John Swift : Spanish

John Swift
Subject : Spanish
Native : English
United States
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Hello, my name is John Swift and I'm 35 years old and currently living in United States. I am a native English speaker and teach English, Spanish. I have taught online with Verbalplanet.com since January 2017. I can speak the following languages fluently: English, Spanish. I am currently offering a free initial trial lesson for new students.

Detailed Profile in English

About me

I have been a teacher, mentor, and coach for over 16 years. I graduated from Hunter College in New York City with a BA in psychology and played for the men’s varsity basketball team.

During 2009 and 2010, I lived and taught English in Argentina. I am fluent in Spanish. I traveled alone by bicycle from Ushuaia, Argentina, the southern tip of South America, to Houston, Texas while writing articles, doing radio interviews, recording videos for the Spanish textbook “Teachers Discovery” and the education website, “Speaking Globally,” as well as maintaining my own personal blog. My time in each community was spent learning about the culture while speaking to students of all ages from elementary schools to universities. My message was about tolerance and perseverance conveyed through stories of my journey.

Prior to my Latin American experience, I oversaw all aspects of the athletic program at the Holthouse Boys and Girls Club near downtown Houston as its Athletic Director. There I led a team of professional volunteers from the community, including professional athletes, in pursuing shared goals of enriching the lives of our member’s who were from very diverse cultural backgrounds. I also have worked with immigrant engineers at Chevron in Houston, Texas teaching English as a second language.

I currently own and operate a basketball training business in the San Francisco Bay Area. I train, mentor, and advise over 115 student athletes from 6-26 years old. I have been very passionate about the development of my students both on and off the court. In individual and group training sessions students and I set short and long term goals to make healthy choices and become a better teammate each day. While building this business over the last three years I’ve worked on related projects with start-up companies, collaborated with Nike on new apps, and was chosen by the app, Coachup, to collaborate with Stephen Curry on a marketing video in which I am portrayed as his coach, who is one of the owners.

Qualifications & Experience

EDUCATION

Hunter College, The City University of New York, New York, N.Y. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, June 2007

Coalition of New York State Career Schools, New York, N.Y. Private Trade and Registered Business School Teacher License, February 2012

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

SF LANGUAGE SERVICES – HOUSTON, TX

CORPORATE LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR February 2011 – July 2011

• Taught corporate English classes to Angolan, Indian, Chinese, and Russian engineers at Chevron Oil and Gas

• Designed and specialized curriculums for classes of 1-6 clients, focusing on grammar, writing, communication

skills, accent training, PowerPoint presentation skills, the language of meetings, and cultural awareness issues

• Served as a cultural liaison and helped assimilate newly arrived clients

• Constructed detailed monthly reports about the progress of each client

• Created language exams to chart the progress of each client

APEX TECHNICAL SCHOOL – NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

BILINGUAL AUTO MECHANIC ESL INSTRUCTOR. February 2012 – June 2012

• Led English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) in both languages to aspiring auto mechanics

• Developed curriculums on workplace speaking skills, job interviews, basic grammar and writing

• Supplementary instruction included accent training; mechanical jargon

• Built supportive relationships to help assimilate newly arrived students

• Produced progress reports for each student and designed custom exams

MERCK AND UPCLOSE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES – BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

BUISNESS ENGLISH TEACHER April 2009 – August 2009

• Worked with department leaders to design classes tailored toward English language deficiencies

• Scheduled and prepared lesson plans and materials for employees based on levels of proficiency

• Taught English courses to classes of 6-10 Argentine professionals

• Kept progress files for students while monitoring improvement

ANCILLARY EXPERIENCES

• College Basketball Player; Hunter College Hawks; New York City, NY; One Season

• College Basketball Player; Catawba College Indians; Salisbury, NC; Three Seasons

• Builder and Designer; The Outside Inne; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Helped Restore Historic Building Using

Recyclables

• Set Builder and Designer; Family Tree Collective; New York City, NY; Served as lead builder for startup

theatrical company

• Pan American Highway Cycling; I bicycled the Pan American Highway from Ushuaia, Argentina, the

southern tip of South America, to Houston, Texas from October 22, 2009 to Sept 22, 2010. While riding I wrote articles, gave radio interviews, and made videos for a Spanish textbook company called Teachers Discovery and an educational website called Speaking Globally, and maintained a day-to-day blog with stories accompanied by photos.

Teaching Approach

English Language Learning Session Design: For all skill levels.

The first step for each student is to gather an assessment of where we are. I personally tailor curriculums for each student based on their immediate language level needs. Our sessions will be high energy and enthusiastic. We will start with a basic outline and exercises to get you into the mood and have you brain working at the optimal frequency for learning. We work on the fundamentals and your individual strengths/weaknesses to improve your over English aptitude.

Our sessions are very interactive. Conversations and usage of the language is key. I like my students to stay busy and challenged throughout all of our interactions. Over the course of our session(s) the learning is mutual. I become familiar with your learning style, your strengths/areas of improvement, and I will start to monitor and implement activities we will do to fill in those gaps. I am very passionate about the language developments of my student and I will chart progress diligently to show where we’ve come from. Before starting our first session we set a course of goals, outline our expectations, and decide together the direction we’d like to start going in. Charting my students progress is of the highest importance to me as a teacher. We are trying to connect the dots of language learning and charting whether or not we are hitting marks along the way is crucial to our success.

Sessions include Homework and Evaluations.

I taught myself Spanish over the course of a year in Argentina. I remember when I could only say 5-10 words. I use the knowledge gained along my journey learning Spanish, in my English teaching style. Patience, willingness to “play” with the language, and active conversations all helped me get to fluency in Spanish. After one year I gave my first lecture in a university in Popayan, Colombia. Language has opened many doors for me professionally and connected me to the stories of millions around the world. Thank you.


     

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