St. John's University
CUNY Grad Center (Master's)
I have taught ESL for UNESCO in Poland and also received my TEFL certification in China. In total, I have taught in four different countries. I also managed the English Department of an international company in China, overseeing 11 English teachers. This included editing and proofreading company documents as well as planning an English curriculum for hundreds of students. Currently, I teach free ESL classes to immigrants in Queens.
I teach utilizing a step-by-step communication approach, so you can gain confidence and start speaking quickly. From day one, you will immediately begin to use new vocabulary through guided and then later, free speaking activities. Not only that, but I emphasize a specific grammar point during each lesson, explaining how and when to use it. When you are with me, you will do mostly speaking, but I also assign writing homework. I explain basic sentence structure and allow my students to try to self-correct themselves before I tell them the answer. In fact, self-correction is one of the most useful techniques, because it is one step under language fluency. Corrections are made on anything from grammar to pronunciation, but with my method, the likelihood of mistakes are low, as I follow a step-by-step approach which provides a strong foundation. I utilize the repetition of vocabulary through speaking exercises that guarantee you will not forget anything and give you the chance to immediately use English. Many lessons are centered around situational topics (ex: going to a restaurant) or current event topics that allow you use the language in the real world on a daily basis.
I have also tutored private students on effective essay writing. This includes how to organize your ideas, gaining the interest of the reader, and using transitions to connect your ideas.
One thing that helps me teach English is my knowledge of Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. I am currently teaching part-time at two language schools in Manhattan.
From a student:
“Stephen is the best teacher. He always has energy and smiles. Also, the class content is very interesting and useful." I have taught ESL for UNESCO in Poland and also received my TEFL certification in China. In total, I have taught in four different countries. I also managed the English Department of an international company in China, overseeing 11 English teachers. This included editing and proofreading company documents as well as planning an English curriculum
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I have taught in Poland for UNESCO, China, South Korea, and here in New York. I was TEFL certified in China in 2005.
I attended Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, from 2009-2011. I graduated to Level 6, the highest level of proficiency.
Graduated from St. John's University Magna Cum Laude in 2006 in just 3 years. Managed the English Department of an international company in China.