From United StatesLiving in Chon Buri, Thailand (21:01 UTC+07:00)
13 years ESL exp. Specializing in IELTS, Interview, Business, Daily life and Fluency training
italki teacher since Oct 27, 2021
I’m an American businessman, educator, teacher and trainer that’s lived in China and SE Asia for over 15 years. Living in Asia for that many years and being able to understand cultural differences allows me to teach my students from an insiders prospective as I understand what real English speaking and communicating is. I also am fluent in Chinese so I know the ups and downs of learning a second language. At this stage of my life I enjoy helping students reach their goals whether it’s a businessperson involved with a multinational company or a student looking for a 7.5 in IELTS. I do enjoy going to the beach, riding motorcycles, snowboarding and hanging out with friends.
Me as a Teacher
As a teacher with over 13 years experience I am very good at quickly analyzing my students level then matching the students needs and building a lesson plan to suit. I am very picky about pronunciation and oral grammar as well as fluency.
My lessons & teaching style
My lesson style is fun and relaxed while also being challenging and intense at times to give my students the best opportunity for success in real life English situations. I will do my best to activate my students knowledge and push them on fluency, grammar and pronunciation. The classes are always fun and upbeat. Unlike most teachers I am brutally honest in my assessment of your ability as I’ve taught 1000’s of students over the years. If you’re looking for a straightforward teacher and a happy class, I’m looking forward to seeing you in class.
2009 - 2021
Teacher/ trainer Self employedSelf employed - Harbin, ChinaESL Teaching experience (13 years)
Specializing in IELTS, TOEFL, PET, interview, business, travel and daily life English with a focus on pronunciation, fluency and grammar.
1980 - 1984
Bachelor's - EnglishUC Berkeley
TESOL Oxford seminars 2009This was an in person class.
111 lessons completed
Daily life conversation English ** ( NO KIDS )
B1 - C2Conversation Practice210 lessons completed
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B1 - B2Test Preparation111 lessons completed
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B2 - C2Test Preparation79 lessons completed
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American pronunciation and fluency training ** ( NO KIDS )
B2 - C2Conversation Practice251 lessons completed
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Customized high level lessons for business people, students and non native speakers living in America that need to understand the deeper meaning of the English language and culture for everyday life
B2 - C2Conversation Practice17 lessons completed
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Customized Interview prep/ Academic and Business
B2 - C2Business37 lessons completed
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44 English lessons
Jonathan's lesson is very engaging and customized. Highly recommended!
Jan 14, 2023
51 English lessons
A big shout out to Jonathan, the best teacher in the world. Just got back my ielts result and got an overall 8 and 7 in speaking. Wouldn't get this score on the first try without the help from Jonathan. Thank you so much!
Nov 18, 2022
21 English lessons
Jonathan corrected many of my grammar mistakes during our conversation, which was also very inspiring as I learned about American business culture. Moreover, he identified one of my bad speaking habits and helped me reorganize the sentence structure. Great class!
Mar 28, 2022
10 English lessons
Thanks for always listening to me patiently and giving me all kinds of advice and responses. So grateful to meet you in this relatively tough year for me. I felt so happy and energetic talking with you. And kinda opened my mind and made me believe in myself. May you and your family and cute puppy have a happy year and a nice trip to China! Let’s meet afterwards cause I look forward to sharing more stories about my career with you in the future.
Jan 10, 2023
6 English lessons
Good lesson. Point out my issues. Shared examples to explain different cultures and correct way to answer the questions.