Elfin Waters : English

Elfin Waters
Subject : English Native
Italy
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(46) Reviews
Last class : Today
Today
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45 Min : $24.30 / £18.29 / €20.65
Trial: 70% OFF
Hello, my name is Elfin Waters and I'm 46 years old and currently living in Italy. I am a native English speaker and teach English, French, Italian. I have taught online with Verbalplanet.com since May 2014. I can speak the following languages fluently: English, French, Italian, Spanish. I am currently offering a discounted initial trial lesson at 70% of my normal lesson price for new students.

Detailed Profile in English

About me

Are you tired of panicking when a native speaks to you and you can’t answer?

Do you feel frustrated that people don't understand you when you speak?Do you hesitate to speak because you are embarrassed by your accent?

Or you would just like to be able to watch a movie and not feel completely lost?

I think these are important questions and these are the skills I focus on in my courses.

I am Elfin, a perfectly bilingual teacher who has been teaching English online since 2014.

I hold a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and I have taught over 800 students from all over the world.

My lessons are about using visual elements, like pictures and videos, as a powerful tool to jog your memory, retain and learn new vocab and also push you painlessly beyond your limits.

In my sessions, we will focus on everyday language, with an emphasis on listening activities.

With my coaching lessons you will :

* Be understood and feel comfortable in your accent

* Enjoy conversations with natives. You will be able to pick up what is being said.

* Speak confidently on any topic

*Be able to really enjoy Tv series in English without subtitles.

Qualifications & Experience

I have a background in translation studies but I decided to focus on teaching in the last ten years.

I took the CELTA where I learned how useful observed teaching can be. It's a great way to get professional feedback .

Later, I took the COLT, a certificate for teaching online where I studied techniques and problem solving in online teaching.

After working offline with companies for a few years I moved to online teaching and it changed my life.

Teaching online allows me to offer my students the best lessons they could possibly have.

Recently, my focus has been on learning how to teach English pronunciation and I took several courses on the subject.

Teaching Approach

I assess the student's level and then develop a program that keeps in mind the student's strong points and weaknesses.

Every lesson gives equal space to listening, writing, reading and speaking but also grammar.

Grammar has to be a tool, though, not a cage.

I help you find time in your busy days to learn English. A little practice every day brings incredible long-term results.

I don't only teach the language, I also teach learning strategies to get the best results and how to overcome personal fears and insecurities, that are hindering our language speaking. I will share with you my very own language learning tips, result of my own current studies in Spanish and German.

Book a lesson with me and start learning today.

Detailed Profile in Italian

About me

Vivo in Italia da lunghissimo tempo, di padre americano e madre italiana e sono quindi bilingue primaria a tutti gli effetti, ovvero parlante madrelingua inglese/italiano.

Parlo, leggo e scrivo correttamente e fluentemente anche in lingua francese.

Ho da sempre una fortissima passione per le lingue straniere, per i viaggi e per la conoscenza di culture diverse. Da poco ho iniziato lo studio anche della lingua e cultura spagnola, e giorno per giorno ne sto scoprendo sempre di più il fascino. Studiando poi, mi trovo ad affrontare gli stessi ostacoli e difficoltà dei miei studenti e questo è un aspetto davvero interessante e stimolante.

Nel tempo libero adoro andare in bicicletta, disegnare, nuotare, ascoltare musica e anche suonarla.

Qualifications & Experience

Insegno inglese offline da oltre un decennio. Nel 2006 ho conseguito il CELTA presso l'International House di Roma. Esperienza davvero molto intensa, ricordo che tra le numerose attività dovevamo anche fare lezioni in classi numerose osservate da nostre colleghe e superiori, e credo che sia stata un'esperienza molto stimolante ed estremamente istruttiva.

Successivamente ho conseguito anche il COLT, una certificazione specifica per l'insegnamento online, dove ho studiato tecniche, tematiche e problematiche che possono insorgere nell'insegnamento a distanza, che presenta spesso difficoltà molto diverse da dover affrontare.

Negli anni ho ricevuto tante richieste specifiche ed è stato così che ho imparato a preparare studenti per i più disparati esami e certificazioni.

Insegno anche ai bambini da due anni in su, anche online (seguiti dai genitori ovviamente).

Teaching Approach

Inizialmente valuto il livello dello studente e poi sviluppo un programma che tenga conto dei suoi punti forti e di quelli deboli. Io non insegno solo una lingua, ma studio una strategia di apprendimento personalizzata per ottenere i migliori risultati con ogni singolo allievo.

Uso la grammatica, ma come uno strumento, non deve mai essere una gabbia che blocchi la comunicazione, soprattutto nell'italiano.

In base agli obiettivi, cerco di far diventare l'italiano una piccola abitudine quotidiana, da incorporare nella vita di tutti i giorni.

La disciplina e la diligenza sono fondamentali. Un poco di pratica ogni giorno porta a stupefacenti risultati a lungo termine.

Detailed Profile in French

About me

Je suis passionnée par les langues et les cultures différentes.

J'aime faire du vélo, enseigner, marcher en pleine nature, lire et aller au cinéma.

Je suis parfaitement bilingue en anglais et italien. Maintenant, je suis en train d'étudier l'espagnol, une langue très belle.

En l'étudiant, je me rends compte des obstacles et des difficultés qu'ont mes étudiants.

Je trouve ça très intéressant, stimulant et ça m'aide à m'améliorer.

Qualifications & Experience

J'ai toujours enseigné mais en 2006, j'ai obtenu le Celta, une certification de formation.

C' est pour l'anglais, bien sûr, mais les méthodes d'enseignement, les techniques que j'ai apprises, sont efficaces pour l'enseignement de toutes les langues. Puis en 2011, j'ai obtenu le Colt, une certification sur les techniques de l'enseignement en ligne.

J'ai plus de 8 ans d'expérience et je donne des cours d'italien et anglais général, langue phonétique et littérature.

Teaching Approach

Je donne des cours particuliers aux adultes, adolescents et enfants. J'utilise une méthode interactive et je m'adapte aux besoins de l'étudiant.

Mes cours sont pour débutants et élémentaire, surtout de langue maternelle anglaise, qui veulent améliorer et arriver à un niveau intermédiaire.

A chaque leçon, l'étudiant pratique la lecture, l'écriture, la prononciation et la grammaire. En ce qui concerne la grammaire, je pense que ça devrait être un outil et pas une prison.

J'essaie toujours de me mettre à la place de mes étudiants pour mieux comprendre ce dont ils ont besoin. J'essaie toujours de m'améliorer et de me tenir à jour.

My last class was :
Today.
 
26 Jul 2016
By : Caterina1008
Subject : French 
This week we continued on with descriptions and went through my homework. Not too bad considering it's been a couple of months and I feel like I'm getting back into the swing of things again. Class was fun.
 
19 Jul 2016
By : Caterina1008
Subject : French 
I felt a lot more confident than last week. We worked on descriptions of people and I didn't struggle as much with Elfin's encouragement. Looking forward to next week.
 
12 Jul 2016
By : Caterina1008
Subject : French 
My brain felt like mush tonight after nearly 2 months away to move house. Elfin was as always very encouraging. I look forward to next week and regular weekly classes.
 
24 May 2016
By : Caterina1008
Subject : French 
Another enjoyable lesson.

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