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English (Foreign Language)
Philosophy / Critical Thinking
I am a mature student in the final year of a part-time PhD in Philosophy/Cultural Theory at the University of Hull.
I have just completed a six-month fixed term teaching contract at the University during which time I taught analytic and continental philosophy to first year undergraduate students. I have extensive experience of working with foreign students whose first language is not English. I have helped such students to prepare papers and theses up to PhD level and I have tutored them in academic English both written and spoken, particularly with a view to viva preparation. My most recent PhD student (July 2012) passed her PhD viva and her thesis was accepted with no corrections.
I have also prepared students for entry into university via the Cambridge exam IELTS and the online Pearson Test in Academic English.
I always prepare my teaching materials thoroughly to ensure that I am familiar with all the concepts which the student will be required to learn. Philosophy is typically considered to be an abstract discipline but it is also about practice: the practice of thinking clearly and coherently. My approach is to find examples which both illustrate the ideas they are learning and are relevant to their personal lives, in order to help them understand how the concepts can be applied, and to encourage them to think critically about the material presented. At undergraduate level and postgraduate level the ability to sustain and develop an argument is crucial, and this is how I go about helping my students develop both competence and confidence in their academic abilities.
I also try to personalize my approach to teaching English as a foreign language by encouraging students to broaden their vocabulary by reading not only the examination texts but also material that is interesting and relevant to them. It is important to recognize that a wide vocabulary will be invaluable to them once they enter university.
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