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.
TESOL - Oxford seminars - 2009This was an in person class.
1980 - 1984
Bachelor’s - EnglishUC Berkeley
2009 - 2021
Teacher/ trainerSelf 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.
201 lessons completed
Daily life conversation English ** ( NO CHILDREN NO BEGINNER LEVEL )
B1 - C2Conversation Practice332 lessons completed
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IELTS 5.5-6.5 / Specialized IELTS speaking lessons to suit your individual needs either ACADEMIC ( for education and work) or GENERAL ( for immigration )IELTS testing.
B1 - B2Test Preparation233 lessons completed
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IELTS 7-8 Specialized IELTS speaking lessons to suit your individual needs either ACADEMIC ( for education and work) or GENERAL ( for immigration )IELTS testing.
B2 - C2Test Preparation112 lessons completed
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American pronunciation and fluency training ** ( NO CHILDREN NO BEGINNER LEVEL )
B2 - C2Conversation Practice435 lessons completed
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Customized high level lessons for business people or students living in or out of America that need to understand the deeper meaning of the English language and culture for life and business.
B2 - C2Conversation Practice65 lessons completed
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Customized Interview prep/ Academic and Business
B2 - C2Business82 lessons completed
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17 English lessons
Jonathan is an amazing and interesting teacher! Very helpful for my working life!
When I received the all-English speaking work task, I don’t think I have the ability to do it. Fortunately, I found Jonathan, and he quickly and completely understood what I was doing. Then helped me get it done. Amazing!
Thank you so much Jonathan.
Jul 30, 2023
45 English lessons
Jonathan is an exceptional English teacher, bringing a unique blend of expertise, versatility, and dynamism to every lesson. His profound understanding of English's many facets, from literature to everyday language use, creates a rich learning environment that sparks curiosity and builds confidence. His teaching style adapts seamlessly to any topic, fostering not just knowledge, but a genuine appreciation for the language. In a nutshell, Jonathan’s lessons are a transformative linguistic voyage that elevates you from a mere learner to a confident, articulate English speaker. A true game-changer in language instruction.
May 25, 2023
71 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
1 English lesson
Jonathan is a considerate，thoughtful and amazing teacher. In this class，he taught me how to structure a topic and avoid a discussion cycle. He is very excel in making me feel at ease. A perfect teacher!