I’m originally from London, UK but moved to Spain in 1995 where I now still live, in Sevilla.
I started teaching English in 1996 to be honest by pure accident. But I soon really started to like it and switched from my engineering job to the education arena. After getting my CELTA at International House London, I set up a small academy in Spain where my teaching career started. I’ve worked with all age groups, from 6 years to 76 years old. Many Spanish nationals but their needs are the same as everyone student’s – to improve their level of English for professional or personal reasons.
Getting good at a language involves a lot of work, dedication and practice, practice, practice. There are lots of techniques to use with students along with a healthy doses of motivation. As an official speaking examiner for Cambridge Language Assessment here in Spain, I now dedicate myself to helping students prepare for the KET, PET, FCE & CAE official exams. They are tough exams which demand strength in all five skills areas and as a teacher I thrive in working with students in all of these – and helping them to reach their goals. It’s important to match the style of teaching to the student’s learning mind-set. So feel free to have a free sample class – and I can begin to show you how I teach and how I can help you prepare for the big day.
I am also happy to help you with grammar, vocabulary, accuracy, reading, writing, speaking, fluency, pronunciation and listening. Whatever the level of the student, my approach is more or less the same. I am able to quickly understand a student's capability from a short conversation and use this to design a plan of study. Depending on the needs of the student, this could include specific areas of the exam or grammar that need work or aspects of writing skills. Classes are heavily based on conversation practice and correction, with the necessary study elements taught at different points during the class. In this way, subjects can be covered with speed, with concise follow-up homework tasks reaffirming this knowledge gained in class - then ready for revision in the following session.
For effective use of time and to maintain the quality of the online learning experience, I always recommend compliance with these 5 simple observations:
1. Have a good reliable Internet connection.
2. Work from a P.C or laptop –not a mobile phone or tablet.
3. Only work with a headset & mic.
4. Have a quiet, light and isolated space to do the classes from.
5. Have ample study time outside of class available. You will need it.
I look forward to working with you online in the near future.
If you would like to see more about my professional background, you can find me on Linked In.