I begin each course by asking the student general questions to gauge their English, and figure out which direction they need to go in, then I tailor lessons as we progress.
For kids, I talk to the parents to find out about their specific needs and begin with getting to know each student, asking questions, playing fun online games and talking. Through this I can learn what the student needs to practice, and then I can tailor all future lessons.
I always make each lesson fun, engaging and effective as I believe that motivating students throughout the long process of learning a language is key. I always let students know that learning a language requires consistency, but the daily effort is worth it when you see the results!
I have a multi-faceted approach when it comes to teaching. It all boils down to what the student wants, whether it´s just conversation, playing online games or practicing grammar, I incorporate all kinds of different techniques to keep things interesting.
I have +10 years teaching experience.
I have also worked as a political and business journalist.
I have experience with exam preparation - IELTS FCE, CAE, BEC and experience teaching online - beginner to advanced.
I'm also studying Spanish, I work and study in Madrid, Spain. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa). Teaching and travel is my passion and I'd love to help you improve your English for any purpose.
I have gathered all the materials and techniques that I know and trust are the best ways to help you step-by-step on your journey. Before you know it, you'll be speaking English with ease!
Experienced Online English Teacher for various online schools, 15 October 2015 - present Teaching English to kids from age 5-15, and adults of all ages, using well sourced materials and courses.
2016 - 2017
International House - Cape Town, South Africa
English teacher at International House Cape Town as well as Marketing Coordinator and Social Media Manager, April 2016 – 1 February 2017. Community Manager /Social Media/Website: Community Manager for all Social Media platforms, in particular Facebook, You Tube and Instagram. This includes liaising with students in obtaining user generated content from events at IH Cape Town and IH World. Updating of online portals, creating and checking up on existing listings, awareness of competitor website activity, maintaining & coordinating website updates and overall website responsibility. Management of all Promotional Material: The custodian of all IH Cape Town promotional material including the agent & other databases. This includes the coordination of all website updates, photographs, testimonials, pricing specials and any other printed materials. Coordinating of promotional videos, updating and publishing students testimonials, copywriting and creating promotional material (photo slide show, power point presentations, dvd marketing packs) etc. Global Foundation Programme: Project Manager for the launch of the Global Foundation Programme, the development of marketing materials, marketing strategy and working with G.Eyre re: student recruitment. Providing student advice and career counselling in addition to liaising with Kaplan International re: the correct submission of all student applications.
2013 - 2015
Eyewitness News - Johannesburg, South Africa
Full-time online producer and editor: Eyewitness News (Primedia Broadcasting), Johannesburg, 10 July 2013 – 6 June 2015. Writing, editing, proofing, and re-structuring of copy for Eyewitness News (EWN) website. Working in Newsroom and Sitecore (multimedia website backend editing programs), minor Photoshop picture editing. Uploading content and images on a web-based CMS. Polishing articles received from writers into clear news stories, while adhering to EWN style and posting them to the website. Monitoring and managing EWN’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Link to online portfolio: http://ewn.co.za/Contributors/Victoria-Campbell-Gillies
2010 - 2013
Servest Group - Johannesburg, South Africa
Full-time copywriter/business journalist: The Servest Group Marketing Department, April 2010 – July 2013. Interviewing and writing press releases, concept and copy for mailers, campaigns and print ads. Managing, writing and editing all copy as well as managing artwork production from ideation to finish for The Vibe Magazine which can be seen at www.servest.co.za Writing feature articles. Collecting extensive database of contacts, communicating with contacts at numerous publications both local and international using the SARAD media directory.