I am a mature woman who has travelled the world and who has a rich patchwork of a career, having worked in the UK, Canada and Australia. I pride myself in having been the first bicycle courier in Vancouver, which may reveal that I am not a spring chicken. My outlook on life is that if you are going to try something, then make sure you try it from every angle before giving it up. Theatre performance, devising, lecturing, directing, playwriting, poetry writing, touring are the many angles from which I have experienced the world of theatre. Having been an owner/manager of a restaurant in Australia, and with hundreds of guests' meals served at dinner shows, I have many a tale to tell of success and failure. Moving into teaching English has brought the possibility of maintaining a wonderful contact with people from all over the world, and the opportunity to laugh and cry with many from all walks of life. Communication and interaction are major sources of satisfaction in this life of ours.
With a long history as a professional theatre practitioner and lecturer, as well as an almost as long history of teaching English as a Foreign Language, I can assure you of top quality teaching on two subjects about which I am passionate. I like to think that that passion shines through in my teaching. Whether you are a beginner in learning English or are striving to prepare for an English Exam, CAE, FCE or IELTS, I would be able to support you through to achieving your goals. I have taught people from all over the world, and always have a good rapport with both young and old. My students/clients have ranged from asylum seekers from Somalia working towards integrating themselves into the British way of life, to clinical oncology consultants with the need to communicate to other high level researchers in English. For those in need of some confidence building in speaking, presenting, or preparing for an audition, I have taught performing techniques and voice and movement in universities in Performing Arts Departments, I am adept at encouraging people to go beyond their fears to a point of enjoyment when presenting or sharing material of any kind in public.
Humour can dilute stress, and I aim to maintain a humourous outlook during lessons, without losing sight of the fact that learning English can,at times, be a serious and difficult business, as can preparing for public speaking. By maintaining a strong link with the interests and passions of those I teach, suddenly progress is made without too much pain. Learning should be pleasurable, and it is my job to strive to ensure that that is the case with each and every student. That means everyone I teach is an individual whom I work with to attain methods which are going to suit them and maybe them alone. Of course, I can be firm, and if I find that a student is not really making full use of his or her outlaid money for lessons, I point this out. It would be devastating to pay decent fees and leave with nothing.
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|References Available||On File|
|Inlingua School of English, UK||2004||Professional||Trinity College Licentiate Diploma in TESOL|
|EastCoast Language School,Australia||1998||Professional||Trinity College Certificate in TESOL|
|East 15 Acting School, London||1971||Professional||Diploma in Acting|
|University of Aberdeen||1968||Masters||Languages|
|English (Foreign Language)|