I have been teaching English as a foreign language for the past 30 years in addition to running a self-access language centre in Hong Kong at the HKPU. This was a fantastic experience which gave me valuable insights into the English language needs of Asian students, many of whom wanted to attend university in the UK, America and Australia.
As a mother of three grown up children who have all graduated IB programmes at secondary level, I am also very used to helping young people develop their academic potential. Despite growing older, teaching enables me to stay creative and energetic, characteristics that students need from their teacher.
Originally from Manchester, I travelled the world after studying at MMU, only to recently return last year. This rich experience is vital to understand the needs of my students and to adapt learning plans for different cultures and learning styles. I have many stories about my travels and work, but most of all, this helps me to truly understand the difficulties and challenges of learning a foreign language. I have picked up bits of Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai and Greek.
I have taught students of all ages and levels ranging from 6 year old candidates looking to take Cambridge and Trinity exams to Post graduate students requiring help with their dissertation.
A large part of my teaching life has been in Asia: China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan with the latter 20 years in Hong Kong and working at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
I am very well positioned to help students with English for a variety of purposes: exam preparation, development of English language skills, job applications, MA and PhD support, and business English. Contact me with your needs and I can provide a clear breakdown of a learning plan with costs.
I believe in tailoring a learning programme to each student so that he or she feels comfortable and sees improvement in a reasonable time. Communication and motivation are the most important factors when learning a language while a solid foundation in structure and vocabulary are also vital ingredients.
I use a combination of materials including books, authentic materials and the internet. You, the learner, is central and so I would encourage the maximum participation from my students, with guidance and feedback provided on my part. Reflection on learning outcomes and progress is also an important part of the process and so I would encourage my learners to keep a learning journal.
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|Manchester Metropolitan University||1992||Masters||MA in Educational Technology and TESOL|
|Manchester Metropolitan University||1986||Bachelors||BA Humanities|
|English (Foreign Language)|