From United StatesLiving in Cali, Colombia (03:40 UTC-03:00)
italki teacher since Sep 24, 2018
Hello! I’m Matt. I consider myself a teacher first, but I also work as a technical writer, writing about big software systems.
I'm a lucky person. Everyday I wake up and have fascinating conversations with people from all over the world. What's more, I get to teach the English language, something I love, and help these interesting people. At the end of the day, I get paid for it all and that's pretty nice too.
Besides teaching, I work as a freelance editor and writer in the IT field, writing programming tutorials and occasionally helping build documentation websites. But my passion is always with teaching and the humanities.
Me as a Teacher
Here are some reasons people like learning with me:
- Comfortable class environment. I'm easy to talk to.
- Fun, interesting, and deep conversation. I don't like boring classes!
- Clear explanations.
- Honest assessments. I respect every student, but tell the truth too.
- Error reports after class
- Respect for the student's goals.
Everyone starts learning a language with some kind of dream. It may be a life-changing event, like immigration, but it also may be something as simple as satisfying a curiosity. My role as a teacher is to give students a flashlight, showing them how to use English to do what they want to do, and do it in the best possible way.
My lessons & teaching style
I teach three classes: conversation, preparation, and writing/reading.
I prefer dynamic, open conversations. That doesn't mean I don't have any methodology. In fact my teaching toolkit is always expanding. Sometimes I even make material about the English language, which I share online for free. But in my class I prefer an unstructured, or loosely structured environment.
Now many people wonder, won't we run out of things to say? No never. Well almost never.
# Presentation/Interview Preparation
This class I do prepare. Notable student successes: 3 FAANG developers, NY investment banker, MIT full-ride, large software conference presentation.
My teaching material
Articles and news
Test templates and examples
Graphs and charts
2018 - Present
Teacher Lingo InstituteLingo Institute - Cali, Colombia
2016 - Present
Tutor IndependentIndependent - Cali, ColombiaPrivate tutor: Speaking, writing and IELTS. Academic and conversational English
2008 - 2016
Bachelor's - EconomicsTulane University
CELTA Cambridge 2018
CELTA Cambridge 2018
158 lessons completed
Editing: technical writing
A1 - C2General119 lessons completed
Conversations with incorporated grammar, corrections, and pronunciation
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Preparation for Presentations, Interviews, Conferences (or whatever else!)
A1 - C2Business68 lessons completed
Read and discuss great texts
A1 - C2General59 lessons completed
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9 English lessons
Very good teacher. Cares about your own goals and needs. We had a really high quality conversation. The most important is, Matt is so professional that he pointed out some mistakes that I never realized before. Thanks a ton and see you later!
Aug 26, 2020
70 English lessons
I guess 5 lessons is enough to make a short review.
I want to highlight two main pros of Matt compare to other teachers, especially for me:
1. He really tries to help you, doesn't forget what you said or what you ask him in previous lessons and uses this for discussion and learning process improvement.
2. Matt has sufficient knowledge in IT and similar topics terminology that is most interesting for me.
Apr 12, 2019
25 English lessons
Dear Matt I don't have a words to thank for your help during all this time. Thank you so much
Mar 14, 2019
11 English lessons
Enjoyable and fun conversation. I think I chose a right teacher 😃