I'm confident and outgoing with a friendly, easy going nature and I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life. I find it easy to make conversation with people from all over the world and am able to quickly put people at ease. I am a stay at home mom and I have been homeschooling my daughter for the past three years ( she is now seven years old).
I have always had a love of English which is why I chose to major in it as University. I also studied linguistics as this gave me a well rounded understanding of language acquisition and development. I wanted a career where I could benefit from my love of the English language and so I studied to be a journalist. After university I wanted to share my love of English and decided to do my CELTA course. I found this to be wonderfully instructive and I loved interacting with our students, who were immigrants from the
Democratic Republic of Congo. Although I have mostly taught adults, my years spent home-schooling my own daughter, who is seven, has given me greater experience and insight into teaching younger children.
My love of other people has encouraged me to travel and I have been fortunate to visit and stay indifferent countries in Africa and around the world. I have always formed good bonds with my students and some of my students have developed into life-long friends.
I look forward to the opportunity to help students with mastering English and meeting new students!
Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes University (South Africa) 2001
Majors: English, Journalism
CELTA training course in 2002, Durban, South Africa
EQ-Motive (March 2002 - January 2003) South Africa
Position: English Teacher
Responsibilities: Improving business English of second language English speakers. Classes were small, involving 2 - 4 students at a time. All adults and business people
Varsity College, Durban (Feb - June 2003) - An affiliate of the University of South Africa (UNISA)
Position: English Lecturer
Responsibilities: I lectured English to First Year Journalism Students between the ages of 17 and 22. Many of the students were second language English Speaker and it was my responsibility to help them improve their overall written and spoken English.
Hunan University Of International Economics (October 2003 - June 2004) China, Hunan, Changsha City
Position: English Teacher
Responsibilities: I had four classes with 40 students in each, ranging between 17 and 25 years of age. I taught each class twice a week. I also taught two other classes for other students wanting or needing to improve their English. My responsibilities included helping students to improve their spoken English while also teaching them
about different customs and practices in English culture. I also participated in English Corner and assisted students in an inter-varsity drama competition, which
my students won. I also participated in outreach programs where I was taken to poorer communities to teach to students
Sugar Bay Children's Camp (August 2004 - September 2005) South Africa
Position: Administrative Manager
Responsibilities: My responsibilities were largely administrative and involved bookings and payments, however, I was also responsible for caring for sick or homesick children.
Hope Rising International (October 2005 - June 2006) China, Guangdong, Huizhou City
Position: English Teacher
Responsibilities: Teaching students of all ages and class sizes. My students ranged from seven year old children to mature business men. My responsibilities also included travelling to poorer areas and helping Native Chinese English teachersnto improve their English and second language teaching techniques.
The Holiday Guide Magazine (July 2006 - 2008) South Africa, Ballito
Responsibilities: Writing interesting and informative articles about the different holiday destinations in my province.
The North Coast Courier (2008 - 2010) South Africa, Ballito
Position: Primary journalist for a weekly community newspaper
Responsibilities: Interviewing people and writing factually correct news stories, as well as assisting with the layout of the paper.
In March 2011 I gave birth to my daughter and have been a stay-at-home mom. I began homeschooling my daughter in 2015. She is now beginning Grade 2.
My teaching approach is eclectic but always with a focus on encouraging the students to feel more confident when speaking English. I am very patient with my students and believe in supporting and assisting them in a way that builds their confidence.
I believe that people learn faster when they are having fun and so I always try create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere where students feel encouraged and supported. Most of my teaching experience has had an emphasis on spoken English and I enjoy helping students with pronunciation and communicating effectively when speaking English. However, I do also believe an understanding of sentence structures and basic grammar does help students to self-correct. Having said that, at the end of the day, it always depends on the student and what their requirements are, I'm always happy to adjust my approach to suit their needs.
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