Delia Silva : English

Delia Silva
Subject : English
Native : English
Portugal
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Hello, my name is Delia Silva and I'm 38 years old and currently living in Portugal. I am a native English speaker and teach English. I have taught online with Verbalplanet.com since January 2018. I can speak the following languages fluently: English, Portuguese - Europe.

Detailed Profile in English

About me

I was born in South Africa but moved to Portugal in 2002 after completing my CELTA through Cambridge University. I have had teaching experience in England as well as Portugal. I have taught adults as well as children for many years. I speak and read Portuguese at an upper-intermediate level. Besides my experience in teaching, I have also worked in financial fields.

In my free time, I love reading, watching films and spending time with my family. I am married and have two young children. Cooking and nature are also on my list of favourite things to do.  

Qualifications & Experience

Dates: 1/06/2015 → present

Occupation or position held: Online English coach and trainer

Main activities and responsibilities: Teaching and helping adults improve their English skills

Name and address of employer: Learnlight Services, Barcelona (Spain)

Type of business or sector: Online Language courses

Dates: 15/09/2007 - 30/06/2017

Occupation or position held: EFL Teacher

Main activities and responsibilities: Teaching English to all age groups from the age of 4 to adults

Name and address of employer: ILC – Interlarding Centre, Alcobaça (Portugal)

Type of business or sector: Language Institute

Dates: 25/06/2012 - 22/07/2012 including the previous 5 summers

Occupation or position held: Centre Director

Main activities and responsibilities: Ensuring the successful running of a summer school, with +- 200 students and 50 staff.

Name and address of employer: Bede´s International Summer School, East Sussex (England)

Type of business or sector: Summer School

Dates: 15/09/2004 - 30/06/2007

Occupation or position held: EFL Teacher

Main activities and responsibilities: Teaching English

Name and address of employer: ILC – Interlarding Centre, Leiria (Portugal)

Type of business or sector: Language Institute

Dates: 15/09/2002 - 30/06/2004

Occupation or position held: EFL Teacher

Main activities and responsibilities: Teaching English

Name and address of employer: Linguacultura, Santarem (Portugal)

Type of business or sector: Language Institute

Education and training

Dates: 01/06/2002 - 30/06/2002

Title of qualification awarded: Celta (Certificate In English Language Teaching To Adults)

Principal subjects / occupational skills covered: Teacher training

Name and type of organisation providing education and training: International House Teacher Training College, Johannesburg (South Africa)

Level in national or international classification: Pass

Teaching Approach

I strongly believe that teaching is a way of empowering students to believe in themselves. They need to gain enough confidence to feel like they can speak English. By engaging students in the learning process and allowing them to choose what they feel comfortable talking about, gives them the motivation to speak more and improve their skills. Before I begin a lesson with students, I ask them if they want to be corrected on the spot or only at the end. Personally I think correcting at the end is better, as it does not break the flow of communication and does not make the student feel self-conscious. However, if they ask to be corrected on the spot, I will gladly do it.

     

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