From United StatesLiving in Marseille, France (01:21 UTC+01:00)
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italki teacher since Oct 15, 2021
I'm an American English teacher with many years of experience teaching English. I currently live and have a family in the south of France, where I teach English and Music. I'm also involved with a few different musical projects.
Language is one of my passions. I strive to read literature in French and I really love learning new languages, because it introduces me to new ways of thinking and expressing my thoughts, which is something really amazing. Teaching English is a passion because it allows me to share this with dedicated learners.
Me as a Teacher
My method is based on two main things: everyday, or casual English, which we would find in a movie or tv show for example, and fundamentals in context. As someone who has learned foreign languages in both immersive and classroom settings, I understand that it can easily become boring. As a teacher I work very hard to keep it engaging, interesting, fun, and productive.
My lessons & teaching style
My lessons use some excerpts from textbooks, material that I've prepared, and videos online. I like to know my students on a personal level, to know what interests and passions they might have, so that I can tailor the curriculum around media they would be consuming anyway in their native language. I've found that this is the most effective way to keep the lessons productive and fun. I prefer to speak exclusively in English, but if necessary I can explain a complicated grammatical concept in French or Russian.
My teaching material
Test templates and examples
Articles and news
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very nice teacher
Oct 9, 2022
17 English lessons
I have been taken lessons with Simon for one month and a half, and I highly recommend him for English classes! He really personalizes the lessons, finds interesting and useful materials on topics that you need, and conversations with Simon are very interesting and comfortable! Speaking it was the most difficult skill for me, and with Simon it is improving.
Jul 12, 2022
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The teacher is very attentive, diligent, ready to listen to the preferences of the student, an interesting interlocutor.