My name is Anna and I’m an English, Mandarin and Polish teacher. I have over 10 years’ experience teaching non-native speakers at universities, language schools, private companies and as a tutor in the UK, China and Poland. Among my teaching qualifications are CELTA (Grade A) and a master’s degree in Teaching Mandarin Chinese as a Second Language. I’m currently pursuing a PhD in Linguistics. I’ve attended many INSET workshops and academic ELT conferences.
I've always loved learning languages (incl. mastering my mother tongue), so I'm extremely happy to have been able to turn this passion into my profession.
Me as a Teacher
To enhance my students’ motivation, I often adapt authentic materials (Internet clips, magazine articles, podcasts, book excerpts, etc.) to suit their individual needs. That’s why, before we start our cooperation, I'll want to learn more about you and your needs: I’m going to assess your level and ask about your learning goals, preferred learning styles and more general interests and hobbies.
My lessons & teaching style
My lessons differ depending on students' needs and learning preferences. If a student wants to improve their speaking and listening (which most of them do), I like to give them a short Internet clip (or a longer one if they're more advanced) as homework, preferably with subtitles and related to their interests and/or the topic of the lesson. Watching clips between lessons gives plenty of time to practise understanding different accents and to look up new words, which could be handy when discussing the clip in our meetings. If a student is preparing for an exam, I tend to rely on textbooks and give extra explanation and practice opportunities when needed.
My teaching material
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2017 - 2023
English Lecturer Shantou UniversityShantou University - Shantou, China- ELC Level 2 Course Coordinator (2021-2023)
- ELC Strategy Project Co-coordinator (Guangdong Provincial Project) (2021-2022) and Coordinator of the Vocabulary and Grammar Team (2021-2023)
- Co-coordinator of the ELC New Teachers’ Study Group
& Teacher Trainer (2021-2022)
- ELC Level 4 Course Teacher, incl. teaching EAP (2017-2019)
2015 - 2017
Self-employed language teacher Highcliffe LanguagesHighcliffe Languages - Highcliffe & Christchurch, United KingdomTeaching English, Polish and Mandarin to non-native speakers, incl. teaching for companies such as Lush Cosmetics, Hamworthy.
2014 - 2014
English Teacher ETC International CollegeETC International College - Bournemouth, United KingdomTaught classes to a range of levels, incl. pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper intermediate English, to adults and teenagers
2012 - 2013
Mandarin Teacher University of LodzUniversity of Lodz - Lodz, PolandTaught beginner Mandarin Chinese to postgraduate students at the Faculty of International Relations and Political Studies
2010 - 2011
Polish Teacher Linyi UniversityLinyi University - Linyi, ChinaDeveloped a course in beginner Polish and taught it to undergraduate students
2023 - Present
Doctorate - LinguisticsUniversity of LodzI'm currently enrolled in a 4-year PhD program in Linguistics (2023-2027).
2011 - 2013
Master's - MA Teaching Mandarin to Speakers of Other LanguagesLudong University
2003 - 2008
Master's - International RelationsUniversity of Lodz
CELTA ITTC Bournemouth 2014Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
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