Hi! My name is Damira and I live in Zagreb, Croatia. I'm a native Croatian speaker teaching English. I also speak French and a little bit of Italian.
My favourite game as a child was playing school where I was a teacher, of course. After graduating from University, that game became my profession. I taught English to all age groups, from kindergarten to managers. Now that I have my own children, you are guessing what game I always try to play with them.
I also have experience in the publishing industry - from creating English language teaching materials to supporting teachers in using ELT print and digital materials.
Join me for a trial lesson to see if we are the right match on your learning journey!
Education and Training
2010 - Ministry of Science and Education and Education and Teacher Training Agency: Teaching licence
2008 - International House Sydney - Teacher Training and Professional Centre: Certificate in English teaching to Adults (CELTA)
2006 - British Council Croatia: Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)
2004 - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia: MA in English and French language and literature
2016 – 2021, Senior ELT Consultant, Oxford University Press
- advise and support teachers of English in using Oxford University Press books and other OUP teaching materials
- deliver professional development workshops and webinars for teachers of English
- work with Oxford University Press editorials in creating Croatian market specific teaching materials for teachers of English
2013 – 2015, ELT Consultant, Algoritam
- advise and support teachers of foreign languages with using books and other teaching materials
2008 - 2011, English and French teacher, Privatna umjetnička gimnazija
2007 – 2008 – English teacher, West End centar stranih jezika
2004 – 2007 – English and French teacher, Prospero - škola stranih jezika
Speaking (and listening) are at the heart of all my lessons which are dynamic, exciting and fun, but grammar and vocabulary have an important role in those lessons too! When we don't see each other you will receive reading and writing tasks to either prepare for the lesson ahead or consolidate the language learnt in the previous lesson.
I have very good command of digital learning tools so you can choose whether you prefer using a particular course book that offers digital materials (eBook, eWorkbook) or together we can discuss the shape of the lessons depending on your learning style and your needs. I am happy to tailor the lessons to your needs. My goal is to help you see yourself making progress and become a confident user of the language.