Information About James - Norwich teacher
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I am from Bristol and have a BA (first class) and an MA (w/distinction) in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Before moving to Norwich in September of 2014 I spent two and a half years living and working in Catania, Sicily, as an English Language teacher. I currently work for ICS language school in Norwich and am a self-employed tutor and writer. My poetry has appeared in many quality literary magazines, including Poetry Wales, The Warwick Review, Stand, and The Rialto, and I have written music and film reviews and articles for numerous magazines since 2006.
In 2009 I qualified as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TESOL Trinity College London) and have since taught English both in the U.K. and abroad to learners of all ages and levels, teaching general English and preparing many students for English examinations such as Cambridge KET/PET/FCE, IELTS, and TOEFL.
Between 2013 and 2014 I was the Director of Studies at a private language school in Catania, Sicily, responsible for organising teaching schedules, level testing, observing teachers, monitoring students' progress, and teaching. In addition to this, I tutored two advanced teenage students in A-level English Literature.
I have taught for MM Oxford Study Services, a British Council Accredited summer school, for the last five summers, teaching young learners of various levels, nationalities and backgrounds between the ages 12 to 16. In the summer of 2010 and 2014 I was part of the teaching staff that successfully achieved the British Council Accreditation for the school.
All teaching is student centred, so my approach depends on the needs and preferences of of the individual student. Speaking generally, I prefer the communicative approach to teaching as opposed to the book-centred one. I'm interested in my students, in what they think. Personalising learning, finding ways to make the subject relevant to the individual student is often the best way to engage and enthuse them, and in turn to achieve greater learning outcomes. But ultimately there is no one-size-fits-all approach to teaching.
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Bath Spa University (2011) - Creative Writing (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Bath Spa University (2009) - Creative Writing (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Trinity College London (2009) - TESOL (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- Filton College Bristol (2001) - English Literature (College) (✘ Not On File)