Alastair Penney : English

Alastair Penney
Subject : English
Native : English
United Kingdom
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8+ days
45 Min : $19.61 / £13.95 / €15.93
Trial: 70% OFF
Hello, my name is Alastair Penney and I'm 47 years old and currently living in United Kingdom. I am a native English speaker and teach English. I have taught online with since February 2018. 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

I live in Daegu, South Korea. I teach English to Elementary and Intermediate students. I am popular with students as I am caring and energetic in helping students understand reading texts. I make vocabulary and grammar interesting. My students become more confident in saying their ideas in full sentences of English. I help students become self-motivated and responsible for their learning.

I keep myself fit at the gym and I enjoy dancing. I dance Pop styles, Jazz, House and Bboy. I am interested in music, especially KPOP. I have been to many pop concerts in Korea. My favorite artists include Girls Generation, Tahiti, Crayon Pop and APink. I also appreciate traditional music and culture. I like to help students be knowledgeable about traditional values and festivals in their community.

I value students' artwork and interest in making things. I encourage students to feel inspired by their heroes in Sport and the Arts.

Qualifications & Experience


English Teaching

- Classroom teaching at Elementary and Middle School level.[5yrs]

- Internet-based teaching.[1yr]

- Time-tabling and teaching plans.[3yrs]

- Knowledge of Korean, Chinese and Japanese culture.

Foreign languages

- Beginners Chinese and Japanese.

- Beginners Korean [KIIP Level 2].


Previous Group teaching and training :-

Jan 17 – present. GnB English Academy, Daegu, South Korea. 3 month initial contract, 2 renewals. Teacher in Elementary and Middle School English : Elementary level vocabulary and grammar in a range of GnB company textbooks. Training middle school students in presentation skills and speaking topics. Conducting monthly speaking tests for all grades. Also providing some Skype-based telephone teaching for 1-1 students.

Dec 17 – present. ITutor, Taiwan.. Internet-based English teaching with Training clients in spoken English from Elementary to Advanced Level, both 1-1 and in groups of up to 6 students, using online company presentations. This part-time role includes day to day performance assessment.

Nov 16 – present. Eigox, Osaka, Japan. Skype-based telephone teaching over the internet for students in Japan. Training clients in conversational skills at Elementary Level, including providing grammar practice with Eigox's online textbooks. Part-time 1-1 teaching for internet-booked 25 minute sessions.

Feb15 – Sep 16. E.Bo-Young Academy, Daegu, South Korea. Teacher in Elementary and Middle School English. 1 year contract, 1 renewal. Specialized in TOEFL and Reach and Elementary level grammar. Authored comprehension tests for reading materials. Designed weekly topics for speaking classes. Responsible for monthly assessment of student progress.

June 14 – Nov 14. (Student) Korean Integration Programme (KIIP), Guro, Seoul, South Korea. Recently I took a break from teaching English to study Korean Language and Culture. Currently I am at KIIP Level 2.

May 13 - Feb 14. Manhattan English Academy, SongDo, South Korea. Business English instructor both one to one and group classes. On call for busy professionals fitting English training into their working day. Elementary and Intermediate level English : specialist training courses one to one for Middle and Elementary school students. IELTS, TOEFL. Assessor for training needs and level.

Mar 12 – April 13. Shaanxi Foreign Languages Academy, Xian, China. Supply teaching as a part-time English instructor for middle schools in the Xian area, at Elementary level.

June 12. Hampson English, Xian, China. Weekend workshop for new starters on the Elementary level English programme.

Mar 12 – May 12. HuaTek Ltd, Xian, China. Course in Presentation Skills for IT, at Business English level, to assist the Engineers with communication skills and technical language skill in English for an expanding client base overseas.

Jun 11 – April 13. Xian, China. Freelance teaching in English at Elementary level and in a Tai Chi.

Teaching Approach

I am popular and caring with students of all levels. I work through vocabulary lists, providing explanation through English. I teach simple grammar ideas and idioms.

When students find difficulty in using more than single words in conversation then I am patient and I write out answers for students to practice. I give students a grammar pattern, or simple expression, and set an exercise to create their own further examples. I provide supporting materials and worksheets for the course, detailing vocabulary, grammar and idioms from the lesson. I encourage weaker students to participate and not feel intimidated by a new language. I give my students lots of practice at conversation, where I correct words and help with repeating and practicing more fluent phrases and idioms. I use role-plays with the reading material. My Elementary classes have fun turning stories from the books into presentations in small groups acting out the characters to improve their self-expression and speaking confidence. I help students read accurately. I am patient and friendly as I take students through the correct pronunciation of the words and give examples of word uses from everyday experience. I have taught both U.S. and British English. I encourage students to pick out words and phrases from texts with which they are unfamiliar, as a basis for further examples. I also help students explore their own topics from online resources and speak about these in English. I help students become self-motivated and responsible for their learning. I have learnt this philosophy from many years experience as both a student and a teacher.

For my more advanced students I assist them with finding their own words for answers to comprehension questions. I help students give advice and become teachers in their own areas of interest.

I also help advanced students analyse the content of more complex texts on specialised topics, by making use of idea maps or other tools. I give students the confidence to take on difficult sources for subjects outside English class. Students gain practical techniques with which they can understand and memorise such material for re-presentation in their own words elsewhere.


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