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Hello there. I am originally from the UK, just outside of London, and have now been living and working in Ontario for the last five years. I have a diverse work experience and have traveled extensively around the world, including work in East Asia. I am 38 years old and have a friendly, personable nature and enjoy learning about other people as well as them learning from me. I have recently qualified as a Rehabilitation Assistant and this is the field I work in whilst teaching English as a side line.
I have taught English in a private summer school in Lianyungang, China. My students ranged in age from 6 yrs to 21 yrs old. The focus of this teaching was verbal communication skills (English as a second language) and confidence building.I was responsible for lesson planning and preparation and also setting end of semester exams. Classes normally contained around 20 students.
I was also responsible for setting up an 'English club' for foreign workers at a previous place of work in London and conducted lessons there for one month during lunch breaks. Most recently I have been tutoring a 12 year old boy and a 10 year old girl (just over one year). The boy has mild dyslexia so we have been working on his spelling and sentence structure and also reading and comprehension.
I am a firm believer of a measured pace to teaching/tutoring and ensure that my students fully understand concepts, meanings etc before moving on. Although I do use a lot of reinforcement in my learning in terms of repetition I try to keep things fresh and fun as much as possible to keep the student engaged. I will sometimes use games in a way to reinforce a teaching point if I think this will help the students understanding. I also like to get know a bit about my students first and vice versa before diving straight into tutoring as I feel this can put the student at ease and make them more responsive to my teaching methods. It helps me if the student or the parents of the student have learning objectives in mind to make our time together as productive as possible.
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- Durham College (2016) - Diploma physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy Assistant (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Fitness Industry Education (2012) - Personal Trainer (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- TEFL (2000) - TEFL (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Barnet College (2000) - Media, Communication and Production (College) (✘ Not On File)