myself and style to the space and facilities. Furthermore, I’m always keen to build and improve as a practitioner whether through CPD, sharing, self-reflection or simply staying up to date or with a new technology. The practical application of this would be best reflected in visual aides used in the lessons of teaching resources created for the students.
I feel that my greatest strengths as a teacher are my compassion and adaptability; being understanding to students’ individual needs and abilities allows me to tailor my communication and differentiation with an eye to producing students that are not simply high achievers but inquisitive in nature with a desire for self-improvement.
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