I am a CELTA qualified, professional English teacher, with experience teaching people from diverse backgrounds, from wealthy businessmen to fishermen in Malaysia. I have worked for private language institutes and public schools, as well as designing and delivering courses for charities.
I love to develop friendships with students based on common interests, and to incorporate these into classes, meaning they are engaging as well as useful for the student and me. Although I am the teacher, I believe that learning a language should be a shared learning experience and cultural exchange for student and teacher.
My passions include travel, cooking and spiritual development as well as spending time in the outdoors, whether I’m climbing, hiking or relaxing. This translates into a love and respect for the natural environment, and I have a keen interest in how we reconnect with nature to preserve the environment, specifically what we can learn from indigenous cultures.
I have experience teaching students who want to achieve the following goals:
*Succeed in IELTS and Trinity examinations.
*Learn specific business English.
*Learn English as a young learner.
*Develop English alongside other topics, such as Environmental and Social Responsibility (CLIL)
*Improve conversational skills for travel
*CELTA, International House Budapest October 2016 – November 2016
Grade: Pass B
Taught classes of two abilities and four different L1 languages. Developed lesson planning and delivery, including lesson formats outside of those covered in depth during the course.
*MSc Conservation, University College London September 2014 – September 2015
*MSci Geology – Imperial College London 2010 – 2014
I have taught students from ages 3 – 60+ in class and online in various countries such as China and Hungary. My students come from a range of backgrounds, from businessmen to monks, and from fishermen to toddlers. I have significant experience teaching online in one-to-one classes as well as groups of 4 or more students.
Course Design: I design my own tailor-made courses for each student based on their language goals. These have previously included English for university preparation and English for sustainable tourism. I have also created courses to build on specific skills, such as reading for young children and conversational English for travel. I use CLIL (Content & Language Integrated Learning) to teach other subjects such as Marine Geology through English. I also teach Chinese children English alongside environmental and social responsibility. For example, an environmental issue such as water supply can be incorporated into the lesson with readings and discussions that cover that topic as well as promote the use of a specific piece of target language.
Exam Preparation: IELTS and Trinity
Other Educational experience:
Through my work as an Education Coordinator for a charity and as a teaching assistant at my undergraduate university, I have significant experience designing courses and liaising with schools and educators to design materials for different groups, as well as providing advice and assistance to students.
My approach to language learning is to focus materials and lessons on the interests of my students, meaning learning becomes a more natural and entertaining experience. I develop courses specifically targeting the skills they want to improve on or their educational target.
Having lived abroad in China, I understand the difficulties of trying to adapt to new cultures and learning a complex new language, so you'll be having lessons with someone who can relate to the fears you have. At the moment I’m based in Chile, where I’m using immersion to learn Spanish. Chileno is a very unique language and difficult to get your head around, so I can definitely relate to any difficulty you might be having understanding accents and regional variations in English.
I'm primarily trained in teaching through the communicative approach, leading to the acquisition of natural, meaningful language, but I also like to incorporate task-based learning, working with you on multi-week projects based on your interests to focus on a particular skill or language point. Some examples of projects I've worked on with students include solutions to climate change and designing sustainable tourism plans.
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