From United StatesLiving in Tartu, Estonia (21:25 UTC+02:00)
Certified, experienced, and looking to help others realize their full potential!
italki teacher since Feb 21, 2022
My name is Jesse, and I'm very passionate about languages and linguistics. While English is my native language, I also speak Finnish, Chinese (Mandarin), and several other languages at varying degrees of proficiency. I graduated with an MA in Linguistics from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, where I worked as a lab assistant in the Neurolinguistics Lab and focused on research involving second language acquisition. I also hold a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and have two years of experience teaching English one-on-one to adults. I've lived the past 8 years if my life abroad, but I'm now temporarily back in the US.
Me as a Teacher
As a teacher, I am really enthusiastic about sharing knowledge with others and doing everything I can to help them achieve their language goals. I put a lot of emphasis on the individual; we all have our own unique interests and ways of learning, so I try to understand my student and tailor the lessons to be particularly interesting and engaging to them. I like to think of myself as a very patient teacher, and if something isn't working for my student, then I'll brainstorm and try something else. I also value communication; if my student doesn't like my teaching methods or feels unsatisfied, then we talk about it and find the optimal solution.
My lessons & teaching style
I usually break down my lessons into two main parts: accuracy and fluency. In accuracy, I focus on making sure my student uses correct grammar, has good pronunciation, etc. And in fluency, I focus on getting my student to speak naturally and carry out conversations and building up their confidence. I always begin my lesson with a brief warm-up, usually a small casual conversation in English, and I usually end the lesson with a quick review of everything covered in that session. I usually assign small homework assignments based on the lesson alongside a small, open writing assignment on a topic of your choice to use for the warm-up in the next session.