I am British and was born and educated in the United Kingdom. I speak standard received pronunciation English. I am highly educated and speak a precise and accurate type of English. I have complete knowledge of English grammar, syntax, usage, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
My professional career before I moved to Mexico was as a writer of advertising, marketing, communications, and speeches. I also gained experience as a film director and scriptwriter which of course required considerable interpersonal skills. I work well with children and young adults - I have four children, all of whom are British, who, of course, speak perfect English! My professional background also qualifies me to teach business English and to help advanced speakers of English to further refine and improve their English in detail.
I have a wide knowledge of English literature, culture, history, and current affairs, and great interest in music, film, theatre, and the arts in general.
I have a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Statistics from Nottingham University and a qualification in TEFL from Westminster English College, in London.
I have been running English classes here in Mexico for some years and have experience teaching students of all levels.
Over the years, I have developed my own approach to teaching English with particular regard to the needs of Spanish-speakers.
This experience would obviously be useful for any future teaching work I might do outside of Mexico, although each particular mother tongue will present its own set of challenges interpersonal pronunciation and sentence structure.
The appropriate teaching approach depends on the level of the student.
However, for the purposes of this application, I shall assume the student is a late teenager of beginner-status.
1. I like to start with the numbers, and I tend to start every subsequent lesson with a brief test of number knowledge, not just reciting the digits but also using them to do simple calculations.
2. Simultaneously, we will also start by studying the alphabet, establishing the typical sounds of each of the letters, and accumulating a basic vocabulary in the process. These key learnings would also be tested at the start of most lessons.
3. We would then introduce to the lessons simple phrases covering the basics of life: family, food, travel, the weather, work. school, and so on. We need to make the student feel they are learning useful stuff right from the get-go.
4. It's also important that students start to understand the structure of the English language, the three main types of words (nouns, verbs, and adjectives) and the sub-categories of adverbs, pronouns, and conjunctions. This shouldn't be too technical of course, but it is important to give students a foundation on which they can build phrases and sentences in the future.
5. We would then start to introduce the concept of conjugating verbs. Apart from a small number of irregular (although commonly-used) verbs generally this is quite easy to learn in English in comparison to Romance languages.
6. As the programme of lessons continues, we build on these basic foundations, at a rate depending on the ability and progress of the student.
7. We can continuously introduce useful standard English phrases and start to develop knowledge of English possessive forms.
8. But lessons cannot simply comprise dry academic content. The 'schoolwork' needs to be liberally mixed up with other less serious material. I like to use poems. pop songs, scenes from films, and so on. to provide interesting and light-hearted material from which we can learn all aspects of the English language.
9. I like to keep my teaching style informal, relaxed, and fun, while always ensuring we are totally goal-focussed and delivering intensive language education.
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