Vassar (Cognitive Science)
My Name is Eliot and I grew up in a suburb of New York City. However when I was about 23 I decided to take a trip to China. That trip eventually turned into an 8 year experience in Mainland China. To survive there I learned how to teach English. Although over there they didn't provide any sort of training. Most schools were just happy to have an American. While working I was given the freedom to create my own curriculum based around what I personally thought were the needs of the students. After creating and utilizing my own methods I was eventually able to be fully self employed as a teacher having over 70 of my own students most of which were children.
Now I am back in America. I still continue teaching many of my Chinese students online. Since I have been back I have started teaching Chinese to children near where I live. In much the same way I have been using my personally developed methods to teach Chinese. It turns out it's not that different than teaching English.
I would describe my style as more conversational overall and less technical. I am interested in getting the student off the ground by engaging them in conversation in the target language. I use a variety of ways to facilitate understanding including flash cards, phonetic exercises, reading materials and games.
Teaching English gave me the ground work for understanding how to teach Language. I am currently teaching a group of 7 kids Mandarin Chinese from a complete beginners level. My goals for them are similar to my English students. I want them to start being able to speak and understand simple sentences with a feeling of fluency and understanding. I learned Chinese initially from a school to help with the basics, but it was being surrounded by it that really caused me to learn. I hope that I can prepare students for the day that they will be immersed in it.
I have been teaching ESL/EFL full time for the last 8 years. I usually teach children but also have had many adult students. Detecting a student's level and adjusting my language to suit that student. I want to make a comfortable environment where we are able to talk and understand each other. I can use text books, reading books or just conversation. I want the student to have enjoyed their time while getting into the habit of speaking English effortlessly.
I found that phonics was not largely taught in China, especially standard American pronunciation. So this was really one of the first issues I focused on with students. I had to introduce them to the library of American sounds. It was completely essentially to me that they understand how to read and pronounce words. I used books such as Hooked on Phonics as a guideline for phonics training.
If you are a complete Beginner or want to brush up on the fundamentals our class should be fun, interesting and engaging. I'd love to talk and you can tell me what your goals are in your education. Hope to hear from you. My Name is Eliot and I grew up in a suburb of New York City. However when I was about 23 I decided to take a trip to China. That trip eventually turned into an 8 year experience in Mainland China. To survive there I learned how to teach English. Although over there they didn't provide any sort of training. Most schools were just happy to have an
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