Christopher Akenfelds : English
Christopher Akenfelds
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  Hello, my name is Christopher Akenfelds and I'm 55 years old and currently living in Cambodia. I am a native English speaker and teach English. I have been an online English teacher with Verbalplanet since April 2020. I am currently offering a free initial trial lesson for new students. 
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About me - English

I am a CELTA certified Australian citizen who has taught English as a second language for over three years in France, Latvia, and Cambodia. I have a very diverse set of life experiences. I have worked in manufacturing, retail, scientific research, government statistics, police communications, and railway operations.

I have a passion for history and current affairs and as a highly traveled person who has been to over thirty countries on five continents, I am fascinated by the different cultures and languages around the world. I love teaching English. The English language is not only my native language, but it is also a passion of mine.

As a person, I am very calm, sympathetic, and devoted to helping those who need help learning English.

I currently employed in one of the top four English language schools in the world, and I work freelance online.

Qualifications & Experience

CELTA certification for teaching English as a second language, awarded by the University of Cambridge in 2014.

Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in mathematics and physics, awarded by Deakin University in Australia in 1994.

I have more than three years of full-time experience teaching English:

Australian Centre for Education, Siem Reap, Cambodia: General English (May 2020 - present)

ANG School, Liepāja, Latvia: General English and IELTS preparation (September 2019 - February 2020)

Australian Centre for Education (ACE), Siem Reap, Cambodia: General English and Young Learners (July 2018 - March 2019)

Lingua Franca Language Centre, Rīga, Latvia: General English and Conversation Practice (September 2014 - July 2016)

ESOL Strasbourg, France: Trainee English Language Teacher (July 2014 - August 2014)

In addition to my English Language teaching experience, I have a very diverse background, having worked in areas such as Railway Operations, Police Communications, Government Statistics, Scientific Research, Retail, and Manufacturing. I am also widely traveled, having visited over 30 countries on five continents.

Teaching Approach

My approach to teaching is to display great empathy towards students and make students feel I am very approachable. To me, there are no silly questions and there is no place in this world for impatient teachers. I fully understand that English can be very challenging to learn and, like all skills, it takes practice. Therefore, I like to make sure the student gets as much practice as possible.

I have a very strong knowledge of English grammar and I have an abundance of creative methods for helping students understand the structure of the English language. Due to my incredibly diverse employment background, I have developed a vocabulary that is larger than usual, so I can be of great assistance when explaining English vocabulary to students. Whatever assistance the student needs, no matter is too small or too great. Above all, I am here to help.

I use techniques such as Guided Discovery, in which the student is encouraged as much as possible to find meaning and gain understanding of English by examining context. I also emphasize checking a student's understanding even when they indicate they have understood a principle of grammar or syntax by placing extra challenges before them. I can teach grammatical structures such as tenses using both technical methods, such as "time lines", as well as questioning a student's comprehension of meaning after seeing the tenses used in context.

As the prospective student is also a client, I like to make the student feel that they can contribute to the direction of a class, so they are getting what they need out of it.

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