My name is Christopher, and I am a native Oregonian who is passionate about education. I have a BA from the University of Oregon with a major in History and a minor in Theatre Arts, and so those two fields really inspire my approach to tutoring and education. I have volunteered and worked for quite a few teaching and school positions - such as the Oregon Outdoor School Program, in which I taught sixth grade students about water science - a History and Science tutor for South Eugene High School - for the ASPIRE Program at Thurston High - and as a personal ESL teacher and tutor for students overseas. My first experience with TESL was when I was teaching and tutoring English in the Republic of Georgia in the former Soviet Union, and I loved it. I lived there for most of 2011, teaching in two different schools during my time there. At first I taught at a village school for six months, followed by a large and prestigious school in Kutaisi for three months. While teaching in Kutaisi, I formed a theatre club for students in my fifth and sixth grade classes, and used theatre as a tool to teach them English. We also put on a play entirely in English, which was a big success, and got local media attention.
Let me tell you a bit about my method of teaching. It's all about learning naturally. Yes, we do go over textbook stuff, but we also talk, play games, watch videos, and learn about many other subjects as well and how they tie into the English language. As I said earlier, my love of History and Theatre influences the way in which I teach. We will learn words and phrases that cover the fields of History, Science, Geography, and Philosophy in their English names and what they mean to the unique cultures and history of not only the United States, but the rest of the world. And we can always do this with a bit of a theatrical twist, which just makes things funner, as well as more memorable. I am easy to get along with, and I enjoy teaching and getting to know new people.
I teach not just History, but how to develop a passion for it, and a discovery of what History means to each individual, and to their heritage. Through History, they find out where they come from, and where they are going. American History is my specialty. Most of my college courses were in American history, and I have taught History to students of all ages across the world.
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