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English (Foreign Language)
I am an Oxford graduate who spent most of his career working in the Civil Service, where I reached a senior grade. I took early retirement but that didn't mean I wanted to stop working. I spent an interesting couple of years developing property and then decided to return to the love of my life, which is languages. I trained to teach English as a foreign language, obtained the Cambridge Celta qualification and have found a whole new lease of life teaching on a freelance basis at a number of schools in SW London.In addition to General English, I teach quite a lot of Business English. I also do a lot of private tuition, as the school rates me highly for this.
Meanwhile I had always developed my knowledge of German, studying at the Goethe Institute.I have the Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (near native standard). I have maintained my knowledge by wide reading and through visits to and from several German friends.I have recently begun to give private tuition in German getting positive feedback.
I am serious about my subjects but nevertheless have a good sense of humour. I am an enthusiastic person and like my students to be so too.
I have taught English as a foreign language (EFL) for five years. I teach a mixture of General English and Business English. A significant proportion of teaching hours is spent giving private tuition either for Cambridge exams or to help European students with their Abitur/Matura.
I have recently begun giving private lessons in German.
I like to work in partnership with the student. The fundamental thing is to find out exactly what the student needs and then to help him or her to learn. The aim is to assist students to discover as much as possible for themselves and to share the process with them. While my emphasis is on the communicative approach, I do believe there is still a role from time to time for a bit of old-fashioned "chalk and talk". As in most things it is a question of balance and being willing to adapt to circumstances.
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