Middle Tennessee State University (Graphic Cms and Art)
Middle Tennessee State Univeristy (Master's)
Hello! If you are looking for a teacher with international experience, I am certified to teach English by the International Teacher Training Organization, and because my father worked for the U.S. State Department, I have lived all over the world and speak several other languages too (German, Hindi/Urdu, and a little bit of Flemish). Also, because my professional background is in Technical Writing, I have spent a lifetime learning unfamiliar subjects and then teaching them to others, so I have a lot of experience in that way too. My approach to teaching English is to first interview any student to see what their interests are, plus the REASON they wish become better at the language (to study in this country, to pass a test, or to advance in a career, for example?), and then to customize any lessons so that whatever is learned is built around those interests. I love to help people succeed wherever possible, and hope that teaching English will be a valuable way to continue that service!
So far, my actual TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) experience comes from classroom instruction: 140 hours teaching middle school and high school students), plus several months of tutoring a woman from Colombia who needed help with common, everyday English, and whose long-term goal was to improve her business English so that she could qualify to work in an English-speaking office environment. I enjoyed teaching both younger and adult students, however my preference at present would be to work with adult students within a one-on-one learning environment. Hello! If you are looking for a teacher with international experience, I am certified to teach English by the International Teacher Training Organization, and because my father worked for the U.S. State Department, I have lived all over the world and speak several other languages too (German, Hindi/Urdu, and a little bit of Flemish). Also, because
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My own career has primarily been that of a technical writer and editor; I have additionally served my profession as a judge (at the international level) of other professionals' work, so mastery of the English language has been an absolute requirement for my success.
With regard to teaching, my experience rages from substitute teaching in the US (at both middle- and high-school levels), classroom teaching in Mexico (part of ITTO certification requirements), and one-on-one tutoring in the US (several months at the adult level).
I am qualified to teach English as a Second Language because I have been certified to do so by the International Teacher Training Organization.
Certification required preparing lesson plans, ‘substitute’ teaching English lessons for classes of 6-20 students (in Guadalajara, Mexico), and tutoring some students on an individual basis. Certification was earned ‘with distinction.’
I would be happy to bring along my diploma to the first lesson!
Proofreading for grammatical, spelling, and logical errors has always been a fundamental requirement for my profession (technical writing/editing for more than 15 years), so I am confident that I could teach this skill as well.
Knowing how to spell words correctly is an essential part of being a technical writer/editor, so I am very well versed in the subject--especially the aggravating inconsistencies between spelling and pronunciation that exist in the English language!
I would approach this subject in a variety of ways--both by teaching certain rules of spelling, and then walking the student through all of the exceptions.... many of which must be memorized, unfortunately.
My own vocabulary is extensive due to my parents' influence, plus a lifetime of reading numerous types of publications on a wide range of topics.
My approach to teaching vocabulary is to first determine the student's individual needs and objectives in learning the language--and then to 'grow' from that focus.
With a journalist father and an English professor mother--plus my own career as a technical writer/editor--writing has always been a central part of my life.
My approach to teaching this subject would be to ask a student to write about themselves, their interests, their individual backgrounds, their experiences, and their opinions on a variety of topics--first on a very simple 1-sentence basis, then expanding from there.