About mondaytuesdayHi there!
I've worked in ESL teaching and assessment for about 15 years. I enjoy teaching from home because I live in the country and balance my online activities with various projects and personal pursuits.
I used to teach BIG classes. I like working one-on-one with students because it's better! This is the era of the self-directed adult learner. Each speaking practice conversation is different and dynamic.
I believe that practice is the key to becoming an advanced speaker. You can practice with anyone but a trained teacher is the best partner because I can give you good feedback + micro-teaching about grammar/vocabulary as we go along.
Learning beginner English is very different from learning English at higher levels. I will show you non-traditional ways to look at language and speaking/listening that will help you speak more creatively and more fluently. Spoken discourse works a little differently than the written word and I teach with this in mind.
Speaking practice with a skilled teacher is a valid and stress-free way for intermediate+ learners to make progress. Once you have the basic grammar and vocabulary, simple conversational exchange (with feedback + new vocabulary taught in situ) can be helpful.
I'm accredited (licensed) teacher of English as a Second Language federally and provincially in my country and I worked from 2008 to 2015 as an IELTS examiner at a provincial college in Ontario. My highest ESL credential is the Cambridge RSA DipTEFLA (2001), which is a post-graduate level, externally-assessed proficiency exam course for experienced instructors. I can be as academic and ‘serious’ or as casual and ‘conversational’ as you like. Sometimes it's nice to have a qualified person to practice on -- with a teacher's knowledge/skills but not a formal lesson. That is the middle ground that I find works well with online ESL
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- ESL Instructor
- Newcomer Centre of Peel
I was a supply teacher for LINC (Canada's federal program for ESL) and the Enhanced Language Program (sector-specific language training) programs. I also worked in their Labour Market Access program, helping new Canadians connect with major employers.
- 2011 - 2011
- Mississauga Canada
- ESL Teacher
- Hannam University Foreign Language Education Centre
I taught continuing education courses in Business Communication and all levels of General English to university students and working professionals . I also did teaching contracts with the Korea International Patent Office, the Naval Academy in Kong-ju, Chungchungnam-do Provincial Summer Teacher Training programs. I specialized in Task-based and Project-based Learning.
- 1999 - 2001
- Daejeon Korea, Republic of
- ESL Teacher
- Toyohashi English Academy
I was in charge of the Adult English curriculum for three branch schools; teaching and developing materials for General English classes for about 60 students. Most of the students stayed with me the whole three years.
- 2003 - 2006
- Toyohashi Japan
- ESL Teacher
- Hyechon College Department of Tourism and Interpretation
Taught English Business Communication classes to freshmen and sophomores. Suggested and then designed and taught the college's "Introduction to the Internet in English" course. Developed the interview and evaluation process for the Work Abroad Exchange Program with Japan and the Philippines.
- 2001 - 2002
- Daejeon Korea, Republic of
- ESL Tutor (Volunteer)
- Centre for Spanish Speaking People
For six months, twice a week, I taught an evening English literacy and language skills class for immigrants from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina. It was casual and social and friendly and the students were very motivated, sometimes they brought their children, it was great.
- 2009 - present
- North York Canada
I was trained by the professionals at ELTOC and then assigned to students who were new immigrants to Canada. I did this for two years when I was in university.
- ESL Tutor (in-home, volunteer)
- English Language Tutoring of Ottawa-Carleton
- Proficiency Assessment / Examiner
- Conestoga College of Advanced Institute of Technology
I marked academic and general essays and evaluated candidates in speaking interviews.
- 2008 - 2015
- Kitchener Canada
, RSA DipTEFLA (Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults)
- University of Cambridge UCLES
- 2000 - 2001
The RSA DipTEFLA is the highest teaching qualification from Cambridge (post CELTA, post TKT) and demonstrates an advanced level of theoretical and classroom practice competence. The exams covered methodologies and approaches to grammar and vocabulary, curriculum and course planning, second language acquisition, how to develop the four skills, testing. It is accredited by Ofqual (UK) at Level 7 (Master's Level)
- University of Ottawa
- 1992 - 1997
Pedagogical grammar, linguistics for language teaching, teaching reading, writing, speaking, listening, phonetics and pronunciation, testing and assessment, lesson planning according to the Canadian Language Benchmarks curriculum, English for Academic Purposes, choosing and adapting materials. This course included marked assignments and a teaching practice examination.
- TESL Ontario Certificate Part II (180 hours)
- Canadian Centre for Language and Cultural Studies
This was five days of lectures and workshops on current topics in ELT; corpora for advanced levels, appropriate strategies for teaching grammar, oral corrections, I went to one research symposium on MSU (Russian) students' use of technology for m-learning, etc
- Certificate of Attendance IATEFL Conference 2013, Liverpool, UK
- IATEFL, a UK-based ELT professional association
- TOEFL iBT Workshop (Speaking and Writing)
- ETS (Educational Testing Service)
I'm an accredited ESL teacher in Ontario, Canada. The credential allows me to teach English as a Second Language in federal or provincially-funded language programs, adult education in school boards or in university EAP / ESL programs. In order to be eligible for this accreditation, teachers must have a university degree and a recognized professional teaching qualification. Licensed teachers are required to do professional development every year in order to renew their license.
- Accredited ESL (English as a Second Language) Instructor
- TESL Ontario
Level 3 just means High Beginner; someone who can read and write simple sentences and talk about everyday things. Someone with Level 3 has a vocabulary of about 1500 words and can recognize about 300 basic kanji.
- Certificate of Japanese Language Proficiency Level 3
- The Japan Foundation
I took this course by distance education and did all my project work on English language teaching stuff for my Japanese students. My final project involved designing and building a website with audio files of short authentic conversations with transcripts and activities.
- Educational Psychology: Computer-Based Instruction
- Athabasca University