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My name is Alexandra, I am from the United Kingdom, and I am a native English speaker.
Apart from my home country (England), I have lived in Spain, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Ecuador, and I am currently living in Colombia. After having lived in many countries, I understand the excitement that comes with exploring different cultures and languages. I believe we have this excitement in common!
Being bilingual in English and Spanish, I know through my own experiences the difficulties that come with learning new languages and immersing yourself in a different culture. Because of these difficulties I have learnt that the best way to teach and inspire is by being a patient, flexible and motivating teacher.
Having lived in many countries and attended many schools across the globe, I have had a very international education. Because of this, I am used to many different accents and ways of speaking English as well as being able to rapidly identify common mistakes influenced by your first language.
My Bachelor’s degree at the University of Manchester was in Criminology. The psychology and sociology of crime has always been something that has interested me greatly. After university I went on to complete my Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) at International House in London. My true passion is helping with the goal of cross-cultural communication and global citizenship.
- CELTA, Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, International House, London
- B.A. (Hons) Criminology, University of Manchester, UK
Through teaching English to beginner, intermediate and advanced groups from diverse social, cultural and linguistic backgrounds I have developed many skills as well as a passion for teaching. In addition to teaching groups at a renowned language institution and at international schools, I have taught many one-on-one (private lessons).
- English Teacher: Refugee Centre, Lorong Jubilee, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2013)
- English Teacher: American School of Valencia, Puzol, Spain (2014, 2015, 2016)
- English Trainee Teacher: International House London (2016)
- English Tutor: Private students in Quito, Ecuador (2016)
- English Tutor: Private Students in Medellin, Colombia (2016-2017)
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My teaching approach is based completely around you, what you are comfortable with, your expectations, and what you are hoping to gain and achieve from our interactions.
I adapt to diverse learning styles because this is very important when improving accuracy and fluency across the key skills areas of speaking, reading, writing, listening, grammar and lexis. I think it is important for me to be flexible when teaching each one of you as everyone learns in different ways!
The four basic language skills (speaking, reading, writing, listening) will be covered in each lesson in order to maximise well rounded learning. Grammar and lexis will also be incorporated naturally into lessons alongside the language skill tasks to serve as a simultaneous learning process.
My approach is mainly communicative. It is important to practice speaking English with a native speaker in an organic way.
During our first lesson together we will identify your goals and wishes. This way I can personalise lessons accordingly. If you so choose, at the end of each lesson we can discuss topics that interest you so that these can be taken into account when planning subsequent lessons. This will make them as interesting, engaging and enjoyable as possible!
Throughout our time together clear goals for each lesson will be highlighted in order to track your progress. Feedback will be given to you after each interaction. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) will be used as a way to measure language ability and to track your development.
Learning a language should be fun! I know from my own experience that sometimes it is difficult. I make it clear to all my students never to be embarrassed to ask any type of question no matter how basic or simple it may sound. I pride myself on supporting my students throughout their journey of language learning.
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