This is how 2 referees rated Ramsay:
English (Foreign Language)
Philosophy / Critical Thinking
I graduated from Lancaster University with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy in 2014. In my first and second year some of my course modules (a third of my modules in the first year and a quarter in the second) were in the Italian language. I then worked for two years, first in Italy and then in Switzerland, as a school English language teaching assistant.
In terms of Philosophy I am especially well-acquainted with subjects associated with the Analytic school such as the Philosophy of the Mind, Philosophical Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics, but I am also very familiar areas which are not so closely associated with the Analytic movement, including Ethics, the Philosophy of Medicine, Ancient Greek and Ancient Chinese Philosophy, and the ideas of a various specific figures including Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Michel Foucault. While its not quite so serious, I also love the semi-legendary Greek comic book Logicomix, which depicts a fictionalised version of the life of Bertrand Russell. An article of mine on the Metaphysics of Technology has been published online in H+ Magazine under a pseudonym.
Alongside academic things I have a few hobbies including hiking, writing and rock climbing.
I have a 130 hour certificate for teaching English as a foreign language from the organisation TEFL Scotland which I studied for and attained in 2013. I worked as an English-as-a-foreign-language teaching assistant in a school in Italy from 2014 to 2015 and fulfilled the same role in a school in Switzerland from 2015 to 2016. A lot of this time consisted of independent teaching of groups of students for whom I prepared the lessons. I have references for both of these jobs.
I have a BA in Philosophy from Lancaster University. First Tutor is my introduction to Philosophy tuition.
When it comes to English as a foreign language, one-on-one sessions allow me to adapt my sessions to the needs of the student quite a lot. I have a large archive of previous lessons and materials, alongside a hobby of creating new activities in advance of lessons, to alter and adapt to suit to what my student needs or wants to learn, and also to what they find enjoyable. I tend to slightly prioritise functional ability with a language over more abstract grammatical matters as in my experience it is easier to master the latter when someone already has at least a basic grasp of the former. On the other hand, I also have some experience in making the more stereotypically boring sides of language-learning, such as grammar and vocabulary, fun.
When it comes to Philosophy I prioritise grounding my students learning by giving them an intuitive understanding in the questions being asked, and their own opportunity to form their own opinions. While they need to learn the relevant names and theories, I find that grounding in this way gives a better ability for Philosophy than simply expecting students to memorise and regurgitate lists of names and facts about an idea with no opinion of their own on it.
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