I spent 3.5 years abroad myself, and had to learn a foreign language, just like you. That's the main reason why I think I can really help you- I know what's like for you and I know ways you can overcome your problems. I'm a friendly, enthusiastic, capable, and fun-loving teacher. I'm also a musician and songwriter, which can help a lot with my understanding of language, and vica-versa. I'm DELTA qualified (DELTA is a Master's level qualification, and is much higher level that the standard CELTA.) I did, by the way, achieve two "distinction" grades in the DELTA. "Distinction" means "much higher than average". One distinction was for a practical teaching assessment. I worked very hard for that, so I think I should make sure you know about it:).
I spent my first 8 years teaching English in London, working with students from all over the world, so I really enjoy communicating with students of all cultural backgrounds. Then I spent 3.5 years working in Switzerland, as Academic Director and teacher trainer, and English tutor. While I was there, I did almost all exam classes with very demanding professional students. I grew to love the challenge of working at such a high standard and am very confident helping with most major exam types. I have vast experience of all levels, from beginner to proficiency, and all age groups from teenager to pensioner (no joke!:)). I also became very aware of how your native language can interfere with your second language. Therefore, I can really help you there too.
I believe in trying to make progress any way that is appropriate for the individual student. That's the key to good teaching- making sure the lesson "fits" the student. I have experience of all approaches, from strict exam drilling, to game-orientated free communication activities. However, one thing that I always believe is necessary for good teaching is for the tutor and student to feel emotionally comfortable. If somebody doesn't feel comfortable, they can't learn efficiently. The best way to feel comfortable is to have a little chat and joke every now and again. Concentrating too hard constantly for too long can be counter-productive. Even just a one minute break for a chat can make a huge positive difference.
|Languages||English (British), French, German, Greek, Latin|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Language Link, Earl's Court||1999||Bachelors||CELTA|
|Hammersmith and West London College||2009||Masters||DELTA|