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Hi! My name is Gareth, and I'm a TEFL-certified tutor. I teach English as a Second/Foreign language. I'm 25 years old. I've lived in England, Australia, Southeast Asia, India and here in the USA. I enjoying teaching all ages, and I can help you brush up on your English from any level--beginner, intermediate or advanced.
I recently spent a few months in Bangkok, Thailand, teaching English to Thai adults and children. I have worked in various classrooms of 40 children, 20 adults, 10 native English speakers (advanced lessons), and I have done one-on-one tutoring sessions. I love language and teaching, and I always find that my students are, in fact, teaching me. I believe in adapting the teaching method to fit the situation. Playing educational games and other interactive activities are often a fun and effective way to learn language. Some repetition of pronunciation and the written word is also helpful in many situations, but there are many interesting ways to approach this as well (learning a language never has to be boring!).
As far as my own working methods, I believe it is always necessary to prepare a detailed, personal lesson plan for the student and to be ready to modify or abandon it if the lesson needs to go in a different direction (preparation + flexibility). I am always on time, enthusiastic and ready to work, and I expect the same from my students. Education is effective and fun when there is effort and commitment from both sides.
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
I have a 120-hr TEFL certification with no online components, completed at the SUNY-affiliated UEC Institute in Bangkok, Thailand. I have instructed large and small groups as well as 1 on 1 sessions with age groups ranging from 11-13 yrs. old to adults. My references from the Director of the UEC Institute are available upon request.
I have 10 years' experience playing electric and acoustic guitar in live and studio settings. I have been in several bands, have albums released on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify. I have tutored students privately from time to time throughout the years (including acoustic, electric and bass guitar). I currently work in several music projects and record and produce music for artists in-studio.
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