Hello there! My name is Taigita and I am a Canadian EFL teacher currently living in Taiwan. I am a creative, responsible and dedicated teacher who is deeply committed to seeing my students succeed. The thing I love most about teaching is the fact that it’s never boring. Every student has their own special needs, goals, and challenges and I love using my creativity and expertise to create customized lesson plans that support them in their learning. One of the things I enjoy doing in my free time is reading about the history and development of the English language and I bring this passion for English to my teaching.
I have taught all levels and ages, with experience working in kindergartens and private language schools for children and adults in Taiwan, and an International Language school in Canada. I have also created classes for private businesses and individuals, in addition to conducting professional development workshops for high school English teachers in Taiwan. I am currently working as a TESOL trainer where I help beginning ESL teachers develop a framework for both current practice and further professional development, while guiding experienced teachers to reflect upon their teaching in order to deepen their practice and bring new understandings and awareness to their work.
I offer a professional attitude, a wide range of educational and work experiences, and a compassionate and supportive educational philosophy. My varied educational and professional background has allowed me to develop the tools necessary to meet the diverse needs of my students. I have provided individual tutoring for a variety of professionals such as doctors, engineers, dentists, insurance agents and financial consultants. My wide range of interests and experiences mean that I can easily understand the language demands of a profession and develop personalized lessons to assist in professional development. I have also provided resume writing advice and interview coaching for students preparing to go overseas for education or working holidays. All of my students achieved their goals, but of course, I can only claim a small part of this success. Ultimately, my students are the drivers of their destiny, I’m just here to give them a hand up.
My previous work experience includes working as a research assistant and curriculum designer at a Canadian university as well as working as as a communications and organizational effectiveness consultant. This involved conducting large and small-scale facilitation process for businesses, local government and post secondary institutions, in addition to creating written material for websites, conference guides and newsletters. During my graduate studies in education, I gained a very in-depth understanding of learning processes and student needs and how to match curriculum design to desired learning outcomes. I am currently pursuing and MBA in Global Human Resources with an emphasis on Leadership Development at National Sun-Yat Sen University in Taiwan.
(in progress) MBA (Global Human Resource Management), Kaohsiung, Taiwan ROC
2011 TESOL 130 (With Honours) Greystone College, Vancouver, Canada
2010 MA Curriculum Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
2003 BA Communication, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
My teaching approach is student centered. However, as the teacher and the professional in the relationship, I make sure that I can offer a solid analysis of a person’s learning position in relation to their goals and a variety of techniques and approaches to help them achieve those goals.
I have been living and teaching in Taiwan for 7 years, which has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Culturally, Taiwanese people are somewhat shy in classroom situations and, while their school system does a great job of teaching the mechanics of English, there is little opportunity to sp eak. My initial adult classes were quiet, almost painfully so, but I dedicated myself to understanding my students so I could meet them where they were. With the advice of my Taiwanese colleagues, I found a way to address their fears and encourage them to step beyond their comfort zone. By working to understand my students and focusing on building trust, my classrooms quickly became active, dynamic, and full of laughter as my students began to embrace their learning process. My average class size quickly grew from 8-12 students, to the maximum size of 22. It is this care and dedication that I bring to all of my teaching.