Profile: Prior to teaching academic skills, I was an English language teacher. I took a CELTA level 4 teaching qualification in 2004. Since then I taught General English, IELTS and Business English, since 2004 in various locations in the UK, Mexico, China as well as Japan. I have taught all levels from A1 - C2 as well as various ages. I taught summer schools with teenage children (and was actively involved in organising trips and talent shows). I worked with migrant women who suffered domestic violence in Tower Hamlets in London, some of whom had serious literacy issues. I was involved in interesting projects in social enterprises in Chiapas, Mexico.
I have freelanced teaching Business English and English for specific purposes. Teaching language is more than the building blocks of grammar and vocabulary but also includes teaching students how to navigate the nuances of tone, formality and meaning. I have taught Business English in language schools in London, to business students at the university level and in companies. Effective and impactful communication is a difficult skill to learn, teaching the English language taught me how to better communicate and be a better academic skills lecturer and researcher. Language has always played an important role for me, and even though I no longer teach language specifically, I learnt a lot from this time.
Below I have outlined some of the topics and courses I have taught.
English Language Teaching
Course Skills Focus:
I have taught general English to adults in classes and one-to-one sessions. I also taught youth aged - 6 - 18 in summer schools. At various points of my career, I have taught examination classes. This classes specifically focus on exam preparation and practice.
FCE & Cambridge
Support studying and practice taking exams in FCE and Cambridge. As well as studying general English skills.
General English Skills
Focus on functional skills and using English in every life or to travel/live abroad.
Textbooks i.e. Headway
Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening Skills
Support studying and practice taking exams in IELTS for university entrance. Additional academic skills support and exam practice - learning how to decode exam questions and focus answers.
Support persons needing individual support to further their academic study, career or English for their daily life. 1-to-1 sessions best for people who
Have a clear language goal
Need a specific course or practice certain skills
Are busy and need to work to their own pace
Need direct feedback or simply to practice with someone understanding