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University of Memphis
I am a TEFL-certified English Teacher with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy. That means I am a nice combination of deep thinking and hands-on pragmatism. I am very adventurous and willing to travel for something worthwhile. I have some experience teaching ESL in Moscow, Russia to corporate clients and private students. Also, I have just obtained my TEFL certification in the Czech Republic via an Intensive Summer Language Course at the University of West Bohemia. This experience was invaluable and gave me much needed experience teaching younger learners and larger classes. I have learned that adaptability and readiness are perhaps an English teacher's most valuable resources.
My teaching philosophy is in line with Krashen's (famous for his theories in this field) methodology: language acquisition vs. language learning. That is not at all to say that there will be no need for repetition and grammar drilling. On the contrary, I feel that language is always acquired by reinforcing what has already been presented, because memory and learning are directly connected. However, it is also acquired best without interference from the conscious monitoring mechanism of the psyche. This is what Krashen proposed, and I agree. Therefore my task will be to dispense 'comprehensible input' according to the level of each student respectively. Moreover, the best way to expose students to the target language in a way in which they may learn it is to simply make it fun and/or interesting. Intrinsic motivation for the students to acquire language is the key, and there are various ways of doing that. I need not point out that social and moral impetuses are perhaps the most obvious examples. Getting students talking is what I strive to do, and this approach has always been an effective one. I am a TEFL-certified English Teacher with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy. That means I am a nice combination of deep thinking and hands-on pragmatism. I am very adventurous and willing to travel for something worthwhile. I
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