I'm Teacher Jon Eric and I'm a fun, friendly and experienced teacher from New York, living now in my wife's city, the beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. I've taught English for over 23 years and loved every minute of it! It's allowed me to meet all kinds of people, travel all over the world and, most importantly, help students of all ages with their general English, international English exams and even their accents! I'm not only an internationally certified teacher (TESOL), but also a Cambridge University Speaking Examiner and accent coach! Since 2014 I've specialized in teaching young learners!
I teach reading skills and phonics to young learners from ages 4 and up with an average age of about 8. I provide all materials needed. I ensure success both in our class but also in preparation or in supplement to the student's own primary schooling by presenting guided reading with engaging, appropriate leveled books and materials. By grading levels of difficulty, we can build confidence and interest in reading with the knock on effect of increasing comprehension and fluency. I normally select materials in different genres centered around one theme (i.e. fiction, non-fiction, poetry) for students to draw strong correlations and contrasts between materials as well as retain and reinforce vocabulary they've acquired.
If I had to sum up my teaching philosophy, I would quote that ancient Chinese proverb that goes "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime!" This is what education is really about to me (except it's for men, women and children!). As my student, I make sure you not only learn English but also learn how to learn. You will be the one in control of your educational journey and I will be there to guide you! So, just book a class with me and we'll start fishing together! Can’t wait to meet you!
The Interdisciplinary study of mind, brain and artificial intelligence, with particular attention to linguistics, language processing and language acquisition.
Magic Ears - China
Description: Teaching English in a dynamic, flipped classroom approach for young learners in groups of 2-4, with a method that uses gamification and AI technology to improve the learning experience.
English Language Consultant - Hong Kong, China
Teaching English to young learners from 4 years old to teen. Specializing in the use of TPR for students at very low levels.
2012 - 2018
LearnShip Networks GmbH
Teaching professional (Online). Face-to-face customized training individually or in small groups using an interactive and multimedia-based Live Teaching Method.
2011 - 2015
Myngle Corporate Academy
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Teaching professional (Online) Private classes in Business English, CEFR level assessment and American pronunciation & accent training to executives and staff of the Boston Consulting Group, Bain Capital, Compagnia Generale Trattori – Caterpillar and LUISS University Rome.
2011 - 2013
British Isles - Escola de Línguas
Stand-in teacher. General English courses for young learners as well as Cambridge examination classes for the FCE and CAE exams.
2011 - 2012
Englishtown - an Education First (EF) Subsidiary
Teaching professional (Online). Online group lessons, providing personalized after-class feedback to students & tailor-made curricula for private lessons where applicable.
2013 - 0
San Francisco, United States of America
Teaching professional (Online) I developed and taught courses in general fluency, business English, and exam preparation (IELTS and TOEFL) to adults, students and young learners. Most recently, I developed an accent program and now focus exclusively on accent coaching.