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My name is Lester Clark. I've been working as a teacher for over five years, first in the United States, then in Japan and now in Hong Kong. I have finally decided to move back home and teach English in Los Angeles.
My long standing interest in other cultures brought me to Japan in 2008. As part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), I worked as an English teacher for the Hida City Board of Education in Gifu prefecture. In addition to planning and carrying out lessons, I also took on the role of increasing cultural awareness among the Japanese student body and faculty. I revamped the English program and also created extracurricular English based clubs and activities. I was also responsible for the planning and conducting of special “observation classes” for the training of other teachers. I've written and directed annual “English Dramas” for my students, made short films, and performed in Japanese productions put on by fellow English teachers for our students. I conduct private English lessons as well as a weekly “English Circle” for adults in the community.
Before Japan, I was a preschool teacher, first at my university, where I received training from the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). There, I assisted the head teachers and also worked with struggling students and children with special needs. After graduating, I worked at a local Kindercare, where I became head teacher for the pre-kindergarteners.
I left Japan and moved to Hong Kong in 2011 in order to take the Trinity College London Cert TESOL course there. I am now certified by Trinity College London. I currently teach business and conversational English to adults and high school students. I also plan and teach classes focused on preparing students for the IELTS exams as well as both the Trinity and Cambridge ESOL exams. As part of my duties, I also organize and oversee various Life Club activities where students can practice social English in real time around town.
In addition to my training and experience as a teacher, I am also a trained actor and well acquainted with the various accents and dialects of English, as well as the mechanics of the voice and mouth. Both my acting and teaching careers require that I be familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
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