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I am an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher! I am new at WyzAnt, however I am not new to teaching! My goal has always been to be the best language instructor my students have ever had, giving personal assistance to help them progress. My techniques for teaching are not the typical 'sit down, repeat after me and do your homework' methods. Rather, I often have students get out of their seats and interact in the target language. I feel comfortable with a wide range of ESL students, of all ages and educational backgrounds.
One of my favorite courses was at the Canadian Institute of English from a lively professor, Dr. Cotton, with 45 years of teaching experience. This education draws on the findings of applied neuroscience and how language acquisition takes place in the human brain. I have also spent more than seven years attending interactive classes on how to improve conversation skills, preparing discourses for the public, and developing ability as a teacher, to name a few.
Speaking from experience, while learning a new language or living in a foreign land, fear of making mistakes can stop us from actually speaking. I've been reminded that as an instructor, you need to develop the ability to laugh at yourself and encourage your students to do the same! I look forward to meeting you and opening the door to the art of communicating effectively!
Despite technology, handwriting remains the primary tool of communication. Since I was young, writing clearly and cleanly has been important to me, and I feel it's important to those whom I have the privilege to tutor. If learning another language, practicing handwriting in that language will speed up the time it takes to master it.
The 26 letters of the English alphabet produce 40 different sounds. We will practice using a variety of methods the individual short sounds of the language. After determining which sounds the student needs to practice most, we will improve pronunciation and reduce accents.
Regardless our age or background, there will be room for improvement on developing our ability as a speaker. That is why for years I have enjoyed attending countless interactive classes on improvement in areas such as modulation, illustrations/examples that teach, use of an outline, use of microphone, gestures and facial expressions and good personal appearance, to name a few. I welcome the opportunity to help you in your public speaking.
I was awarded an advanced certificate in teaching Russian to speakers of other languages in November 2013. However, I have been involved in volunteer work with the Russian community for over 13 months. I spent the summer of 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia to gain a better understanding of the culture and to work hard to reduce an accent on my part. It's a beautiful language and I'm happy to share with you what I have discovered of the language and the culture with you.
I'm eager to help both youth and adults to improve their skills of speech, the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words. Whether in public discourses or in every day interaction, I can help you to improve in this ability. This is another specific area included in my years of interactive classes in the art of reading, research and conversing.
Study is rewarding. It is more than superficial reading. To reap the greatest rewards we must isolate important facts, consider reasons for statements made and review the main points. These are also parts of the interactive classes that I have involved myself in over the years, along with public speaking.
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